Summer sew along final week!

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Good morning and welcome to the last week of the summer sew-along!

Today is the last day to get in your submissions for the Boating Dress to get the free accessory pattern!  If you missed the pattern it’s available now on etsy here

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Yes, that’s the new AGAT Elinor, isn’t she stunning?   It was a looooong wait but worth it, I decided after a quick photo shoot this morning.  I was thrilled to find she is pretty in real life AND photographs really well too.  For me, one major key for good doll photos is eye placement and how well the eyes seem to “look” into the camera at you.  In the photo above I had an assistant holding up a big piece of batiste to block the intense sun where it hit her, but in the one below she was just in the shade:

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The hat she’s wearing is the accessory pattern for this week if you get your boating dress pic posted!

 How do you get the accessory pattern?

If you did everything correctly and did not get the accessory pattern, please check your junk/spam folder!  For some reason, last week’s pattern went to multiple peoples’ junk folders.

This week’s dress was titled “Rainy Day” because I intended to have the dolls set up inside doing rainy day activities like reading, cutting out paper dolls, etc.  Well, I got too busy with summer visitors and didn’t get that done, plus our weather has been the opposite of that – incredibly sunny and dry/dusty/pine pollen-y both inside and outside.  It’s really disheartening to clean off a flat surface and come back 24 hours later and have a noticeable new layer of dust and pine pollen…or maybe it’s just a good reason to stop dusting for a week or two until this is over! 😉
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Get the pattern here today only

This dress will be a challenge, with multiple types of pleats including a curved one!  It’s from Pictorial Review in 1911.  The magazine, like many of the time (Delineator, Ladies’ Home Journal, etc.) also published patterns that got advertised in their magazine.  Some had paper dolls either for fun or with associated advertising or sewing patterns, so kids could use the paper dolls as-is or mom could purchase patterns to make the dresses.  If you’re familiar with Dolly Dingle, who later advertised soup, she was the Pictorial Review doll starting in 1913, and some popular ones from Ladies’ Home Journal included Lettie Lane and Daisy, who was an actual doll but could have been cut out as paper dolls too.

Have you been sewing along every week?  If you’ve made ALL the patterns each week and submitted pix of them you’re eligible to get the bonus pattern!  Yes, if you missed a week here or there, and got the patterns on Etsy you can still submit pix of everything by the end to get the bonus pattern.

I extended the due date for all the final submissions to June 24 to give you a few extra days.  Put all your links (or link to one pic with everything) in here by Sunday night and the free bonus dress pattern will be emailed to you Monday morning.  If you do not post your pix and put the links in the form, you will NOT get the bonus pattern, no exceptions!

Please note this is a new google form for the final submission – you don’t need to submit the links for the final dress on the old one too!

To get the final bonus pattern:

Step 1: post pic of what you made here:  https://www.flickr.com/groups/2825314@N20/

Step 2: enter your email and all links to your pics here by June 24:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSevoGKl3vjEQH7Hnnm-xkCwfH5vaqSIUTa_U4I11PR0WhgF4A/viewform?usp=sf_link

Step 3:  Receive your accessory pattern by email on Monday

Summer sew along week 4!

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Reminder: Today is the last day to get your entries in for last week’s seaside costume and the accessory pattern (shoes) will be emailed tomorrow.  Scroll to the bottom of this post for the links!

Wow, are we already a month into this?  It has been one of the most stressful sew alongs for me because of the resizing and accessory patterns – kind of  like getting 3 blog posts done every week!  It’s been probably the most challenging sewing-wise too, and I’m thrilled to see what everyone has done!  I’m not linking here, because last week when I put in tons of pix from Flickr it somehow tripped a spam filter and wordpress took the blog offline.  Wow, that was terrifying!! So, I’ll just direct you here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2825314@N20/ to see all the exquisite work everyone has done!

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The Ramble pattern is ready now in both sizes here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/605283664/edwardian-ramble-sewing-pattern-for-16?ref=listing_published_alert

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The seaside pattern is now available here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/619125021/edwardian-seaside-sewing-pattern-for-16?ref=listing_published_alert

And continuing with water-related outfits, we have a sailor (or not) dress this week:

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Get the pattern here today only

 

To participate in the sew-along:

 

Summer Sew Along week 3

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Reminder: Today is the last day to get your entries in for last week’s Ramble costume and the boot pattern will be emailed tomorrow.  Scroll to the bottom of this post for the links!

Oh my goodness…you did SUCH a nice job on the last two weeks of costumes!

I urge you to go see everyone’s work here, I’ll just link a few examples:

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The safari hat is just perfect!  This is by Juliette Auckland

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The contrasting fabrics are such a nice touch here in this costume by sewbig

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Check out the amazing pleats on the skirt here by slpslee

It seems to have resized just fine for smaller dolls too:

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(By Helen Webb)

Bunnies or Trolls?

by nethenekhthon

There were so many beautiful things from the first week too:

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like this modernized version by Alison Moreton

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This one by quickdrawannie

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and beautiful lace on this one by catknapp

 

This week is an Edwardian Seaside Costume!

