Free Christmas Pattern

Free Christmas Pattern for Little Darling

Little Darling

Just wanted to let everyone know that the new and  free Christmas pattern for Little Darling is now online. She is precious in her rayon knit top with Cluny lace trim and cotton canvas bloomers. She does look ready for Christmas in red and white. I think you could add and inch and make this swing top into a dress.

I will be taking December off to work on Christmas gifts and catching up with my pen pals. I hope I have enough energy to decorate for Christmas. My decorations are in the attic and that means 2 fights of stairs for every box I need to bring down. I didn’t have a tree last year and really missed it. My husband will get the time off as well so it will be one of a couple of Christmas’ that we get to spend some free time together and just enjoying the holidays.

If you would care to comment I would love to hear from you as to what you might want to see going forward. As you know, I have recently fallen in love with my Paola Reina dolls. They are in two heights. One is 12.5 while the other is 13-inches. I have found that the difference is only in the legs, so I think this outfit will fit them fine. You may need to adjust the length of the top. It should also fit Betsy McCall 14″.

I do hope you have a very Merry Christmas or Hanukkah. Let the new year be a new beginning for us and our country.

 

 

Paola Reina Doll

Apple Pie Paola Pattern

Apple Pie Patter on Paola Reina

Yes, I have lots of new patterns for one of my new favorite dolls, Paola Reina. I just fell in love them and now have five of their little girl dolls. I have been so busy sewing these last few weeks I didn’t notice how it was starting to get dark early. It will be even earlier this next week when the time changes. I sure wish they would leave it on daylight year round. I am not a morning person but still need the extra light to sew by. What  about you, are you having a harder time every year trying to thread a needle?

French Lesson Paola Reina

French Lesson Paola Reina

Getting back to the point, I have 4 new patterns for Paola Reina. Plus there are two new styles for Little Darling. It seems Little Darling and the 14″ Betsy McCall can both wear these styles. I have been trying to find the older Betsy McCall outfits I made and try them on Little Darling to see which ones fit and which ones don’t. Betsy can also share some patterns with Narsha by Dollmore, but not everything. Betsy wider through the shoulders and bigger in the waist. The Back to School jumper doesn’t fit Narsha. I have resized it for her but won’t get it online this go round.

As you see to the left is the pattern French Lesson on Paola Reina and on the right is the pattern Apple Pie. Paola Renia does make a larger doll like American Girl, but really this 13″ size is so easy to sew for and to display. She is perfect for little hands and I have made the clothes so they would be easy to put on and take off.  Did I mention she smells like vanilla. Paola Reina would make the perfect Christmas gift and now you can make her a wardrobe too!

French Lesson Pattern

French Lesson on Little Darling & Betsy McCall

I realize I have way to many dolls. This week while I spent a whole day setting up for my photos, I decided that I would leave everything up until the new year. That way I can start taking pictures of the dolls for sale. I started going through them a couple of weeks ago. Finding all the boxes, original clothes and getting them dresses was a huge project. Lucky for me I did have some help from a friend who dolls and  likes to sort things. I am begging her to come and help me as a stylist so I can just take the pictures.

I’m not sure about selling on Ebay. I will post some of my BJD’s on Den of Angels first. Then I thought I could have a Dolls for Sale page right on my website. That may limit my audience but it would mean that I didn’t need to pay all those fees. I am sure some of you are Ebay sellers, any advice, pros and cons? Does anyone still use Yahoo groups? What do you do? Although I have a Facebook account, I just don’t understand how it works. I keep getting charged for a post I promoted even though I thought it was just for one month. They will not email me so I have to say I am not going to be trying to sell on Facebook. Makes me laugh thinking about it.

Just another photo before I go, this is Betsy  McCall and my Little Darling Emily. Aren’t they the sweetest best friends? They are also wearing the French Lesson dress As you can see, one in  printed cotton the other in  linen. I forgot to illustrate the tights on the pattern cover but the pattern does include the beret, tights and dress.

 

Where did the time go??

I have been so busy, I’m afraid that sewing has taken a back seat. Started a new vegetable garden, and have been trying to get our bacGardenk yard into shape. We’ve had oodles of rain so everything is growing great. That includes the grass and weeds. This is the second year I have noticed Canning Labelsstrange new vines that are growing into my trees, hence the need to get out do something with the yard. This is a picture of the new raised beds. That is lemon grass coming out of the far box and cucumber behind it.

I had some plums earlier and made plum chutney and jam. Then the berries started showing up in the stores and with the low prices I bought a lot and made enough jam for the next year.  I’m still looking for the perfect salsa recipe for canning. We got a 20 pound box of tomatoes at the farmers market and I canned them all. My slicing tomatoes are also doing well.  It was so much fun designing the jar labels. It was a break from the computer art work I usually do. By now your wondering if I did do any new patterns, aren’t you?

