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I wonder why we like little things so much. I love how many crazy aunties by girls have who can’t resist the temptation to make something small. Even smaller than possible for hoomans. Life reduced in scale, it’s poignant, precious. The doll laundry doesn’t pile up, the doll dishes never need to be done.
I made a wee cardigan that needs some serious perfecting, from this less than lovely (imho) colorway of fixation. (I love orange and pink and purple, just not together in this form, I don’t know. It’s like Kureyon 102 without the blue and yellow, but that takes away something). I started with 24 stitches on 3s, and then just kind of fudged it.
Here’s Garnet (with a haircut) modeling it:
Garnet in the cardi

Here’s a mental-visual list of things I’d like to learn to sew for Blythe:

A trenchcoat like these lovely ones on etsy

A high-necked halter dress like this.

A dress with wide waist like this. I’m getting one of these dresses from dear froggymonkey, who is lucky enough to have them at her local Walmart, so I’ll be able to study it.

Now I need one of my girls crazy aunts aka my unsuspecting sewing mentors to step up so I can actually do some of these. 🙂

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In my summer of Blythe. Soon I’ll have to go back to teaching and not get to spend so much time with my dollies. We are also moving, so the whole thing is just crazypants. My last doll of the summer arrives today, #6, and to round things out, she’s and ADG like Garnet. I am pretty sure her name will be Aventurine, or Aven. She’s a Medieval Mood, so she’s going to probably look like Garnet with straight hair. I’ll be curious to see if there are differences because she’s one of the older ADGs, but I know she will be gorgeous and not resemble a green monkey. Omar confided in me that he was the one who won the Bratz Tokyo Pop Car on ebay! Eeep! An anniversary gift for me. Here are the results of my head opening surgery: spray matte, boggled, gaze corrected.

Clever was also matted, and last night she had a fabulous haircut which has yet to be photographed. Garnet had a slightly less exciting haircut, but her hair was getting too snarly for me to deal with.

The girls had an adventure which involved puppets! Click the pic for the whole story (flickr set)

WOOT. We got our fab Blythe Mode MJs. We are fortunate to be in the good graces of the shoe people.

Join our flickr group for Blythe in Barbie and Bratz clothes. Promised to be heavily guarded against spam by the meanest biotches around who don’t want to see your etsy ad in their community! Down with DIY! Up with shiny, nasty, stiff fabrics and crappy serged hems! Here’s Alonza is some Barbie clothes (Not fashion fever, and still fit pretty well!)

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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.

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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!

pattern

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.

squares

Directions are as follows:

  1. Cut two of pattern pieces above.
  2. snip and fold over armhole seams (mini iron is so useful here! but a regular one will do)
  3. sew armhole seams by hand or machine (I’ve done both) (both pieces)
  4. sew hemline (both pieces)
  5. 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
  6. sew top seam
  7. seam side pieces together
  8. voila! Use a blunt needle to run ribbon through top (either one or two pieces) tie bow on shoulder.

Result:

pillowdress1

(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.

wonderbread

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)

cirtrusskirt

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!

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Lightning speed

Alonza should be coming later, today. The girls are ready for her, although they’ve heard she’s sort of a spitfire. Here they are trying to privately discuss the rumor that TWO more girls will be joining her.

girls

I know, this new Blythe obsession has happened at the speed of light. I am just like that sometimes.
There’s plenty to report, of course. We have a new Blythe project. However, for now I’m going to settle for a fashion parade. I made a wrap dress with Jess’s help. It was my first time turning those tiny seams without making a self-lining garment. It turned out okay! Pictured here– the smiling daisy dress. Not actually quite Garnet’s style, I think Alonza will love it! Also, various handmade items pictured previously, but not modeled…Click through to flickr for a larger image.
Wrap dress
handmade shirt/vest
Green girl

Garnet has new eyechips again (Brainworm Smoke Green, I think) and looks beautiful! She is so photogenic, despite the fact that I see at least one ADG slam on the TIB forum per day. 🙂
New eyechips
She thinks this makes her look even more like her idol.
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Coming soon: finished furniture pics!

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She came yesterday! It was love at first site, as soon as I saw her chestnut curls.Happily, I also got four rement outfits, eyechips, and some bratz clothes. Garnet had a busy first day…

Good thing I let her take a nap to recover from her trip.

Then she tried on some new clothes. The rement orange dress is her fav.

Thanks for the boots, Barbie people, but your clothes suck.

Before she made the social rounds, I did a light customization by trimming her eyelashes. See photo.

Then she met her kitty Godmother, Tessa the Perplexing. 🙂 “I’m sure we’ll have lots in common, Dolly.”

After that, she met Blue Bear, Omar’s childhood bear, who was snoozing on the doll futon.

Then it was time for her first outing. We met Aunt Jess and some other knitters. Aunt Jess had a present, a flannel nighty. Well, that AC can get kind of chilly!

When we got home, it was time for outpatient eye surgery. “It’s just like color contacts,” I told her, after Omar was scaremongering.

She looks gorgeous with her new olive eyechips!

Here she is modeling her nightgown and prototype dolly socks.

The socks are imperfect but I’ll make a better version soon.

“I didn’t get enough sleep between the sock modeling and the morning photoshoot! What’s wrong you! It’s too early for pictures!”

Uh, yeah, G, it’s also too early for blogging yet here I am.

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Names registered

No going back now. Alonza (PDAE), Garnet (ADG RR), and also thanks to this weeks episode of Dr. Who:

Clever Leigh (STA)

Couldn’t find the actual “Because I’m clever!” clip..

Crapass doll futon:

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Nighty night!

Cloth napkin from Target is now a doll duvet. Rainbow sheets from donated fabric. 🙂

OMG, I know, I have a double bed and three dolls on the way. What will happen??? I may make a little flip futon from the leftover foam.

OMG #2, I should call STA Gambrel. I LOVE Gambrel quail. I’ve been known to chase them just to get a closer look.

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