 

After last week’s challenge, you’ll be happy to know this one is pretty quick and easy!  I had every intention of taking the dolls to what passes for a “seaside” here in Colorado, but long story short, it didn’t happen.  I know lots of beaches near the actual oceans are rocky, so maybe we can imagine they’re not in my backyard, they’re climbing on rocks to get down to the water?  🙂

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Get the pattern here today only

The resized ramble from last week is not quite ready for AG size yet…next week for sure!

If you want more info about the sew-along in general, please check the first week’s post.

 

To participate in the sew-along:

 

 

Summer Sew Along week 2

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Reminder: Today is the last day to get your entries in for last week’s garden party dress and the accessory pattern will be emailed tomorrow.  Scroll to the bottom of this post for the links!

This week is an Edwardian “Ramble” Costume!

Are you up for a challenge?  Do you love making pleats and sewing on tiny buttons?  This is the outfit for you! 🙂  If your pleat skills are a little rusty, check out the guide below!

Because this week’s outfit is challenging, I’ll tell you in advance the associated accessory pattern for this will be the boots you see on Nisha, which will work for that size foot only.  If you’re shrinking the patterns and sewing along with a 13”-14” doll, these are similar to the boots from the French Fashion Doll series and that size pattern is here.  Pleats don’t always enlarge-reduce correctly, so you might need to modify them a bit.

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Get the pattern here today only

Get a guide to pleats here (permanently posted)

If you want more info about the sew-along in general, please check last week’s post.

 

The Edwardian Ramble:

Today lots of people go hiking and camping, but if you think about it, we had to get a bit removed from nature for that to be considered “novel” and fun again.  When you live in a rural area, and maybe farm for your living, you might not consider it fun to walk a few miles around the countryside on a weekend.  You might also want to give your draft animals a rest, which means even a drive would be out of the question.

On the other hand, if you lived in a city, as more of the population were doing at this time, it was fun to get away from the crowds and smell fresh air.  Train travel made it possible for the middle-class, and for the very wealthy, the novelty of a “motor car” meant you could get to even more places.

What did girls wear to ramble?  Well for adults, dresses or “costumes” with a blouse and skirt or matching jackets and skirts were both options.  Patterns for these weren’t specifically labeled as such that I’ve been able to find,  but I’m sure, just like today, some people wore inappropriate clothing/shoes and regretted it later, much like modern would-be “hikers” who drive up a Colorado mountain in July in shorts and flip flops and wander around shivering for a few minutes before running back to their cars because it’s SNOWING.

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This pattern is based on a Bleuette “Costume de Chasse” from 1907.  My thought was that if it was deemed suitable to wander in the woods for a hunt, it would have been equally suitable for something kids would have found more fun, like wandering around on a hillside gathering wild flowers (yes, they did that too, in great numbers unfortnately).  The Victorians did not understand conservation of natural resources the way we do today, and seemed to think that all of nature was at their disposal.  Accordingly, they stuffed their houses with astonishing quantities of it, from dried wildflowers to taxidermied birds to enormous collections of chloroformed butterflies.  If it doesn’t make you sad, it would look period-correct to accessorize this with a little net or jar and some little plastic/clay bugs or printouts of butterflies.  A little basket of silk/dried flowers would work too.

If you missed it, Last week’s pattern is now available here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/602390860/edwardian-garden-party-sewing-pattern?ref=shop_home_active_1

To participate in the sew-along:

 

 

Summer Sew Along Week 1

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Yay, it’s time for the summer sew-along!  If you’re new to the blog, this is an event to motivate you to complete a mini wardrobe on a theme for your doll by sewing one garment each week.  This year it’s an Edwardian summer wardrobe AND a bunch of accessories, mostly sewn, some crafty!

Here’s how it will work:

Each week’s sewing pattern will be posted on Thursday – make sure to get it that day!  Most of these can be easily shrunken for 13-14″ dolls like Hearts for Hearts and Cheries by copying the slim size at 77% and you’re welcome to do that if you don’t have any 16″ dolls like AGAT, Sasha, etc.  If you miss a week, the patterns and their associated accessory will be available in AG and AGAT sizes on Etsy afterwards.

Sew along each week and post pix of what you made.  Get inspired and comment on others’ photos here. Note that I sometimes like to share your pix from there on the blog, so make sure to have sharing turned on/off if you do/don’t want that to happen.  Complete each week’s outfit and get the related accessories pattern free, complete all the weeks and get the bonus sewing/accessory pattern!

To reiterate:

Step 1: post pic of what you made each week here:  https://www.flickr.com/groups/2825314@N20/

Step 2: enter your email and the link to your pic here by next Thursday: https://goo.gl/forms/iA85Pu6rpSlCMxW62

Step 3:  Receive your accessory pattern by email next Friday.

This week we have an Edwardian Garden Party dress:

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SSA will start next week!

