Storybook Sewing Challenge Entry



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(Tenney is modeling this latest Elsa dress.)

Elsa from Frozen was my choice for Erin Hentzel’s latest challenge on Facebook: Avery Lane Patterns Sewing Group. We were required to use a pattern, either from one of her books or individual patterns she’s shared, to create a storybook (real or fictional), fairy tale, or fantasy character’s doll outfit.

I chose Elsa because I’d previously sewed an Elsa dress for a friend’s Granddaughter and still had plenty of left-over fabrics. In fact, that Elsa dress was my very first post here & you can easily find it by using “Elsa” in the search box @ top right on my opening page.

To create this Elsa dress I used Doll Dress Boutique’s Chapter Six Party Dresses for my front & back bodice pieces, as the front has a sweetheart neckline. I then used sleeve piece #45, lengthened to wrist length, and skirt piece #23, lengthened to ankle length. Mixing/matching pattern pieces is one of the things that makes Doll Dress Boutique a favorite pattern book of mine for creating many different looks. These were the only modifications I made pattern-wise per Erin’s challenge parameters.

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May 2021 Doll Dress Boutique Challenge


My dress for this challenge is City Girl from Erin Hentzel’s book, Doll Dress Boutique.

I purchased the floral fabric from my local Wal-Mart and after deciding it was what I would use for this challenge, I searched my ‘stash’ of solid fabrics for one I could use for the ruffles and border. The only thing that truly ‘matched’ was a small scrap of bright yellow . . . so this very bright version of City Girl came to be:

AG Lea Doll wearing City Girl Dress

Erin holds lots of fun challenges, contests and give-away’s on her FB page, Avery Lane Patterns Sewing Group, which is a lovely group of ladies who enjoy sewing for dolls. She has 3 other books, plus a 5th coming out in October, 2021, Doll Studio Boutique, for smaller 14″ – 15″ Wellie Wisher, Hearts for Hearts and Ruby Red Fashion Friends dolls. I’ve recently acquired some RRFF dolls, so want to get some things sewn and pics posted soon.

UPDATE: FREE Lee & Pearl 18″, 16″ & 14.5″ Doll Pattern IF You REALLY Hurry!



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IF you’re not already a subscriber to their newsletter, you need to do so IMMEDIATELY because you’ll not only get their newest pattern release, BUT you’ll receive their last FREEBIE, the Gift Bow Dress in 14.5″, 16″ and 18″ sizes, which will be free ONLY until their new Freebie pattern is released next week!  Also, the Gift Bow Dress can be sewn with just a FAT QUARTER

This pattern release has been about 2 years coming –  no thanks at all to Covid, so now we all have a much-needed FUN week to look forward to, thanks to Lee & Pearl!

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Two-Tone Pocket Tee Update!



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I’ve noticed several visitors looking @ Terrie’s Two-Tone Pocket Tee, so wanted to let you know that she’s added it to her Etsy Store, so please stop by and grab it!  I just realized it wasn’t posted and it’s such a sweet pattern!  Also, check out my Hot August post here, as that pattern is also now available and Terrie will likely add more as time allows.

I’m a bit prejudiced since I did pattern testing for Terrie, but her patterns are truly AMAZING and reasonably priced.

IF you see any of Terrie’s patterns featured here (or anywhere) that aren’t on her Etsy Store, please let me know in a comment & she’ll happily add them.  FYI:  If you click on All Dolled Up @ the far left of any page here, it will bring up all posts I’ve made using Terrie’s patterns and @ the bottom of the page, it will take you to even more.  ;’)

Update: A Spring Romper!

Maryellen is ready for our AZ spring in her new flowered romper. It’s Viola by Violette Field Threads and can be sewn as either a dress or romper. I’m excited now to sew it in dress form!

Due to Covid 19, my shopping is limited to getting needed supplies/groceries, so this beautiful spring fabric is one I picked up @ WalMart recently. So happy their fabric department is now fully re-stocked as it’s my only fabric source in our small town. Of course, like so many of you, I’m very anxious to be able to go shopping for anything other than necessities.

Thanks so much for visiting my much-neglected blog today. Hopefully I’ll be inspired to do more sewing & posting soon!

Doll Days SWAP Challenge


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Erin Hentzel recently challenged everyone on her FB group (Avery Lane Patterns Sewing Group) to create a Sewing With a Purpose wardrobe for 18-inch dolls using her book Doll Days. Sewing with a purpose is creating a mix & match coordinating/interchangeable wardrobe for your doll. Three lucky winners each received some lovely fabrics from Erin as prizes.

