Posts Tagged ‘sewing’

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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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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It’s tough to find doll clothes, nowadays. I remember aisles upon aisles of shocking pink boxes, cars, ponies, dream houses, and of course clothes, and shoes to lose. But given the state of the economy, my visits to Walmart, Target, and Toys R Us proved much less fruitful than I’d hoped. I was looking for Bratz Boyz clothes, possibly some Bratz girl jeans and accessories, and maybe Top Model clothes. However, the local Toys R Us had the saddest little Barbie aisle I’ve ever seen. Times have changed, has Barbie changed fast enough to keep up? Bratz clothes were even harder to find. They seem to have fallen into the marketing gimmick that you’ll sell more dolls if you can only get more clothes by buying another doll.

Thus discouraged, I had to satisfy my need to pre-clothe my girl, I ordered an orange houndstooth pleated dress on etsy and some Bratz Boyz clothes from an ebay seller who generously (or at least fairly) combines shipping.

Then we checked out another Toys R Us in a newer part of town and faired better, but it’s obvious doll clothes just aren’t what they used to be.

I got this Fashion Fever Set. I’d looked at the blouse and plaid pants online, so I was pleased. I hope some of the shoes fit!

Even though I’m not much of a sewer, by hand or machine, I still wanted to try my hand at some of the puchi collective patterns. I set off to meet my quilting friend who had some fabric for me at the yarn store. Well, it turned into a dolly sewing circle and I left with three dresses for my girl(s), one of which was made by me. The other two ladies were way more professional, but they taught me tons about sewing and pattern following/drafting. (mine, jen’s, jamie’s)

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