Happy Evening, Internet-Land. Today I have been working on some new outfits for my Lavender & Nanette Paper Dolls. I wanted to make another video of the set being drawn, but was having lots of trouble trying to record with my new camera. I don’t know, maybe it’s because this camera uses so much battery, and the ones I had were losing juice. In any event, I tried twice with the new camera to no avail. That means I had two sets of new outfits, but no video. So, I went back to my old little freebie camera (an amazing story in itself ~ maybe I’ll share it later), and filmed yet another set of outfits. It’s all good, however, because it means THREE new sets for YOU! I’ll post images of the new sets below the video link, and they are now included in the Lavender & Nanette pdf file on my Ready To Print page. Enjoy!
Good morning, Internet-Land ~ well, at least here in Oregon it’s morning. I hope all is well with you. Today I’m going to show the steps I use in sewing the T-Shirt pattern I posted earlier on February 27, 2018 (which can be easily downloaded from my “Ready To Print” page). So, without further ado, here we go. Shown is the layout of cut pieces. I use a soft knit that’s great for T-Shirts. You need to cut one of the front, one collar, two back pieces, and two sleeves.
Step 1 – Prep-sew. Serge (or zig-zag) the center back edges to prevent ravelling or fraying. Do the same with sleeve hems, then also hem the sleeves.
Step 2 – attach front to back at shoulders.
Step 3 – Pin the upper edge of the sleeve shoulder to the sleeve opening, matching the center of sleeve shoulder to the shoulder seam of the shirt. Do this for both sleeves. Sew sleeves to shirt. Then open out to make sure there are no pleats in the armhole seam.
Step 4 – Fold collar length-ways with right sides together and stitch ends closed.
Step 5 – Turn the collar right-side-out and fold to find center. Mark the center with a pin.
Step 6 – Pin center of collar to center front neckline of shirt.
Step 7 – OK, this next part can seem a bit tricky, but is still pretty simple. You need to fold center back finished edge of shirt .25″ in, so that the wrong sides are together and the right side will be a nice finished edge. Then stretch the collar so the finished fold of the back center shirt edge fits with the finished end of the collar. Do this for both sides and pin the ends in place (you can also place a pin at the shoulder seams while the collar is stretched to help hold things in the right place). You will sew the shirt neckline to the collar while stretching the collar. NOTE: If you’re an experienced sewer & SUPER ambitious, you can sew the shirt to only the front side of the collar, tuck the seam into the collar, then fold the back/inside of the collar seam allowance up into the collar & hand-stitch in place.
Step 8 – Sew the side seams starting at the sleeve hems, sewing to the underarm, then sewing down the sides to the shirt hemline. (I use my serger for these seams.)
Step 9 – With right sides together, now sew from the opening mark on the center back down to the shirt hemline. Be sure to back-tack at beginning and end of seam. I usually do a little extra back-tack up by the neck opening just to give a little more security, as this will get more pull when the shirt is taken on and off over the head.
Step 10 – Now all that is left is to hem the shirt and place a snap at the back of the neck!
And there you have it ~ a nice finished T-Shirt! You can now add your own alterations to give a more fitted look or to add long sleeves. Enjoy & happy sewing!
Good afternoon, Internet-Land! We have a saying where I work: “The best customer service is not having to call Customer Service!” How true, right? The absolute best experience is having things correct from the get-go. Well, when good things happen, I like to share it. The other day I went shopping on-line at The Fabric Depot. For me, it’s pretty local ~ being located in Portland, Oregon, US, but still ~ Portland is about 60 miles away from me. I didn’t want to drive all the way there in big city traffic just for a quarter yard of red fur. Hmmm. “Well,” I thought, “I’ll try their online store and see how it goes.” After going to the site, I found their furs were on sale, so I decided to make my time worth while. I ordered a quarter yard of four different colors: red, red/black, pink, and purple. I was a bit apprehensive as to whether or not they would even process orders containing only quarter yards. Not only did they process the order and ship it amazingly fast, but they ALSO sent MORE than I ordered! Each selection is at least 3 inches more, and one piece is almost a half yard. Now, THAT’s great customer service! I will definitely be shopping with them again! I don’t know how they are when it comes to international shipping, but it’s worth checking out. If in the states ~ go for it!
