Category Archives: Today’s Projects

Photo Finish – from the fireplace to the frame!

I love photography! I think I was doomed from the get-go because my parents and grandparents on both sides were snap happy, too! That said, I am unskilled. We were the $15 Instamatic sort of fans! I’ve graduated up to a $150 Canon that was a gift from my kids. It’s red, so they figured Mom would like it! Yes. Jane… Read more »

Detailing a dance outfit

Continuing to work on the Super Skort Plus pattern in various sizes. Focusing on the next size to release, Hearts n Squirts This will fit American Girl/Mattel brand Wellie Wishers with cutting lines for the Hearts for Hearts doll, too. Final testing is done, but I’m continuing to finish samples to show buyers just what they can stitch up with… Read more »

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 »

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 »

oh, my goodness! It’s the busy Christmas season!

I’ve woefully neglected my blog of late! So many craft shows in the month of November. Here I am working one of them… I’m working on a dream dress tutu dress there… and here I am at another, goofing off! Craft shows are a lot of work, but also a lot of fun! You meet wonderful people, and a few… Read more »

Chocolate Chip Cookies – We can’t sew ALL the time!

I’m not much of a cook but every now and again you just have to make yourself some treats! Just as I specialize in easier methods in sewing I also appreciate recipes in which the end product is more than the sum of the parts! A recent chocolate chip cookie recipes fits the bill. With just a few little tweaks,… Read more »

Today’s Projects – Sprinkler Season Pattern

Getting excited as the Sprinkler Season Pattern nears completion! In the true Janie Carroll Designs ‘Ezy’ fashion, the Sprinkler Season suit is a quick stitch project. This halter style swimsuit has just one main pattern piece! Your doll better start looking for the towels and lounge chairs while you fire up the sewing machine. You’ll be done before she’s found… Read more »