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Summer sew along week 3


Nils models this week’s tunic

Get the pattern and info here

If you’ve been wishing the sew along had girl patterns, you’re in luck!

There are suggestions to turn this into a girl’s dress (kirtle) in the pattern and you can click here: [link] for an apron and head covering! The embroidery on her apron is not as authentic as it could be, check the links in this week’s pattern for embroidery and braiding suggestions or add a row of cardwoven trim.

The sleeves should be big enough to accommodate dolls with larger arms like AGAT, but them check with a muslin first, especially if it’s fitting over the undershirt!

Summer sew along week 2


Don’t you love when you spent hours on a pattern in the first place and then a few weeks later go to paste in pattern pieces in preparation for putting onto the blog and find out they somehow didn’t save, and then you have to go rooting through your recycle bin examining tiny scraps for half an hour and then scan them and redo the whole mess? Yeah, me too. And then after that when you find the original file that you knew you had done but saved with a different name…

This week we will make the pants and boots for our medieval boy. If you finished some of your tablet weaving, you can also make the legwraps! If not, you can use some grosgrain ribbon instead. 🙂

Get this week’s patterns and background info here:

Shoe school 101


So, it’s kind of a long story why, but I’ve started making shoes.  No, not for dolls, for me.  But I’m learning a lot in the process, and it’s certainly applicable to doll shoes, so I thought it would be nice to share and help you either start or improve your doll shoemaking skills.
Not covered:
Sandals: For doll size, you just cut two pieces of craft foam to fit her foot, then find some ribbon to use for straps. Tape the first sole onto the doll’s foot, arrange ribbons as desired and glue to bottom of first sole, the glue on the second sole, sandwiching the raw edges of ribbon in between.
Moccasins can be found here: https://jenwrenne.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/tlingit.pdf

For the next few weeks, I’ll be posting “Shoe School” which will likely include:
• Turnshoes (medieval and modern)
• Out-stitched shoes
• Lasted shoes

These will be posted in order of complexity, so you can follow along and learn something new every week!

Putting sandals and moccasins aside for the moment to focus on closed-style only, there are three basic ways a shoe gets made, and they fall into the categories of “innies” and “outies.” The first kind of “innies” are some of the oldest European footwear we know about, recovered from Scandinavian bogs and Medieval excavations. They’re called “turnshoes” and refer to the way they are constructed, by sewing all the seams and turning them right side out. I would say the majority of doll shoe patterns available commercially these days involve this kind of construction. It works great with materials like felt, fabric, and thin, flexible leather or leather substitutes.
This is a modern reproduction of a 10th C shoe from http://leatherhelms.com

It shows the unique triangular back found on many shoes from that period, and interesting (but not necessarily authentic) closure. Many shoes of this type were constructed with really ingenious leather “buttons” like this:

From the Barefoot Cordwainer on etsy.

And what does the doll version look like?  Well, I used wool felt, and then couldn’t just let the shoes stand on their own, noooo, I had to make a whole Viking costume to go with them!

Get shoe pattern here.   Get Viking outfit instructions here.

Get embroidery designs in .pes format here: 4×4 or 5×7