This week we have the “sock” from our “sock full of gifts” series. There was a version of this stocking for dad too that had a stocking decorated with a pipe and cigarette, which might have been period correct, but seems really strange and unrelated to Christmas. Since I don’t have a doll fireplace, I attached a loop and hung mine on my tree. Although one original hope of this series was to give you a craft to do with a child, the pieces for this are really small and even I found it challenging to get the tiny felt pieces to look nice. There are some suggestions to make it easier in the pattern.
I forgot to share this version of Nanea’s jammies by firstladycpm:
They have an authentic drop seat and pocket, how cute is that? (click to see more pix)
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I also haven’t yet reviewed the 15″ Big Lots dolls that Janet told me about in October! Sad to have a backlog of stuff to do for the blog, but that’s one of the things on the list.
In case you’re wondering, yes, I got one and the bodies are pretty much identical to the Wellies in terms of measurements, although the jointing is a little different at the hips so they don’t look exactly the same when standing. For $15 the price:quality ratio is good and they currently come in 3 different versions, making them a nice, inexpensive alternative to the Wellies!
(above image from http://airbornesurfer.com/tag/3-2-1-contact/)
In other news, it’s only 18 days now until the release of the next GOTY, which could be good or bad. Jan 1 may not the best time to be considering an expensive doll purchase because Santa may have just brought you one and you will feel guilty getting a new one OR won’t appreciate the one from Santa. Oh yeah, and you’re out of cash after buying all those other presents!
Of course, if what Santa brought you was an AG gift card…there are some really cool pix floating around the internet of Luciana, should you be inclined to spoil surprises for yourself by doing searches for her dog or habitat. 🙂 The clothes I’ve seen so far though are kind of uninspiring. Luciana is in some ways very much like the girl I was at that age! In addition to dolls, I was super into space and computers (my Apple IIe!) and LOVED a magazine/TV show called 3-2-1 contact. It kind of feels like the space program was different back then and maybe made more accessible/interesting to the public by the media than it is now. It’s SO great to have a science-themed GOTY I just might have to get her, even though I already have a Truly Me who looks almost the same…
As I was planning next week’s post, I happened to look at the calendar and realized it’s Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day next Thursday. That just cries out to have something Nanea-related! The final installment of the Christmas projects will be the following week with the stocking and non-sock-doll (more about that later!).
Several people have requested a resize of Nanea’s ruffled dress from here for Wellies, so we could do that OR have have a new dress for Nanea. Which would you like?
The summer sew-along is technically over, but if you’re back from vacation and lamenting that you missed it or want something to sew that’s a little bigger than Lottie stuff, remember if you missed the first deadline, you can enter until July 31 on this form and you will get your Nosy pattern Aug 1. Here’s some inspiration for you:
One of the reasons I bought forest friend Lottie was her cute packaging, but sadly, she didn’t come with as many fun accessories as my other Lotties. Given her name, she clearly needed some “forest friends” so I created a few from felt, using the artwork on her packaging as inspiration. After that, my other Lotties begged for their own friends too! If you’re looking for a project to use to help you teach hand sewing to a child, this is a great choice since they require only one type of stitch, and can be made quickly from small scraps of felt.
If your kids have hit that summer slump and you’re looking for something fun to craft with them, you’re going to be happy with these projects! The Lottie line (which also now includes 2 boys, Finn and Sammi ) is great as summer doll because they’re small and light, which means they travel well (mine went to Korea!) and being all hard plastic they’re durable enough for the beach/camping/etc.
You might recall a few weeks ago I mentioned my Forest Friend Lottie was pretty lacking in the outfit/accessory department compared to the rest of them, so I started making some little stuffed forest friends for her based on the pictures from her packaging. That idea expanded into a versatile little owl who can be used as a sleeping bag or carrying pouch for up to two Lotties at a time, or one Lottie and some felty friends coming next week!
This is a great project to do with a child, and the instructions note which parts can be hand sewed and which are best on a machine. If the child has some sewing experience and is patient enough, the whole thing could be done by hand, and an experienced seamstress with lots of wool felt and embroidery floss could turn this into a work of art!
And I just have to share something I’m super proud of…
These shoes took forever to make, since all the sewing was done by hand except for some topstitching. I think I broke 3 needles in the process but am SO pleased with the final result! Yes, I made the jeans too if you’re wondering 🙂 The shoes were made as “outies” but formed on a last with a modified version of this pattern also see more here. Should you be inspired to try some (easier than this) people or doll shoes check out these links:
This week we’re doing a classic shoe – Mary Janes. These are a little harder to line up the upper and sole than last week’s and have straps and closures.
Remember how I said this shoemaking endeavor started with people shoes? So what you’ll find HERE is a pattern and all the instructions you’ll need to complete a simple, turned, women’s size US9/EU 40 shoe or slipper if you’d prefer.
A doll version of the pattern is included also, but the straps are set back a little so the strap falls more over the ankle. I find for doll size that helps them stay on better than having the strap at the instep, but if you eliminate that point and curve you can also turn this into ballet flats. Sorry there are no pix of the doll version, I made them all in flannel to check fit but they weren’t as cute as the bird ones 🙂
You might want to wait until next week to see an easier way to do this for Hearts for Hearts/Cheries.