Monthly Archives: September 2014

3 Gobblers at Ellensburg Film Festival

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The Cast of 3 Gobblers

Arctic Star Productions film 3 Gobblers, in which I am a “Speaking Camper” and my brother is “Ralph”, will be showing as part of the Ellensburg Film Festival on October 5th.  For more information, go here.

Click here to watch the official trailer!

 

My other posts about 3 Gobblers:

3 Gobblers…A Film Based on a True Story

Arctic Star Productions ‘3 Gobblers’

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Congratulations!

Grayson J. Smith as Artful Dodger at 5thCongratulations to my brother, Grayson J. Smith, for being awarded the The 5th Avenue Theatre’s First Annual Subscriber Choice Award for Outstanding Young Actor for his performance in Oliver! as the Artful Dodger!!!

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AG Halloween Costume Part 1: Dress

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I have completed the dress for my AG Doll’s Millie Dillmount costume!  The dress is inspired by the Thoroughly Modern Millie Broadway poster.  Thoroughly Modern Millie (the musical) was based on the 1967 film by the same name starring Julie Andrews as Millie.  The musical rendition of the film opened on Broadway in 2002, starring Sutton Foster as Millie.  The show won 6 Tony Awards and ran for 903 performances with 32 previews.

The costume will eventually consist of the dress, shoes, necklace and possibly headband.  This is part one!

To make the basic shape of the dress, I used this tutorial.  After cutting the fabric, I cut the armholes 1/4 inch all the way around, and lowered the neckline.

The length was perfect for this 1920s flapper dress.  When using this tutorial for nowadays outfits, leggings underneath would be most appropriate 🙂

The inside lining is a smooth fabric, which I forget the name of at the moment.  The outside of the dress is 2mm sequin fabric.  The red poly chain fringe was 4″ long when I bought it, but I cut it down to 2″.  Each row of fringe is 1 and 3/4 inch below the last, allowing the rows to overlap slightly.  I used about 55 inches of this fringe.  I bought 1.5 yards, and used almost all of it.

The back closes with Velcro.

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Original poster

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Back of dress

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Front of dress

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American Girl September Outfit

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This is the first outfit I have made for my doll using my sewing machine!  It was a learning experience, so everything isn’t perfect, but that’s okay.

Technically for this outfit to be classified as a “Fall Outfit”, I feel that it would need a light sweater.  Therefore, I titled the post “September Outfit”.

The tank top was made with the dress pattern here.  I excluded the skirt and lengthened the bodice about an inch at the bottom.  It attaches in the back with Velcro.

The skirt pattern I used is included in Simplicity 4297, which was given to me by a friend.  This skirt was skirt A.  It attaches on the side with Velcro.

The scarf I made using this tutorial on PixieFaire.com.

The flower I attached using hot glue to a small pink clip.  The flower tutorial is from here.  I also made this flower for another outfit here.

And the boots I actually made last week for my Kidz n Cats doll, but they matched this outfit and fit my American Girl Doll well.  So, my Kidz n Cats doll will have to wait a bit for her boots.

I’ve already bought fabric for my American Girl Doll’s Halloween costume, and am designing it!  Here’s a clue to what it will be:  This character was played by Julie Andrews in the movie, which takes place in the 1920s.

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Kidz ‘n Cats Boots

IMG_0398I decided since it’s September that it’s time to start sewing fall clothes.  Since I really got into sewing doll clothes just this April, I haven’t made a whole lot of pants, long-sleeved shirts, boots, or sweat coats (but I’ve made a lot of t-shirts and skirts!).   I’m also super excited to start sewing with my new sewing machine!

Therefore, to begin sewing fall clothes I made a pair of Kidz ‘n Cats “Snuggly Boots” from here.  I made them from brown and white felt.  Technically I could have used some faux fur on the outside, but I wanted to see how it would go just with the felt.  Brown and white wouldn’t be my ideal colors for these, however, the store where I went to get felt didn’t have any other shades of tan!

They close with Velcro in the back to make getting them on easier.  The boots fit loosely so getting them on wasn’t a problem.

My doll is wearing a pair of black leggings that are featured in this post.  The turtle neck is part of her original outfit.

I tried these boots on my American Girl Doll to see how they would fit.  I wanted to see if the pattern could be adapted for AG dolls easily.  They fit almost perfectly.  The only change I might make would be to cut the back pattern piece a tiny bit bigger so the Velcro could close easier.  Other than that, this pattern could work for AG doll as well!

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Friendship Bracelets

As I wait patiently for my sewing machine to arrive, I am spending some time making friendship bracelets!  I have made lots before.  But the thing is, after a while the bracelets wear out.  Therefore, I am currently replenishing friendship bracelet drawer.

I have found that the best string for this type of bracelet is embroidery floss, such as JP Coats or DMC.  Most craft stores have a variety of types and colors of embroidery floss.  I do have a package of “Friendship Bracelet Floss”, but in the process of making a bracelet the floss gets tension and these strings broke causing me to be unable to finish certain bracelets.

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The green/blue one I made using this pattern. It is an Alpha pattern.

Blue/purple/pink bracelet has five strings. I used this normal pattern.

The silver/black bracelet is just a simple stripe.

Friendship-bracelets.net has tons of patterns for these types of bracelets, including Alpha patterns, Kumihimo patterns, and normal patterns.  Another website with lots of patterns is braceletbook.com.  I prefer Friendship-Bracelets.net, although BraceletBook does have an app.

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I made my first Alpha bracelet in January/February.  This bracelet is 1.5 inches wide, and is 31 strings across.  It took me 2 weeks to make, using every spare moment of my time.  It is the simplest type of Alpha bracelet, with just 2 colors.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have a good camera to take pictures of it before I needed to mail it off as a birthday present.

 

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Newsies North American Tour!

Anthony RosenthalCongratulations to our family friend, Anthony Rosenthal!  My brother, Grayson J. Smith, was in Oliver! at the 5th Avenue Theater with Anthony last year.  Anthony was recently cast in the Newsies North American Tour, which begins October 11, as Les!  We are so excited for him!   See the full cast here.

 

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Update #2 and Butterfly Shirt

The shows I performed in this summer are closed (sad face).  But although I’m sad it’s over, I couldn’t be more happy and grateful that I was able to spend my summer with awesome, friendly people performing spectacular shows!

And… “I finally saved up enough money for a sewing machine!”  (That’s a quote from Fiddler on the Roof).  So, in the next few weeks maybe there will be some experiments posted up here.  I mainly bought a sewing machine so that it wouldn’t take so long for me to get results, and when I do get results they will be more professional looking.  We’ll see how it goes!

My latest project…

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This is my Kidz n Cats doll wearing some sweatpants that I made for my American Girl Doll.  Since Kidz and AG dolls have about 2 or 3 inches of size difference around the waist, it’s a little a baggy around the waist.  I used a simple pants pattern, cut a few inches off the end of the pant leg, and put elastic in.

The t-shirt pattern is from SimplySweetByb.com here.   I generally use this pattern for doll t-shirts.  I sized the shirt down after I made it to fit the smaller Kidz doll a little bit better.  The butterfly I applied with an iron on transfer, and added two rhinestones.

The anklet also fits around the wrist, and is 3 inches long.  I used the diagonal friendship bracelet pattern and embroidery floss.

Just a note: my Kidz doll has trouble standing.  I don’t know if this is typical, but her legs seem to want to always be touching at the knee, and it is difficult to get them to stay in any other position.  There is no way this doll could stand on her own without leaning against something.

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