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Samantha’s floral dress Simplicity 1179

Samantha was the last doll to get a new dress for Me- Made- May.  Now all my dolls are wearing hand-made for the month.

Samantha got view D from Simplicity 1179 designed by Keepers Dolly Duds for Simplicity.  Her dress made from a quilting cotton.  Like previous doll makes, I switched out the button closure for Velcro.  I really should have tried the dress on my doll before finishing it.  It is a touch looser than expected because I really didn’t consider where her back seam should be for switching the closure out to Velcro.

I like this view much better than the view B that I made for Rebecca back in February.  I recommend being slow and cautious when doing the pin-tucks on the sleeve.  As far as I could tell, there was really not a great method of marking them.  I marked it on the back like usual, but the pin-tuck covers the marking as one is sewing.

I really didn’t have a great match for lace on the front bodice so I left that off of Samantha’s dress.  However, if Samantha gets a light lavender pinafore that should complete her outfit off quite nicely.

With the weather picking up and hopefully no rain, I should be able to get pictures of the back log of projects.

Rebecca’s Blue Dress- Simplicity 1179

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So moving along in my American Girl doll collection, it was Rebecca’s turn for a new dress.  So Simplicity 1179 is another of the Keeper’s Dolly Duds patterns for Simplicity.

I honestly don’t know what the light blue fabric is, but based on drape, I think there is some rayon in it.  This was probably a bit light for the pattern.  The white fabric used for the sleeve accent and collar is a quilting cotton.

 

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The pattern instructions are well done and easy to follow.

I probably err on the side of simplicity as I didn’t use all the buttons that the pattern request.  My version is missing the buttons on the sleeves, and on the collar.  I reduced the number of buttons on the placket to three because I used a 3/8 inch buttons instead of 1/4 buttons.  That was mainly because I wanted gold buttons.

I used Velcro to close the back of the dress instead of buttons which are mentioned on the pattern.  I have probably about 20 yards left from the 25 yard roll of Velcro I bought from Etsy last year.

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As always with Keeper’s Dolly Duds patterns, the pattern is well drafted.  However, it may just be me, I feel like the waistband is a little low.  I know it is a dropped waist style; but Rebecca looks like she has a saggy waistband in the back.  I think the next time I make this pattern I may take in the waistband to see if that helps out the saggy backside.

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As Samantha is still needing a new dress, I may come back to this pattern and try out either view C or view D.

 

Marie Grace got a dress too- Simplicity 1391

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After finishing up Cecile’s dress, I should have moved on to making me some more t-shirts.  However, that didn’t happen; I blame it on the cold weather.  I just don’t want to sew something and have to wait till it warms up to wear it.  So instead, the dolls got another new dress.  This time it was Marie Grace’s turn for the new dress, but all that I knew was that I didn’t want Marie Grace’s dress to look like Cecile’s dress.  From that I had 3 pattern options:  Addy’s Christmas dress from Pleasant Company, Addy’s school set from Pleasant Company and Simplicity 1391.  In the end, I decided that view A from Simplicity 1391 went best with the fabric I bought.

This is actually the second time I have used this pattern.  Cecile got a dress B from it back in March 2015 (Cecile’s dress).  This time I decided to use view A with the peplum.

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So remembering from the first time, I knew that this pattern really needs the trim to elevate the dress from a simple plain dress.  As I didn’t really have coordinating trims, I decided that the lace at the hem was more important to the overall look than the lace at the collar.  After that I made sure I picked out a thicker white lace to pick up the flowers in the dress.

As a reminder, the back of the dress does have darts and there is bias facing for the neckline.

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The instructions are well done.  If I had followed them more closely than just for the sleeves, I would have remembered to put in the ties at the side seams.  I realized I had forgotten them as I was attaching the skirt to the bodice.  At that point I was not seam ripping out serging and stitches to add them in.  The peplum dress is probably fine without the ties, but the other dresses will benefit from the added detail.

