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Over a month has passed since my last post. We attended the Nampa Festival of the Arts earlier in the month. I passed out a bunch of cards to people excited for Christmas and birthdays. I hope to hear from them soon!

To be honest, I’m kind of burnt out from making 18″ doll clothes for now. I have a bunch of stock, my Etsy shop has a good variety of clothes, and I have a new doll! Two weeks ago I found a Disney Ariel doll at a yardsale for $3.00. Her hair is in good condition, no markings, and still has her original dress. No this isn’t a Disney Animators Doll, but it’s cute!

Today I made a tank top, strapless dress, and leggings.

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Please don’t pay attention to the Fruit of the Loom pattern… It was a successful mock up.

This was my first time drafting a bottoms pattern. The leggings took me 2 tries! It was easier than I thought. My doll’s waist is 17cm and the legs are 15cm from the hip line to the ankles. Since the doll is so small, I decided to make it a 2 piece pattern rather than 4.

Here’s how I drafted the pattern:

  • Waist circumference: 8.5cm (draw as a line across the top)
  • Length: 15cm (draw as a line down from the center of the waist circumference line)
  • Waistline – Crotch: 4cm (mark as dots as a guide for the next measurement)
  • Front crotch – back crotch: 11cm (place front crotch 5.25cm from center, back at 5.75cm from center)
  • Ankle: 8cm (this is a horizontal line at the bottom of the leg length line)
  • Connect the waistline to the ankle line (there is a .5cm difference on this pattern)
  • Add 1/2″ at the bottom for double rolled hem
  • Add 3/4″ at the top for the elastic casing
  • Add 1/4″ to the sides

This is how it turned out:

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Sewing Instructions:

  1. Cut two of the pattern
  2. Sew the front crotch seams
  3. Press and sew the double rolled elastic casing
  4. Feed the elastic through the casing
  5. Sew the back crotch seams
  6. Press and sew the double rolled hem at the bottom of the leggings
  7. Separate the legs and line up the ankles, sew this last seam!

If your doll has different measurements, hopefully my pattern will guide you in making your own.

Good Luck,

Jo

What an exciting month! We’ve been preparing for my daughter’s baptism, I had my first Etsy sale, and had an amazing 4th of July BBQ. Now that the excitement is over, let’s get down to business!

While my BF was out of town working, we got bored and then creative! We decided to play with bleach and jeans. Grandma had given us a box full of already cut quilt squares made from jeans. Then Pixie Faire gave away the Cut Off Shorts for 18 inch dolls by Liberty Jane Clothing one Freebie Friday. Put those two together and BAM! Upcycled Cut Off Shorts! To make it even better, we bleached them!

To start off, I mixed some hot water and bleach into a bucket. Then we took the jean squares and bunched them, fan folded them, and twisted them. Next, we held their new shape with rubber bands and dunked them into the bucket of bleach water.

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I let these sit for about 3-4 hours while stirring them around here and there. After that, I rinsed them and took off the rubber bands. If you are sensitive to bleach, you may want to wear rubber gloves during this process. Then I took them to the tub and washed them with laundry detergent. I used the tub because I feared they would fray a lot more in the washer. I did end up using the spin cycle on the washer to wring out the rest of the water. Next, I threw them into the dryer for about 30 minutes. Look at how they came out! All rolled up! Last, I ironed them flat.

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The cut off shorts turned out so cute! Beware, it’s about to get picture heavy.

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Yes, each piece was cut out of 6″ jean squares that were hand tie dyed. A crazy amount of time has been put into these shorts.

I think the next project with the remaining dyed jeans square may be a quilt of even a purse.

These shorts can be found in my Etsy shop —–> Bleached Tie Dyed Cut Off Shorts

I hope you have enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed bleach dyeing these jean squares! Send me a picture of what you have made with bleached jeans. I would love to share it!

