A 1960s collection sized for both AG and slim 16″-18″
(yes, including the new Girl for all Time, Sam!!)
(yes, including the new Girl for all Time, Sam!!)
Where we live in the mountains, none of the houses have air-conditioning, since at our altitude it rarely gets unbearably warm. In fact, last week, we actually had our heat on because it poured rain for two days and the high was 50F! Down on “the flat” where I work it’s a different story…always at least 10 degrees warmer and without the afternoon showers that cool things off. And now it’s mid-August. You know, the hottest time of the year when people would prefer to be up in the mountains? And yet, we go back to school next week, which means it’s time to go on a spending spree with the large budget of zero dollars my district provides their SLPs to buy fun stuff like tissues, Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, stickers, markers, glue sticks, lollipops, etc.
I had a professor in my undergrad SLP classes who told us all the time, “You should be able to do therapy with nothing but a paper clip!” Her point was not to rely on pre-made materials to motivate and instruct, but on yourself and your own knowledge and skills. I agree with her wholeheartedly, but when a kid sneezes on your paper clip and has snot running down her face, you also need tissues and hand sanitizer. 🙂
Maybe your doll needs something cute, cool, and comfortable to deal with her un-air-conditioned classroom, or maybe she’s still on summer vacation. Either way she will love this dress and you can learn about the three different types of angles you might want to use to clip various seam edges so they press perfectly after you turn them.
A few more things:
I realized later there wasn’t a clear link to the smocking pattern last week, so I updated that post, but here it is again: https://www.etsy.com/listing/196456657/classic-smocked-dress-set-for?ref=shop_home_active_1
If you don’t have a paypal account, my etsy shop is now set up to accept credit cards AND etsy gift cards! I organized it a bit too, and you can see categories now in the sidebar to help you quickly find things. Here’s the link
I had planned to list a bunch of pre-pleated kits for smocking in case you are eager to try machine smocking but don’t have a pleater. I went out and bought a bunch of fabric, washed and dried it, and then realized it might be a big task to make them in all the different sizes and keep them organized somehow, so…
This is what I have available right now. It’s a lightweight poly/cotton blend gingham. The one that looks black is actually navy blue. Let me know what size doll you need it for and I will pleat the front panel for you according to the pattern measurements and include enough fabric to make the rest of the dress for $8 plus shipping (about $2 probably)
If I don’t melt in the heat, more Back To School projects are coming soon! Also stuff for Sasha Baby, and there’s still a big historical project in the works…
If you’re new to the blog, there’s a GREAT post with backpack, lunch, and assorted school supplies tutorial here
Unless your dolls are going to back to school at Hogwarts, in which case, they’ll want the stuff here:
Ever wonder happens when you buy one of my patterns? (Well, obviously, you print it out and go sew) Me? I do a little happy dance, and then I add that total to a list I keep on my fridge. That’s my budget for buying new dolls, fabrics, trims etc. Buying new fabric and dolls inspires me to create new patterns for you, but you are also encouraging me to produce more free patterns. I try to give back to the doll community and keep a good ratio of free patterns to more complex ones that end up being for sale. If you’re thinking, oh… that’s nice… another free pattern, I will share with you some of the emails that I have gotten. There are moms and grandmas out there who have to save up to buy the little girl in their life a Hearts for Hearts Girl or Our Generation doll. I have gotten more than one email from them saying they can’t afford to buy patterns or new fabric, but are so thankful they can use my free patterns and cut up old clothes to make things for their little girl’s doll.
