This is my favorite time of year! Birds are singing and flying around busily with twigs and bits of fluff for their nests and every little flower pushing its way up out of the dirt makes me smile. Every time I go for a walk I keep taking deep breaths to smell the beautiful blossoms on all the bushes and trees.
This week’s dress celebrates daffodil time! It’s such a simple pattern, it seems to cry out for lace and embroidery and trim, but in this case I stuck with the simplicity of a daffodil – just some petals and a ruffle.
This is the final pattern of our 1950s series for 14″ dolls, have you been keeping up? Posting pix? If you haven’t, how about this for an incentive: I’ve been working on some REALLY cute 1950s dresses for AG size that feature embroidery and other special touches and you can enter to win the new collection of patterns! Here’s a sneak peek:
How to enter:
- Post pix of all the outfits you’ve made from this 14″ doll 1950s series here. (Yes, you can take one photo of a bunch of dolls in all the outfits if you prefer)
- Enter the link(s) to your photos here before April 26 at midnight
- The winner will be chosen at random by a number generator and announced next Thursday!
There is NO other way to enter. Do NOT try to enter this contest by emailing me photos or ask me to enter you any other way. You must post your photo(s) on the flickr page and then submit the link(s) in the form.
Don’t feel like going through all that work to enter a contest? The new 1950s AG collection will be available on etsy next week!
Exercise is a great mood-booster even if you’re not depressed/anxious. In addition to last week’s tips, getting someone out of the house for a brisk walk can be SO helpful. Yes, even if they’re trudging along behind you muttering, “I said I wanted to stay home. I want to go home. I can’t do this.”
Continuing in the vein of vintage patterns, this week’s is a mid-century gym suit. Doing a quick google search, it seems something similar to these one-piece uniforms were the norm for quite a while, from maybe the late 1940s through at least the mid-1960s, when my mom was in high school. This blue color seems to have been regulation in most of the country, with obligatory embroidery of your name on it. Anyone live during the era of these gym suits and want to share “fond memories” (I say that in the most sarcastic tone possible) or info about color/style?
In plain solid colors, it will make a great historical gym uniform for Molly/Emily, Mary Ellen or Melody.
This was kind of a time-consuming pattern to figure out and sew, and normally I put such things on etsy rather than free on the blog. In lieu of payment, if you download this pattern please get SOMEONE outside with you a few times this week to exercise! You’ll be boosting mood AND creating/reinforcing a social connection – both of which are essential to good mental health.
A podcast you might like that explores our attitudes toward exercise and motivates you can be accessed here: http://www.wbur.org/magicpill. You can even sign up for a 21-day motivational email-a-day to get you exercising! I haven’t heard them all yet, but episode 2 did have a sentence or two not suitable for children, so it might be best to read or listen with headphones if you have kids in the room.