Ready for School- Felicity’s School Outfit from Pleasant Company

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This outfit wasn’t what I originally thought of when I picked the tan/ white quilting cotton out of the remnant bin. I had thought of making a dress for either Cecile, Marie Grace or Kirsten but didn’t know which one.  So I put the fabric up on the shelf next to my dolls to be able to ponder who got the dress.  It was then that I realized the burgundy cotton twill would make a great companion to the quilting cotton and that together they would be perfect for Felicity.  I have been more in the mood for historical sewing instead of more of a modern look so a rummage through the doll patterns yielded Pleasant Company’s Felicity’s pretty clothing.  The collection includes Felicity’s holiday dress, school outfit, couple of caps, underwear and night shift.DSCI0017

 

As for the skirt, there are a lot of tiny pleats (not in width per say but more in length if I was to guess say around half an inch). I did baste the pleats in but I think in future I would make the starting length longer to make it easier to apply the waist band and iron.

The waistband was probably the biggest “design” change I made. I really didn’t want the double closure at the waistband.  On the first side, I sewed the side seams with basting at the pocket area.  I followed the pattern’s recommendations for the second side.

 

The jacket pieces went together very well. There is also a lining for the bodice pieces so most of the inside of the jacket is clean finished except for the side seams and the sleeve seams.DSCI0041

My little tip for how I did the sleeve and neck ruffle is that I zig-zag stitched the edge first then turned under twice using the zig-zag width as my guide for turning under. That worked out very well.  I do have a rolled hem sewing machine foot but I have difficulties using it.

The jacket pattern recommends eighth inch wide eyelets. To be honest, I don’t think you can find one of those.  Even if one could, would you be able to find the tool to insert the eyelets with?  Anyways, I ordered eyelets off of an Etsy store that has doll items.  I was able to get quarter-inch eyelets.  Since my eyelets are larger size, I reduced the number of eyelets from five to three.   It was kind of scary inserting them because you cut the slit in the jacket.  So one wrong snip and the project is ruined.  I was lucky enough that I didn’t have any mishaps.

Here is the side by side comparison for anyone interested.

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Next project up is Liesl & Co Late lunch tunic.  So there will be a break from doll post for a while.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kirsten’s Chemise- Pleasant Company’s Kirsten’s Pretty Clothing

DSCI0020I used book club weekend to catch up with some more doll sewing, mainly doll undergarments. I had previously cut out 2 of Kirsten’s chemises from the Pleasant Company’s Kirsten’s Pretty Clothing.  These pattern are of the actual collection that at the time Pleasant Company made for the American Girl dolls.

I was able to put both chemises together in one afternoon (including a break for lunch and tea time because some bunny would be mad if he didn’t get to eat). I think my chemises are from white broadcloth cotton.  I used a little over 1 spool of lace for both (but I added lace at the bottom hem which the pattern doesn’t include).

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So as to the pattern. It does go together fairly easily.  I like the neckline lace finish but I do not care for how it is completed.  There are sections on the neckline that should be gathered to recommended lengths stated in the instructions and you are to stitch the gathers in place.  After the gathers, one then applies the lace.  No overall neckline length is stated for the lace piece.  I don’t feel that this gives the most reliable of finishes.  I would much prefer to sew the gathers in place to a piece of bias trim then apply the lace to the top of that.  I understand the recommended method has less bulk and can still yield a clean finish but am still not fond of it.

The recommended closure was a small button and buttonhole. Pattern just says small button.  I decided to use Velcro instead.  For one thing, I know my machine hates doing button holes for small quarter-inch buttons.  Secondly, the quarter-inch buttons are hard for me to close so I would assume a child would have similar difficulties.

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As a reminder, my Kirsten doll was purchased somewhere between 1993 to 1995. The chemise does have a loose fit.  For any of the newer Mattel dolls, definitely try on the chemise before finishing it up as those dolls are usually thinner than my older dolls. This chemise would probably be huge on them.  I think the picture below shows the looseness well.

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I have made the pantalettes before so be sure to check out this post too if interested: https://sewbeading.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/lacy-white-pantalettes-kirstens-pretty-clothing/

 

More Lee & Pearl- “Molly Waves Goodbye”

DSCI0034Right now, all sewing focus has been on doll clothes.

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Using the fabric I used for the Sew Small contest as the inspiration, I decided to sew up another version of “Molly Waves Goodbye” from Lee & Pearl.  This will be time three of making the suit jacket and skirt.  I did make this earlier in the year for my dad’s work “Toys for Tots” drive because what doll would not like a 1940’s style suit.  I also had the slip cut; this is the first time I am making the slip.

No use in boring everyone with the details on the suit jacket and the skirt.  They are posted in this blog post if you want to see (Lee & Pearl 1943 (Molly Waves Goodbye)

For this jacket I used the grey wool flannel for the outside fabric and the blue floral quilting cotton for the lining.

The slip uses white cotton (most likely a broadcloth as I can’t remember because this had been cut out for a while).  The slip is rated as intermediate and that would be fairly accurate.  It is partially lined at the top, darts, French seams, and the back has a placket.

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Inserting the partial lining is probably the trickiest part.  I did have the instructions pulled up on the computer to refer to between steps.  But otherwise, I didn’t have too much difficulties in making this slip.  I did take the bow off of an old bra because the one I tried to make didn’t look as nice.  I used Velcro to close the back instead of snaps.