 

Take care and have fun,

Jolene

 

Hi, my name is Jo, and I am a sew-a-holic. It’s been 16 days since I touch my sewing machine. Last night I caved in. 

  
My bf and I went bowling last Saturday for the first time since I can remember. I loved playing on the Wii but I soon found out that it is not that easy. Tendinitis set in the next day. Fortunately I had my all natural Tropiceel rub and a brace so it only lasted 3 days. So no sewing for me last weekend! 

Two weekends ago my family and I went on a walk to a neighbor’s yardsale and found some awesome treasures! My bf bought an old fishing net for $5. Worthy of hanging on the wall, but I bet he will use it for its actual purpose. I found a lace overshirt and a year of white tulle for $1 each and my brain gears started turning! Unfortunately work and tendinitis stopped me from putting my findings to good use.

  
Last night I finally set up my machine and went to work on an easy skirt to match the minty chevron 3/4 sleeve shirt I’ve been wanting to post on Etsy. It was super easy to make. I just cut the lace overshirt at the side seams, trimmed off the bottom, and cut it at 6″ wide. I then cut some inexpensive white underskirt material to the same width and decided on 19″ long. I hemmed the bottom and zig zag finished the top pieces. Since the layers were so slippery, I sewed a stay stitch about 1/4″ from the top edge. To make the elastic casing, I turned the top to the back 5/8″ and sewed it down. I added elastic and sewed the side seams together to finish the skirt. Super easy skirt to make and it compliments the mint and white shirt to make a cute addition to my Etsy shop. Check it out here — Mint and White Chevron Shirt and White Lace Skirt. 

  
Next, I plan to make a few lacy tank tops to match some skinny jeans. I am curious to see if outfits sell better than separated which is why I have only posted outfits. What are your thoughts???

Have a great weekend,

Jo

4am: sick kiddo. Again. There’s a local school in the valley where a large amount of kiddos got Noro virus. I wonder if she picked it up from daycare or if its some other bug.  Happy Mother’s Day, yeah! Lemon water, rice, and tea for the little one for now. 

This weekend I intended on sewing a lot of clothes, but I got hung up on some of the patterns. I made two dresses from the Salina Dress pattern from Liberty Jane Clothing, a modified Peplum Top, a Baseball Tshirt, and a Veratility Dress (Forever18inches). Note: the Versatility Dress is too tight for little one’s Our Generation doll and my Our Generation doll. Tip: for lace sleeves, add a thin strip of interfacing to the edge and then hem. It looks much prettier. 

So, mom came up with an awesome idea to giveaway doll undies to any girl who brought her doll to our booth! I have chosen the basic shorts pattern by Liberty Jane Clothing. It’s an easy, fast, scrap buster of a pattern. I highly recommend it!

   
           

I am almost official! I finally submitted my DBA and partnership agreement with Liberty Jane Clothing. This is such a huge step in moving forward with my goals and dreams. No, I’m not planning on getting rich quick! I’m just excited to be seeing the smiling faces of those who buy and enjoy what I sew. 

Earlier this week, my mom and I finished our basket of doll clothes for the church auction. It was mainly for raising money for the youth’s Trek trip. Mom included a full Trek outfit. It turned out super cute!

   
  This weekend I bought a bunch of patterns from Pixiefaire.com and a few really cute fabrics from a local craft store. Time to get busy! Little one is sick and the Cottonwood is starting to fall so it has been the perfect time to stay in and sew. 

I did learn a few things this weekend. My machine ( Husqvarna Emerald 116) has an automatic button hole setting! I’ve had this beast for 4 years and read the manual many times but somehow never seemed to cross my mind that I might use it. Well, I love her even more now.  Also learned that if you put interfacing behind your knit fabric, it makes button hole sewing much more of a possibility. 

Here’s what I finished this weekend:

   
         

I was very excited to see that Pixie Faire has their Marketplace up and running. Another great place to see great work and get ideas. Funny thing… right after I finished the black Aztec leggings, I was browsing the marketplace and saw the exact fabric and leggings! Two great minds must think alike! 

