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Happy New Year!!

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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:

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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. 🙂

 

Get the pattern here 

Thanks for reading the blog! I wish everyone a fabulous 2015!!

 

Sorry, it’s been a while…

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Did you miss me?  Probably you didn’t notice I was gone… 🙂  Just as my neck was finally feeling better enough to sew after my car accident, I was drowned in IEP paperwork and parent-teacher conferences, so you’ve all been craftier than me lately! Here are some new ideas people have shared to inspire you:  (I did my best to link to their creators or where these were originally posted, if one of these is yours and doesn’t link right please let me know!)

Margo used the Hogwarts shirt pattern to make a blouse with unique cuffs for her unique (OOAK) KnC:

And Eva-Lotta did a very nice job sewing faux leather to make this toasty jacket and skirt for her KnC:

Marge made the Fall gathered pocket skirt for Spring.  Modeling it is her new Toys R Us Journey Girl, and if you’ve ever debated getting an inexpensive 18″ doll you just can’t go wrong with them.  They are leaps and bounds nicer than the Target dolls, and cost only a little more (around $32).  All of them have beautiful face sculpts and eyes, with a solid neck plate which allows for wearing tank tops without a fabric body showing AND gives them tilt-able heads.  Added bonus?  They’re a bit smaller than AGs, so if you make something that comes out a little too tight, the JGs are thrilled to have it.  🙂

Carol made two sizes of the Navajo outfit to go with a storyline for AG and H4H.  She says  “This is my imagining of the Route 66 adventure Molly went on, and that the little Navajo girl, whose clothes Molly admired, actually gave her an outfit to wear!”

Can you guess what pattern this next one came from?

Believe it or not, Elisana used the Halloween pattern to make this cute reversible jacket!  (Click pix to see more on her blog)

Have you made something you’re proud of lately?  Share a pic here

Speaking of Facebook, Jasmine was in Chichicastenango, Guatemala for the last contest.  Kayla and Clemetine were “vacationing” there when they met her and they made a scrapbook of their travels you can print and fold into a doll-size book.  Folding instructions are here   scroll to the page that says:  “Folding the magazines and diary”

Get the tutorial for the huipiles she was selling here

And an embroidery design I digitized based on photos of the “real thing”.  One will fit in a 4×4 hoop, but requires re-hooping.  The other is for a 5×7.  I think I have a way to post these now, so you don’t have to email me for them, let’s hope this works!!

SMALL .pes huipil design

LARGE .pes huipil design

A bunch of fabulous new patterns and another “Where’s Jasmine” contest are in the works for (I hope) the end of March…stay tuned!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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I meant to post this last year and Hinamatsuri got in the way.  Don’t know what that is?  Click here https://jenwrenne.wordpress.com/2013/02/03/hinamatsuri/ to find out…also to see what my photos looked like before I got better at image processing.  🙂

Anyway, I made this Queen of Hearts dress last year for Sasha and Galina, but if you have Girl For All Time Matilda, it would look perfect on her too!  Before you ask, no, it is not sized for AGs and I have no immediate plans to do so.

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Download Queen of Hearts Dress Pattern Here 

*****If you are making it for Sasha or Girl for All Time shorten sleeve by 1/2″ (~1cm)******

Other fun stuff:

A lovely photo of Galina in the mola blouse from Murray

And check out costuraquasereta’s blog for another look for the fall blouse and, I think, A-line skirt

A size chart of different doll feet  I traced to help with your shoemaking/buying

Made something from a Wren*Feathers pattern?  I love seeing your creations!!  Send me a link or post it here:  https://www.facebook.com/wrenfeathers

Stay tuned … a new installment of “Where’s Jasmine” is coming soon!!

And not doll-related, but…

School-based SLPs do a difficult job with little to no recognition [long rant deleted]  If your child gets speech-language services at school, stop at the grocery store, get a little box of Valentine’s candy and stick it in the SLP’s mailbox at school with a little note saying  “Thank you for working with______”.   I promise, it will be the nicest thing that happened to her all week!  