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My model is Grace, last year’s Girl of the Year doll.  The slip fits her very snug.  As for my older dolls, I definitely would need to add at least a quarter of an inch to get the slip to fit them (if I want to keep the French seams and use Velcro).  As is, I think this slip back Velcro would pop open for them.

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Beret- Crochet Boutique: Hats: 25 Fresh Takes on Classic Crocheted Hat Designs

DSCI0052So I decided that the boot cuffs I started at the beginning of December needed to be put on hold during the week of Christmas.  The break from the boot cuffs was very nice.

I had recently picked up the book Crochet Boutique: Hats: 25 Fresh Takes on Classic Crocheted Hat Designs by Rachael Oglesby.  The book has a decent variety of hats and difficulty levels in it.  I started with the first pattern “Bulky Shell Beret” because it was rated beginner/easy and used the Lion Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarn to make.  The pattern went together fairly easily.  I understood the instruction.

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The first try at this pattern took me about four hours (split over two days) to complete.  I used the 9mm (N) hook for the beret.  I did not have the best of slip stitches over to the chain one on the shell.  It ended up too small.

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The second time, I used the 10mm (N) hook.  It came out much better and had a better fit for me.  The second try probably took less time to make than the first.

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So I tried really hard to get a photo of the skirt without Lala on it and it was near impossible without locking him in his cage.  Pictures with bunny it is then.

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This is the present I made my mom for Christmas.  I used the size 22 for a start (37 in waist); then adjusted it for a 44 inches total.  I divided this evenly between the front and back.  At the back I added to the center back about 1 inch (for 2 inches total) then the rest went to the side seams.  The front I did slash and spread some and then added the last on the side seams.

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The skirt does have pleats on the front wrap (to be honest they do get lost in the print of the skirt).  Otherwise, the skirt went together fairly fast.  I think after I finished the pattern alterations, it only took two evenings to sew everything together.

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I did used a little bit thicker waistband and elastic for the skirt.  I serged the bottom then rolled it twice for the hem.

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I probably finished this in August.  I am just now getting around to get pictures of it.  Every time there was nice weather for pictures, I either forgot to bring the skirt or my camera out to my parents’ house.  Finally, I broke down and decided just to just the timer on the camera so I can get the pictures done.  So you got pictures with the bunny so I didn’t fall over him while doing pictures.

This is the Veronika skirt from Megan Nielsen patterns.  It is available for free!  It is a circle skirt with waistband, fabric and pocket options.

 

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I used the left over scuba knit from my Lindy petal skirt to make view C of the skirt.  The scuba knit was very easy to sew with. Since the scuba knit has some body to it, the skirt sort of ripple folds and flairs away without any sort of petticoat to hold it out.

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I didn’t do any pattern alterations.  I used a size XL.  Instead of the normal 5/8 inch seam allowance, I used a smaller one so I would have a 35″ waist for my skirt.

I think the skirt is a little long for me; maybe around an inch or two.  I feel a little short when I wear it and look in the mirror.  If I was to make this again, I would definitely be shorting it.  I would like it to fall at my knee.

This would definitely be a skirt pattern to consider using again.  I am at the top of the size range with using a knit skirt.  So any future knit skirts, I would be taking the extra length off the bottom.  But considering that I would have to alter the pattern to get it to fit for woven, it may be more beneficial to take the extra length off in the waist of the skirt to get the wider waist and just add the length needed on the waistband.

So the failed Closet Case Files Ginger jeans really have taken a toll on my sewing confidence.  Since the failure, I have only made 2 items, the McCall’s 7094 blouse and the True Bias Sutton blouse (still needing pictures).  I am still planning on making a skirt for my mom for Christmas.  After that, I think I may switch up to doll clothes and a couple of Pinterest tutorials for boot cuffs while I decide what pattern to do next.  I am definitely not ready to tackle the jeans again.

So far the top pattern considerations are:

  • Liesel & Co Late Lunch tunic
  • Pattern Review’s Winter Street dress
  • McCall’s 6605
  • Tilly & the Button’s Bettine
  • McCall’s 5856 (pleated skirt)

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Irish Sea Boot Cuffs

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The Irish Sea set of boot cuffs is from Leisure Arts #75472, Boot Cuffs & Ear Warmers.  I picked up the book in August and it probably wasn’t until September when I bought yarn for a project. I picked up Lion brand wool ease in Blush Heather.  I really didn’t think about being able to wear with what I own/ make; I just picked a color I thought was pretty.  But at least this goes with several items in my wardrobe.

Irish Sea is only my third different crochet project.  The finished cuffs are actually the second and the third cuffs made.  Cuff number one was a practice cuff.  The ribbing in front/ back fence post half double crochet did require practice to get it down.  Otherwise, the pattern instructions are easy to follow.  As previously stated, since this was my third crochet project, I didn’t end up with identical cuffs.  Cuff two has extra front fence post stitches in the back (it looks like I miss counted on stitches).  Cuff three matched the book exactly.

Stitches used in the cuff are the front/ back fence post for half-double crochet and double crochet, regular half-double crochet, and regular double crochet (for the shells).  I used a H-sized crochet hook.

I wasn’t able to take my own picture wearing these, but they fit fine.