I did get a couple of new dolls. First is Paola Reina. She is a 12.5 inch play doll with rooted hair and the sweetest face. She is child, maybe 8-10. I love her body and how easy she is to sew for. She is as pretty as Dianna Effner’s Little Darlings and you could have 6 of these for the same price as the Little Darling. They can’t share clothes without a lot of adjusting.

BLOG photoI also got some slim 18 inch girls, the Toys R Us Journey Girls and a Madam Alexander My Style. My other 18 inch girls, but just aren’t made anymore and really seem to be more like the American Girl body with the big shoulders. I just buy dolls I like and American Girl just wasn’t my cup of tea. I like the Journey Girls body the best and think Toy R Us does a nice job with the accessories. So I have added the Slim 18″ dolls and my new Paola to my collection. It’s sad that Robert Tonner will be discontinuing his most of his Wentworth line. He had some pretty faces, unlike Antoinette who to me is very manish in features. I guess for those who repaint the face it was great.

I would like to know if you are planning or have bought any of his new line. I fear that Agatha Primrose is too small. Easy to display, but hard to sew for. She looks to me like a young teen but still Barbie size. I think she is very pretty and I love the open mouth. I wish he had done bendy knees for Anne Estelle, although I don’t like the legs of Patsy and I do guess that would be the option. It is very costly bringing a doll to market.

Last but not least, is the new style. Yes it is just one style which I did for multiple dolls, well two for the big girls. I hoping it won’t take me so long on the next pattern set. This is the pattern called Flower Girl. It has a sleeveless dress with matching coat. It is on my Little Darling. She shows off the front of the coat. I used a linen type cotton fabric and lined it in matching broadcloth. The flowers are crocheted and I had them from back when I did design kids clothes. The dress is sleeveless so it isn’t a problem with sliding a sleeve into a coat sleeve. Simple, but with lots of possibilities for dressing this up or down. I can see the coat in velveteen for the holidays with a traditional taffeta dress under it.

I guess it is time to start thinking about the Christmas pattern. Who should I do it for? Suggestions!

Oh Sew Pressing

When I first started sewing doll clothes I realized that pressing was essential to the garments make and coming out how I imagined it. I bought all kinds of aids and tried all sorts of stuff.

For instance, I got one of those tiny hand-held irons that have more in common with a soldering tool than and iron. It might work for quilters to whom it is advertised to, but without steam I found it useless. Years ago Panasonic made a small steam iron the was sold to stichers. It had a great slim body and very pointy tip. It was purple. I just don’t know what I did with mine, it must have gone missing with one of my moves. I got another iron that I used so didn’t realize it was missing until I started working with dolls clothes again.

Naomoto Hi-SteamSo with no chance of finding a small iron, it meant I needed to develop some tools and find some new tools that would work. As you can see this is what I am using now. I have a heated Reliable vacuum/up draft board for pressing. I use a Naomoto Hi-Steam gravity feed steam iron now.   I took my Dritz sleeve board, which is nice and narrow but was a folding affair that wouldn’t stay put, and Dritz sleeve board remademade a new one in wood. I just traced the shape of the old board on to some pine and cut it to shape. I reused the Dritz covers. Now the board is very sturdy.

Another wonderful pressing tool I use is something I bought in a garage sale when I was twenty. To tell you the truth I didn’t really know what it was but thought it was used in tailoring. I got it for 50 cents. I have since found out it is a tailor’s point. I have since seen a [Read more…]

It looks like a Wicked White Winter

Blog3It feels like I have been working nonstop for the last 3 days. I guess it is just the computer stuff that seem to take for ever. My coding skills are improving, but I will never be expert. Stuff keeps changing and if you don’t continually kept at it the world wide web will just pass you by.

This little coat for Leeann turned out so cute. I was hoping it would be great on KID, but it was really too big. I think I will make it over for KID, BeJu and Lark next. Although, I am tired of sewing this fabric. It Blog2was a satin drapery fabric with a slub. I used it years ago when I did little girls fancy dresses for Martha’s Miniatures. I should have thought about the fraying before I chose it! Not easy to work with, but did look nice made up. The faux fur is about 1-inch at its longest and about 1/2 at the shortest fibers. It did have a very natural look. christmas1_2015

I made two more hooded coats out of this faux fur and satin. One is for my Parnilla Ghastly doll and the other is for my MSD size girls. They looks cute all together, I wish I had remembered to take a photo that way.

Left is the dress for the pattern The Devil’s in the Details. This strapless dress is from printed cotton, one of those fat quarters you find in just about all hobby and sewing stores. There is a vest that goes over this also made in cotton. I got the idea for this from some Japanese photos I saved.
The new Christmas pattern is finished. It’s the pink dress to the left for Evangeline Ghastly. I was late getting it out last year and I wanted to make sure you had plenty of time to sew up a dress or two if the 18.5 Ghastly dolls are in your family. Just click the shop tab and it will take you to my website. Then go to the free stuff page.