Ok, we’ve reached the final week. How is your doll’s trousseau shaping up? Full of exquisite little accessories? Yes, I did have a multi-sized pattern for the blouse/skirt/bretelles, along with authentic skirt designs to do in soutache/ribbon, but it has disappeared somewhere in my computer. 😦 If it reappears, of course I’ll post it, but in the meantime I was saving some of the best accessories for last – this week has my favorite paper craft (a photo album) AND my favorite shoes (toe cap boots).
This post was done during the summer, and in a fit of super-planning in August, I also did posts to appear for the next two weeks with other stuff that you will love. Thank goodness! Right now crafting/sewing/blogging/laundry/etc. is not happening because work is so overwhelming. I will try but if your comments don’t get answered, please know it’s because of that and not that you’re being ignored.
You may have already opened your Christmas doll, but the holidays aren’t over yet! We still have New Year’s to celebrate!
My Christmas doll was adorable, but came with a stained head from her wig 😦
See more pix of her here
This next photo comes to you from http://poupeesdeline.blogspot.com/. She made a little house for her Cherie and Paola Reina Liu. The wonderful teapot is actually a people-size tea infuser. I also like the little touches like ikebana (floral arrangement) and that their belts are different colors 🙂
I had really grandiose plans for this post, but you know how sometimes the universe seems out to get you? Yeah, that was this week. Nothing went right with my crafting projects, so let’s just call it a miracle I managed to get this done.
Note that this outfit was originally going to have authentic undies. You can make them from batiste/thin silk using this skirt pattern, and the top from the karate gi. Shorten the sleeves and leave off the collar, or make it a contrast color. She’s missing shoes too and doesn’t have a bento to eat! Like I said, the universe was out to get me. 🙂 Try here: https://jenwrenne.wordpress.com/2013/02/03/hinamatsuri/ for food and shoes you can adapt smaller.
The colder it gets, the more layers we need…this week I added leggings and a scarf. The leggings pattern here will fit Little Darlings/Cheries and can be lengthened for H4H. For 16″-18″ dolls, there’s a tights pattern in the ballerina/ice skater set, the Maru pattern combo, and the Kidz n Cats fairy set. (all available here) Just cut off to desired length to make leggings, which usually fall anywhere from just below the knee to ankle. Stretch cotton or fleece make perfect doll scarves because they don’t need hemming and usually drape nicely. Cut a scrap from your leggings remnants or add some color with another fabric.
If you’d like an “indoor” look, it probably goes without saying that adding a long-sleeved T underneath also makes a sleeveless dress work for colder times too. This pattern can be adapted to make a nicely fitted long-sleeved T (Missing AG sleeve is here)
I also did a T for Maru and Friends and forgot to ever post it here or put on etsy or something. It would look nice under the A-line dress for them too!
(jeans pattern available here)
I just love when you share interesting new things you’ve created with my patterns! Sr. Sarah Jean made the dress below using the bodice from the basic dress (from this year’s summer sew-along) (https://jenwrenne.wordpress.com/2014/06/13/summer-sew-along-part-2/) and skirt from this: https://jenwrenne.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/pointed-yoke-a-line.pdf.
I love the subtle contrast she got from using two shades of the same color