Like previous dresses made, I decided to use Velcro for the back closure instead of the pattern recommended buttons.  Otherwise, there really were not any more changes made from the pattern beside the missing ties and missing lace at the collar.

Marie Grace is able to wear her hoop skirt, and chemise under this.  I didn’t go to my doll clothing box to get her out a petticoat, but considering Cecile was able to wear her view B of the dress with one, Marie Grace should be able to also.

 

 

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Cecile’s New Gown- Keeper’s Dolly Duds 1

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Right off, I have finally came to the conclusion my Cecile does not like winter (which I guess is understandable for a character from New Orleans as Kansas is much colder).  So these pictures really do not do full justice to how beautiful Cecile really is.

Last time that Cecile had a new dress was in March of 2015.  So she was long over due for a new outfit.  In the end, all the pieces came together and Cecile got Keeper’s Dolly Duds 1- “1850’s girl’s gown” in an ivory and white quilting cotton with black looped braid trim and black bias piping.

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Pattern is rated as easy which seems to be accurate.  I was able to easily put it together with a little help from the instructions.  I think I had the dress together in 7 to 8 hours.  The most time- consuming part of this dress was all the trim.

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Instead of using the same trim on the over skirt, upper sleeve and bodice, I decided to go with bias tape piping that I bought in store.  The piping did add extra bulk to the shoulders and neckline.  For the lower sleeve and skirt, I used a looped braid.  I serged the hems then turned them up.  After that I lined the braid trim with the edge of hem and zig-zagged stitched it to the dress.

The skirt pieces are long and get gathered into the waist of the dress.  I put in three rows of basting stitches for the gathers.  Then I pinned the ends and the center.  Afterwards I gathered it all up and pinned.  I was so happy that the skirt was sewn into the dress so easily.  I doubt I would have had that if I had done only two rows of basting for the gathers.

In the pictures, Cecile is wearing her American Girl chemise and hoop skirt plus a petticoat I made along with the meet pantalettes.

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Kit’s Playsuit- Keeper Dolly Duds 19

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So it has been a couple of months since my dolls had a new outfit.  This time, Kit decided it was her turn for a new outfit.  I had previously purchased the “Bibbed Playsuit” from Keeper Dolly Duds’ Etsy store and was inspired to use it from looking at American Girl Wiki’s Kit Hobo outfit.  It was a top and overalls.  Granted I really follow the inspiration piece exactly because I didn’t want to put holes in the new overalls.

For a while, I have been working on making a couple of dresses for my mom for Christmas (better early than too late).  So in between dresses, I made Kit’s red blouse.  I think the fabric came from a Lee & Pearl fabric mystery bundle and it looks to be cotton.  This blouse was fairly easy to make and I only looked at the instructions for the collar and facing.  If you have made Simplicity 1086 (the 1950’s pattern for Mary Ellen from Keeper Dolly Duds), this blouse is pretty much similar.  I think the big difference is the collar shape and this one has sleeves.

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The overalls are rated as intermediate pattern.  To be complete honest, my laptop computer died right before I was going to make this.  I did look at the pattern pieces to see if I could figure out how they went together without instructions.  I couldn’t do it and at least found a computer where I could print out the instructions.  As long as I followed the instructions, the overalls were fairly easy to put together.  So the intermediate classification is fairly accurate.  This definitely isn’t a beginner’s project with buttonholes, plackets and topstitching.

For the overalls, I used a chambray remnant from Hancock Fabrics.  I decided on the pants length with the trim pockets.  It took a while to find the trim box in my craft room reorganization, but unfortunately it didn’t yield anything useful.  The rick-rack I found at an antique mall was too off white to go with the white buttons I had picked out for the overalls before.  So the trim was eliminated as I was trying to use stash for this project.

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The front waistband required some thought as to how the pieces went together.  The other part that required some thought was inserting the elastic.  In the end, I decided that the elastic was not to go to the edge of the back pant pattern piece as that folds over for a facing for the buttons.

