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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.)

 

We Wish You a Retro Christmas part 3

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This week we have the “sock” from our “sock full of gifts” series.  There was a version of this stocking for dad too that had a stocking decorated with a pipe and cigarette, which might have been period correct, but seems really strange and unrelated to Christmas.  Since I don’t have a doll fireplace, I attached a loop and hung mine on my tree.   Although one original hope of this series was to give you a craft to do with a child, the pieces for this are really small and even I found it challenging to get the tiny felt pieces to look nice.  There are some suggestions to make it easier in the pattern.

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Get the pattern here

I forgot to share this version of Nanea’s jammies by firstladycpm:

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They have an authentic drop seat and pocket, how cute is that? (click to see more pix)

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I also haven’t yet reviewed the 15″ Big Lots dolls that Janet told me about in October!  Sad to have a backlog of stuff to do for the blog, but that’s one of the things on the list.

In case you’re wondering, yes, I got one and the bodies are pretty much identical to the Wellies in terms of measurements, although the jointing is a little different at the hips so they don’t look exactly the same when standing.  For $15 the price:quality ratio is good and they currently come in 3 different versions, making them a nice, inexpensive alternative to the Wellies!

(above image from http://airbornesurfer.com/tag/3-2-1-contact/)

In other news, it’s only 18 days now until the release of the next GOTY, which could be good or bad.  Jan 1 may not the best time to be considering an expensive doll purchase because Santa may have just brought you one and you will feel guilty getting a new one OR won’t appreciate the one from Santa.  Oh yeah, and you’re out of cash after buying all those other presents!

Of course, if what Santa brought you was an AG gift card…there are some really cool pix floating around the internet of Luciana, should you be inclined to spoil surprises for yourself  by doing searches for her dog or habitat.  🙂  The clothes I’ve seen so far though are kind of uninspiring.  Luciana is in some ways very much like the girl I was at that age!  In addition to dolls, I was super into space and computers (my Apple IIe!) and LOVED a magazine/TV show called 3-2-1 contact.  It kind of feels like the space program was different back then and maybe made more accessible/interesting to the public by the media than it is now.  It’s SO great to have a science-themed GOTY I just might have to get her, even though I already have a Truly Me who looks almost the same…

 

Nanea’s PC PJs

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So Nanea won the poll from last week, and then it snowed, so I went from feeling like pumpkin muffins to wondering where the Christmas lights were but still had to sew something Hawaiian for you 🙂  The observant will notice my sad return to indoor photo-taking, which means worse lighting and settings, but this pattern is pretty great, even if the pix illustrating it are not!

My husband has actually been known to stop a movie when I’ve yelled “NPC!” too much.  In my own little slang, it means “Not Period Correct” and it gets yelled at historical movies whose costume designers seem to have only the vaguest idea of what clothing was worn in the period, or just flat out don’t care.  The worst NPC costumes I’ve seen lately were in a Kdrama called “Bridal Mask”, but Nanea’s pajamas from AG are a close second.  Why?  That remains a mystery when a) she was intended to be a historical doll and help kids learn about a particular period of history and b) things like libraries and the internet and, for this period, maybe even old family photo albums exist.  If you feel the same way, here is one well-researched and authentic  (AKA “very PC”)  PJ pattern for Nanea :

Get the pattern here

 

I forgot about posting the rattlesnake pix from a few weeks ago until I was going through my Nanea picture directory trying to decide which one to post here today.  All of a sudden, there it was again!  Not as scary looking in the photo as it was encountering him in real life…

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Nanea’s ruffled dress

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Wow!  So many people are in love with Nanea and LOTS of you bought the new collection of patterns, which makes me think, “People want more for Nanea!” 🙂  But if you went to the AG store (in Denver anyway) this weekend they were out of pretty much everything for Nanea except her PJs, fishing set, swimsuit and bed.  So, in case one of the things you wanted but couldn’t buy was her school dress, here you go:

Download Nanea’s ruffled dress pattern here

Oh wow…scary encounter shortly after this pic was taken!  After packing up all our gear, we walked about 10 feet away from this spot where we encountered a RATTLESNAKE!  I shrieked and ran, DH stood where he was and pulled the camera back out.  I’m nice enough to spare you those pix though 🙂

 

 

A Lottie Wardrobe

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Lots of Lottie goodies this week!

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First of all, a “housing your Lottie” guide is here

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A free pattern for cute and easy felt clothes is here

And finally, a set of basic patterns to make a variety of play and dress clothes for Lottie is here

 

And your last SSA reminder:  If you missed the first deadline, you can enter until July 31 on this form and you will get your Nosy pattern Aug 1.

Summer sew along week 1: swimsuit

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Time for true confessions…I took the whole month of May off from blogging to deal with “work-work” and also work on the SSA.  During that time I managed to complete a bunch of stuff for a new AG series, some super cute patterns for Lottie and drafted (but didn’t sew) 3 dresses for the SSA.  Then, in a panic, I finished 2 SSA outfits today!  🙂

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Based on your votes, this year’s summer sew-along will be 1950s dresses for Wellie Wishers inspired by Betsy McCall paperdolls.  Being gone for so long, I have about a million things to say, but am running out of time, so will just quickly post this and get to the rest later.

The good news is our “Betsy paper doll” SSA will run the whole month of June this year, starting on the first!  The good/bad news is I won’t be here for all of it.  This year, for the first time in more than 10 years we’re actually taking a vacation!  Yay!  So, I’m setting up automated posts to appear for the two weeks I’ll be gone, but won’t be able to see your flickr pix or respond to comments and my etsy shop will be closed during that time too.  This year, I’ve also hoping to have a 1950s-style craft associated with each week that might anything from a simple papercraft to a woodworking project.

Are you new to the concept of the summer sew-along?  Here’s how it works:  You sew along with each week’s project and post your pix on flickr here:

https://www.flickr.com/groups/2825314@N20/

If you finish all the weeks you can get a bonus sewing pattern, which this year will be for Betsy’s dog, Nosy sized to be a companion for 14” dolls, or maybe a mini dachshund for 18” dolls.  I did finish him already and he’s super cute!

Ready to get started?

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Note:  you will want to use thin fabric like batiste/muslin weight if you’re doing the ruched sides! (Thank you, Sophie!)

Here’s this week’s pattern

Here is this week’s craft project (an entire doll-sized magazine full of Betsy paperdolls!) and here’s how to fold it