The newest collection I’ve created is a Regency era set. Most of the pieces are based on AG’s Caroline wardrobe, and I was doing this as a personal project, thinking that I might end up with a Carolyn for Christmas. Well, “Santa” informed me that probably won’t happen, but Lanie was nice enough to fill in as a model. If there’s going to be a Caroline at your home soon, or your other dolls love to pretend they are in a Jane Austen novel, these patterns will let you clothe them in AG-style outfits for a lot less than it would cost you to buy the “real thing”. Everything you see below is included in one set of patterns to fit AG-size dolls here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/165050561/regency-sewing-pattern-set-for-american?ref=shop_home_active
Last year, someone (I think it was Barb) asked for Halloween costumes that could be creative, like something other than the standard witch, ghost, etc. Well, it took a year, but I came up with something that can fill a wide variety of costume needs! It can also serve as cozy pajamas, and it’s just adorable when dolls dress up as teddy bears, no matter what time of year it is!
Violet wanted to go as a tiger this year, and Atsuko decided to be a teddy bear. There are no instructions included with this pattern, it’s fairly straightforward. If you can sew a raglan T-shirt and basic pajama pants, you can sew this. (CLICK photo to enlarge)
I apologize that I did not have time to resize this for Sasha/Kidz n Cats. Enlarging the 13-14″ pattern to 133% should work, although you may need to adjust the length of sleeves and pants. Quarter inch seams are included.
You know how I said two new historical collections were coming? Well, the next one has been delayed a bit, because it’s inspired by Molly, who AG is retiring at the end of this year 😦 and Clementine, the new doll from “A girl for all time,” who is supposed to be from the 1940s. She was supposed to arrive mid-September, then late September, then was supposed to ship this week…well she hasn’t yet, but when she finally does arrive, she’ll have lots of new clothes ready and waiting for her!
Her measurements are similar to Sasha’s, but she is jointed like the earlier Kidz n Cats. When the company first started, I sincerely contemplated Matilda, but you had to order the dolls from the UK, which meant high postage costs. They now have a US website: http://www.agirlforalltime.us/ which is offering free shipping at the moment should you want to get one (which really makes me regret pre-ordering Clementine in August!)
So I leave you with a “sneak peek” of what’s to come next week (assuming Clementine arrives soon for her photo shoot):
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.
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.
There is a new line of dolls by Käthe Kruse called Marie Kruse Stylista. They are basically the standard Toni dolls, with differently painted eyes. They come with two sheets of clothing that kids can cut out and adorn with glitter and rhinestones and rearrange in a variety of ways as well as separate clothing packs for more possibilities.
I was so excited by this wonderful idea, that I ordered one. Well, when I got her I was kind of disappointed. Mine came with her wig glued on sort of sideways. She had not been secured into her box properly and by the time she arrived her face had several shiny spots rubbed onto it. I could have dealt with that if the clothing were great, but what I got in the clothing package bore no resemblance to the promotional video you can see here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmjd_7Q3gXs (I love that they dressed the girls in the same outfits as the dolls!)
It looks like you will get an entire wardrobe of coordinating clothes. What I actually got was a bodysuit and bag out of blue and green striped fabric, and a long T-shirt dress, pants and a shawl out of rainbow striped fabric. Oh, and a whole bottle of gold glitter glue and a package of red rhinestones. So, not only was I mildly dissatisfied with the doll, I was really dissatisfied with the clothing selection. For $100, the doll did not even come with shoes, and had mismatched clothes. In her defense, you can buy her in Europe for a lot less – I found her on a German toy website for 59 Euros and free shipping, which right now is about $78. So I sent her back, and ordered a somewhat more expensive Elea Julie doll instead. I’ve been having a lot of regrets, because the concept of the Stylista clothing is pretty darn cool. Not to mention the fact that Julie was HORRIBLY STAINED! I mean, really, who uses magenta thread to serge the inside of a doll garment? That’s just begging for stains. Anyway, after two weeks slathered in zit cream and wrapped in saran wrap she was better, and I replicated a similar wardrobe for my Julie. A lot of the pieces in the MK line are just simple cylinders that can be used in a number of ways, such as arm/leg warmers, or larger ones that could be used maybe as a skirt or a hat or cowl or tube top or….