Good times,

Jo

It’s very important to me that I am always learning. By learning new techniques, I am becoming a better seamstress. If I am always a student in life, then I will act less like a know it all! For I know nothing. 

This week I learning two new sewing techniques: welt pockets and sewing knit fabric. Now I am no expert, but at least I attempted these new things!  

Today I finished my first knit project! I used Pixie Faire’s tutorial on sewing a cardigan. It actually turned out really good. So happy!!!

  

In my last post I mentioned taking an online class called Couture Techniques offered by Pixie Faire. In one of the lessons, I learned how to make welt pockets. It was actually easier than I expected. As I said last time, it is worth taking!  I tried this technique on the Liberty Jane Skinny Jeans. Next time I think I will make skinny slacks! Adding the welt pockets should make the pants look oh so professional!

   

 

On May 30th, I will be attending the What a Girl Wants show at Expo Idaho! I am so excited. I have been slacking on sewing but I have a good handful of pieces. I am going to be signing up to partner with Liberty Jane Clothing so that I can sell clothes made from patterns found on Pixie Faire. Ah just so excited!

Last week I received an affirmation regarding my sewing. I entered into a comment contest to win a free seat at LJC’s sewing class Couture Techniques. I won! Sewing doll clothing is one of the memories and legacy I want to leave behind for my daughter and nieces. I watched all of the videos in one night! Wooo, so inspiring and educational. For $59, it is worth the class and course packet.

Today I made a pair of Skinny Jeans designed by LJC. I bought this awesome zebra striped fabric from a local fabric store 3 years ago and haven’t figured out what to make until now. 

Here’s how they turned out!





I tested this pattern out with a Punky theme. Since it was a success, I also made the doll size inspiration of the dress I want to design for myself. You know, for that one day wedding. 



I used the chest, waist, and hip measurements and added a little extra in the back for the strapless bodice Velcro closure. Then layered gathered rectangles for the skirt and attached it to the bodice. I added the heart shape in the front and gathered tulle to the heart bust shape. Pretty basic and pretty cute!





I must have accidentally spilt some radioactive juice on my sewing machine because J’s doll came back from 1969 with a hippy dress and very feminine vest. 

Actually I decided to try my hand at converting life size patterns to 18″ doll size pattern. 

Here’s my inspiration: 



Here’s what I think it will look like on her doll:



I borrowed a vest pattern and re shaped the front. I found a bodice pattern and added length to it and the sleeves. After some rectangles for the cuffs and collar and drawing out a tie, bam! A new pattern. 





Now, I will have to add even more length to the dress or some white leggings because wooo that dress is way too short for a little lady. 





I think that it needs miniature frog closures or eyelets on the vest. What do you think?

I have some tie dye powder left over from a project I did a few years ago. We had tie dyed some white pillowcases to donate to the local children’s hospital. Waste not, want not! So I decided to put the leftovers to use.

 I love Liberty Jane! So many inspiring ideas, patterns, and tips. Liberty Jane has a video on ombré dying that inspired me to dye some fabric for a dress. This way I can turn, flip, and cut the fabric pieces as I please. 

I used red and yellow to make an orange color. I used a water jug cut in half to hold the dye. I placed it in the sink to keep the mess minimal. It turned out a little peachy. This was definitely a test run. I need more ombré dying practice.

I decided to let it drip dry for a little to see if it fades a bit. Here’s what it looked like while drip drying. 



I just finished it this morning at 4:30am. Yawn! After an evening of sewing at a church activity, I hit my bed pretty fast but didn’t stay asleep for long. I’ve been up since 2:30 searching Pinterest, Etsy, and EBay for inspiration and then decided to actually be productive. 

I chose Simplicity pattern 1484’s wrap dress. It’s a simple pattern that I thought would show off the ombré coloring.