My doll’s SWAP wardrobe was made using fabrics already in my stash:

Now I’m looking forward to Erin’s newest pattern book due out October, 2021, Doll Studio Boutique: Sew a Wardrobe for 14” Dolls (46 Garments & Accessories) – can’t wait as my 14-inch dolls are rather neglected.

Violette Field Threads: Tops & Shorts Sets: Riley & Lilly; Berklee & Sylvie

Back today with my latest sews from VFT, trying to complete outfits for what I hope to sell this Fall. I had fun with four more patterns.

On the left is my flowered Berklee top, an A-line swing top that comes in two lengths. Since the shoulder ties must both be untied to remove the top, I slightly modified it by enlarging the ties a bit. This makes tying/untying it easier, but I then added a bit of width to the back, cutting it open and adding Velcro. Now even small girls can easily dress their dolls as the knots don’t actually need to be untied. I’ve added pics of both front/back so you can see what I did. Berklee comes with shorts as well in both slim & full widths, but here I paired it with these adorable petal shorts. They are Sylvie and I just love them!

The pink top on the right is Riley, a fun double-layer tank with high front neckline and thin straps for cool summer dressing. I just love the back on this pattern, which includes a double-layered dress length as well! I paired my Riley top with VFT’s Lilly shorts because I thought the added pom-poms were so cute!

Now I need to start thinking Fall for my sewing projects!

Violette Field Threads: Allie Top & Shorts


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Recently I finished this fun Allie top and shorts pattern from Violette Field Threads. I really like the sweet top with the triple pin-tucked bodice front, open keyhole and neckline tie back.

The coordinating shorts truly catch your eye with their unique bow front. Though these shorts have a flat front, the back has elastic for on/off ease when dressing.

We’re nearing the end of our sweltering 2019 shorts-wearing spring/summer here in AZ, but I’ve got a couple more of VFT’s tops/shorts to share with you soon. I’m finishing up some separates that I hope to add to my future first-ever doll clothing sale that’s been cancelled three times already! Thanks for stopping by. ;’)

Avery Lane Fall 2020 Sewing Challenge


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Erin @ Avery Lane Patterns Sewing Group on Facebook challenged us to create the Tea Party Dress View A from Doll Dress Boutique for Fall during a sew-along she held for us. She posted several videos of the steps for anyone wishing to sew along.

Lea wearing my Tea Party Dress, View A

I chose a FAV fabric I’ve had in my stash since 2013, but sadly I’ve now used all but a few small pieces. Erin’s unique skirt detail makes this sweet dress really special. I really enjoyed her sew-along and I love how Lea’s new Fall dress turned out!

I was originally planning to submit my previous Fall dress as my entry, but I’ve now entered this dress. If you have Doll Dress Boutique and would like to join the Fall Challenge, you have until September 15th to post your dress on her Facebook Group, Avery Lane Patterns Sewing Group. There will be prizes awarded to 3 winners, 2 by popular vote and a 3rd random winner.

Avery Lane Sewing: Fall Dress Challenge


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On our private Facebook Group for Avery Lane Patterns, Erin posted a sewing challenge:  make a doll dress, fall-themed, using Doll Dress Boutique, so here’s my entry: FallDress+FringeEmb_20200721_135840

I chose to sew her Princess-Seamed Dress, View D, from Chapter 7 with it’s ruffle-trimmed sleeves.

Erin’s princess-seamed bodice with added piping is perfect to showcase my embroidered fringe flower, using variegated thread to echo the colors in my fall fabric.  Rather than a collar, I simply added piping @ the neck.  While trying to use fabrics in my stash, I’d have preferred a coordinating background fabric other than white for my flower, but these trying times call for just going with what’s close @ hand!

Hoping everyone is staying healthy and safe – sewing is my go-to activity to relieve stress.

Happy 4th of July Eve


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Happy 4th of July Eve from Maryellen & me.  Maryellen’s ready to celebrate simply @ home this year, all comfortably decked out in her embroidered simple top, skirt & tote (no pattern).



Machine Embroidery File:  Appletotes & Co.

Simple Top:  Sew in Style Book from Avery Lane

Simply a Skirt:  Doll Tag Clothing


Hope everyone has a safe July 4th Holiday weekend!🇺🇸


Bianca Dress to Beat AZ Heat


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Using my Janome 9900’s embroidery function, I created a small fringed flower that came with my machine.  I specifically chose yellow and silver threads to coordinate with the flowered print in yellow/gray from my fabric stash.


The bodice of the Bianca pattern from Violette Field Threads is the perfect showcase for this sweet little flower.  Kit’s sure to look fresh and cool in her new summer sundress here in AZ’s desert heat.