Tuesday, March 31, 2020

One more little dress......

This one is a bit different.

It's an a-line shape in front
 At the back it's gathered.

 Take care :)

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Here is another t-shirt made from a onesie.

I really hate working with cotton knit. Really, really dislike it a lot but what can you do when you are stuck at home. You have to use what you have.

Where did I get the onesies you ask? The husband and my oldest son were at Walmart last week and bought three for me as I figured they wouldn't cost much and were the right fabric weight for a doll. They couldn't find any plain ones but I managed to get the picture in the right place.

I have some fabric left so maybe I'll consult the granddaughter for some ideas.

Take care and keep safe....and sane :)

Friday, March 27, 2020

Keeping busy........

Hello out there!!!!

I hope everyone is keeping safe and healthy. I know some of us might be going a bit stir crazy. I've become addicted to online jigsaw puzzles. I read that they were good to ward off Alzheimer's. Even if they aren't they still keep me amused.

I also made a t-shirt for my granddaughter's American Girl doll from a free pattern I found online.


It's made from a recycled 6th month size onesie. I deconstructed it and then cut the pattern out. It had a knit fabric binding on it's neck and leg edges so I reused that for the neck. This type of knit is very stretchy and tends to warp out of shape when you sew it. Very annoying. But I persevered as I had nothing else that suit the pattern.

I understand from my husband that there was a wee bit of swearing involved. Specially when my bobbin ran out as I was sewing some Velcro to the back closure.

Ah well.

Take care and keep safe :)

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Self-isolate, self-quarantine, social-distance........

Amazing how these buzz phrases take hold.   

My husband and I did go grocery shopping yesterday. I'm a senior citizen and I should be staying at home but you do need to eat. I was surprised at how many people were out. There were a lot of empty shelves though. No toilet paper of course. One good thing is that grocery and drug stores here have just started special shopping times for seniors.

To keep occupied I've been sorting my craft stuff and I did make a new dress for my granddaughter's American doll. She chose the fabric from my fat quarters. This pattern didn't have facings for the neck and arms which I wasn't too happy about. I didn't fancy trying to make a neat edge on such a tiny dress. I don't have the patience. I ended up lining the bodice.

The pattern is called "123 Mulberry Street Summer Twirl Dress".

I also made a pair of jeans. Not such a great success as the fabric was a bit heavy but they fit and look okay. I think a stretch denim might work better. They are supposed to be distressed (torn) at the knees and the pant hem but I ignored that :)

The pattern is called "Liberty Jane Jeans".

Take care :)

Friday, February 21, 2020

American Girl.....

My granddaughter was given an American Doll for Christmas. Of course, grandma has been requested to make stuff.....lots of stuff :)

The first make is a pair of "crocs" in pink. I bought the pattern on Etsy from Pixie Faire. I've bought patterns from them before and I'm always pleased with the results. Very professional quality designs.

So armed with pink foam from Michael's, a glue gun, Aleen's tacky glue, paper hole punch, eyelets, cardboard and a granddaughter breathing down my neck a pair was made.

I can see where I made a mistake but then nine year old doll owners don't care much about perfection. I'm not sure how long they will last but that's okay as I can make more.

Take care:)