Tag Archives: pattern review

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 »

Pattern Covers – inspiration or limitation?

  We all love to pursue new pattern listings, whether in the ‘big books’ at the fabric store or scrolling through a favorite website page or etsy shop. Sometimes the pattern photos seem so perfect that we buy the pattern –  along with the supplies to copy it exactly! Other times the pattern photos are a complete turn-off. Perhaps it appears that the… Read more »