Good evening, Internet-Land. Still fighting a really bad virus has kept me stuck at home. As I’ve been going through my files and updating the site, I noticed I had all the photos done for a tutorial I NEVER posted! So, tonight’s the night. This will be pretty simple, but will hopefully inspire you to move forward with more great creations of your own. I don’t actually have a model of Mortimer, but I do have Peter Pevensie, who has the same body. He’s just not quite as popular as Mort. This pattern can also be used for 45-55cm BJDs. So, let’s start with what you need:
Gather these items: Your doll, measuring tape, pencil & eraser, paper (I like to use graph paper when making a pattern with this method.), and scissors.
WHAT TO DO
First, you’ll need to measure your doll. Take measurements for the center front and back from the base of the neck to the length you want your shirt. Also measure the widest girth around the chest.
Then measure from the top edge of the shoulder down the front and down the outside of the sleeve. Sleeve measurement can be for long or short sleeve, but in this tutorial we will be making a short sleeve.
Now with your measurements, you are ready to start drawing your pieces. I always work out from the center. Draw a 9″ center front line down the page. Make a mark 7″ up from the hem. This will be the front of the neckline. Measure 2.75″ inches out to the side, and draw a line parallel to the center line. This is the side seam. The next part may sound a little tricky, but it’s not that bad. On your side seam line, measure up from the hem using the shoulder measurement. Draw a 1 5/8″ perpendicular line back towards the center line. I used graph paper, so just followed that point back to the center. Then I marked down the side .25″ from that line to create a sloped shoulder line. Once that was done, I drew a 2″ curved neckline from the center front mark to the top of the shoulder as shown. Don’t forget to add .25″ to the neck, shoulder, side, and hem for a seam allowance. Fold the paper on the center, and cut out your front piece.
Now you will keep this folded front and use it as a guide to make the back piece. On a new sheet of paper, make another line down the page that will be the center back. Be sure to allow room for a seam allowance down the center back, as the center back will have a seam. Trace all around the front, then raise the neckline as shown. When you cut the back, you will cut it as half of the back, and will use two pieces for sewing. I also show where I mark the pattern back to show how far up the sewn seam will go from the hemline. This allows for a wider head opening (which is especially helpful if making for a BJD, since they can often have larger heads).
Next is the sleeve. Again, I start with a center line for the sleeve, marking the finished length. The widest part of the sleeve is 2.5″ from the center. The hemline is 2.25″ from the center. The 2″ diagonal line from the underarm to the hem keeps a more natural looking sleeve that does not flare way out at the hem when finished. Then I make a gentle curve from the underarm point to the top of the shoulder point. This measures 3″. Be sure to once again add .25″ seam allowance to all the outside edges as shown. Now, fold on the center line and cut out your sleeve.
The final piece you will need to make is the collar for the neckline. Make a rectangle that is 1.25″x7.” You will cut one front, one collar, two backs, and two sleeves. All your finished pieces will look like this:
And there you have it. You’ve just made a T-shirt pattern for your Mortimer/Peter Pevensie doll! I will be adding this new pattern set image to my Free Stuff page and a pdf version to my Ready To Print page. Hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial ~ thanks for coming!
