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For all my friends who make clothes for their 18″ dolls, I am giving away one of my patterns – the ruffled shorts shown in this picture and the capris with two ruffles.  Just go to my Craftsy store to download it.  Please let me know how you like it.  Enjoy, Lana.

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Besides moving my sister and her husband and doing some mending for her, I managed to meet all of my goals and then some.  Whoohoo!

The number one priority goal is the Jacob’s Ladder blocks for the three king size quilts I need to finish this year.  I did reach my goal of 36:

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In addition to these blocks, I completed 12 of the quad Log Cabin blocks which is more than I’ve been able to complete in a single month so far:

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Then I decided it was high time I finished a set of 7 tea towels I started the first week of December 2016.  I learned a lot about my embroidery machine working on these since the lettering would not fit in my 4 x 4 field.  I used a movable hoop and learned how to mark things and line them up.  I’m pretty new to this embroidery machine game.  LOLIMG_7188

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And since I had the embroidery machine stuff strewn all over the place, I decided to make a set of 5 tea towels for one of my granddaughters for her birthday:

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After I finished the embroidery, I did a bit of cleaning and straightening in my studio.  While I was whistling while I worked, I had a brainstorm.  My shelving for my fabric stash and other treasures is made from two shuttered bi-fold closet doors and 5 boards.  It dawned on me that those shutters showing on the end could work harder than just holding up 5 boards.  They could also hold my cones of quilting thread.  Here is what my husband and I came up with:

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Now isn’t that just handy dandy?

Oh, and I almost forgot about the doll dress I finished.  I did the embroidery whilst all that stuff was out, and then I put the fasteners on the jumper and the tee:

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Maggie really likes the bee on her red corduroy jumper.

Then I finished a blanket my youngest granddaughter started about 4 years ago:

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And to finish off the month, I took a strip of fabric and folded it just so and sewed it up, added a pair of folding scissors, and then put it with the other stuff I made for one of my sisters for her birthday:

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I think that’s it.  Like I said, it’s been a mighty busy and productive month!

Happy Crafting,

Lana


It has been awhile since I promised I would get this pattern done and published.  Well, today is the day.  I had such great fun designing it, and my testers tell me that they loved making it and how it looks on their girls.  You may purchase the pattern at either the Craftsy or Etsy stores listed at the right.  I hope you enjoy this dress as much as I enjoyed designing it.

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Lana


I’ve been working on a new pattern lately.  I finished my prototype yesterday, and Nikki insisted on wearing it to her Christmas ice skating party.  Doesn’t she look cute?

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Now that the prototype jacket is finished, I’ll be turning this design into a pattern.  When it is released, you’ll hear it here.  Oh, did I mention that the jacket is reversible?

And Nikki had so much fun at her party!

Merry Christmas,

Lana, Daisy, Lily, Maggie, Nikki, and Pansy

 


I finished the witch costume just in time.  Maggie was beginning to think she wasn’t going to have a costume.  She couldn’t wait for me to take a picture of her all decked out.

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I’ll see if I can remember where I got all of the patterns.  The witch’s hat pattern was a free download at youcanmakethis.com.  The vest was adapted from an original Pleasant Company pattern, Felicity’s Pretty Clothes, which you may download here.  I didn’t use the sleeves or the ruffles, straightened out a couple of seams in the back, trimmed it as needed to even up things and top-stitched 1/8 inch on all the edges without using facings or a lining since it is made out of faux leather.  The long-sleeved tee is the same pattern I used for the skeleton tee except I just hemmed to neckline instead of binding it and made the sleeves much tighter.  The sleeves are made from the same fabric as the leggings.  More on that later.

The skirt is the Bubble Skirt pattern from Liberty Jane that you can purchase on pixiefaire.com as well as the boots which are a Miche design..  The leggings are made from a woman’s knee high (the other knee high was used for the sleeves).  I used the tutorial from AG Doll Crafts.  Worked out beautifully.

Now that Maggie’s costume is complete, the girls are ready for trick-or-treating.  Here they are in costume with their bags which was a free download from dolldiaries.com.

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I had a lot of fun making these costumes.  I hope that you enjoyed following my progress and that you will try some of these projects for the dolls in your life.

Happy Halloween,

Lana, Daisy, Lily, Nikki, Maggie, and Pansy


I had to take a short break from working on Halloween costumes for my girls.  But Halloween is less than a week away, and I can put them off no longer.  The tiger costume for Lily and the lion costume for Daisy are now finished.  The tiger costume is made out of cotton, but the lion is made from suede and real fur cut from the collar of an old coat.  These were very difficult materials to work with and you might ask why I used these particular materials.

I sometimes run across a box of fabric at a yard sale for a mere pittance.  If there are any quilting cottons in the box, I will buy it but have to take the whole box.  Most times there are other goodies in it.  It’s almost like opening a Christmas present going through all the stuff in these surprise boxes.  One of those boxes had some suede scraps, and another box had the fur collar.  And since I am on a mission to use up the fabrics in my stash before buying more, I decided these would make a perfect lion costume.  See for yourself if I was right or not.

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IMG_6471IMG_6469Now I only have one more costume to do.  Times a tickin’, so I better get busy.

Happy sewing,

Lana, Daisy, Lily, Maggie, Nikki, and Pansy


It’s October!  The month for fun costumes and trick or treating.  I started making costumes for my girls in September as a sew-along with one of my Yahoo groups, SGOTs_American Girl Doll Group.  We have a lot of fun creating for our 18″ dolls.

My goal was to make five costumes but only completed two so far.  The third one is almost complete, the fourth one is cut out, and the fifth one is still swimming around in my head.

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Nikki chose the spookiest costume.  She saw the pattern for this skeleton costume on the Many Small Friends website.  The tutorial and pattern can be found here.

Pansy was very excited when she found the pattern for her leopard costume on Wren Feathers blog.  Scroll down the page a bit to find the picture of the tiger and bear and follow the instructions for getting the pattern.  Jen designed her pattern for stretchy type fabrics, but I used leftover drapery fabric for Pansy’s costume.  Since the fabric was firmly woven, I had to make a few adjustments such as not attaching the hood to the body of the costume.  I also had to add 1 1/2 inches to the front of the hood as Pansy’s head is a bit larger than the American Girl.  It is the molded hair.  I would also lengthen the legs for an American Girl doll as Pansy is only 17″ and the costume was almost too short for her.

I am currently working on two other costumes from Jen Wrenne’s animal costume pattern – a lion and a tiger.  The lion costume is for Daisy, and the tiger costume is for Lily.  Maggie wants to be a witch but a pretty witch.  Still working this one out in my head.  I will do my best to finish the last three costumes and do an update before the end of the month.

Happy Halloween,

Lana, Daisy, Lily, Maggie, Nikki, and Pansy



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