Something just for fun today since I haven’t gotten pictures of my recent makes.
If you sew, by now, you probably heard that McCall’s Pattern Company has started a blog. If you haven’t, go over and check it out http://blog.mccall.com/ . I think the post I enjoyed the most so far is the one about the 1950’s Vogue Pattern Magazine Article on seven college pieces to sew.
For fun, I went ahead and put together a list that I think would work well for my dolls. My list of essential pieces is extended or modified from the original list.
Short Coat options:
This is a tough one. I love the coat I made with Simplicity 4347, but is it too long to be a short coat option? Otherwise, I think my pick would have to be Liberty Jane’s Piccadilly Pea coat pattern (even though I haven’t tried it out yet). I love the pleats in the back.
One Piece dress options:
Ok, this one is much easier to pick patterns for but the only problem is how to just pick one. I did narrow it down to two. My two picks are Bonjour Teaspoon’s Taylor Regatta dress and Lee & Pearl’s 1031 (classic wrap dress).
Separate skirt options:
Based on how Molly was dressed for several months, Simplicity 4347 would have to be my pick.
Is a tailored shirt really necessary for a doll? This was the dilemma I looked at. If the answer is yes, then I would like to pick Butterick 6035. Butterick 6035 is designed more for the NOLA American girl dolls so it doesn’t really have the collar and buttons down the front. Apparently, I can’t seem to find a really good one with a collar and button down front. Pleasant Company has two (one in Addy’s collection and one in Molly’s collection). They at least had a collar plus they are free patterns! Otherwise, I like Gennie-wren Design’s Harriet Sailor outfit top, but I don’t think it will appeal to modern (perfect for Samantha and Rebecca).
If the answer is no, there are several cute tops out there. These are patterns I haven’t tried out yet. But I think Liberty Jane’s baseball t-shirt, Dolly Duds polo shirt, and of course it wouldn’t hurt to include the option of Lee & Pearl’s 1031 (classic wrap dress as a peplum top).
Odd Jacket options:
Odd jacket category has to belong to Liberty Jane. The Penny Lane jacket and the Boomerit Falls Jacket are so cute. I have a Penny Lane jacket cut, but haven’t gotten around to sewing it up yet.
Here is the one that I do differ from McCall’s on. They thought the traditional suit wasn’t applicable to today. But what will a college girl wear on an interview for a summer internship or even after graduation for a job interview? For the doll pattern choice there was no questions on this one, but I would definitely pick Lee & Pearl’s 1943 (Molly Waves Goodbye). I am just finishing this pattern up and the end product looks absolutely adorable. Look for this post soon.
I know some would not mind a strapless dress on their dolls, but I don’t like that at all. Now my next problem in this category is that most of the fancier dresses I have are geared towards the historical dolls. I definitely could use help here.
I don’t know about anyone else, but this is an essential in my college wardrobe so I added it. My favorite doll pant patterns are Simplicity 4297 and Liberty Jane’s jeans.
What would you think should be considered in the list?