Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Jocole Love Blog Tour; The Circle Flounce Dress

I am very happy to be apart of the Jocole Love Bog tour! Today I have sewn up a Circle Flounce Dress with matching doll dress for Sweet pea's baby doll.

From cutting out the dress to sewing it it took my a whole two hours to make both the dress for my daughter and her baby doll's matching dress. The pattern instructions are really well written and the assembly of the dress is so well done.  This is a more simple dress with a lovely look to it. Both my daughter and I really love this pattern. She wouldn't take it off even after we did photos then wore it three days row, one day she even wore it to bed! (So if you plan on sewing this dress up be sure to make two, one to wear and one for the wash, lol). 

This is a summer style dress but it layers very well and goes great with boots. We plan on using this dress and a season transition piece. With the colors and print of our fabric I am sure it will out very nicely. I really adore patterns that have more than one season to them. 

Then I had, had to make Elsa the bitty baby a dress as well. My daughter, Sweet pea, loves to have matching doll and mommy clothes so the doll pattern included in the pattern pieces was a huge added bonus for me! 

The smile on her face says it all. 

I did make one modification to the dress and that was to add buttons instead of the snaps. My girl is a button girl all the way so it had to have them. I didn't have to change the pattern in any way, i just added a interfacing to wrong side of the bodice and my buttonholes where the snap placement was. Easy Peasy!  

Over all this is a really great! 
Our Jocole Love!! 

You can find this pattern on the Jocole site at the link below. 

Thanks for stopping by!


Be sure to check out all of the blogs on this tour! Which is your favorite so far? 
 Feb 8- Larissa from Connected By a Thread 
 Feb 9- Tibeca from Sewing by Ti 
 Feb 10- Robin from My Little Lady & Gentleman 
 Feb 11- Patricia from Sew Far North
Feb 12- Linda from Sew Happily Ever After 
 Feb 15- Larissa from Connected by a Thread and Essence from Amazing Adventures of Bubba and Bug 
 Feb 16- Amy from Wally and Grace
Feb 17- Melissa fron Rebel & Malice and Sharon from Sweetpea & Pumpkins Feb 18- Ula from Lulu & Celeste 
 Feb 19- Teronia from Crazy Crafty Haute Mama and Cindy from Cindy

Friday, February 5, 2016

American Girl Inspired Knee-high socks and Tight Tutorial

I been sewing up some cute doll socks today and I thought I would share with you how to make some yourself. They are crazy easy to make and so much fun! These are all made with adult socks and knee-high women's socks. They are so much fun that I have plans on making some dress socks and a few more knee-high pairs. Well lets get started! 

1. Take the sock you are using and turn it inside out. It only takes one sock to make a pair of doll socks or leggings. This is a men's dress sock here that I am using for the doll knee-high socks. 

2. Measure down from the top of the sock 5 3/4". Cut a straight line across. If you are making a pair of dress doll socks cut this shorter, more at 3".

4. Cut up the middle of the sock to create two equal pieces. One for each doll sock. The top edge of the adult sock will become the top of the doll sock.

4. Now either sew with a zig zag stitch or your serger the bottom edge and the sides where the raw edges of the sock are at. Sew in one continuous line, curving at the corner.

5. If you are making a pair of the leggings skip step 2 but cut the sock (this needs to be a knee high adult sock to be long enough for doll stocking) right above the heel. Cut the middle of the sock just as in step 4 but stop 3 1/2" from the top edge. The top edge of the adult sock will be come the waist band of the leggings. Sew or serge all the way around in one continuous lines as before.

 Tun the socks or tights right side out and you are ready to style your dolls!

These are some fun holiday ones for St. Patti's Day. I think she will need a fun green outfit to go with them now. 

This is what the knee-highs look like with boots, they are the wrong color of boots and the wrong style but you get the picture. ;-) Now we are looking for some killer boots to go with all these great socks.

Happy Sewing!! 


Winter's Dance Skating Dress PDF pattern for Dolls Plus a Free Sweetheart Doll Dress pattern!

Happy Friday everyone!! 
This morning my pattern Winter's Dance Skating Dress released! This PDF pattern is for both the 18" doll and the shorter baby doll style dolls, like the Bitty Baby doll.  This dress is a vintage style ice skating dress from the 1950's era.  I really love the designs from that period of time! 

The dress is fully lined and has a circle skirt that is sewn in two pieces, easy for a directional print fabric to used. The lining of the skirt "peeks" out form under the top skirt some so it is a great place to add a fun color to the dress.  The bodice of the dress has darts as well to add really lovely fit and details to the bodice. The sleeves have a slight gather to the top and the dress is finished of with some fun trim that is on the bodice and the skirt as well. The pattern includes the trim stitching guild as well. 

For the red and pink dresses I used a flannel fabric for a warm look. I like the weight the fabric has as well to help hold the skirt's shape better at the bottom. 

This pattern looks really good in a quilter's cotton as well. I even added a fun bubble trim to miss Elsa's dress. 

You can find my pattern by clicking the link below! 

You can also win a free copy of this pattern by clicking the picture link below to my Free pattern that is featured over at Whimsical Fabrics Tuesday Tutorial! The pattern is absolutely free and if you sew it up between today and next Tuesday you will be entered to win a free copy of my Winter's Dance Skating pattern!! 

This doll dress pattern is one of Sweet Pea's favorite's! I even had to sew up a pair of doll cowgirl boots to go with it. 

Happy Sewing!!