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Heirloom lace dress for Nancy Famosa and Wellies

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I have a VERY special pattern for you today!  It’s suited for intermediate seamstresses who live somewhere so hot they just want to close the curtains, crank up the AC and sew for a few hours. 😉 That’s actually not me…the weather has been really pleasant up here so far this summer aside from some hail and a few days in the upper 80s, and we’ve never had this much rain that I remember, so the wildflowers are just incredible.

OK, back to the dress!  It’s shown above on a repro Nancy Famosa “Romántica” but the dress is inspired by Nancy “Caribe” from maybe 20 years ago (not sure – please comment if you know).  I’m just in love with this new Nancy, who has a gorgeous warm brown skin tone and sparkling turquoise eyes (they photographed a little on the greener side here).  Her hair feels softer than some of my other Nancys, so it may be they’ve used a different/higher quality hair for this one. 

  I know Nancy is not all that easy to find in the US, so before you start wondering who else it will fit…

Yep!  Even though they’re about 3” shorter, the Wellies have a very similar torso and arm to Nancy and can wear this dress too!   It would be a precious little flower girl or first communion dress for them, or use colored lace and a print fabric for a more modern/everyday look.  The dress is ankle-length on Nancy, and floor length on the Wellies, although changing the length on a rectangular skirt is no problem.

Get the pattern free here

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Speaking of the Wellies, I got a number of emails asking if the mini Maru collection would fit them.  I actually didn’t think so, but it turns out I was wrong!  The raglan T sleeves are a little tight, but otherwise all of the shirts and dresses fit them just fine as you can see here:

The 13″ size pants are too small, but there are similar (free!) elastic waist Wellie pants here: https://jenwrenne.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/wellie-jammies.pdf and their size of the Versatility pants is here:

If that makes you change your mind about whether to purchase the collection, or you missed it the first time, you are in luck! 

My etsy shop is participating in their Labor Day sale and this weekend EVERYTHING is 20% off, no minimum purchase or coupon code required! 

Happy long weekend of sewing! 🙂

Easy OR Heirloom-y Blouse for AGs

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AG has only rarely put out redheads with a really nice shade of red hair, and this is one of them!

I named her Pippa and came up with an elaborate backstory for her that is probably only interesting to me, so I’ll spare you it, but you might be interested to know she’s a time traveler!

Um, this week traveling to 2015 🙂

This blouse was inspired by a child-sized one from the Gap in case your daughter wants to match her doll

Get the free pattern for the lace peplum blouse here

Yes!  There’s a link to the machine embroidery file  in pattern – for personal use only, not to put on things to sell.

End of the sew-along and Madeira applique tutorial

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How did this happen?  It’s the end of the week already?  Eek!  Time got away from me.  Wishing everyone a happy and safe 4th of July!

Sadly, this will be the last week of the summer sew-along,  (Get your photos in by tonight! The final pattern goes out tomorrow!) but happily, about 60 people participated and their dollies have a bunch of new outfits to wear for the summer!  I hope you all had as much fun as I did!  “Crowd-sourcing” gave everyone way more inspiration than what I alone could have come up with, so thank you to everyone who’s been participating!  See all their pix and get inspired here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/summersewalong/

With any luck, because of the sew-along you’re “in the groove” with sewing and don’t want to stop!  Don’t worry, the sewing fun won’t stop anytime soon…I have two posts finished and scheduled for the next two weeks, they’ll be automatically posted on the next two Fridays while I stay away from the computer to work on another project.  What project is that?  It’s huge…and just what you said you want.  More shoes, more accessories and some historical stuff from a period I haven’t covered yet.  Here’s a teaser:

shola green ffd dress

 For this week, here’s a tutorial on how to do easy Madeira appliqué that you can use on anything, for example, to make an heirloom version of this week’s sew-along dress  pictured below.

Get the 5×7  embroidery design in .pes format free here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/upgthdtjffe4i2t/adorable%20aline%20heirloom%20version%20broderie.pes

And finally, can any Sasha experts help me out?


The girl on the right is named “sewing-room Sasha” because she lives there to help me with fitting. Mainly because she’s in poor condition and can’t be damaged much more by pins and such.  The other day I tried something on her that I had just made, and it was quite a bit looser than I’d expected.  I realized she is much smaller than my other three Sashas, whom I bought with tags and in their boxes and know are all 1970s Trendons.  The one on the left was a Gregor who came in a navy blue sweater and jeans – he turned into a Sasha when most of his hair fell out.

“Sewing-room Sasha” was purchased cheaply at a doll sale, and had been sadly used and abused. The originally blonde hair had been “dyed” with what appeared to be black shoe polish, and was dried to a stiff, disgusting mass. Smears of it were all over her head, neck, and shoulders too.  She was dressed in clothing that I knew was actual Sasha stuff, but was probably not original to her, including ankle strap leather shoes, and the same sweater that my (1970s) Caleb came in.  Her strings will be of no help, since she was restrung with sewing elastic at some point, and then DH had to restring her again when she came to live here.  Does anyone have a guess about her origins?  Thanks!

(and yes, obviously an ADORABLE new dress is in the works for Sasha, probably for back to school, hence the fitting difficulties!) 🙂