Posts Tagged ‘doll clothes’

A year ago I started a new journey: acrylic painting!

With that said, I am closing up the doll clothes shop. I will no longer be making new doll clothes unless it’s a custom order or a gift. Please go over to Phoenix Fabric Art’s Etsy shop to check out the sale that goes until October 24th.  I will be renewing the sale until stock is depleted.

So this art journey….

It all started a year ago. I saw Paint N Sips popping up everywhere in town. I really wanted to paint a Pop Art painting of my dog, Ossa. I did and it turned out… meh. So I turned to Youtube and discovered The Art Sherpa, Cinnamon Cooney. I have been a Sherpette ever since.  She is encouraging, teaches in simple terms, and man she is my kind of fun! Quirky and hilarious! If you like silent speed painting videos, then she isn’t for you. But if you want a down to Earth woman who just wants you to have fun while learning to paint, subscribe to her channel and become a Sherpette! Because of the skills I learned from her, I have been able paint on my own with my own designs. Which led to my series, Scrutin-eyes. Everyone’s eyeballs seem to be on the central eyeball stock, but why? Is it scrutiny, or is it protection, or it is admiration? In life we may feel all eyes on us (like in a new journey… hmmm…) but the intentions of others may not be the scrutiny we fear.

Follow me on my Instagram account to keep up with my art journey.

Keep on arting!

~Jolene

 

 

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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

So Saturday was the day! Our first show with doll clothes and my first show since 2012. 

  
The event was put on by Dewey Events and sponsored by Yelp. They have 3 more events coming up over the summer but I don’t think I will attend. As awesome as the price was and the efforts put in by Shanna and Rex, it was not well attended nor were there as many vendors as originally planned. I know this wasn’t their fault; vendors backed out… 

We networked, made future plans, met new some new followers, and received some good advice. 

My newest friend, Kathlean from Fantasy C, will be attending the Treasure Valley Renaissance Fair next Saturday and my family was already planning on visiting so that will be awesome. Her and her husband encouraged us to keep going and attend more fairs because there are so many out there and we have great product. 

Mom also met a talented lady who is a master seamstress that enlightened us on copyright laws (we are in compliance, we were just unclear about other pattern makers). 

We plan on attending the Nampa Art Festival and desire to expand to Renaissance Dress etc. so we can have a theme at certain events. 

I just want to encourage all you new makers out there to keep on going, don’t give up after what seems like a lousy show. Network, gather emails, broaden your social networking presence, and selling outlets. New networking buddies, new followers, and leads are priceless. Even though we financially did not make our money back, we gained so much from this show. 

Thank you for your support and I can’t wait to see you all soon!

Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instrgram, Etsy, and here. Just search for Phoenix Fabric Art. 

Til next time,

Jo 

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