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Hey, look what I found!

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A few weeks ago I was reminded of a bunch of Addy patterns that I had forgotten I had made.  I was looking for them on my computer, along with some Karito patterns I remembered and also couldn’t find, but I did randomly find this:

Yet another set of patterns I had forgotten I made.  (Makes me want to open every file in that directory and see what other treasures are lurking there!)  It’s a set of summer patterns originally for Daisy, a doll made by Kestner in 1911 and given away by Ladies’ Home Journal as a prize to girls who sold magazine subscriptions.  Illustrations are by Sheila Young, the artist of the Lettie Lane paper dolls  I drafted these to fit my Daisyette, so these patterns will work for her or Bleuette.  You can enlarge them at 150% to fit Sasha/Kidz n Cats or the actual-size Daisy, although you will probably need to lengthen the skirts a bit and possibly shorten the long sleeves.  DOWNLOAD IT HERE and save it while you can, as I may eventually start taking down old posts/files to make room for new stuff.  Enjoy!

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Well, it’s summer and in search of a long-term project I ordered the 100th anniversary edition of the Mary Frances sewing book.  It has patterns re-sized to fit American Girl dolls.Image

Here is Kit, wearing the morning dress.  Below is a Toys R Us Journey Girl:Image

As you can see, it’s a little baggy, but still looks ok.  Next I tried it on my reproduction Kestner Daisy:

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WAAAAY too big.  So I reduced the romper pattern to 85% for her and got:Image

Now the bodice part fits great, but unfortunately the entire thing is too short to be “modest” for Daisy’s time:

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So apparently 85% is a good reduction ratio, and then the pattern needs to be lengthened by maybe an inch and a half.  This is not the case with dresses, since they have a very long hem allowance anyway…

And finally a body comparison:Image,

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