Hello, hello, Internet-Land. This has been an interesting weekend. I started to come down with a really icky virus on Thursday. It just kept getting worse and worse. Friday it hit without mercy! As I was lying around trying to breathe, I was also thinking, “What can I do for the blog today? I feel so bad; I can’t really create right now.” Then it occurred to me – why not revamp something I’ve already done to make things easier for the wonderful people who visit my site? So, that’s what I did. I have added a new page to my site called, “Ready To Print.” Right now, the page has all my sewing patterns in pdf file collections. Each file holds a complete pattern set. I will continue to work on the conversions, adding the paper dolls and coloring crafts. I will leave the “Free Stuff” page, because it shows all the images. You can look for what you want, then just pop over to “Ready To Print” for an easy download! Enjoy!
Good evening, Internet-Land. I hope this post finds you well and happy. Tonight I have a new dolly sewing pattern for you. This was drafted to fit the Wilde Imagination Evangeline, but I was tickled to find that it can also fit the Phyn & Aero Annora, though a little long in the pants. It’s actually designed to have two layers of chiffon for the neck yoke and as the drape part of the top, but to my dismay, I didn’t have any on hand. Thus, the use of the sequined fabric in the photos. This pattern will be available for free through the end of this month (February 2018). After that, it will be available by purchase only, so don’t miss out! 🙂
Greetings to you, Internet-Land. Well, I must say, after some difficult weeks, it is good to be posting again. Today will probably be shorter, but I do have some fun news, as well as a new set of El paper doll outfits. First ~ the news ~ a friend of mine has just purchased a building, “lock, stock, & barrel.” And what do you suppose was IN the building??? Sewing machines! Lots and LOTS of SEWING MACHINES!!! Today I was so happy to become the owner of a 1940 Vintage Singer 201 electric machine (which sews great!), as well as a Brother industrial machine ~ complete with table, foot pedal, knee lift, spool stand, and an extra motor. I’m so excited! (I did not purchase the blue machine that is also on the table with the industrial machine, but who knows ~ tomorrow is a new day!) I will also post a link to the facebook page with info about the liquidation sale after the photos. As always, I hope your weekend is filled with joy! Enjoy the pictures, and I’ll post again soon. Bye!
And here are some new looks for El ~ Go to my “Free Stuff” page for the doll & more!
Hey, Internet-Land. Yes, it’s been a bit since my last post. Not a great couple weeks. Not to spread gloom across the world-wide-web, but our family has lost a very dear loved one, my youngest sister. As a result, my entries have been slowed. All in all, we are well and have been blessed beyond measure with love, prayers, and warm thoughts from so many. It softens the numbness that can seep into the heart. At times like this, I am so thankful for my faith. Not because it makes me anything special ~ just the opposite. I am thankful that my hope has nothing to do with me and everything to do with my loving Savior. Now, I know there are many who would scoff at my belief, and that’s ok. I choose to place my trust and faith in Jesus, and hope in Him for my eternity. I choose to live my life here with a joy and hope for an eternity with my Lord and those who have also trusted Him. I am fully aware that it is a choice that not all will make. As I once said to a man in Chicago ~ if I am wrong in my belief, and there is nothing more, I am no worse off for living a life of faith and hope. If I am right, however, I am glad to have my eternity resting in God’s hands rather than my own.
After taking much of the day today to just rest and reflect on happy memories, I wanted to check in with those who are so good to visit my blog. Thank you to both those who follow and those who just stop by once in a while. Your presence always gives me cause to smile. As always, I wish for you the very best this week!
