Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Craft Fair Prep

Kanani lucked out as the girl who got to play (somewhat) with all the toys I ordered for the craft show next month.

...with her games...
...and puzzles...
...and stationary

One of everything
What the floor looked like....
All packed up and ready to go

New fall outfit for Kanani

I had some spare fabric and time, and this looked like a good idea at the time...  One of these things might have been a mistake.

The smock dress is from a free pattern by Jenwrenne (here), and the leggings are from a free pattern by Doll Originals (here).  The leggings made up fairly quickly and easily.  As it turns out, I don't really like the way empire waists look, so I'm unlikely to use the top/dress pattern again.

And the pink fuzzy ricrac is now banned from doll clothes forever.  Luckily, the dolls have been on the receiving end of worse experimental outfits.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Samantha at Mystic Seaport

First off, a new 1870s dress for visiting a 19th century fishing village in Mystic Seaport, CT.  This is a three piece bustle dress made from the Thimbles and Acorns pattern, made from pink gingham and broadcloth, and trimmed with ruffled lace, a rosebud lace, and ribbon rosettes.

The Charles W Morgan, the last wooden whaling ship in the world
Giant Squash
Another wooden tall ship
And a ship in a bottle as a souvenir

Monday, October 13, 2014

Kirsten's fancy dress

Kirsten has a new fancy dress (though it's really more spring colors than fall).  The fabric is a piece of cotton sateen I picked up in Beijing this past spring.  I used the Kirsten's apron dress pattern from the old Pleasant company patterns.  There's lace trim around the skirt and matching trim around the waistband.  I used a different lace for the bodice overlay and trimmed it with a tiny applique rosette.  There's also tiny venice lace on the sleeve cuffs.

Free American Girl Pattern: Remake of Samantha's BeForever meet dress

Samantha was my first doll, purchased for my 21st birthday as my first action as a 'real adult', so I was rather sad when she retired in 2007.  But she's been rereleased this fall!

However, I can't say I'm a fan of her new meet dress.  It looks skimpy and just off compared to the Edwardian patterns I've seen.  So I made her a new one based on a pattern from 1905, so it's even mostly period.

The dress is made of pink dotted swiss with eyelet ruffle at the sleeves, neck, and hem.  I used a scrap of burgundy ribbon in my stash for the waist sash and matching hair bow.  The sash ties into a giant bow in the back.

The pattern is the housedress featured in Le Semaine de Suzette 1905 issue 1 for Bleuette.  I've resized the pattern to work for American Girl dolls.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Free Historical Book Pattern 'The Wonders of a Toy Shop' for 18" Dolls

The dolls have been complaining about a lack of attention to the minor accessories to which they hold dear.  So of course I had to go looking for something just the right size for them.

The book is a replica of a children's picture book from the 1850s (making this period for Kirsten, Cecile, and Marie-Grace).  The original can be found at http://www.read.gov/books/toy.html as part of the Library of Congress's rare book collection.

Book Template

Nellie's pretty pleased with her new book.