To help with your dolls’ sleep hygiene, this week’s pattern is a 60s-70s quilt. It would work for AG Julie and maybe Melody, as well as vintage 70s dolls like Crissy, Velvet, Sasha, etc. or modern dolls that enjoy a retro vibe to their decor.
Templates are provided for you to do it as fusible web applique, but slower and faster methods are options as well. You could cut the motifs out of freezer paper and stencil them [post here] or add seam allowances and do needle-turn appliqué by hand. You could also use one small motif to make blocks for a more traditional looking quilt. Although this quilt itself was never made for a particular doll, the motif appeared on the packaging and furniture of a doll popular in the late 1960s and 70s. She’s still around now, although the packaging motifs have been updated. If you can guess who she is, you’ll know who might be appearing on the blog soon!
Since it’s more than likely your doll bed is not the same size as mine, I provided the quilt center and you can add strips on the sides to make it into the size you require. My strips were 2” wide. Should you need to enlarge/reduce it significantly, just divide the size you want by the size it is to get a percentage to reduce/enlarge and photocopy at that percentage.
This top reminds me of the very short empire-waist Sasha dresses from the 70s. She wore them alone or sometimes over pants. (All these photos will enlarge if you click them)
You can gather the sleeves (or shorten them) and wear over pants or lengthen into a dress.
Leave the sleeves ungathered for a more AG “Julie” 70’s look. She’s wearing this over the gathered pocket skirt from last week.
DOWNLOAD THE DRESS HERE
And in flood updates, I haven’t been more than a mile away from my house in two weeks but they expect to have the main road out of our canyon open by…Thanksgiving. Then again, our gas wasn’t supposed to be turned on for another 2-3 weeks and we just got it back yesterday! Hooray! And not a moment too soon, since the snow line should be dropping to 7500′ tonight. (For you flatlanders, “snowline” means that precipitation falls as snow above that altitude.) For the moment, with the road closures, I have had to take a leave of absence from work. Bad for me, since the best part of my job is working with kids and the yuckiest part is the paperwork/bureaucracy. Now I won’t be able to see the kids or get a paycheck, but I still keep getting emails about paperwork to do. 😛 It’s good for you, though, because I’ll have more time to devote to sewing/blogging. So look for lots of new stuff and probably a coupon for my etsy store next month!
Oh, and speaking of “good for you” I also made this to go with the skirt the JLY dolls come with, since I think that pink tee they come in looks like a onesie:
Violet’s kawaii smock is a ROUGH pattern I made for personal use (ROUGH = pieces aren’t marked and there are no directions) but I thought I’d post it here. Lots of you have been sewing since before I was born, so I’m sure you can figure it out. 🙂 It would make a great PJ top too in flannel or a lovely dress if lengthened in a dark/print fabric and contrasting white yoke/collar.