Oh my darlin’ Clementine…

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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.

New patterns and tigers and bears…oh my!

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Ever wonder happens when you buy one of my patterns?  (Well, obviously, you print it out and go sew)  Me?  I do a little happy dance, and then I add that total to a list I keep on my fridge.  That’s my budget for buying new dolls, fabrics, trims etc.  Buying new fabric and dolls inspires me to create new patterns for you, but you are also encouraging me to produce more free patterns.  I try to give back to the doll community and keep a good ratio of  free patterns to more complex ones that end up being for sale. If you’re thinking, oh… that’s nice… another free pattern, I will share with you some of the emails that I have gotten. There are moms and grandmas out there who literally have to save up to buy the little girl in their life a Hearts for Hearts Girl or Target’s version of AGs.  I have gotten more than one email from them saying they can’t afford to buy patterns or new fabric, but are so thankful they can use my free patterns and cut up old clothes to make things for their little girl’s doll.

The newest collection I’ve created is a Regency era set.  Most of the pieces are based on AG’s Caroline wardrobe, and I was doing this as a personal project, thinking that I might end up with a Carolyn for Christmas.  Well, “Santa” informed me that probably won’t happen, but Lanie was nice enough to fill in as a model.  If there’s going to be a Caroline at your home soon, or your other dolls love to pretend they are in a Jane Austen novel, these patterns will let you clothe them in AG-style outfits for a lot less than it would cost you to buy the “real thing”.  Everything you see below is included in one set of patterns to fit AG-size dolls here:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/165050561/regency-sewing-pattern-set-for-american?ref=shop_home_active

And since I won’t be needing any Regency-era outfits, you can have a chance to win the whole collection of outfits pictured above!   **Any purchase you make in my Etsy shop between now and November 10th is your chance to win the whole collection 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 in the last week or so and want to enter the drawing, just find your order number and send it to me in an email with the word “Caroline” in the subject.

Need another incentive? Use the coupon code 20off20 and save 20% off any $20 purchase! It’s good until Nov. 11

Last year, someone (I think it was Barb) asked for Halloween costumes that could be creative, like something other than the standard witch, ghost, etc. Well, it took a year, but I came up with something that can fill a wide variety of costume needs!  It can also serve as cozy pajamas, and it’s just adorable when dolls dress up as teddy bears, no matter what time of year it is!
Violet wanted to go as a tiger this year, and Atsuko decided to be a teddy bear. There are no instructions included with this pattern, it’s fairly straightforward.  If you can sew a raglan T-shirt and basic pajama pants, you can sew this.  (CLICK photo to enlarge)

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DOWNLOAD THE COSTUME HERE

I apologize that I did not have time to resize this for Sasha/Kidz n Cats. Enlarging the 13-14″ pattern to 133% should work, although you may need to adjust the length of sleeves and pants.  Quarter inch seams are included.

You know how I said two new historical collections were coming?  Well, the next one has been delayed a bit, because it’s inspired by Molly, who AG is retiring at the end of this year 😦 and Clementine, the new doll from “A girl for all time,” who is supposed to be from the 1940s.  She was supposed to arrive mid-September, then late September, then was supposed to ship this week…well she hasn’t yet, but when she finally does arrive, she’ll have lots of new clothes ready and waiting for her!

Her measurements are similar to Sasha’s, but she is jointed like the earlier Kidz n Cats.  When the company first started, I sincerely contemplated Matilda, but you had to order the dolls from the UK, which meant high postage costs.  They now have a US website: http://www.agirlforalltime.us/ which is offering free shipping at the moment should you want to get one (which really makes me regret pre-ordering Clementine in August!)

So I leave you with a “sneak peek” of what’s to come next week (assuming Clementine arrives soon for her photo shoot):