Alonza is here!
Poor dear, I yanked out her orange eyechips within 15 minutes of her arrival. 🙂 I don’t think I really started to bond with her until I put on her glasses. Then she had me singing Jefferson Starship!
Lost in thought…her front facing eye chips were replaced with Brainworm Lime. Wow, do her eye chips come out way easier than ADGs.
I’ve been sewing every night. Woohoo. I finally realized I should oil my machine, too. I’m such a noob. Mostly, I am very, very lazy. I want cute clothes for my girls with minimal effort. So I saw someone had made a drawstring neckline dress and I thought, hey, I could do that! After a brief consultation with my blythe mentor (also, crochet mentor, super mama, and revolutionary of beading in Rhode Island) it was revealed that this was essentially a “pillowcase dress.” So I made a very rough pattern, reproduced here for your viewing pleasure. I am not talking to you sewing masters out there. Those of you who can’t sew, you CAN do this. Pattern ain’t nuthin!
For a lot of these, I use these handy little quilt squares I got when my friend took me grown up fabric store shopping (not Joann’s) Sorry for the crappy photos, i wasted all my camera battery on doll photos and had to hurry.
Directions are as follows:
- Cut two of pattern pieces above.
- snip and fold over armhole seams (mini iron is so useful here! but a regular one will do)
- sew armhole seams by hand or machine (I’ve done both) (both pieces)
- sew hemline (both pieces)
- fold down and press top of piece so there’s enough space through the seam for whatever kind of ribbon or drawstring you want to use
- sew top seam
- seam side pieces together
- voila! Use a blunt needle to run ribbon through top (either one or two pieces) tie bow on shoulder.
(Garnet always wants to model everything. Her hair is super f’ing gorgeous. I even washed it and combed it out and it’s still lovely)
Here’s a slightly modified version on Lonza, her “wonder bread” dress. I knew this print was for her. This version has an a-line shape but the top is the same. When I make this again, I’ll try to make the top narrower. You can’t see the ribbon on the shoulder, but it’s there. She’s also showing off her new foiled Brainworm toffee eyechips.
I think Clever is shy. She and I are just not on the same page yet. She’s had a lot of hair treatments, and I think maybe she resents it. Here she is modeling the first failed attempt at a pillowcase dress (before I read the directions, duh)
Thought round up: I seriously need to photograph the furniture, but there’s little point getting a dollspace set up because we’re moving so soon. There ARE two more girls coming from far away, I know not when, and I don’t have names for them, or sleeping space! Trying desperately NOT to buy another doll, either a twin for Alonza (Alvina! Come on!) or another ADG. Or you know, whatever strikes my fancy. But having three girls when only two weeks ago I had 0 is overwhelming enough!