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Summer Sew Along Week 1


Yay, it’s time for the summer sew-along!  If you’re new to the blog, this is an event to motivate you to complete a mini wardrobe on a theme for your doll by sewing one garment each week.  This year it’s an Edwardian summer wardrobe AND a bunch of accessories, mostly sewn, some crafty!

Here’s how it will work:

Each week’s sewing pattern will be posted on Thursday – make sure to get it that day!  Most of these can be easily shrunken for 13-14″ dolls like Hearts for Hearts and Cheries by copying the slim size at 77% and you’re welcome to do that if you don’t have any 16″ dolls like AGAT, Sasha, etc.  If you miss a week, the patterns and their associated accessory will be available in AG and AGAT sizes on Etsy afterwards.

Sew along each week and post pix of what you made.  Get inspired and comment on others’ photos here. Note that I sometimes like to share your pix from there on the blog, so make sure to have sharing turned on/off if you do/don’t want that to happen.  Complete each week’s outfit and get the related accessories pattern free, complete all the weeks and get the bonus sewing/accessory pattern!

To reiterate:

Step 1: post pic of what you made each week here:  https://www.flickr.com/groups/2825314@N20/

Step 2: enter your email and the link to your pic here by next Thursday: https://goo.gl/forms/iA85Pu6rpSlCMxW62

Step 3:  Receive your accessory pattern by email next Friday.

This week we have an Edwardian Garden Party dress:


Get the pattern here TODAY ONLY






Summer sew along ends tonight!


Happy Canada Day!

Saila is modeling the hoodie that  will be in the free pattern tomorrow if you get your entries in on time!  Please do not email me asking to bend the rules just for you. It is a slippery slope, and if I do it for you then I have to do it for everyone else, and it’s not fair to the people that followed the directions.  About 60 people so far were able to successfully put pictures onto Flickr and submit those links correctly in the form…so yes, it CAN be done!
To reiterate:
Once you’ve finished with everything, make sure all your photos are in the group here.

And then go here to submit all your links at once.

  • Yes, you can just put one link if you put all your items in one pic!
  • Yes, it’s fine to have a friend/family member post your pic for you from their account and put it in the group, just  make sure to ask them for the  links to your work to submit with your email address.
  • There are a few people who submitted only their email address but no links to any pictures. If you did that, you will NOT be on the list, so make sure to put in a link to your pictures!

The pattern for week 5 and a bonus pattern will be emailed to you on Thursday, so you need to submit your entry by the evening of July 1st.  I’ll compile the list and send out the new patterns July 2nd in the morning as soon as I’ve had enough tea to feel awake and able to complete that task 🙂

Hoodie from above resized for Paola Reina

If you have been on vacation or for some other reason could not participate, you can get all of the patterns including week five and the bonus dress pattern right now on Etsy!

I wanted to share some clever things people have done and a few  of the many color combos I like:


DorrieBelle is using Disney princess dolls.  I always see them at Target and want to get one and then think, “What could I sew for them besides princess dresses?”  Modern clothes, it turns out!


Kelly turned the boatneck top into a super cute jacket!

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Rosetownjoy resized for her sweet little Tonner Sophie

Penny used really unique fabric to make a beach coverup

Grandmaknits reused a child’s dress and turned the boatneck top into a dress!

Melangel’s clever fabric placement made a neat top for Clem!


slpslee chose a really cute mix of fabrics for her doll!

As did NurseEeyore

This one from quickdrawannie coordinates not only with itself but its surroundings too.  Using the same color for tank and skirt here makes it look like a dress.

Pink looks good on most dolls, but orange can be a tricky color to use successfully.  KB did a very nice job of that!

Ok, it’s summer, but sewbig’s dolls are ready for fall in this elegant combination!  (boy’s shirt pattern free here)

I like the nautical feel of Silke’s combo here

and the very summery feel of Reagie’s

[If your photo is shown here and for some reason you don’t want it to be, just let me know and I’ll take it down!]

Thanks to everyone who participated in the sew along and get your links in by tonight!!

Summer Sew Along week 3


Get the pattern for week 3 here

Make sure to get it NOW because like last week’s, this link will disappear on Sunday!

