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Drafting a circle skirt pattern

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The problem with the Animators is that once you buy one, you can’t stop!  This is Elena, who seems to have a less cartoon-y face than Lilo, but an adorable expression with one slightly lifted eyebrow.  My Elena came in a cute dress whose cut reminded me of some traditional Mexican dance dresses.  They have very full skirts with ruffles along the bottom and watching a group of dancers twirl so the colorful, ribbon-covered skirts billow out is a beautiful sight!  Children’s dresses are often less complicated than adults’, with a simpler top that looks similar to this one.  The construction of the “real thing” would probably use elastic at the top for more ease of movement,  (for example, Simplicity 3863) but I avoid it on doll clothes whenever possible because a) it will eventually stretch out and all your hard work will be wasted and b) dolls generally don’t need much ease for movement added to their clothes unless maybe they’re the Raggedy Ann dolls from the Johnny Gruelle books that “come to life” and run around having adventures as soon as people are gone.  😉

Here is a quick tutorial on drafting a circle skirt for any size doll, and another animator pattern for a bodice/top similar in cut to the one Elena comes in.  Enjoy! 

I’m hoping to be back with a new set of historical patterns in time for Esty’s Labor Day sale – fingers crossed!

This is Scrump…

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“This is Scrump.  I made her!  But her head is too big, so I pretend a bug laid eggs in her ear and she’s upset because she only has a few more days to…” (From the Lilo and Stitch movie – here’s a youtube link to the scene)  I had not seen the movie until recently and found it pretty cute…and then of course the animator Lilo doll had to come live with us!  🙂

Does your Lilo need a Scrump?  The one she comes with is fine for a child to play with, but an adult collector might prefer something a little more detailed to display with her.  Lilo says she made hers in the movie, but this pattern is a challenge, even for an adult at such a tiny scale, so don’t attempt it unless you have experience making tiny plushies and some patience!

Get the pattern here

I was too busy cleaning today to get the rest of the pix for this post up, but I found an adorable cross stitch pattern on the Disney Family site:  https://family.disney.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Disney-Family_Lilo_Stitch_Cross-Stitch-Pattern.pdf  and put Stitch’s head onto a T-shirt for Lilo using last week’s dress pattern.  It’s super cute…and will hopefully appear next week!

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 🙂