Tag Archives: doll clothes

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 »

Remember this custom order?

Remember this little custom order dance outfit? No? Well, you can read all about it in this early blog post: Custom Challenge…Motorcycle Jacket (Jane likes RED) The customer that ordered that also ordered this darling outfit Recently, I received a few photos from the customer, who happens to be a good friend of mine. I have permission to share and… Read more »

In the works today – Patterns and more patterns!

Nothing like keeping too many irons in the fire! Want to know what I’m working on this week? Everything! First, I’m finalizing the pattern for the Sprinkler Season Squirts! This will be the third size range of this popular design. It will have 2 cuttings lines: Size one will fit A Girl for All Times, like this lovely Matilda Size… Read more »

Free Tutorial: Making Doll Tights from Adult Size Knee Sox

A couple of years ago I found a Pinterest post or two that said you could make doll tights from a pair of sox. Wow, great idea! Except that every tutorial I found left me pondering. What were the measurements that worked? What size sox were these? Could I use sox that didn’t seem to stretch much? Last year, I decided to… 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 »

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 »

Ezy Additions – Ruffled Mesh Jabot

I love the way an idea progresses from the first thought to a final completion. Recently an online friend was asking for advice on how to make ruffles like those in this Weissman brand dance costume (their photo): I started searching for methods or patterns and I got all excited about sheer ruffles of all varieties! Turns out, Rachel Chambers… Read more »

Custom Challenge…Motorcycle Jacket (Jane likes RED)

  Love this little outfit? Want to make a similar costume yourself? Here’s the Lifeline of a custom order… I love to take on custom projects. It can be very rewarding. If you’re in the business of sewing doll clothes you may be contemplating accepting custom orders. Perhaps a friend has asked you to make something special and you’re feeling apprehensive…. Read more »

Problem Solving – Hemline Help

Your project is nearly done. You decide to finish your hemline by machine and it just looks AWFUL! Maybe the stitching is inferior, crooked or twisted. Maybe it just looks…too plain. Let’s think through some possible solutions. First of all, Not what you expected me to suggest? It’s sometimes quicker and easier to fix it the right way. Take out the… Read more »

Pulling outfits together – Move Over Cinderella

Separates for dolls can present a new set of problems. While young girls have little hesitation in putting outfits together, their mother’s and grandmothers seem to struggle when purchasing separates. Many dolls do not own a complete closet of optional separate pieces, either. If you’re sewing for a special customer in your life you may know more about what she has or… Read more »