Thursday, June 24, 2010

A magic wand would have been quicker, but my sewing machine will have to do

I know it's really popular (at least in the blogging world) to be a Disney hater, but I'm not- not really. Sure, I roll my eyes or change the words to Miss A's favorite Princess story books but, I'm not a hater.


Pattern: Simplicity 5705. The neck seems wide, but it might just be the doll. I should try it on an AG and see if it has the same issue. Or maybe I goofed while sewing it which is quite possible with all the night time sewing I'm doing. I've made this dress once before (for my niece) and don't remember it being so wide.

Also, because of Miss A's hatred of all things itchy, I didn't use tulle for the petticoat. I made it from white cotton and sewed horsehair braid to the hem to make it poof.

I made glass slippers from the pattern in this book and they're pretty cute, actually the whole book is pretty cute.

Fabric: Scraps from Miss A's dress up. Also, I told Miss A we were going to give the doll an updo for the photo and she said, "No, a down -do is good. Then she can go like this (wildly swinging her head back and forth)." So, a down -do it is.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

It must be summer,

because it's lunch time and everyone is still wearing pajamas, even Miss A's doll (who still doesn't have a name).
Pattern: Simplicity 5276
Fabric: Lakehouse Dry Goods (from my stash)

Friday, June 11, 2010

Crazy Doll Lady

I'm scared to sew knit fabric. Why I thought a small, doll leotard would be a good place to start, I'll never know. But the doll likes it, see? She's smiling. So I'll call it a success.
It sort of looks like the doll is wearing Spanx- but it just how the tights are knit. But that would really make me a "crazy doll lady" if they were control top, right? Hee hee.
Pattern: Simplicity 4364
Fabric: Pink stretchy stuff (I should learn to pay attention of bolt ends) and pink "scratchy" stuff (as Miss A calls tulle).

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

While the boys were gone

playing in the dirt, rocks, and sage brush.......
Miss A and I acquired a new friend*, went shopping at Joann's for 5 for $5 patterns, and began making a dolly wardrobe. So far the mermaid get up is a favorite.
*I am told the Gotz dolls are more play friendly than the AG ones (Gotz are rated ages 3+ and AG 8+). We've had a few knock off 18" dolls, but they never lasted long. We own two 18" AG dolls, but I am reluctant to let my 3 year old really play with them for fear they will look like this. I was assured by the fantastic sales lady at Georgell Doll Shop that I would not be disappointed with a Gotz doll. We got a great deal on the doll so if she accidentally goes swimming (while dressed as a mermaid) it will be okay. She is machine washable too. Her body is trimmer than our AG dolls and she is slightly narrower though the shoulders, but so far the clothes fit both types. Her hair is fabulous, doesn't tangle easily and doesn't fall out when brushed. Her bangs are a little thick for my taste. She sort of looks like my 7th grade class picture, only I wasn't wearing a shell top.