Category Archives: Book Reviews ‘n Pattern Praises – notes on favorites

It’s a Contest from Avery Lane Designs!

You may remember when I shared information and a review on a new book from my friend, Erin Hentzel, of Avery Lane Designs. May I say that I think Doll Days is a wonderful book?! I am excited to announce that Erin along with  Riley Blake Fabrics is holding a contest related to the book! This contest centers around the Vintage Party… Read more »

Time for the Book Giveaway!!

Time to post the winner of our Drawing for the FREE copy of Doll Days, by Erin Hentzel!!! Our winner is  Chriss Chriss, I’ll be sending you an email about this. Congratulations! As to the rest of you? I so enjoyed reading your comments and ideas! Keep sewing, friends!

Book Review – ‘Doll Days’ plus Book Giveaway!

  I’m excited to be part of the blog tour for a wonderful new book! Doll Days, which features patterns for 18″ doll clothes is written by Erin Hentzel. Erin is the owner and designer of Avery Lane Patterns, as well as a dear Facebook friend of mine. I am thrilled to say this is her second book! Her first book,… Read more »

Pattern Review – Crabapples Boutique; ‘Fun in the Sun’

I’ve done quite a bit of pattern testing for other doll clothing designers in the past. One of my favorite designers is Bonnie Spencer. Here’s the lovely Bonnie, owner and designer at Bonnie’s patterns are first rate! She starts with great ideas, translates them into well-fitting designs, and includes all the little details that make construction proceed smoothly! Here are just a few… Read more »

Sprinkler Season – NEW pattern launched today!

As promised last week the Janie Carroll Designs newest pattern Sprinkler Season is out today! The Sprinkler Season is one of the first patterns I drafted. It’s a favorite I return to again and again. Here’s an early version: I set out to streamline everything about sewing swimsuits for dolls. The simplicity begins with a single pattern piece to cut for… Read more »

Sweet Mouse Miss – New doll ‘n Swap Fabric details

I like to say that thrift store shopping is a little like searching for Prince Charming. You have to kiss a lot of toads before you meet a Handsome Prince! This week I met a prince! Ok, she was more of a Princess…this girl… lying in a glass case display, with nothing on but a price tag! (In case you’re wondering,… Read more »

Jots from Jane – Common Skills = Uncommon Results

How are you doing with the goal of learning something new with each project? I hope you’ve incorporated that concept into your sewing life! How about another idea for improvement? I find it difficult to settle myself down to the ordinary tasks of any project, such as: Cutting out the pattern Trimming and clipping seams and corners Pressing seams in construction Hemming… Read more »

Problem Solving – too big/poor fabric choice

So, you start with a pattern: Simplicity 4786 And an idea, the coat shown in the middle. Of course I didn’t want to use fleece I had this cool eye-lash fabric in a tie-dyed yellow/pink blend. I should have known it didn’t have the necessary body. When it was finished it was Really Sad Completely limp Un-wearable…as a coat! BUT… Read more »