Compare and Contrast Fit and Style on Similar Dolls

There’s a learning curve to everything, isn’t there? Fifteen years ago my daughter wanted a ‘real’ American Girl brand doll. We were not in a position to get one. I chanced upon a clearance sale for what appeared to be a similar doll, called a ‘Storybook Heirlooms’ doll. It was an 18″ doll and to my un-trained eye it looked… Read more »

Announcing my newest pattern: The Super Skort +

 I am happy to announce the launch of my newest pattern for standard 18″ dolls. Many of you know that I make quite a lot of custom Cheerleading uniforms for dolls to match the uniforms of the little girls that own them! H Here’s a recent example: The basis of nearly all of these uniforms is a simple skort. Just… Read more »

‘Super Skort Plus’ pattern – coming soon!

Happy to announce that my next pattern the ‘Super Skort Plus’ is in the testing phases now! This one is sized for 18″ dolls such as the American Girl brand doll, as well as other dolls that are similar in size. The pattern will feature my favorite “Invisible” waistline skort PLUS a skort with attached waistline, such as that shown… Read more »

phooey free sewing!

Happy Sewing and Happy Mother’s Day!! While sharing info on a doll Facebook page recently I stated my two main goals in pattern making.   This happy comment came from Linda Goehres Sevanick: “Rate yourself HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL at achieving your goals, Miss Jane! I made 6 of your bathing suits yesterday and I did not yell “PHOOEY” even once!” SEW….That’s my new… Read more »

Jots from jane -Goals versus Plans

I’ve heard that Americans, in particular, are very good at the immediate but not the important. What does that mean? It means that we rush right home to see our favorite TV show but we haven’t scheduled a health physical in three years. OUCH! John Lennon said: it’s easy to set goals. Goals are vague. ‘This year I want to have plenty… Read more »

Pink and Polka Dotty! Mini Tutorial on simple, fingerless gloves

 I stitch up many custom requests for Cheer Uniforms and Dance Costumes like this one: made to match these photos: Girls costume photos from the Weissman dance costume company website which you can find here: https://www.weissmanscostumes.com/ This one looked fun! I got started on pattern work and made this garment first. Pretty close! But… I was disappointed that the bodice was… Read more »

Notes on gathers – to drape? or pouf!

A recent topic of conversation on one of the facebook doll pages I favor had a variety of questions about GATHERS. We covered a variety of ideas. Just to recap my preferences: I generally do take the time to run 2 rows of machine gathers one on the seamline directly, and another in the seam allowance. If it’s a very… Read more »

Miss Karlie gets a face up!

Remember Miss Karlie? I found her naked and abandoned in a thrift store display case last year. She was a bit dirty and had a head full of neglected curls. Here’s what she looked like after intensive work on her hair. I thought she was cute. She looks about 6 here. I put her to work in a modeling job,… Read more »

New Pattern Coming Soon: The Triple Axel Skating Dress

Apologies for the neglect of my blog posting. I never wanted to inundate you with too many posts but guess I really need to remind you that I’m still out here, right? I’ve been busily working on the next pattern. Soon to release: The Triple Axel Skating Dress. Here are some sneak peak photos of what’s going on in this… Read more »

Super Quick ‘Cheater’s Fudge – time for Christmas!

Don’t we all get super busy at the holidays? I hope you’ve been busy sewing! I know I have; so many custom cheer uniform orders this year! I scarcely have time to make any goodies but I was intrigued by a recipe idea I saw on Pinterest. Here is the first pin link I found: http://www.just2sisters.com/2-ingredient-peanut-butter-fudge/ Only 2 ingredients to… Read more »