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The votes are in and…

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Wow, the summer sew-along vote was very close!  The whole week long, I kept checking and it hovered around 50% for both options.  Eventually, near the end, someone must have mobilized some friends to vote for the smaller dolls and they ended up winning.  Then I realized…oops!  There were comments enabled!  I totally did not intend to do that as part of the survey, but ended up being glad I did and carefully reading all the opinions.  This blog actually started with me sharing patterns of things I was making for my Kidz n Cats since there was nothing out there for them at the time.  More and more AG size stuff got added due to requests, but thank you to those that reminded me there are already a TON of patterns out there for the 18” dolls, while our poor little ones get neglected.  

The summer sew-along will most likely be the whole month of June, and focus on Paola Reina’s Las Amigas.  I especially like the Paola Reinas because they’re made in Europe, and if you watch their video on youtube, it shows their factory roof is covered in solar panels.  Makes me feel less guilty buying things that might be a little more responsibly manufactured than some of the things made in China!  If you don’t have those, the patterns will also fit Bleuette, Corolle Cheries, Little Darlings, etc. and I’ll have some resizing instructions too!

At least the first dress pattern will also be sized for April, just to make sure you have something to sew for your “big girls” that month 😉

Speaking of April, her journal is only partially ready, but she got a sewing machine for her birthday.  The OG sewing set comes with a cute little pattern envelope and a simple A-line dress pattern sized for 18″ OGs.  The first thing she made was a very basic little…

Felt dress pattern for Sienna

If you’re wondering, yes, it will fit all the dolls shown below!

  I had every intention of turning this into a contest, since it’s hard to beat an A-line dress as a blank canvas.  Then I thought about having to pick a winner and come up with a prize and how many IEPs I have to finish before the end of the school year and…yeah.  If you’d like to be super creative with your dress and post it here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2825314@N20/ I’m sure everyone would LOVE to see it!

(I will not apologize, I will not apologize, I will not apologize)

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to not feel guilty if I don’t post something every week on the blog.  While I have skipped weeks here and there, I seem to not be able to not feel guilty.  😦  I had SO many ideas and plans at the beginning of the whole “April thing” and then I feel terrible when they stay stuck in my head instead of appearing here.  Then there’s the whole journal, which takes away from sewing time, and with the “return” of her friend Abril, who has a really awesome weaving-related story (also still stuck in my head) I’ve been weaving up a storm, including some huipil panels:

huipil and hat

and also learned to do this strange sort of stretchable needle-knotting that accidentally turned into a very cute hat for Ten Ping:

hat

gigi hat

If only she had a sweater to match! Hmmm…

The tutorial for this fun little hat should be ready soon.  Don’t have a tiny doll?  Turn it upside down and add a strap – it’s a purse for a larger doll!  To prepare, you’ll need to make yourself a big wooden needle, and after some experiments and failures, it appears that gauge might be somewhat important.  My needle was from a 5mm dowel (that’s just under 1/4″) and roughly 3″ long.  The point should be only as sharp as a knitting needle and the hole you drill in it should accommodate worsted-weight yarn easily.  Sand and finish it satiny-smooth.

If someone in your house is obsessed with knots, you can get started now – this is ABK #3542/3544.  If that someone doesn’t have the ABK , either they’re not truly obsessed or I just told you what they want for their next birthday!  🙂

 

 

Tiny doll sewing challenge!

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Always wanted a Maplelea but didn’t want to pay Canadian postage?

No, I’m not getting any compensation for this, and I stumbled on it by accident.  If you live in the US, guess where you can now get Maplelea dolls with free shipping?  Amazon!!  I don’t know if it will be a permanent thing, but as of today, they had a lot of clothes and shoes for similar prices to the Maplelea website, plus Saila, Leonie, Alexa, and a couple different friend dolls for US$100 with free shipping!  That’s pretty great, considering postage on just one doll shipped from Toronto to Colorado is US$28-$42 depending on the shipping method!  Right now, these three are in my cart and I have a bday coming up…stay tuned to see which (if any) of them actually make it to my house! (Images below from amazon.com where you can get these dolls)

 

Ok, and now for the Tiny Doll Sewing Challenge!

tiny sewing chall

A lot of people feel intimidated by sewing for very small dolls, but in my opinion, if you have an appropriate style and pattern, it can be just as easy as sewing for an AG!  This project is no more difficult than sewing a cuff to a gathered sleeve for a bigger doll, and can be customized in numerous ways.  That’s where you come in:

Do something creative with this pattern

and then post a pic here.

It was designed for Ten Ping, but any doll with a roughly 4″ chest can fit into this pattern, so go find a vintage Skipper/modern Ginny at a thrift store, they’ll both fit into it too!  Also Riley, Tiny Betsy McCall, Dal, 20cm BJDs, and probably a lot more I don’t know about!*  Add a little width to the back for vintage Ginny (she said, after making a dress and sending it to her mom for Christmas and finding out it was too small…)

Some theme ideas to start your brainstorming:

  • Eyelet/ Ribbon/ Lace
  • Steampunk
  • Fairy
  • Mardi Gras
  • Halloween
  • Birthday girl
  • Heirloom
  • Bedtime
  • Recycled vintage textiles
  • Beads/buttons
  • Ice cream sundae
  • Ethnic
  • Flower girl

Is your outfit really awesome?  Like contest-winning awesome?  Enter to win the entire set of Ten Ping patterns coming next week!

You can see some of the dress patterns here, and there will also be a play clothes set and one called “Shanghai winter” based on my favorite Ten Ping outfit by Ruby Red.

To enter your dress in a contest to win 3 sets of patterns designed to fit 8” dolls like Ten Ping:

  1. Post a pic of it somewhere online (flickr, pinterest, your blog, whatever) and copy the link
  2. Go here: [link removed, contest entries are closed]
  3. Enter your first name, email address, and link to your pic

Contest entries get time stamped and must be in by midnight Jan. 19th, 2015.  Judging will be based on creativity and uniqueness.  Winner will be announced Jan. 23rd on the blog.

Have fun!

*This is meant to be a challenge to inspire you to sew for your poor, neglected,  itty bitty dolls that never get new clothes because they’re “difficult to sew for”.  If you really don’t have anyone that small, you can try copying the pattern at 137% and shortening skirt to fit 10″ Tonner dolls like Ann Estelle, Patsy, etc. Check the fit by wrapping the pattern around the doll before you sew it in good fabric!

josefina in ten ping dress

 

UPDATE:  A lot of people have asked, so here’s a pic of how the dress fits a mini AG without alteration.  I’d suggest maybe shortening the bodice by about 1/4″ and overlapping the closure in back.  You may want to shorten the skirt, or leave it long for a dressier look.