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Snowflake Dress

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The final post for 2019 is here! Appropriately timed too, since we’re about to get a lot of snow tomorrow 🙂

This dress came from the Winter Dress Contest entry by Noel Devine – see her original sketch in the pattern here. Doll is Our Generation Meagan available here: https://www.target.com/p/our-generation-doll-with-pet-golden-retriever/-/A-76150961

The tutorial details how to use cricut holographic film to create snowflake designs like I did, but note that even though I followed the package instructions to the letter, a couple of the snowflakes started peeling off at the edges a few hours later. ☹ I’d probably use freezer paper stencils and fabric paint if I were doing it over again, even though the sparkle effect is so cute.

Here is the png file for the snowflakes I made – see more info in the pattern.
Right click and choose “save image as” to download it in most browsers.

Contest winner!

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WOW, thank you for your amazing participation!  There were around 50 entrants, and some people submitted multiple outfits, giving me waaay too many choices 😵 

I put all my top contenders onto the screen at once and asked hubby to help me narrow down the choices, and then I said, “But this one’s not negotiable, you can’t eliminate it,” and he said, “Well, then you just found the winner!”  😜

I like it because it could be modern or historic, shirt or dress or jammies.  Lengthen the skirt, shorten the sleeves, make it in eyelet and it’s a 1970s flowergirl dress for a garden wedding.  Add a collar and eliminate the bottom ruffle and it’s a WWI era dress.  Make it in knit fabric with some fun iron-on designs and it’s a modern holiday dress…or shorten the skirt for a top and pair it with coordinated leggings, or make in a cozy flannel for pajamas.  The center panel gives you SO many options for decorating like a contrast fabric, embroidery, lace, beadwork, quilted panel, pintucks, buttons, woven ribbons, etc.  See how great it is?  

Everyone who entered the contest will get this pattern emailed to them, but if you didn’t enter you can also get it on etsy here:

What about all the other amazing entries that I wanted to make too?  After choosing the winner, there were several more that I really thought you’d also like to make, so phase 2 of the contest is…the party dress collection (coming soon!) AND some of your designs as FREEBIES here on the blog all through December!

Holiday Dress Contest!

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So, OG has released holiday dolls before, but I’ve never felt compelled to get one because it’s usually just the standard-face dolls with a holiday theme dress; great for a Christmas gift but not necessarily collectible.  This year’s dolls, however, both seem to have the new facemold that Mienna has, which I just LOVE.  That face and the Melina face are the best they’ve produced, in my opinion.  And when I saw there was not just one…but TWO dolls with that face as Christmas dolls, I took screenshots and texted them to Santa, even though I’m normally a very one-season-at-a-time girl and we’re not even at Halloween yet.  Their names are CJ and Noelle, and both have the “bendy” bodies I’ve really been liking, and if you like awesome eyes, zoom in on the pic below – CJ really has them:

http://s3-ca-central-1.amazonaws.com/media.ogdolls/20190729160221/BD31245_CJ-Deluxe-holiday-doll-NEW.png

Plus the PJs and accessories that come with them are really cute too! [As I was pasting links, CJ has disappeared off their website, hopefully that’s just temporary!]

Anyway, we were at Target and I happened to have a 20% off OG coupon in my phone and Noelle was there in person!  So, yes, I just bought myself a Christmas doll in October, and no, I didn’t even put her away until December.  She’s out of the box and needs your help!

https://www.ourgeneration.com/shop/dolls/noelle#care/

The holiday dress she comes with is cute, but she told me she would like something different.  😉

We haven’t had a contest in a long time, so here’s a new one for you:

Download this croquis and sketch your original design for a fabulous winter-holiday-of-your-choice dress (historical or modern)

  1. Scan and email it to me by November 1st
  2. Winning dress design will be announced November 15th
  3. The winner will get their actual dress made in OG size by me
  4. Everyone who enters the contest will get a FREE pattern to make the winning dress
  5. If you don’t enter the contest, the pattern will be available for purchase after the contest is over

Yes, you can enter more than one design.  If you are under 18, a parent or guardian must send in the designs for you.