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If you are on the Bex/Elinor pre-order list, you probably got the recent email that they are delayed even LONGER now due to bad weather and not expected to arrive until May 22 and then have to clear customs, get shipped, etc.  😦

SO, that’s the bad news, the good news for you is even though the initial plan was to start the Summer Sew-Along after they arrived because I was so excited to have them to model the SSA outfits, I’m giving up on waiting and we’re starting the SSA next week!  If you’re waiting for yours too, you can get a head start on sewing, and just think how happy they’ll be to have some new clothes to change into after their long voyage!

This year, based on your votes, it’s going to be an Edwardian summer wardrobe AND accessories!  We’ll follow some English dolls from “Wrenton Abbey” 🙂 and see how they might have spent the summer!  It’s been a really fun challenge so far coming up with themes and finding pattern ideas to go with them and I can’t wait to share!

With summer vacations, you’ve said it can be hard to follow along for the whole series, so this year, there’s an  incentive each week of a related craft or accessory pattern if you finish the outfit.  That way, even if you can only participate for a week or two, you can still get a fun freebie by sewing along!  If you are a super seamstress and finish everything, there will be a bonus sewing pattern at the end.  Each week’s pattern will be released on Thursday and only available that day in AGAT/Sasha/etc. size.  After you make it and post a pic, you will be able to get the accessory pattern.  Here’s a sneak peek of one of the outfits:

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So Microsoft broke my hard drive…

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If you’re wondering where I’ve been, it hasn’t been online, because Microsoft broke my hard drive.

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Yep, I’m totally serious.  The latest updates led to my computer getting stuck in a reboot loop that literally broke my hard drive.  I do back up my data on a regular basis, but of course, the most recent is often the most important, so we had to get someone to remove the hard drive and retrieve all the data (I’m pretty tech-savvy but that was beyond my capabilities) and then struggle with whether to just buy a new computer or replace the broken hard drive, and then whether to just switch to Linux…which I wish we had done, but there aren’t a lot of machine embroidery options available for it.  Then came the waiting and waiting for the new HD to arrive and be installed and all the fun of reinstalling windows and being terrified the updates would break the new HD.

So I had to temporarily close my etsy shop, since while all that was going on I no longer could access all my files, and every sewing project I had been in the middle of (summer sew-along, some resizing, a new AGAT collection) got disrupted.  After many hours (about 8 so far) of re installation, all the software we had is not completely reinstalled, and some that is isn’t still fully functional, and some has been updated to new versions that are messing other things up.  Yay.

And THEN I got the email that Bex and Elinor, who had been scheduled to arrive sometime in late March/early April (AKA in time for pix for the SSA) were not leaving China until April 18th and that slow boat from China would take 3 WEEKS (May 9th) and then they have to clear customs (another week? month?) and THEN get processed through their warehouse and THEN get actually shipped (at least another week…?)

Long story short…yes, your votes for the SSA were to start it in May, but with all of this going on we’ll just call the start date “ASAP” 🙂

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On a happier note, I’d like to introduce you to a really nice new face mold from OG that’s currently on 2 dolls, Melina, a beekeeper and Julieta, a ballerina.  If you thought you could never find a use for the flight suit from a while back, here it is!  Make your doll a beekeeper outfit!  Or just buy Melina, because her accessories are really nice and the new face mold is so attractive.  (Note that there’s another beekeeper  that has gorgeous eyes but the old face mold) To me, Melina’s face has something special about it that looks like it was designed by an artist to be completely different, and it’s just a bonus that the doll happens to be an OG and therefore inexpensive!  Her freckle pattern looks realistic and her hair is nice and soft too, in comparison to my older OGs; I don’t know if the hair is a new upgrade for all their dolls from now on or specific to her, but it’s nice!

Since I never met anyone with the name Melina, I did some searching and found out it’s Greek, and related to the word for honey, how cute is that for a beekeeper doll?

Image from Target here: https://www.target.com/p/our-generation-professional-doll-beekeper/-/A-52894721

You know how you look at the OG outfits online and then go to your Target and they don’t have them?  Yeah, that’s pretty much always the case for me, and it’s really hit-or-miss about which OG items they’ll ship and which are “in-store-only” kind of things.  This was the latest one:

Image from: https://www.target.com/p/our-generation-deluxe-retro-outfit-beach-party/-/A-52894766

So if you wanted it too and can’t find it guess what?  I pattern-ified it for you! Although OG outfits are usually a bargain since they come with cute shoes and an accessory or two, like this one!

I will caution you that I’m using some different versions of my old software and it’s been working fine so far when I compare my new, scaled printouts to old ones, but if you happen to have printed this pattern out the same way you always print my patterns (with no scaling) and it’s not correct, could you please let me know?

Get the pattern here

Is there another OG outfit you want and can’t find?  Post a comment with the link!  Melina needs more new clothes and we need something to do before the SSA!  She’s partial to summery and retro things at the moment… 😉

There’s also, by request, a resizing of an 8” pattern for 13”-14” dolls.  It was made for Little Darling, but will also fit the Wellies and others in between (H4H, Cheries, etc.)