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.
I had hoped to post this last Friday, but Clem did not show up until the end of the week and I couldn’t get all the pictures taken in time. In the meantime, I worked on customizing my Dal “pinocchio”. I got her last year and we never really “bonded”. She had no lip paint to speak of, weird orange eyelids and ugly hair and eyes. (I bought her because she was cheap). Anyway, I looked into getting new eyes for her but they are quite expensive. So I bought some glass cabochons (12mm) and mod-podged on images of actual eyes printed on a laser printer. You can do a google image search for “eye iris” to find some you like and then modify the color and pupil size in any graphics editing program.
I was originally going for blue like the original, but the green looked better. I then painted her eyelids, added a little more blush, sanded the gloss off her lips and darkened them with chalk pastels and acrylic gloss and finally put her on an obitsu body. Her original wig was trimmed and re-styled. I think we’re going to be friends now 🙂
I was thrilled to see she can easily share clothes with Sasha, 16″ Kaethe Kruse and Kidz n Cats. If you’re new here because of Clem, click the “about” tab to find LOADS OF FREE PATTERNS
(The overalls pattern in Sasha size)
(from the Feedsack collection)
And fits well into all the NEW stuff I already made for her:
Yep, all the outfits are sized for AGs as well!
You can get the collection here and remember to use the coupon code 20off20 and save 20% off any $20 purchase! It’s good until Nov. 11
**Any purchase you make in my Etsy shop between now and November 10th is your “raffle ticket” to win the Caroline collection you see here: https://jenwrenne.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/new-patterns-and-tigers-and-bears-oh-my/ if you put the word “Caroline” in the notes to seller.** (In case it’s not clear, doll, shoes, and socks are not included ) I will put all of your order numbers into a box and choose one on November 11. If you have made a purchase recently and forgot to enter the drawing, just find your order number and send it to me in an email with the word “Caroline” in the subject.