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Little Darling in Japan week 5


There are two new patterns coming soon to my etsy shop, but, thanks to some computer problems, apparently not this week 😦


For this week’s “Little Darling in Japan” we have some soft furnishing projects.  If you have a 5×7″ embroidery hoop, you can get the free machine embroidery designs in .pes format in the pattern.


More details and free pattern here

Also…a poll.  When I started this, I made a list of everything I wanted to do, and it was about 12 weeks long.  I limited myself to finish by the end of the year, and next week’s post is almost done.  The last post, however, is as-yet nebulous.  The original intent was an outfit and accessories (printies, clay food, etc.) to celebrate New Year’s, which is a major holiday in Japan, but there are some other things I wanted to do and didn’t get to, like modern stuff (Harajuku/wa-loli/etc.).  So, if you have an opinion, please vote below for the final post of the year:

[poll is now closed] The votes were 47 to 31 in favor of a traditional New Year’s celebration.  Look for the post after Christmas!


Little Darling in Japan: Week 2


This week Little Darling models a set that may be familiar to a lot of Westerners…she’s learning karate!  And yes, her outfit is based on the “real thing”, so you can be assured the pattern is authentic.  (No elastic waist or set-in sleeves!)  If your dolls don’t want to do karate, it would be just as cute as pajamas.  You’ll need to lengthen the sleeves and pants for Hearts for Hearts, it fits Cheries without changes.

Click here for karate uniform pattern

Click here for general tips for sewing Japanese doll clothes to go along with the rest of the upcoming posts.



Je vous présente ma nouvelle poupée :  Corolle Capucine  – Je sais qu’il y a au moins deux d’entre vous qui peuvent lire cette phrase! 🙂

Ok, enough of my possibly incorrect French…so many people have asked me about sizing for these dolls I decided to order one.  (They’re pretty much the same size as Hearts for Hearts, and yes, the pattern for her padded jacket is coming…)


In case you haven’t figured it out, my new doll is a Corolle Cheries doll, and I have to say something great about her:  In general, the photos a company puts out to promote their dolls often look a lot different, and sometimes better than the doll looks in real life.  (Kathe Kruse, I’m talking to you!)  Capucine is an exception in that she looks better in real life, what a nice change!  And she was dressed in red, pink, and black but had NO STAINS!  🙂  These dolls are a little squishy to be huggable.  It bothered me at first, and then I started to like it.  She smelled like play-doh for about a week and that smell has now changed to a light vanilla scent which I’ve started to like.

I do still feel Hearts for Hearts have a better quality to price ratio, as well as being more poseable with their ball-jointed necks and arms with a better range of motion, but these dolls are quite nice.

I also ordered this book:

It is only available in French, and readily available on amazon.fr and often amazon.ca, but if you are looking for it in the US, you will need to be patient (mine took 3 weeks to arrive) and maybe willing to pay a little more.  You can search by ISBN to find it: 2848314796 and as of this writing there are 9 copies available on amazon.com

I am not someone who will lightly sing the praises of things. Nor am I one of those bloggers who gets loads of free things from companies to “review” (AKA provide free advertising).  I pay for things myself, and present an unbiased review.
I was so pleased with this book! I’m in the middle of designing some historical patterns that are somewhat complex, and this book provides a happy distraction from them.  I would say that all the things in this book are easy to sew.  Many of them are variations on a theme, but those variations are so different they don’t get boring. There is a costume here for every conceivable thing your Cheries could want to do. There are outfits for around town (modern things), vacations (ethnic outfits) and historical garments. While the authenticity of some of the ethnic and historical things is questionable, all of the outfits are absolutely lovely and have a naïve, handmade look. Even if you don’t speak French, the patterns and pictures make this book accessible to anyone with advanced beginner sewing skills. The only thing I found mildly annoying was that all of the patterns need to be enlarged on a copier before you can use them, and they all have a different enlargement ratio.  Although the book is a little expensive if you are ordering it from outside of Europe, it does have 40 different outfits and I think is a pretty good value for the price.
Some of the outfits included are:
Working girl
Oriental dancer
A variety of costume-y type fairy patterns, which are variations on a basic ballgown
Historical costumes include: ancient Rome, Renaissance, 1920s, 1880s, ancient Egypt, 1960s, 1910, prehistoric, 1950s and Empire

You can look inside the book on amazon.fr and .ca, but here are a few more pictures: (I am SO making that pirate costume for Halloween!)