The original clothing looks like it was sewn on a huge industrial embroidery machine. It comes with the interfacing still attached, with white sewing lines and red cutting lines. The clothing completely lacks any kind of fasteners or finishing, but I think that’s part of the charm. Random bits of scraps can be used as headbands, belts, scarves, etc. I was able to make everything you see pictured in just under an hour!
DOWNLOAD IT HERE It will not fit the Marie Kruse dolls, but if you have one and are a seamstress, obviously you can trace that clothes that came with her and sew lots more.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote and comment! Results of the voting from the last post are:
Yeah, it was pretty close so there are two things in the works right now...
Update: I regretted sending back the Stylista so much, that I ordered another one and it looks like maybe I had gotten a bad one, because the new one was fine and her clothes matched. Although there weren’t as many pieces as the girls in the video got and, seriously, no shoes for that price? Anyway, I found out she fits Sasha clothes if you print/copy them at 90% (may need to lengthen arms if it’s long sleeved) and fits AG clothes copied at 70% although they need a bit of tweaking and lengthening also. I’m in the process of creating a cute set of fall clothes as well as a coordinated combo for her based on this:
I know the AG fans saw and probably wanted this in the latest catalog and then saw it was $90 and thought, “If I only had the patterns I could make it for free!” Stay tuned!
Hearts for Hearts dolls has been teasing us with Mosi for a very long time now. At first, I wanted her as a Christmas present (That was in 2012) but she wasn’t out yet. Then I wanted her for my birthday (which is in January) and she still wasn’t out yet! Finally in March they posted on their Facebook page that she would be available this summer along with Shola, an incredibly beautiful new doll who is supposed to be from Afghanistan. To celebrate the arrival of the doll I have waited for for such a long time, blog readers are getting a free pattern! When Mosi was originally introduced, she was supposed to be Navajo, so the outfit I created for her is a traditional Navajo skirt and blouse.
You can download it here It’s sized for Mosi as well as American girl and Magic Attic, just in case you haven’t gotten around to getting Mosi yet.
Guess what else? There are 2 new pattern collections!
The first one is a set that represents many of the countries that the Hearts for Hearts Girls come from, including Afghanistan, Ethiopia, India, Mexico and more. Not only do they fit the Hearts for Hearts Girls, they are also sized to fit larger dolls like American Girls, Kidz n Cats and Sasha.
The second set is a unique concept I came up with to re-create most of the folk costumes of Europe! These patterns are sized to fit slim 16 to 18 inch and AG dolls, and include instructions for how to adapt them to fit Hearts for Hearts.
When I put out the Feedsack Fun book, I did get a couple of requests to remove and sell individual patterns from the book. The way it was structured, it was difficult to break it up into individual patterns. So this time I am breaking up each collection into parts. You can get Europe or each of the other individual countries’ patterns separately, or broken into two sets – Europe and Ethnic set#1. For all my wonderful blog subscribers, for the next three days you can use the code blog20 in my etsy shop to get 20% off if you buy both collections – that’s 245 pages of pattern pieces, photos, inspiration and instructions.
Click here to see the collections: https://www.etsy.com/shop/jenwrenne
If for some reason you are having problems with Etsy, please email me and I can send you a PayPal invoice instead.
Not into ethnic clothes? By request, the overalls and motorcycle jacket patterns are being resized to fit AGs! They will be bundled into the patterns that fit the slim dolls. Look for them in the etsy shop in the next few days!
Vote for the next FREE Mosi/Kaya project or submit a fabulous idea here:
Have you always wanted a Waldorf doll but been scared by the fancy materials and intimidating head construction? Well, my Sophie doll, despite being made of plastic, prefers to play with Waldorf-style toys. I whipped up this one for her from scraps I had around the house. You know, accessories are half the fun of doll play! No matter how pretty her dress is, a doll can always look better holding something cute like a doll of her own.
Click here for pattern and tutorial