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Doll Clothing Week- Keeper Dolly Duds

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For the first ever doll clothing week, I was able to get a couple of doll clothing designers to answer a couple of “get to know you” type of questions.  Today’s Doll Clothing Designer is Eve from Keepers Dolly Duds.  All of Keeper Dolly Duds patterns (except ones issued by Simplicity) are located on Eve’s Etsy store.

Questions:
1. What was your first doll?

My earliest memory is of a baby doll that I sewed a dress for when I was four. I truly don’t remember what kind of doll it was. There were lots of doll in our house as I had four older sisters and later two more came after me.

 2. What was the last doll you got?

The latest doll added to my doll family is the 1960’s AG doll Melody. I am also awaiting the arrival of a doll named Nisha from the A Girl For All Time Doll Co.

Upcoming Simplicity Pattern

Upcoming Simplicity Pattern

 

 

3. What is one sewing notion you absolutely must have?

Can’t decide on just one notion. I love buttons, lace, thread, needles, etc. etc…. and my thimble! Of course I truly love fabric as well.

 

4. What pattern from your line would you recommend to someone who hasn’t tried  your patterns before?fifties-flair

I would recommend to a novice seamstress KDD04-Fifties Flair as it is a basic pattern which one can use their imagination to add detail to. If it were someone who is more of an accomplished seamstress, perhaps they should like to try KDD20-Colonial Day dress, as there is lots of detail in that pattern. There are four patterns I have designed for Simplicity Pattern Company as well with a fifth to be released the end of this year or early next featuring 1960’s patterns. They are very basic but fun 60s styles and would be a good pattern for someone new to sewing. 

(I did try to scatter pictures of the recommended patterns throughout the post.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5. What is the next pattern you are releasing? Where did you get the  inspiration for the new pattern?

The next pattern I am releasing in my Etsy shop is KDD22-Train Station. It features a four piece outfit consisting of a pleated skirt with shoulder straps, a short sleeved blouse, a lined jacket and a coordinating hat. Hoping to have it completed in the next few weeks. This style is a classic design worn over many decades with little changes to the basic style. I felt it depicted every young girls wardrobe from the 30’s through to the 60’s.

 

 

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Eve did let me know that the best way to see what is coming up for Keepers Dolly Duds is with her Facebook page

www.facebook.com/keepersdollyduds

Also, Eve did share tons more inspiration at her Flickr page.    www.flickr.com/photos/keepersdollyduds

As I know that Melody will be coming home with me in Christmas, I will anxiously await that new Simplicity pattern.  I am not sure what other pattern may end up in my doll clothing pattern collection.

Thank you to Eve for answering the questions that I gave her.

Cute 1950’s- Simplicity 1086

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This is another one of the Keeper Dolly Duds for Simplicity patterns.  This is the second one I have used.  There are four out I think: one for Civil War era, one at early 1900s (aimed at Samantha and Rebecca dolls), one for the 1940s (Molly dolls), and this one is the newest aimed at the new American Girl doll  set in the 1950s (Mary Ellen) debuting at the end of this month.

As always, here is my reminder.  My Molly doll is from around 1993-ish so she is a little larger than the current dolls you can buy today.  I didn’t make any alterations for size on the patterns and it fits her fine.

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The top is view F from the pattern which is a sleeveless button down top (which uses snaps to fasten).  I absolutely adore the top.  It went together so easily.  The arm is finished with a strip of bias (pattern piece is provided).  I used thin Velcro that I have for the fasten and left off the buttons and snaps.  I also lined the pockets so I wouldn’t have to try to fold under the seam allowance.  A quarter-inch is fairly small so lining worked better.

 

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I actually finished the Capri pants last month.  Molly had to wait until last week for her top.  In the mean time she had her Capri pants on with another top I made.  I used an olive-green cotton twill for the pants.  There are darts on the front at the waist and elastic in the back of the pants.  They went together fairly easily.  I didn’t add the tie to the waist as the twill is a bit thick.  I didn’t notice that the hem was split so that is why she doesn’t have a split hem in her Capri.  I think the next time, I may make a little larger hem but that is personal preference.

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