Lesson of the month for me…

No matter what you do always write yourself a note to go with new patterns and cut out projects. You never know how long it will be until you get back to an item! I am working on a beautiful square neck lame top and black pleated pants suit item for my Dollfie but for the life of me I can’t figure out what I was thinking when I designed and cut the project out! The top isn’t so bad and is almost done now but the pants have me completely puzzled so I’m hoping that once I have the top done and on her the rest will fall into place! Here’s a good example of a simple New Pattern or Project Planning Page: planner-1024x792

Another trip to and from work…

I have many items that I cut out several years ago and  Friday morning I pulled one out that I no longer had the pattern with…so while I basted a pretty blue strapless dress I have yet to figure out who it will fit! At least it’s basted together! Hmmmm maybe I should stitch it and then take some photos soon!

Thanks to the Valley Mover for more time…

I have been taking the local commuter bus Valley Mover for 2+ years now and have found an extra 2 hours a day to sew. This afternoon’s project was the 1″ scale version of my Gwendolyn’s dress. Gwen is 12″ tall and by Gwen Ross of Mystic Mold. I met Gwen Ross at the 1995 Anaheim Doll Show when I won 3rd place for costuming for Letha Marie another doll by her who is 46″ tall. Sadly Gwen Ross is no long with us but I am lucky to have 2 of her dolls. I will be recreating Letha’s gown in miniature soon as well.

When I have more done on the dress I will post photos! The lesson in all this is to take the bus to relax and craft each day! It does not matter where you live… check into your local bus!

46" Letha Marie

46″ Letha Marie

 

12" Gwendolyn

12″ Gwendolyn

 

What dolls do you sew for?

cropped-Collages2.jpgI sew for just about any doll I can lay hands on but there are a few that I really love to sew for. Tiny Kitty and Kitty Collier are among my top two. Gene is another I love to sew for and will shortly have patterns for as well. I need to take photos and finish up her patterns. I adore Tiny Betsy and especially love the challenge of sewing in one inch scale. One doll I have not had the chance to sew for is the Urban Vita I got in January. I am looking forward to working on her patterns soon too!

So who do you love to sew for? Add your comments below!

Sewing again…UFOs and tips

I’m back in the groove of sewing once more… finally! I’m working on kid clothes and things for myself but after a couple more projects Ill be tackling the doll UFOs once more and adding patterns. I take the bus to work and have found that I now have 2 hours to fill and staring out the window is boring after a while especially when it’s foggy and you can’t even see across a divided highway! With my friend Lindsay as the driving force we made a list of all the projects and pieces of fabric, notions and trims I had… I’ve since found more but it was a start! Here’s my tip for the day or more likely tips:

  1. make a list of everything you have and when you bring home more add to the list… it does NOT have to be a fancy relational database or even a spreadsheet it can simply be a notebook with a list. Just keep it updated!
  2. clear plastic envelopes are MARVELOUS for holding patterns and stray pattern pieces and file and stand up better than Ziplocks in a tote or box for storage
  3. go through and finish UFOs before kids outgrow things that are cut out! Now dolls don’t grow but most of us have at least someone in our lives we sew for that grows, a fur pal, neighbor or family kid, volunteer work or ourselves. Finish UFOs before it’s too late!
  4. finishing UFOs clears space for MORE fabric and provides a sense of accomplishment in addition to saving money by actually using the fabric collection you have

Back to finishing up a UFO!