Posts Tagged ‘american girl doll’

I know… I’ve been pretty silent. I’ve taken a step back from sewing to explore a new interest called Zentangle. Basically, Zentangles are a form of doodling that inspires creativity, acceptance, and peace. I love it and have become kinda addicted to it.

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This one is a Zentangle inspired art piece that I made for my cubicle at work!

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I have been participating in weekly challenges at I am the Diva -CZT, MadebyJoey, and The Bright Owl.

Yes, I have been sewing a little too. I have been working on a purse for the Sew Powerful project through Liberty Jane Clothing. I also have been commissioned to make a PJ set for a little girl’s new Disney Animator Doll! Her grandma chose the Doll Tag Clothing pattern called Slumberland.

Fabric for the Disney Animator Doll

There are a bunch of my Etsy listings that are expiring soon so head on over there and check it out —-> Phoenix Fabric Art! From now until October 30th, I am offering 20% off for any item $10.00 or more with coupon code OCTOBER.

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That’s all for now!

God Bless,

Jojo

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

 

It’s been a great week of no sewing and focusing on social media. My hands are rested and now my mind is full of ideas! 

I follow Jason Miles (from makesellgrow.com) on Pinterest and have been working on applying what I’ve learned from what he pins. My photography has improved so much! I’ve made a banner for Facebook and Etsy. Oh, and most important, I posted 6 outfits on Etsy!

 
Back in the day, we used to use Gimp photo editor on our computer that ran Linux. I reinstalled it on our Windows computer and man, I need some refreshers. Thank God for YouTube. Check out the banner I made, I will make a better one once I have learned more. 

  

I have also increased my presence on Pinterest and Instagram and took some pointers from the experienced. Pin less about me, like and comment on other people’s work, and space out posts. 

  
At the vendor show last week, I promised that I would send out updates and let people know when I got my Etsy shop up and running. So I sent out my first newsletter to my little group of followers. MailChimp turned out to be a great resource for newsletter creation and subscriber management.

What a great week of learning! Be sure to follow me on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook

Have wonderful weekend everyone,

Jolene

I am so so anxious, I only have 1 week until #BoiseWhatAGirlWants Expo. It’s been 3 years since my last vendor fair. I am taking a step back to make sure all of my “i” are dotted and “t” are crossed. My card reader, business cards, and bags are in. I need to make my table runner/banner and some more hangers.  My BF was my handsome handyman and made me a peg wall. I also need to take my phone in and replace the screen so that no one cuts their finger while signing! So much to think about. 

On Pinterest, I made a board for Business Tips. On this board you will find good ideas for table runners, booth set up, display examples, etc. This is where I got the idea to make a peg board. We went to the local lumber store and picked up a big sheet of peg board and gathered some 2x2s and scrap wood. Some cutting here, some screws there, a little paint and BAM, peg board display!

  

Yesterday, I made a test run of some doll clothes hangers. I found this tutorial to be quite helpful. Some tips: if the threads are too thick to just slide in between your craft sticks, grind them down on each side, super glue works great but be careful, and try to pick out sticks that are fairly straight so that they will glue together better. I painted mine with yellow and red craft paint and plan to write Phoenix Fabric Art on them. We could only find 4 packs at our local Walmart so I will try our local hardware store for bigger packs and make more since this was a success. 

 
If you are in the Boise area on May 30th you should come see me and mom. Also bring your kiddo and her doll for a free pair of doll undies. Check out #boisewhatagirlwants on Twitter and Facebook for more vendor posts! We hope to see you there! 

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?