I haven’t been this excited about the release of a new AG since Cecile! What a gorgeous new face mold with pretty green eyes and beautiful, flowing hair. The original AG pictures of Nanea were released in February I think, and her face looked very much like Ashlyn’s to me, so I got her in the hopes she could be a little sister and started drafting patterns which were then resized to fit Nanea.
The result was this new big sis/little sis “1940s Island Collection”.
In contrast to my previous 1940s collection, which had clothes for all seasons, this one includes all warm-weather clothes with an authentic looking muumuu and really neat, historically-correct bathing-suit-lined dress. Nanea and Ashlyn are so sisterly looking it was tons of fun to set up scenes from a different point of view.
Generally, I’m just trying to show the outfits to their best advantage, but for this collection I actually found/bought/made some accessories and thought the pictures through, trying to tell a story or emphasize a relationship of two sisters with some of them, rather than my standard (unwritten) caption of, “Look how cute this doll/dress is!” No, I haven’t read Nanea’s book yet, so I don’t actually know if she even has a little sister; I’m saving it as my reward for finishing everything on my blog to-do list. 🙂
You can get the whole Island Collection now on Etsy and guess what? I signed my shop up for their labor day sale which starts today and runs through Monday. EVERYTHING in the shop is 20% off during the sale with no minimum purchase! Because the Island Collection just got added, for some reason it’s not showing up with a discount in the sale, so I’ve lowered it to $20 for this weekend as its sale price. After that it will be $25.
As you might have guessed, the next few weeks will focus on Nanea with sewing projects and crafts. The first of them is this ukulele. Soon to follow are (in no particular order) a Hawaiian quilt, a few dresses, quick-to-make leis, maybe some polymer clay food and printables. Have another great suggestion? Post a comment!
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! 🙂
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:
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?
Note: you will want to use thin fabric like batiste/muslin weight if you’re doing the ruched sides! (Thank you, Sophie!)
This is my favorite time of year! Birds are singing and flying around busily with twigs and bits of fluff for their nests and every little flower pushing its way up out of the dirt makes me smile. Every time I go for a walk I keep taking deep breaths to smell the beautiful blossoms on all the bushes and trees.
This week’s dress celebrates daffodil time! It’s such a simple pattern, it seems to cry out for lace and embroidery and trim, but in this case I stuck with the simplicity of a daffodil – just some petals and a ruffle.
This is the final pattern of our 1950s series for 14″ dolls, have you been keeping up? Posting pix? If you haven’t, how about this for an incentive: I’ve been working on some REALLY cute 1950s dresses for AG size that feature embroidery and other special touches and you can enter to win the new collection of patterns! Here’s a sneak peek:
How to enter:
- Post pix of all the outfits you’ve made from this 14″ doll 1950s series here. (Yes, you can take one photo of a bunch of dolls in all the outfits if you prefer)
Enter the link(s) to your photos here before April 26 at midnight [Contest is now closed]
- The winner will be chosen at random by a number generator and announced next Thursday!
There is NO other way to enter. Do NOT try to enter this contest by emailing me photos or ask me to enter you any other way. You must post your photo(s) on the flickr page and then submit the link(s) in the form.
Don’t feel like going through all that work to enter a contest? The new 1950s AG collection will be available on etsy next week!
So this doll didn’t get properly introduced last week. Obviously she’s a Wellie Wisher and the name she comes with is Emerson. 99% of the time I don’t change doll names if they come with one, but it sounded too boyish to me because it’s my nephew’s middle name, so I altered it to Emiko (笑子). After I got her, I sketched plans for a really big wardrobe inspired by various Japanese pattern books for kids, but after getting Melody and wanting to sew for her, poor Emiko’s wardrobe has been pared down to a 4-week series. Week 2 of the sew-along for a multi-piece ensemble is this blouse
Are you caught up with the last three weeks? Great! Because this week there are not one, but TWO sandal variations! The first one is so simple, you really have no excuse for not making it. The second one is more delicate and dressy and requires you to have cutting and gluing skills at the “SuperCrafter” level or beyond due to the tiny pieces you’ll need to cut out and fiddle with. It was based on a tropical-looking sandal I found on Pinterest, with hot pink/lime/yellow straps, but when I saw it, my first thought was, “That’s a 4th of July sandal if I ever saw one!” Obviously you can make it in all one color if you want.
Since it was pdf-ified in a different way than I normally do it, I have to just cross my fingers that it comes out OK and all the pieces print to size. PLEASE measure the inch box, check it by overlaying the soles onto the fisherman sandal pattern and maybe even wrap the pieces around your doll’s foot to check the sizing before you start cutting into your fabric. It will work for Wellies (obviously) as well as Paola Reinas, Cheries, etc. It’s in only one size, since the curved back piece makes it hard to quickly/easily resize.
Due to all the pdf problems, (thanks, new computer!) instead of the normal tutorial I’ll have to refer you to the photos below and the instructions from: https://jenwrenne.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/ssa-week-2-fisherman-sandals.pdf
The brown ones are a nice, sturdy, basic sandal. For the 4th of July version above, I thinned out the back piece a bit to make it less “rugged” looking and more dressy. Feel free to do the same!
Are you thinking, “She promised us Paola Reina for the sew-along, what’s this Wellie Wisher doing here?” Well, she’s just so cute I keep smiling every time I look at her and thought you might want a smile too. 🙂 I actually made the brown sandal pattern last year for my PR, and guess what? It fit Willa! Hmmm…what else can she share?
The sandals from week two and the espadrilles from the shoe school two years ago will fit her too: https://jenwrenne.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/shoe-school-102-espadrilles-and-toms/
The basic puff-sleeve blouse/dress from the sew-along 2014 fits her:
And this mock-smocked top can be made to fit too: https://jenwrenne.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/summer-sew-along-2013-part-1.pdf
I’m working on the pants pattern she’s wearing above as well as some more really cute things for her…