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Hurry up, Spring!


Spring is my favorite season of the year!  The birds singing, the snow melting, and colorful bulbs pushing up through last year’s leaves make it a magical time.  It might even BE spring where you live, but where I live we apparently have a few more months to wait.  And what better way to wait than sewing a dress your dolls can jump into as soon as those crocuses come up?

Maybe it’s because of the abundance of pastels in 1930s prints, but to me many 1930s styles seem “springy” and this dress, shown on a Maplelea Friend doll is no exception:mina with flowers

It’s based on a Bleuette dress from May, 1933, and has been resized to fit Maplelea/AG.  What originally attracted me to it was the lovely cross stitch motifs, but it’s a nice, basic pattern that could work for a lot of modern outfits too!

Make it in T-shirt fabric, iron on a glittery motif and wear with leggings.  Find a fabulous print and take it to the next level with ruffles/ribbon/rickrack.  More ideas are in the pattern.

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And if you’re still wanting to make stuff to wear right now when it’s cold, check out Anna’s cute slippers here:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/129049505@N06/16554605595/

She added a few touches to turn the felted slippers into little mice!

Have you seen the new BeForever limited edition sets?

They are all very cute, but at $48, not exactly an impulse buy.  Is there one you like enough to want to see it appear here as a pattern?  Go check them out, then come back here and vote below for your fave.  Stay tuned to find out the winner!  (poll closes in a week)

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Happy Spring!


It’s Spring!  Which means a lovely free Spring pattern AND a new ebook full of Spring and Summer sewing fun!

1930s pattern pix

Designs for this ebook were inspired by vintage pattern illustrations, and drafted to fit a large variety of vintage and modern dolls including (by request) American Girls!   Fitting instructions  are provided to help you adapt to different dolls, and separate sizes and are included for each dress to fit 16-18” dolls like:  Sasha, Kidz n Cats, Patsy Ann, Patsy Joan, Effanbee American Child/Anne Shirley, Magic Attic,  Journey girls, American Girls, etc.

These dresses can be made as modern or vintage/heirloom as you’d like.  Choose batiste or linen with hand embroidery for an heirloom look, or (as shown below) they are lovely in cotton solids or reproduction 30’s quilting prints  There are 7 multi-sized dress patterns as well as bloomers in the collection,  and best  of all they are mix and match friendly, so you can swap most collars and sleeves for a different look.  Machine embroidery designs are also available (in .pes format only) Just put a note to seller in your order and I will include them with the book for free!  All 7 dress patterns, in multiple sizes plus bloomers are $25 (which is a really good deal!) but if you are a blog subscriber you can get it for 20% off until the end of March.  Subscribe to the blog and use the coupon code blog20 during your etsy checkout.  You can get the ebook here 

When you’ve made them all and have lots of scraps, your dolls can have a quilting bee! 

Pattern for the (easier than you think!) Dresden plate quilt coming next month…

One of my favorites in this collection is the one Kit is wearing on the left,

IMG_8326R12based on a Bleuette dress from 1936.  The original was suggested to be made in yellow wool, but I chose to use the buttons as a focal point, and make it reminiscent of  one of my favorite childhood outfits (made with love by mom!).


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And to get your dolls ready for Easter, help them dye “eggs” (buy wooden or papier mache ones and paint them) and get some small-size chocolate bunnies to tuck in their baskets.  THERE’S A PATTERN HERE to make little bunny or chick  puppets you see above to tuck in the baskets as well.  If you don’t celebrate Easter, shorten the ears to make them teddy bear puppets!

sweet sue pattern

A new free pattern based on Sweet Sue is HERE.