Well, I can’t answer that question because I live in Colorado. Usually once or twice during a (mountain) CO summer it stays nearly 75 inside at night and for me, it’s way too hot to sleep under a quilt if that happens! I checked a few Hawaiian weather forecasts though, and they were pretty much 75 for the low and 85 for the high all the time. How anyone needs extra warmth to sleep at that temperature is beyond me, but Hawaiian quilts are a beautiful and well-known art form, and you could always make them with very thin batting if needed for where your doll lives!
Wow! So many people are in love with Nanea and LOTS of you bought the new collection of patterns, which makes me think, “People want more for Nanea!” 🙂 But if you went to the AG store (in Denver anyway) this weekend they were out of pretty much everything for Nanea except her PJs, fishing set, swimsuit and bed. So, in case one of the things you wanted but couldn’t buy was her school dress, here you go:
Oh wow…scary encounter shortly after this pic was taken! After packing up all our gear, we walked about 10 feet away from this spot where we encountered a RATTLESNAKE! I shrieked and ran, DH stood where he was and pulled the camera back out. I’m nice enough to spare you those pix though 🙂
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!
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!
(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.
Exercise is a great mood-booster even if you’re not depressed/anxious. In addition to last week’s tips, getting someone out of the house for a brisk walk can be SO helpful. Yes, even if they’re trudging along behind you muttering, “I said I wanted to stay home. I want to go home. I can’t do this.”
Continuing in the vein of vintage patterns, this week’s is a mid-century gym suit. Doing a quick google search, it seems something similar to these one-piece uniforms were the norm for quite a while, from maybe the late 1940s through at least the mid-1960s, when my mom was in high school. This blue color seems to have been regulation in most of the country, with obligatory embroidery of your name on it. Anyone live during the era of these gym suits and want to share “fond memories” (I say that in the most sarcastic tone possible) or info about color/style?
In plain solid colors, it will make a great historical gym uniform for Molly/Emily, Mary Ellen or Melody.
This was kind of a time-consuming pattern to figure out and sew, and normally I put such things on etsy rather than free on the blog. In lieu of payment, if you download this pattern please get SOMEONE outside with you a few times this week to exercise! You’ll be boosting mood AND creating/reinforcing a social connection – both of which are essential to good mental health.
A podcast you might like that explores our attitudes toward exercise and motivates you can be accessed here: http://www.wbur.org/magicpill. You can even sign up for a 21-day motivational email-a-day to get you exercising! I haven’t heard them all yet, but episode 2 did have a sentence or two not suitable for children, so it might be best to read or listen with headphones if you have kids in the room.
Thank you everyone for your condolences about Jasper!
It was brought to my attention that not everyone may be able to complete both a dress and sandals in a week during the summer sew-along, so I’m probably going to break it up, but your dolls DO need some cute sundresses, because they are (possibly) the perfect layering piece! At the bare minimum, it’s a cute dress on its own with sandals. Depending on the season, you can add leggings/cardigan/blouse/jacket/boots/hat, etc. Little Darling did a series with a “4-season” dress here: https://jenwrenne.wordpress.com/2014/10/
Since April is an OG, I’ve been trying to do patterns at least inspired by OG outfits once a month for her, and this month’s is loosely based on:
Instead of a ruffle, this one has a piped round yoke, which to me makes the dress look more elegant and higher-end. I named this dress “May Flowers” since the daffodils are finally up and growing even though our April “showers” were more like April “dump-five-feet-of-snow-overnight” 🙂
It’s a slim fit on an OG with a flush closure in back, looks great on Journey Girls and will fit the newer KnC dolls more loosely if closed with an overlap in back. It will likely work for Sasha copied at 80%, but make a muslin first to check. Have an older/bigger AG? See the end of the pattern here: https://jenwrenne.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/august-free-pattern-for-kidz-n-cats-and-sasha/ for a tutorial on adding some width at the back with buttoned closures.
Please keep posting your fabulous creations on the Wrenfeather flickr page here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2825314@N20/
Some recent cuteness for your inspiration:
A-line for mini AG by sewbig
Sasha as Maid Marion by Theresa