Good evening, Internet-Land. I hope you have had, or are having a very good day today. As we are now well into this first month of the year, I was thinking about the whole “new year’s resolution” thing. I’m not one for making resolutions for really big changes (mostly because I won’t keep up with them), but I do like to make a couple new goals or challenges with each new year. Another thing I do like is all the super cute planners that are available now. With fancy dividers & pages, stickers, and room for photos, they are just so appealing. The problem is, I don’t have a complicated enough life to need all those extra page features ~ you know, the pages with every hour mapped out for important appointments. I usually use the “month at a glance” pages, and then just skip the rest between the dividers. Then, I got this idea for using all those “daily” spaces, and I thought I’d jot it here in case anyone else might like to try it, too. I bought myself a cute, inexpensive planner that just has the complete month, and then between the monthly views, a small space for each one of the days. I’m making sure to carry it with me. In each daily space I’m going to work at writing down just one thought. Just one. Not a giant plan, not a complete journal entry, not a major life change. Just one thought. Maybe it will be a cool word. Maybe an idea for a doll fashion. Maybe it will be a really good quote. Maybe it will be an idea for something to build. Maybe a Scripture verse. Maybe it will be the name of something I want to cook. Maybe a new anime to check out. Just one thing. Just one way to say, “I thought of something that interested me today.” Then, when I want to create something, I will have days and days of ideas from which to glean. How many awesome opportunities in life are missed, simply because the inspiration of a moment was lost? This year, I’d like to capture more of those moments. I hope you will capture yours as well! Wishing you a very INSPIRATIONAL 2018!
Good evening, friends in Internet-Land! Tonight I have another tutorial for you. The old saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention,” teamed up with a “cheap-skate” like myself leads to all kinds of economical ingenuity! To display all my fashion dolls, I have found that the saddle style stands are my favorite kind. They slip up underneath the doll’s torso without causing too much rumple to the fashions. They are, however, usually more expensive as well. I have a few that I’ve found at bargain prices, but even the lower priced ones usually have a “shipping” cost attached to them ~ thus bringing the cost up again. After quite a few nights of “building” in my head, I finally had an idea I wanted to try, and I’m happy to announce ~ it worked! Plus, it was really easy & CHEAP to do. So ~ here we go!
SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
Find these items at home: Scissors, pliers, wire cutter, screwdriver, small scroll saw or old serrated knife for cutting CPVC pipe/tubing, some unbent corrugated cardboard, one old, un-readable CD or DVD with great art work (one for each stand you want to make), some old plastic coated wire hangers, some scrap contact paper, some old Christmas light cover caps, and some good sticky glue such as Tacky Glue or Gorilla Glue.
These are the items I bought: 1/4″ flat head bolts/nuts (pkg of four sets $1.28, and you won’t use the nuts), 1/4″x1 1/4″ washers (2 pkgs of 4 $2.30), a 5′ length of plastic 1/4″ CPVC pipe/tubing ($1.49). These items will make four stands and will leave you with CPVC tubing for a couple more as well.
WHAT TO DO:
Step 1 ~ Trace two circles onto the cardboard using the CD/DVD. On both circles, trace both the outside & inside of the CD. Then, make an X through the inner circle, identifying the center. Use this mark to center a washer. On one circle, trace both edges of the washer, and on the other just trace the inside of the washer. Cut out both circles, then cut one with the outside of the washer line and the other with the tiny inside of the washer. Place a washer into the larger hole.
Step 2 ~ Glue the circle with the small hole under the circle with the washer. Then cover the bottom cardboard side with contact paper, leaving the top with the washer exposed.
Step 3 ~ Now glue the CD onto the side that still shows the washer. Then glue another washer on top of the CD. I poked the bolt up through the cardboard from the bottom to make sure the holes aligned correctly.
Step 4 ~ Now cut a 7″ length of the CPVC pipe and holding it straight, screw it onto the bolt. The bolt will cut its own threads into the pipe, keeping it secure, but you can insert a little glue into the pipe if you wish. Once the bolt is a good way in, I used pliers to grip the pipe as I screwed the bolt the rest of the way in until it was flush on the bottom.
Step 5 ~ Straighten out a plastic coated wire hanger and cut a 16″ length. Fold this in half, then bend the ends out as shown, with each side having a 2″ straight vertical section, a 1″ diagonal section, and then the rest vertical to the center fold. Glue Christmas light caps onto the ends of the wires. Now, it’s ready to insert the center bend down into the top of the CPVC tube.
Step 6 ~ Now it’s ready for your doll! I hope this has been helpful ~ have fun letting your dolls “take a stand!”