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.
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.
Lauryce’s skirt has been done since early July . But I have been horrible about taking time to take pictures. There is at least 6 other doll items plus a couple of items for myself still needing pictures.
Lauryce got the Harajuku skirt from Liberty Jane. It was in the Hearts for Hearts/ Les Corrolles section so not the Wellie version.
All I remember is that this was extremely fast to sew. I think I had it completed in one evening from cutting to end. I know that I would have done as much as possible flat (even the hem) then put the elastic at the waist. Lastly was seaming up the back.
Lauryce’s skirt is from left over quilting cotton I had from the grey suit I previously made. Her top is Liberty Jane’s baseball tee which was previously made.
Dell is up next. Dell’s new outfit consists of Liberty Jane’s gathered t-shirt and Liberty Jane’s mini skirt pattern.
Dell’s t-shirt is made from ITY knit leftover from a dress I cut for myself (which is waiting to be put together). I really like the finished t-shirt. But my biggest complaint is that it didn’t include a neckband piece. So instead of turning under and hemming, I cut out a band matching the width of the little arm cuffs and longer than the neck line length. I basically used it as a facing and turned it to the inside and stitched down.
I just used the standard 2 rows of basting stitches for the gathering. All the gathering was fairly easy even with the knit fabric.
The Liberty Jane mini skirt pattern is sized for Wellie Wishers and Hearts for Hearts dolls (14.5 & 14 inch dolls). I had cut out four of view A from Kona cotton. I only ended up with 3 skirts because I figured I needed to bring in the side seams for my Hearts for Hearts (since they are smaller than Wellies). So the first skirt did not fit on my dolls and I was not going to go through fixing it. After the first one, I used the recommended quarter- inch for side seams and the fit is fine for my dolls.
Now if you have a Wellie Wisher, you may want to consider including a bit more wearing ease so the skirt is easier to pull on and off. In that case, my recommendation would be to get your extra width from the center front and center back seams. For View A, I had to fold the front and back fabric pieces and then stitch in a faux felled seam. That faux felled seam is where I recommend getting your desired width if necessary.
I did like how Cinnamon has you finish the side seams because it does give you a nice waistband finish. It may not be the best method for complete beginners as afterwards, you have to sew the front waistband down in the round. A small 6 inch or so waist is pretty tight to do in the round. The American girl sized dolls are probably easier to complete like this. For me, it was slow sewing and constantly trying to make sure I was able to move the skirt and able to see.
Over Father’s Day weekend, several of the Hearts for Hearts girls got new outfits. As I didn’t want to take away from Rahel’s bold necklaces, I decide to go with Simplicity 8574. I did view A’s shirt and view B’s leggings.
The leggings used the same sueded ITY that I used for my McCall’s 6654 skirt. Rahel’s t-shirt uses a cotton knit remnant that one of my friends gave me.
I really think this pattern is designed more in line with the Wellie Wishers sizing. The shoulders and sleeves of Rahel’s top are just too big for her. The sleeves would be easy enough to shorten, but I don’t think taking a 3/8th inch seam allowance on the armsythe will fix the shoulders being too wide. I really don’t know the best way to fix the shoulder problem that Rahel has with this top.
Plus the top did not have a neckband piece. It was another turn and hem type top. I don’t feel like I get as nice of a finish this way. So I cut a rectangular block about 1 inch wide and use it as a facing to finish the neckline.
The leggings are a bit baggy at the waistband. The leggings should be much easier to adjust. I think it should just be changing from a quarter-inch seam allowance to a bit over three-eighths seam allowance for the crotch seams.
After I finish up my purses for the Sew Powerful Purse project, I will probably make Rahel a different outfit.
Tipi was the first doll to get a completed outfit (but that is because I used a previously made Wren Feathers gathered blouse).
Tipi’s pants are from Kona cotton.
I pretty much followed the directions of the pattern except for I did not want to insert my elastic in the round. This time I left one side seam undone but finished off the in-seam so I would be able to hem the second leg easily. After that, I inserted the elastic and tacked the end of it down. The final side seam was pinned then sewn and finished with zig-zag stitch. Side seam was trimmed and I feel that gave me a nice easy to make finish.
This small of a size may have been difficult to complete in the round on a sewing machine. I am not sure I would want to hand sew it as you do need the waistband to be strong. My hand-stitching may not be professional enough for this sort of task.
I finished all the seams off with a small zig-zag stitches then trimmed off the rest of the seam allowance (it wasn’t that much).
The Hearts for Hearts dolls haven’t had any new clothes in a while. So first up was Consuelo. I already had Consuelo a nice rose-colored t-shirt and wanted something to go with it. In the end I decided on Dollhouse Design’s Fiesta Folklorico pattern. It gives options for two dress styles, a peasant style blouse and two skirt options. I decided to go with the long skirt option with ruffle at the bottom.
Next step was finding fabric for Consuelo’s skirt and out of all the fabric at home nothing seemed to work well. Friday after paying my mortgage and getting a library book, I went fabric shopping for Consuelo’s skirt. I picked her out a quilting cotton that has a blue schemed floral pattern on it. It should work well with her pink shoes and rose top.
This is the first Dollhouse Designs pattern I have used. The PDF was sixty pages. The instructions were well written and had great pictures. I didn’t use the instructions much. Everything seemed pretty intuitive.
The skirt went together very easily. The most difficult part was gathering the bottom ruffle to fit. My ruffle was longer than suggested. I probably had a 89 inch ruffle but I wasn’t going to over think where to trim it for an 86 inch ruffle.
The biggest change I made was switching the skirt from Velcro enclosure to an elastic enclosure. As Consuelo is a 14 inch doll, she has a waist that is almost a quarter of an inch smaller than the Wellie Wishers. I did baste in the back for a smaller waistline but really thought it was too much of an overlap. So instead, I cut a 6.5 inch piece of half- inch elastic and threaded it through the waist band and then sewed the back seam at 3/8 inch. The skirt was a little tight sliding over Consuelo’s hips but otherwise, it fits her perfectly.