To reiterate…you do NOT need to send me links to your pix every week, but keep posting them on Flickr.  You’ll send all the links at once after next week and then you’ll get week 5 and a bonus pattern for the outfit below emailed to you!  

I love doing the summer sew-alongs, partly because I love seeing what everyone makes!  Even these simple patterns have been customized in so many cute ways – have a look at what people have made here.  You can also comment and encourage your fellow sew-along participants.  I did a whole bunch of that the other day, and then our internet went down and my comments seem to have disappeared!  We’ve been having so many thunderstorms that knock out power it’s incredible, but it’s supposed to warm up and dry out soon, and then maybe we can finally turn off our heat for the summer!

Oh look…another Paola Reina!!  This is Dasha.

I made this from the infinity dress pattern, using the placket instructions to make a slit at the neck.  The apron design was inspired by the Middie Blythe in the Oski Tebya Lyublyu series.

And more eye candy…Cassie sent me these from her blog :


Even though they were originally 1930s style dresses, they look totally up-to-date in these modern fabrics!

Speaking of modern fabrics, I just love this take on Kit’s sundress from Debra W.  A unique fabric that looks almost like taffeta and is perfect with Caroline’s eyes!

Need a break from sewing?  It’s rare, but sometimes I do!  If you’re into arts as well as crafts, specifically drawing, I just found some GREAT colored pencils!

[image from dickblick click to see on their site]

 Like a lot of people I have a love-hate relationship with prismacolor.  Love the color laydown and blendability, hate the leads breaking every time I sharpen and dulling so quickly.  So I’ve been doing a little research and ran across these oil-based pencils by Koh-i-noor called Polycolor.  They’re not too expensive, and are very smooth and so BLENDABLE!  The only downsides are that they don’t blend well with some colors of non oil-based pencils, so you can’t necessarily mix brands, and the white is not that functional for much but blending, since it doesn’t show up well over other pencils or watercolors.  But unlike many other pencils, there’s no waxy buildup and you still get the bit of sparkle of the paper underneath even with lots of layers of color.

I should have chosen something more colorful, but this was a drawing I happened to have done in the new pencils. I’m working my way through this excellent book that I gifted myself as an end-of-school-year present:

 If you like birds, this is a fabulous book!  It’s not like most “how to draw x” type books where you just get a bunch of examples to copy.  He gives a nice grounding in bird anatomy from bones to feet, eyes, feathers, etc. and encourages you to get outside and draw what YOU see.  Sadly there are no chickens in his book, which is the bird I see the most.  🙂  However, going through his instruction and explanations inspired me to take the time to really look at “lap chicken” (yes, we seriously have a chicken that likes to hang out on my lap if I’m sitting outside) today in a different way, and see how similar she is to other birds I’ve been drawing.

  Click the book to go to his site where you can see sample pages.

 Summer sew-along update


Hooray!  It’s almost time for summer vacation!  And no sewing is getting done this week because of all the end-of-year stuff keeping me busy at work.  But guess what that means?  Yes, the emails have been coming in for a while now asking about the summer sew-along.  So…time to get ready, because it will start next week!

As you pull out the box of your daughter’s summer clothes and start sorting through what fits and what you’ll give away, hang on to one cute print and two coordinating solid T-shirts she’s outgrown.

This year’s summer sew-along is going to be, as usual, a mix and match wardrobe.  But this time, as an added twist it will be structured as a “sewing school” to build up your skills week-by-week as we explore different techniques to be successful while sewing knits on a regular sewing machine!  At the moment, the patterns are sized for Maplelea/AG, but depending how quickly I finish my other major project, sizes for other 14″-16″-18″ dolls may be available too.

There’s a pretty awesome new pattern and embroidery collection, some of which is pictured above,  that may be available by next week.  Later this summer or early fall a historical sew- and craft-along should be coming specifically for 14″ dolls, and there are also roughly a million other unfinished projects in the works that I hope to concentrate on finishing this summer 🙂

I’ll leave you with some eye candy of this gorgeous chicken sundress Marge made for her new Kit.