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Happy Valentine’s Day!


I meant to post this last year and Hinamatsuri got in the way.  Don’t know what that is?  Click here https://jenwrenne.wordpress.com/2013/02/03/hinamatsuri/ to find out…also to see what my photos looked like before I got better at image processing.  🙂

Anyway, I made this Queen of Hearts dress last year for Sasha and Galina, but if you have Girl For All Time Matilda, it would look perfect on her too!  Before you ask, no, it is not sized for AGs and I have no immediate plans to do so.

galina queen hearts castle(click to enlarge…background is from publicdomainpictures.net)

Download Queen of Hearts Dress Pattern Here 

*****If you are making it for Sasha or Girl for All Time shorten sleeve by 1/2″ (~1cm)******

Other fun stuff:

A lovely photo of Galina in the mola blouse from Murray

And check out costuraquasereta’s blog for another look for the fall blouse and, I think, A-line skirt

A size chart of different doll feet  I traced to help with your shoemaking/buying

Made something from a Wren*Feathers pattern?  I love seeing your creations!!  Send me a link or post it here:  https://www.facebook.com/wrenfeathers

Stay tuned … a new installment of “Where’s Jasmine” is coming soon!!

And not doll-related, but…

School-based SLPs do a difficult job with little to no recognition [long rant deleted]  If your child gets speech-language services at school, stop at the grocery store, get a little box of Valentine’s candy and stick it in the SLP’s mailbox at school with a little note saying  “Thank you for working with______”.   I promise, it will be the nicest thing that happened to her all week!  

Galina on horseback




Normally this blog shows you how to make stuff for your dolls, but sometimes I just want to share some cute pictures.   This gnome was made by Pat C. from the fairy patterns (and I am so envious of her perfect hand stitching!):




Paradise horses (http://paradise-horses.com/our_products/horses) makes a line to fit 18” dolls that is sold at Walmart, which made me extremely skeptical about their quality.   Well, I am excited to say that in my opinion it is probably the best 18” doll horse around.  In my quest for a decent doll horse, I immediately dismissed the Target ones, because they don’t have fur and (judging by old ones I’ve seen at thrift stores) their bodies do not hold up well over time.  The AG horses do have fur, but it’s sort of a skin slipped over a plastic body and the serging around the ears and legs just looks silly.  Both of those horses are completely un-poseable, so they are always stuck in a stand or gallop.  The Paradise horse has 2 joints in each leg at the knee and hoof, which I found marvelous to help stabilize him on uneven ground during this photo shoot (see photo below).  His ears are bendable and you can (sort of) open his mouth a little.  The mane and tail are not the best quality fiber, but for the price (I think around $30) this horse was well worth it!

 Galina’s wearing jeans from the jeans & jacket pattern (you can see it here: https://jenwrenne.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/free-back-to-school-patterns-for-dolls/) and the shirt pattern was adapted from one that will be coming to you FREE in October!  She borrowed the boots from a Karito kid)

Celtic/Renfaire outfit (or “What else can I do with that fairy pattern…”)


The very versatile fairy bodice (free pattern here: https://jenwrenne.wordpress.com/2012/07/16/patterns-and-tutorial-sort-of/) has turned into a Celtic/Renfaire outfit here:


I used Simplicity 2768 for the chemise, but lengthened the sleeves a lot and gathered them under a band of fabric.


Here is a closeup of the little pouch I actually made for Sasha’s Scottish costume (it’s OK, my dolls like to share)



Same pattern, same setting, different fabric, totally different feel…