So Nanea won the poll from last week, and then it snowed, so I went from feeling like pumpkin muffins to wondering where the Christmas lights were but still had to sew something Hawaiian for you 🙂 The observant will notice my sad return to indoor photo-taking, which means worse lighting and settings, but this pattern is pretty great, even if the pix illustrating it are not!
My husband has actually been known to stop a movie when I’ve yelled “NPC!” too much. In my own little slang, it means “Not Period Correct” and it gets yelled at historical movies whose costume designers seem to have only the vaguest idea of what clothing was worn in the period, or just flat out don’t care. The worst NPC costumes I’ve seen lately were in a Kdrama called “Bridal Mask”, but Nanea’s pajamas from AG are a close second. Why? That remains a mystery when a) she was intended to be a historical doll and help kids learn about a particular period of history and b) things like libraries and the internet and, for this period, maybe even old family photo albums exist. If you feel the same way, here is one well-researched and authentic (AKA “very PC”) PJ pattern for Nanea :
I forgot about posting the rattlesnake pix from a few weeks ago until I was going through my Nanea picture directory trying to decide which one to post here today. All of a sudden, there it was again! Not as scary looking in the photo as it was encountering him in real life…
I haven’t been this excited about the release of a new AG since Cecile! What a gorgeous new face mold with pretty green eyes and beautiful, flowing hair. The original AG pictures of Nanea were released in February I think, and her face looked very much like Ashlyn’s to me, so I got her in the hopes she could be a little sister and started drafting patterns which were then resized to fit Nanea.
The result was this new big sis/little sis “1940s Island Collection”.
In contrast to my previous 1940s collection, which had clothes for all seasons, this one includes all warm-weather clothes with an authentic looking muumuu and really neat, historically-correct bathing-suit-lined dress. Nanea and Ashlyn are so sisterly looking it was tons of fun to set up scenes from a different point of view.
Generally, I’m just trying to show the outfits to their best advantage, but for this collection I actually found/bought/made some accessories and thought the pictures through, trying to tell a story or emphasize a relationship of two sisters with some of them, rather than my standard (unwritten) caption of, “Look how cute this doll/dress is!” No, I haven’t read Nanea’s book yet, so I don’t actually know if she even has a little sister; I’m saving it as my reward for finishing everything on my blog to-do list. 🙂
You can get the whole Island Collection now on Etsy and guess what? I signed my shop up for their labor day sale which starts today and runs through Monday. EVERYTHING in the shop is 20% off during the sale with no minimum purchase! Because the Island Collection just got added, for some reason it’s not showing up with a discount in the sale, so I’ve lowered it to $20 for this weekend as its sale price. After that it will be $25.
As you might have guessed, the next few weeks will focus on Nanea with sewing projects and crafts. The first of them is this ukulele. Soon to follow are (in no particular order) a Hawaiian quilt, a few dresses, quick-to-make leis, maybe some polymer clay food and printables. Have another great suggestion? Post a comment!
Really, Jen? MORE doll clothes? YES! Doll clothes are a vital part of play for children, helping to spark imaginations and create new scenarios. I’m a speech-language pathologist, and at work I see a big difference between language-disordered and typically-developing kids in how they play with dolls. I have a few sets of wooden dolls with magnetic clothing covering everything from princesses to sports outfits to swimsuits. For a kindergartner I might give them the dolls and hold on to the clothes, pretending I’m “the store.” A typically-developing kid will walk her doll over to me and say, “I’m going to the beach, can I buy a swimsuit please?” A language disordered kid is more likely to say something like, “I want a pink one.” If they like the dolls, this is a great way to teach vocabulary. “Oh, you want a pink swimsuit. I bet your doll is going swimming, what else does she need to take with her?” It can also help scaffold stories. First, the doll gets her suit, towel, etc., next she drives to the beach, etc. So, although many people might not think of them that way, doll with a nice variety of clothes can be a really educational toy, especially if an adult is willing to add to the wardrobe/join in the play. For older kids to adult collectors, sewing for dolls is a wonderful way to “play” with them and develop a valuable skill at the same time.
The New Year always brings a statistics summary from WordPress. One of the things they list is my top five referring sites:
I wasn’t surprised Pinterest was at the top, with 15,272 referrals, as well as referrals from my own site to other patterns on the site. A big surprise for me was how many referrals came from http://www.ravelry.com/ and http://www.agirlforalltime.com/. I guess I hadn’t even realized they knew who I was! In thanks to AGAT, and because I know a lot of people got a new Clementine for Christmas, I’m offering this new, authentic 1940s snow suit pattern FREE!
It’s been snowing and far below zero for a couple of days, so Clementine took advantage of the “heat wave” (15F/-9C) to make some snow angels and go sledding today. I made her outfit based on this 1940s Carolyn Lee paper doll drawn by Queen Holden. I share Nicki’s Baba’s opinion about white mittens, (anyone get that reference?) so I made them red. 🙂
Thanks for reading the blog! I wish everyone a fabulous 2015!!
I had hoped to post this last Friday, but Clem did not show up until the end of the week and I couldn’t get all the pictures taken in time. In the meantime, I worked on customizing my Dal “pinocchio”. I got her last year and we never really “bonded”. She had no lip paint to speak of, weird orange eyelids and ugly hair and eyes. (I bought her because she was cheap). Anyway, I looked into getting new eyes for her but they are quite expensive. So I bought some glass cabochons (12mm) and mod-podged on images of actual eyes printed on a laser printer. You can do a google image search for “eye iris” to find some you like and then modify the color and pupil size in any graphics editing program.
I was originally going for blue like the original, but the green looked better. I then painted her eyelids, added a little more blush, sanded the gloss off her lips and darkened them with chalk pastels and acrylic gloss and finally put her on an obitsu body. Her original wig was trimmed and re-styled. I think we’re going to be friends now 🙂
I was thrilled to see she can easily share clothes with Sasha, 16″ Kaethe Kruse and Kidz n Cats. If you’re new here because of Clem, click the “about” tab to find LOADS OF FREE PATTERNS
(The overalls pattern in Sasha size)
(from the Feedsack collection)
And fits well into all the NEW stuff I already made for her:
Yep, all the outfits are sized for AGs as well!
You can get the collection here and remember to use the coupon code 20off20 and save 20% off any $20 purchase! It’s good until Nov. 11
**Any purchase you make in my Etsy shop between now and November 10th is your “raffle ticket” to win the Caroline collection you see here: https://jenwrenne.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/new-patterns-and-tigers-and-bears-oh-my/ if you put the word “Caroline” in the notes to seller.** (In case it’s not clear, doll, shoes, and socks are not included ) I will put all of your order numbers into a box and choose one on November 11. If you have made a purchase recently and forgot to enter the drawing, just find your order number and send it to me in an email with the word “Caroline” in the subject.