This week we have the shirt for last week’s costume.
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?
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.)
April should have appeared before Halloween, but everything got off a week because of Kenny’s “illness”. Luckily this dress is good for any time of the year, with a sweater or jacket over it for cool weather. April’s cardigan from January would probably be perfect, just not buttoning in front. NOTE: It was fitted on April, who’s a bit slimmer than some of my new AGs. It’s fine on Journey Girls and would be a bit loose on newer KnC bodies. You can see in the pattern pix it fits the newer AGs, but the fit is quite slim – probably too slim for larger-bodied older AGs!
Read her journal here
(yes, some months are missing but it explains the costume and ties in depression awareness month)
Thank you everyone for your condolences about Jasper!
It was brought to my attention that not everyone may be able to complete both a dress and sandals in a week during the summer sew-along, so I’m probably going to break it up, but your dolls DO need some cute sundresses, because they are (possibly) the perfect layering piece! At the bare minimum, it’s a cute dress on its own with sandals. Depending on the season, you can add leggings/cardigan/blouse/jacket/boots/hat, etc. Little Darling did a series with a “4-season” dress here: https://jenwrenne.wordpress.com/2014/10/
Since April is an OG, I’ve been trying to do patterns at least inspired by OG outfits once a month for her, and this month’s is loosely based on:
Instead of a ruffle, this one has a piped round yoke, which to me makes the dress look more elegant and higher-end. I named this dress “May Flowers” since the daffodils are finally up and growing even though our April “showers” were more like April “dump-five-feet-of-snow-overnight” 🙂
It’s a slim fit on an OG with a flush closure in back, looks great on Journey Girls and will fit the newer KnC dolls more loosely if closed with an overlap in back. It will likely work for Sasha copied at 80%, but make a muslin first to check. Have an older/bigger AG? See the end of the pattern here: https://jenwrenne.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/august-free-pattern-for-kidz-n-cats-and-sasha/ for a tutorial on adding some width at the back with buttoned closures.
Please keep posting your fabulous creations on the Wrenfeather flickr page here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2825314@N20/
Some recent cuteness for your inspiration:
A-line for mini AG by sewbig
Sasha as Maid Marion by Theresa
The next installment of April’s journal is ready, although not with everything I wanted to include because we were out of town for a while and now I’m catching up on things instead of doing new projects.
Her journal is here and there’s a (sort of) hidden project link to pierce your doll’s ears and make earring dangles!
I’m toying with the idea of hiding links to extra craft projects in the footnotes of her journal…want to help decide?
We have two winners in the heart contest, and some machine embroidery designs for you to download! If you get started now, your dolls can have a new shirt before Valentine’s day!