April should have appeared before Halloween, but everything got off a week because of Kenny’s “illness”. Luckily this dress is good for any time of the year, with a sweater or jacket over it for cool weather. April’s cardigan from January would probably be perfect, just not buttoning in front. NOTE: It was fitted on April, who’s a bit slimmer than some of my new AGs. It’s fine on Journey Girls and would be a bit loose on newer KnC bodies. You can see in the pattern pix it fits the newer AGs, but the fit is quite slim – probably too slim for larger-bodied older AGs!
Read her journal here
(yes, some months are missing but it explains the costume and ties in depression awareness month)
To help with your dolls’ sleep hygiene, this week’s pattern is a 60s-70s quilt. It would work for AG Julie and maybe Melody, as well as vintage 70s dolls like Crissy, Velvet, Sasha, etc. or modern dolls that enjoy a retro vibe to their decor.
Templates are provided for you to do it as fusible web applique, but slower and faster methods are options as well. You could cut the motifs out of freezer paper and stencil them [post here] or add seam allowances and do needle-turn appliqué by hand. You could also use one small motif to make blocks for a more traditional looking quilt. Although this quilt itself was never made for a particular doll, the motif appeared on the packaging and furniture of a doll popular in the late 1960s and 70s. She’s still around now, although the packaging motifs have been updated. If you can guess who she is, you’ll know who might be appearing on the blog soon!
Since it’s more than likely your doll bed is not the same size as mine, I provided the quilt center and you can add strips on the sides to make it into the size you require. My strips were 2” wide. Should you need to enlarge/reduce it significantly, just divide the size you want by the size it is to get a percentage to reduce/enlarge and photocopy at that percentage.
So I have to admit I was a little let down that not everyone loved the Prettie Girls as much as I did. There will be patterns coming for them, just not a series. When the voting closed, a historical series had won, so I scrolled through all the blog survey responses and decided to do the 1770s and then was at Goodwill and found an AG, and really, no matter what condition it’s in, if you find an AG at a thrift store you buy her! This one unfortunately seemed to have had her head/wig sprayed with perfume 😛 but was in otherwise good condition. Her coloring reminded me of Chatty Cathy and I changed track completely and decided to do that as the historical series. You can argue with me, as DH did, that the 60s are not “historical” but in my mind, if it happened before I was born, it falls into the category of history. Long story involving vinegar, borax, baking soda, rubbing alcohol, denatured alcohol, shampoo, laundry detergent, etc. short, the perfume smell seems to be there to stay, and after looking at countless Chatty Cathies (um…in the interests of researching their dresses, of course!) I ended up getting one, since “Stinky” is clearly not suitable to model all the things I’ve been making.
Right now you’re either saying “Chatty Who?” or “I had that doll when I was little!” You can see a 1960 commercial showing the original dolls and their clothes here and a documentary about them posted by Mattel here:
So get ready for several weeks (months?) of retro marvelousness! The outfits that will appear are a mix of things based on Advance & McCall patterns, dresses commercially available for her and paperdolls.
Unless otherwise specified, these were drafted by me based on pictures of vintage outfits made to fit a modern AG. After I got Cathy, I was pretty happy to find out she’s quite similar to a modern AG.
As you can see, they can share clothes just fine!