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!
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
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:
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:
Another free and very easy Maru pattern