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The Maru patterns are finally ready!

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Apologies for unanswered comments…I am reading them but this time of year is SO busy for me I can barely keep up with the paperwork I’m officially being paid to do! 🙂

It might feel like a long time to you, but to me, September was a whirlwind of sewing and patternmaking and I’m amazed this all got done in about a month!  You’ll recall I was inspired by modern kids clothes and it was lots of fun translating already-adorable kids clothes into even more adorable doll clothes!

In the interests of having more than one model, and hoping to have some interactive 2-doll pix, I added Savannah to our doll family…not a fun process.  But if you already have one and want to sew for her a link to all the new patterns is here and scroll down for a FREE pattern too!

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The whole collection includes:

  • Pea coat
  • Two blouses with front/side/sleeve variations
  • Shirtwaist dress
  • Pretty Prints dress
  • Versatility Pants with fitted waist and working pockets
  • Elastic-waist pants (not shown above)
  • A-line dress or jumper with optional collar
  • High-waisted gathered skirt dress
  • Raglan shirt (for jersey/micro fleece)
  • Boho blouse
  • Super Easy skirt

They’re available individually and in sets of 2-3 here and I also put all of them together in one bundle that saves you $11 over buying them individually.  It’s listed here.

Learning to share

I’m always excited when dolls can share clothes!  Remember how I said when I got Tanya I was upset that I couldn’t scale patterns up or down from any other doll to fit her?  Well, I recently got a Paola Reina Las Amigas Cristi doll and was thrilled to find many of the Maru patterns I’d been drafting work when copied at 60% for her!  This is great news, because the PRs are smaller than Hearts for Hearts, and now I don’t need to start from scratch to clothe her!  (size comparison pic here: https://flic.kr/p/pjDNJa)

Who else can share clothes with Maru?  Well, you’ll be happy to hear Journey Girls can share a lot of patterns.  As a rough guideline, you can adapt many of the Maru patterns to fit the JGs like this:

  • Shorten long sleeves by ¾” (2cm)
  • Shorten skirts by 1.25” (3cm)
  • Loose-fitting pants may work, shortened 1.25″ as for skirts, but tight-fitting pants definitely won’t, since Maru’s legs are skinnier.

Check out this cute, easy and FREE dress pattern:

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Click here for T-shirt dress pattern

Instructions included in pattern for adaptations for Journey Girls, Cheries, Sasha, AG, etc.

Wear it by itself or with a sweater and leggings if it’s already getting cold where you are

What have you been up to?

I love seeing your creations and inspirations from my patterns!  You’re always welcome to send me links to your pix or blog posts showing what you’ve done.  Katy did a blog post about the summer sew-along here: http://1960sgirl.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/wrenfeathers-summer-sew-along-2014/  Her pic of Shola illustrates that the right fabric can be decoration enough…and that maybe I need to take a trip “across the pond” to stock up on some Liberty fabrics 🙂

Speaking of other websites you might enjoy, check out this free printable for a cute little pop-up book that seems to be a nice size for 18″ and larger dolls:

http://www.thetoymaker.com/Toypages2/100TheSecretGarden/100TheSecretGarden.html

Coming soon:

Another free and very easy Maru pattern

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Maru and Friends works in progress…

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I usually try to post on Fridays, but work and life get in the way sometimes.  Although I still have a lot to do, I thought I’d share a few of the things I’ve already finished making for my Maru Tanya as well as  my Inspiration for a Modern Maru Wardrobe.  With any luck these will be available as patterns in the next couple of weeks, and of course, there will be FREEBIES too!

Dolls are sold here http://www.maruandfriends.com/ You might notice my Tanya is an older model, the newer ones have a different wig.

You can see (and pin) these pix from my flickr page here

Maru and Friends

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Have you heard of Maru and Friends?  (If not, you can see them here and Toy Box Philosopher did a very detailed review here)

Whereas AG has their finger on the pulse of what real girls want to wear right now, many Maru outfits seem really dated.

Take a stroll through the mall …the trends right now are skinny jeans, graphic prints, and bright colors.

Absolutely NOT flared, embroidered jeans.

Wonderful blouse but…seriously?  Pleated gingham culottes?  With cargo pockets? 😛

These outfits definitely do not do justice to these beautiful dolls, so I ordered Tanya about 2 years ago, when they were having a sale and figured I would sew lots of cute stuff for her.  All of Dianna Effner’s dolls are beautiful and Tanya is no exception.  They did a nice job on the face painting and chose high-quality eyes.  I was thrilled until I pulled her out, stripped her down (yes, clothing was nicely made also) and saw her body.  Hmmm.   Her shoulders seem to come up too high and slope steeply, and then her legs look too thin to support that oddly-shaped torso.  I measured her, and found that she’s not the same size as ANY other doll I have, nor could I easily scale another doll’s clothes up or down on a copier to fit.

Here’s a picture comparison of KnC, Maru (Tanya) and AG

And a more detailed chart of measurements (in inches):

bust waist inseam arm between shoulder
20″ Tanya (Maru) 10.5 9.5 7.5 6.5 4.25
18″ AG 11.25 11 6.5 5 4.75
18″ Maplelea 11 10.75 6.5 6 4.5
18″ Journey Girl 10.25 10 6.25 5.75 3.25
18″ Magic Attic/Carpatina 9.5 8.625 6 5.5 3.5
18″ Kidz n cats (original mold) 8.5 8.5 6.5 5.5 3

I hunted and hunted all over the internet for patterns and found nothing.  After making her a few things with AG patterns I had lengthened, and being less than pleased, she went back in her box and I forgot about her.

Fast forward to now…still can’t find any patterns for sale, so it looks like I need to make some!  I strolled around the mall, got ideas from current kids clothes, and Tanya is out of her box and being fitted for a fabulous wardrobe!  She’s shown in my muslins of jeans and blouse below.  They need a little tweaking, but overall, I’m pleased 🙂

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Sooo, now I’m wondering whether to do this as a personal project or share it here on the blog.  If no one needs patterns for these dolls, I can save myself a lot of picture taking and typing by keeping this a personal project and not putting it up on the blog.  On the other hand, if you have a Maru Friend who’s clamoring to be dressed in something cute, maybe you’d like to do some sewing for her!

Should Maru and Friends patterns appear on the blog? Please vote here!

It’s just one question and will only take a second!

Update: The survey is closed, thank you to everyone who voted!

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