If you weren’t able to join in the 1950s sew-along for 14″ dolls because you didn’t have one, guess what? A new collection for 18″ dolls is available!
From our contest last week, Google’s random number generator came up with “3” which was the number the spreadsheet assigned to Pauline’s entry, so she wins the new collection of patterns! **Apologies if you had trouble entering on Wednesday! I had set it to close to entries Wed at midnight, but the computer interpreted that as the midnight when Tuesday became Wednesday. I fixed it as soon as I found out!**
You might remember that when I got April I mentioned it was primarily because of her gorgeous eyes. Target has a new OG doll named Peggy, who is a retro 1950s doll and also has really cool eyes. I justified buying her because I don’t have MaryEllen and after getting her saw her next to this fabric that perfectly matched her eyes and HAD to make a dress out of it:
And then she couldn’t even be grateful for one dress, she had to ask for a whole wardrobe! 😉
One of the reasons I love embroidery is that it’s an easy way to get a perfectly “period correct” look without having to hunt down vintage print fabrics. When I did my previous 1950s collection, there was not a lot of embroidery included. Embroidery on clothing was somewhat less popular at that time than in previous eras, partly due to the ready availability of cheap trim and the styles themselves, and maybe partly due to the increased number of outfits one would have, thanks to washing machines. A 1930s mom might be willing to spend much longer embroidering a few dresses that her daughter would wear over and over than a 1950s mom whose daughter had far more of them. With a lot of searching antique and resale stores and hunting online, I came up with a nice selection of outfits from the era that did include embroidery and am thrilled to share them with you! Although the designs are available in .pes format for embroidery machines, in many cases I chose ones that would be quick and easy to hand embroider too, for example, the slip and dressy coat that are mainly just French knots. If you’re lucky enough to have a stash of vintage fabric, or even a nice selection of checks/dots/plaids, you can also forgo the embroidery completely!
One thing that is the same about this collection is a focus on fashions moms were sewing for their daughters, rather than the easier doll patterns that were available at the time. This makes the dresses a little more challenging to sew, but lets you dress your doll like a mid-century little girl, rather than a doll!
If you’d prefer 1950s outfits for a 16″ doll like Sasha, check out this collection!
Until Sunday, use the coupon code 20OFF20 to save 20% on any purchase of $20 or more!!
And now I’m taking some time off the blog to work on the summer sew along, which will be Betsy McCall paperdoll-inspired outfits for 14″ dolls and some other surprises! The biggest challenge for me right now is paring down the number of Betsy outfits I LOVE so our SSA doesn’t last until winter. 🙂