Doll clothes are so much faster to get on the blog. I do have a couple of items for myself but still need to get some more pictures done. I really wanted to use the stripe t-shirt to make a maxi skirt for my Hearts for Hearts dolls. As for patterns, my first thought was Liberty Jane’s mitered maxi but it didn’t come in the 14 inch size. I did have the mitered maxi in the 18 inch doll size, so I turned to what I learned at Wren Feathers to size the pattern down for my Hearts for Hearts dolls. I printed the pattern at 77% and checked to see if there was enough width in the waist to fit my doll and seam allowances.
I measured a total length of 9 inches for the waist, so there was enough for my doll and seam allowances. I used a calculator to figure my waistband measurements. Then I held the pattern piece up to my doll to make sure the pattern was long enough. After all the preliminary checks were completed, then I cut out the skirt.
I made the entire skirt on my sewing machine. I finished the inside seams with a zig-zag stitch. The hem was basted then turned up and zig zag stitched down.
I used a piece of half inch elastic in the waistband. It was 7 inches long.
Christmas I received a book on knitting stuffed animals but the biggest problem is that I couldn’t knit. After a couple of Bluprint classes and a knitting session at sewing group lunch, I have actually been able to make a few items. The first was a couple of doll scarves. Then there was a hat for my dad so I could practice decreases. Next was to learn increases. I wanted a simple doll shawl but couldn’t find a pattern. So in the end I decided on My AG Doll Creations’ “Karina’s Cozy Sweater” as it was described for confident beginner to intermediate. It seemed like I could possibly make it.
The sweater is knitted from the top down. Then the sleeves are finished. After the sleeves, the body of the cardigan is joined so that you don’t have to sew the side seams.
I used Rooster Almerino DK in damson with number 6 Clover bamboo needles. I think the yarn sort of hides the lace pattern you make. The cardigan included knitting in front and back loop increases, yarn over increases, slip knit decreases and knit two together decrease. The project was challenging as it was the 4th project completed.
I didn’t include the buttons as I didn’t have anything that would work at home.
After a lot of consideration, I went with the circle skirt dress with contrast collar from Joan Hinds’ “Heritage Doll Clothes”. I knew that I had used the book several times already and always had a decent outfit afterwards. Pictures are behind just because it is harder to get great ones in winter; it was dark when I got home from work.
This is using the same fabric as used for the K&R Vintage dress that didn’t come out well. The lining is some white quilting cotton. And I bought some navy ribbon to make the bow belt. After getting the ribbon, I realized the tiny dots are actually black and not navy like I thought.
The only major change I made was to not use the bias tape for the finishing of the collar and sleeve cuffs. Instead I double cut the collar and the sleeve cuffs so I would have facings for them.
The ribbon belt length was decided after the dress was completed and then I trimmed it after I got a bow that I liked.
I was able to crochet a sweater for my Hearts for Hearts dolls! I used Sweet Pea Fashions’ “Cobblestone Sweater”.
The Cobblestone sweater pattern is rated for advance beginner. This is probably correct. When I originally tried this, I did have some troubles with the single crochet ribbing. I would forget and add a single crochet to the turning chain one. As long as you feel comfortable making crocheted rows, this pattern wasn’t too bad. Also, don’t over think the crochet chart. I was confused when I went to do the shoulders sections if I was on the correct side. But following the directions, everything came out alright.
I started with the crochet hook (size C) recommend on the 14 inch doll pattern but realized when I was halfway through the ribbing that it would not be long enough. Since I had the 18 inch doll pattern also, I did compare the two and the 18 inch pattern recommends a size D hook. I used that and was able to get the recommended size shown in the 14 inch pattern. So I do believe that is a typo between the two patterns. They both call for the same weight of yarn and the only difference I could tell was the length of ribbing needed to achieve the dimension required to fit the dolls.
The back closes with three snaps.
I think this would be easy to change-up into a sweater dress. I think it would require adding about 8 to 10 more rows of the pattern to get the length needed just so you can follow the pattern for the shoulder area.
I love that K&R Vintage takes old children’s patterns and makes them into doll sized. I decided to try out one from 1939 for Kit. I had previously used one for Molly and had great success with it. However, it doesn’t seem like Kit is destined to get the same result. I definitely won’t recommend this one unless you want to take the time to fix it.
All the pattern notches and seams lined up perfectly which is great.
The part that I really don’t like is that the shoulders of the dress are about a quarter of an inch off of Kit’s shoulders. It isn’t suppose to have dropped shoulder sleeves. I think this is too much to just be a cutting or off sewing issue.
Below is how it looked before the side seams were brought in.
I pulled in the side seams at least three-quarters of an inch. At this point, it is probably as good as it gets.
I did as the pattern requested and checked the wrist measurement and the pattern piece provided looked like it would fit fine. But in the end I had troubles getting it over Kit’s fingers. I would have preferred to added some hook & loop fastener at the cuffs just to make it easier on me.
I decided I am not willing to try to make the necessary changes to the pattern to get a better fitting garment for Kit. I do wonder if the original children’s dress had the same issues though. I have not been able to find the inspiration pattern on the internet. Kit will probably just get a different dress altogether.
Over Christmas, I was able to make a couple of doll items. Keeping a less formal look, I decided on a shirtwaist, skirt and jacket for Marie Grace. As of right now, Marie Grace only got her skirt which was from the 1860s School Outfit from Joan Hind’s “Heritage Doll Clothes”.
The skirt is easy to make and probably should have waited until everything has been completed. I didn’t make any changes to the pattern except for closure preference. But realize that Marie Grace has her hoop skirt on underneath this skirt so the pattern works well on newer dolls with all the historical undergarments.
I use a light weight suiting fabric to make the skirt and hook & loop fastener for the closure not the hook & eye requested.
Nahji’s outfit consist of the Liberty Jane mini skirt and the Liberty Jane King’s Canyon Peplum top. I have already reviewed the skirt with Dell’s outfit. So this will just be the King’s Canyon Peplum.
Intermediate sewing level is probably about right for this project. It requires a light weight fabric which if you are not use to can cause problems. I used rayon challis that I had left over in the scrap bin. Rayon challis does require a lot of pinning as it is slippery.
As I really didn’t have any trim that I wanted to use it does seem a little plain on the front. I probably should have used one of the decorative stitches from my sewing machine. Or maybe I shouldn’t have done the split at the neck line. I am not sure.
It fits Nahji well and really wasn’t hard to stitch together. It does require having the right fabric suggestions to get a great drape. I double rolled the peplum hem and that did cause it to stick out in the rayon.