So Microsoft broke my hard drive…

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If you’re wondering where I’ve been, it hasn’t been online, because Microsoft broke my hard drive.

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Yep, I’m totally serious.  The latest updates led to my computer getting stuck in a reboot loop that literally broke my hard drive.  I do back up my data on a regular basis, but of course, the most recent is often the most important, so we had to get someone to remove the hard drive and retrieve all the data (I’m pretty tech-savvy but that was beyond my capabilities) and then struggle with whether to just buy a new computer or replace the broken hard drive, and then whether to just switch to Linux…which I wish we had done, but there aren’t a lot of machine embroidery options available for it.  Then came the waiting and waiting for the new HD to arrive and be installed and all the fun of reinstalling windows and being terrified the updates would break the new HD.

So I had to temporarily close my etsy shop, since while all that was going on I no longer could access all my files, and every sewing project I had been in the middle of (summer sew-along, some resizing, a new AGAT collection) got disrupted.  After many hours (about 8 so far) of re installation, all the software we had is not completely reinstalled, and some that is isn’t still fully functional, and some has been updated to new versions that are messing other things up.  Yay.

And THEN I got the email that Bex and Elinor, who had been scheduled to arrive sometime in late March/early April (AKA in time for pix for the SSA) were not leaving China until April 18th and that slow boat from China would take 3 WEEKS (May 9th) and then they have to clear customs (another week? month?) and THEN get processed through their warehouse and THEN get actually shipped (at least another week…?)

Long story short…yes, your votes for the SSA were to start it in May, but with all of this going on we’ll just call the start date “ASAP” 🙂

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On a happier note, I’d like to introduce you to a really nice new face mold from OG that’s currently on 2 dolls, Melina, a beekeeper and Julieta, a ballerina.  If you thought you could never find a use for the flight suit from a while back, here it is!  Make your doll a beekeeper outfit!  Or just buy Melina, because her accessories are really nice and the new face mold is so attractive.  (Note that there’s another beekeeper  that has gorgeous eyes but the old face mold) To me, Melina’s face has something special about it that looks like it was designed by an artist to be completely different, and it’s just a bonus that the doll happens to be an OG and therefore inexpensive!  Her freckle pattern looks realistic and her hair is nice and soft too, in comparison to my older OGs; I don’t know if the hair is a new upgrade for all their dolls from now on or specific to her, but it’s nice!

Since I never met anyone with the name Melina, I did some searching and found out it’s Greek, and related to the word for honey, how cute is that for a beekeeper doll?

Image from Target here: https://www.target.com/p/our-generation-professional-doll-beekeper/-/A-52894721

You know how you look at the OG outfits online and then go to your Target and they don’t have them?  Yeah, that’s pretty much always the case for me, and it’s really hit-or-miss about which OG items they’ll ship and which are “in-store-only” kind of things.  This was the latest one:

Image from: https://www.target.com/p/our-generation-deluxe-retro-outfit-beach-party/-/A-52894766

So if you wanted it too and can’t find it guess what?  I pattern-ified it for you! Although OG outfits are usually a bargain since they come with cute shoes and an accessory or two, like this one!

I will caution you that I’m using some different versions of my old software and it’s been working fine so far when I compare my new, scaled printouts to old ones, but if you happen to have printed this pattern out the same way you always print my patterns (with no scaling) and it’s not correct, could you please let me know?

Get the pattern here

Is there another OG outfit you want and can’t find?  Post a comment with the link!  Melina needs more new clothes and we need something to do before the SSA!  She’s partial to summery and retro things at the moment… 😉

There’s also, by request, a resizing of an 8” pattern for 13”-14” dolls.  It was made for Little Darling, but will also fit the Wellies and others in between (H4H, Cheries, etc.)