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Tiny doll sewing challenge!

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Always wanted a Maplelea but didn’t want to pay Canadian postage?

No, I’m not getting any compensation for this, and I stumbled on it by accident.  If you live in the US, guess where you can now get Maplelea dolls with free shipping?  Amazon!!  I don’t know if it will be a permanent thing, but as of today, they had a lot of clothes and shoes for similar prices to the Maplelea website, plus Saila, Leonie, Alexa, and a couple different friend dolls for US$100 with free shipping!  That’s pretty great, considering postage on just one doll shipped from Toronto to Colorado is US$28-$42 depending on the shipping method!  Right now, these three are in my cart and I have a bday coming up…stay tuned to see which (if any) of them actually make it to my house! (Images below from amazon.com where you can get these dolls)

 

Ok, and now for the Tiny Doll Sewing Challenge!

tiny sewing chall

A lot of people feel intimidated by sewing for very small dolls, but in my opinion, if you have an appropriate style and pattern, it can be just as easy as sewing for an AG!  This project is no more difficult than sewing a cuff to a gathered sleeve for a bigger doll, and can be customized in numerous ways.  That’s where you come in:

Do something creative with this pattern

and then post a pic here.

It was designed for Ten Ping, but any doll with a roughly 4″ chest can fit into this pattern, so go find a vintage Skipper/modern Ginny at a thrift store, they’ll both fit into it too!  Also Riley, Tiny Betsy McCall, Dal, 20cm BJDs, and probably a lot more I don’t know about!*  Add a little width to the back for vintage Ginny (she said, after making a dress and sending it to her mom for Christmas and finding out it was too small…)

Some theme ideas to start your brainstorming:

  • Eyelet/ Ribbon/ Lace
  • Steampunk
  • Fairy
  • Mardi Gras
  • Halloween
  • Birthday girl
  • Heirloom
  • Bedtime
  • Recycled vintage textiles
  • Beads/buttons
  • Ice cream sundae
  • Ethnic
  • Flower girl

Is your outfit really awesome?  Like contest-winning awesome?  Enter to win the entire set of Ten Ping patterns coming next week!

You can see some of the dress patterns here, and there will also be a play clothes set and one called “Shanghai winter” based on my favorite Ten Ping outfit by Ruby Red.

To enter your dress in a contest to win 3 sets of patterns designed to fit 8” dolls like Ten Ping:

  1. Post a pic of it somewhere online (flickr, pinterest, your blog, whatever) and copy the link
  2. Go here: [link removed, contest entries are closed]
  3. Enter your first name, email address, and link to your pic

Contest entries get time stamped and must be in by midnight Jan. 19th, 2015.  Judging will be based on creativity and uniqueness.  Winner will be announced Jan. 23rd on the blog.

Have fun!

*This is meant to be a challenge to inspire you to sew for your poor, neglected,  itty bitty dolls that never get new clothes because they’re “difficult to sew for”.  If you really don’t have anyone that small, you can try copying the pattern at 137% and shortening skirt to fit 10″ Tonner dolls like Ann Estelle, Patsy, etc. Check the fit by wrapping the pattern around the doll before you sew it in good fabric!

josefina in ten ping dress

 

UPDATE:  A lot of people have asked, so here’s a pic of how the dress fits a mini AG without alteration.  I’d suggest maybe shortening the bodice by about 1/4″ and overlapping the closure in back.  You may want to shorten the skirt, or leave it long for a dressier look.

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A spring/summer hoodie for Hearts for Hearts and resizing tutorial

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From time to time people ask me stuff like “How did you learn to sew?” or “What kind of sewing machine should I get?”  A question I’ve been meaning to address for a while is:

“How do you store your doll clothes?”

There are probably more doll clothes than people clothes in my house.  Smaller wardrobes and sets (like the 1940s collection, for instance) get stored in clear plastic bins by collection.  Random things I make get stored in large bins categorized by doll, and sometimes divided up in the bins with bags.  Like a large bin for AGs might have bags inside of skirts, shirts, pants, etc.

I’m embarrassed to admit my dolls generally sit around the house…unclothed.  Apparently they’ve discovered that if they stick around in one outfit too long I stop sewing for them, but if they don’t have anything on it urges me to sew something.  They usually wear a new outfit for a week or so and then it goes in a bin.  It’s not the best system ever, since stuff gets wrinkled and then I have to iron it if they ever want to wear it again.

I’d love to know how you store yours!  You can share as a comment or on https://www.facebook.com/wrenfeathers.  While you’re there, check out the adorable  dress Eva Lotta resized for her Paola Reina!

Speaking of resizing, a huge thank you to Marlene who helped with the Ballerina/Ice-skater conversion to AG size for Isabelle.  Both sizes are now included in the pattern, and if you already have it in the smaller size and want the AG pattern pieces just email me!

 

And yet more resizing…in fact, a free tutorial and pattern for this hoodie  in 14″ doll size

 

Get the resizing tutorial and hoodie here

Coming soon:  Another installment of “Where’s Jasmine?”  and a new pattern collection for all three sizes of dolls!!