Time for true confessions…I took the whole month of May off from blogging to deal with “work-work” and also work on the SSA. During that time I managed to complete a bunch of stuff for a new AG series, some super cute patterns for Lottie and drafted (but didn’t sew) 3 dresses for the SSA. Then, in a panic, I finished 2 SSA outfits today! 🙂
Based on your votes, this year’s summer sew-along will be 1950s dresses for Wellie Wishers inspired by Betsy McCall paperdolls. Being gone for so long, I have about a million things to say, but am running out of time, so will just quickly post this and get to the rest later.
The good news is our “Betsy paper doll” SSA will run the whole month of June this year, starting on the first! The good/bad news is I won’t be here for all of it. This year, for the first time in more than 10 years we’re actually taking a vacation! Yay! So, I’m setting up automated posts to appear for the two weeks I’ll be gone, but won’t be able to see your flickr pix or respond to comments and my etsy shop will be closed during that time too. This year, I’ve also hoping to have a 1950s-style craft associated with each week that might anything from a simple papercraft to a woodworking project.
Are you new to the concept of the summer sew-along? Here’s how it works: You sew along with each week’s project and post your pix on flickr here:
If you finish all the weeks you can get a bonus sewing pattern, which this year will be for Betsy’s dog, Nosy sized to be a companion for 14” dolls, or maybe a mini dachshund for 18” dolls. I did finish him already and he’s super cute!
Ready to get started?
Note: you will want to use thin fabric like batiste/muslin weight if you’re doing the ruched sides! (Thank you, Sophie!)
OK, green was not necessarily a 1950s color, but after making all the other things in pink and blue, I needed a change. When I went to take the pix, I noticed it was “green and white” outside too, thanks to a snowstorm falling on the just-beginning-to-emerge grass.
The outfit for this week is a blouse/pants combo that looks perfect and vintage on Toni. Girls in the 1950s might have worn this as play clothes or maybe for gardening or some other task, but it wouldn’t have been appropriate for, say, school. On a modern doll like my Della, it seems to hint “vintage” in a really sweet way. This would be an adorable outfit for a young child too!
Have a look at what’s new on the Flickr group or post your own pix here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2825314@N20/
There are a number of new things on the flickr page, and here are some cute ones from the recent 1950s patterns, just in case you need more inspiration to get you sewing them:
Willa in a “double dots” dress by Nonniebelle07
Great idea by Karen to shorten this for use with leggings
How did I never realize Camille’s boots have little fins? They are too cute and a great match for gammerangel’s sweet seersucker dress!
And this gingham dress by Marge makes me feel like Camille just kicked off her boots to run through the grass to a picnic!
For this week, we have another easy-to-sew mid-century dress that’s equally adorable on vintage or modern dolls. You’ll notice this skirt is MUCH wider than last week’s. Skirts in the 1950s were very wide, but it can be hard to gather enough fabric onto a smaller bodice to get that look. Poly-cotton blend gingham is usually on the thin side, which meant more of it could be used than if I’d chosen a heavier-weight fabric. A puffy petticoat can hold it out to Toni’s width, or you can let it hang naturally like Emiko’s for a less fussy look.
In case you’re wondering, yes, I was going for a vaguely “Dorothy” look on Toni with the shiny shoes 🙂
Share your creations:
If you post pix, it tells me you are enjoying the 1950s series and more things will keep appearing! I spent last weekend on some 50s craft projects that your dolls might like and am also working on some larger size outfits too!
They don’t even need to be 1950s-inspired. Check out the princess dress with clever crown from gammerangel:
Wellies at Target?
Yep. Well, some of the SuperTargets anyway, as my husband noticed, which led to a “Awesome Husband” award last weekend. I’ve had a rough couple of weeks and was super stressed out about work and DH wanted to go hiking and get my mind off things. When he opened my car door, look who was waiting for a hug:
It’s the Wellie Wisher Kendall, whom I’m calling “Della” for short. Apparently she’s the crafty/DIY gal of the group which he thought was a good fit for my personality. It seems almost unreasonable that I’d like her so much – she’s just a piece of plastic, right? But I can’t stop smiling every time I see her! Receiving her this way made her a symbol that my husband acknowledged I was super stressed, and went out of his way to do something that would make me smile. ❤