Grace’s Sightseeing Outfit

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Though I didn’t get a decent photo of these outfits, I thought I’d share anyway as an example of what can be done when you’re disappointed or just wanting to save money. My friend tried ordering Grace’s discontinued Sightseeing Outfit on sale, but it had sold out. Thankfully I’d ordered a bit sooner, so off to Joann’s where we found a black/white striped knit for a knock-off version for her GD and I ordered a ‘sample’ piece of black baby sequin fabric for the bodice.  Using white tulle w/sequined circle fabric from my stash, I sewed her skirt that I actually like better than AG’s.

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Can you tell which is which?

Unbelievably, I found identical sandals online (w/Velcro bows to change out in 5 colors) to complete her outfit!  LOVE it ‘when a plan comes together’ so perfectly!

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Iconic 70’s Wrap Dress

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Peplum Top #1031 w/Slim Skirts #1041

One of my fav patterns is Lee and Pearl‘s version of Diane Von Furstenberg’s iconic 1974 Wrap Dress which can be sewn in three different lengths, or as a peplum top that’s so fun!

Another version is show below, along with a closeup photo of coordinating earrings, created  per Lee and Pearl’s detailed newsletter directions and valuable links.

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Jewelry directions in February, 2016 Lee and Pearl Newsletter link on main page of Etsy shop

 

 

 

 

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Let’s Go to the Hop

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All Dolled Up is an awesome site offering reasonably-priced patterns, often cleverly named as my title indicates for our 18-inch doll friends and the new 14.5-inch Wellie Wishers that AG recently added to their line-up. Terrie frequently adds new patterns and her 60’s Ruffled pattern includes the best tutorial on using your Rolled Hem Foot I’ve ever tried. Finally, my narrow hems are perfect! If you follow All Dolled Up on FB, you’ll catch pattern sales as well.

After I’d purchased Maryellen, I just had to add this ‘nifty-50’s pattern to my collection and sew it up immediately so she could dance the night away @ the hop!  If you don’t already have a 50’s petticoat, Terrie has a free pattern for this essential piece.

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Let’s Go to the Hop – don’t you just love that neckline?!

 

 

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Woomera Dress & Slip

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A friend and I chose this semi-sheer Gertie fabric @ Joann’s and I thought it would be perfect for sewing Liberty Jane‘s Woomera Dress with it’s high-low hem, detailed stitching and accompanying slip. When the sewing bug struck me again a few years ago, Liberty Jane was the first doll pattern company I discovered online. The instant gratification of downloadable patterns was unbelievable! Soon thereafter, owner Cinnamon Miles formed Pixie Faire, offering several designers of patterns for many doll sizes. Now her business has blossomed into offering much-needed doll-size sewing accessories, i.e. zippers, buttons, shoe soles, etc. in Pixie Packs – you really just have to visit to appreciate all that’s available!

Another awesome feature is Freebie Friday: each Wednesday a designer is featured, a voting poll offered and the winning pattern is free for one day only on Friday — what a great way to start a weekend!  😉

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Star Power

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I forgot to mention in my post last evening that I’m an ‘equal-opportunity’ pattern user, meaning if there’s a doll pattern maker out there, I’ve probably purchased from them. A fine example is Jen’s wren*feathers blog and her Etsy shop. Shown below is Grace wearing a sundress sewn using one of her fabulous and very reasonably-priced patterns. She has nearly 60 in her shop and offers many FREE on her blog, as well, so if you love to sew you’d be wise to follow Jen!  The dress featured below was a HUGE hit with my sweet friend’s GD this summer!  😉

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1930’s Farm Outfit pattern by jenwrenne on Etsy (also includes blouse & overalls)

 

 

 

 

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Frozen fun!

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Welcome doll enthusiasts!  I’ll be posting my handmade doll clothes and accessories here. Some were previously posted at http://www.maricopastamper.blogspot.com, my former paper-crafting site.  After purchasing two sewing machines and a serger in the past few years, sewing for dolls became my favorite pastime.  I sew mainly for American Girl dolls, but also 18-inch Götz (Pottery Barn Kids), 18-inch Journey Girls (ToysRUs), 16-inch A Girl for all Time and 14-inch Hearts4Hearts (to be sold again soon). Wellie Wishers may appear here in the future too!  🙂

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Lee & Pearl Ice Princess Swim & Skate Fabric used for bodice

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Skating Dresses Pattern by Lee & Pearl on Etsy

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