Monthly Archives: February 2015

My Fashion Design Entry!

Lately my dolls have been wearing these silver glitter tennis shoes:

IMG_1367I hadn’t explained how I’d made them yet, because they are part of my entry in The Doll Wardrobe Winter Fashion Design Challenge!

If you would like to read how I painted these shoes and the rest of the details on how I created this Cinderella inspired modern outfit, my entry is here.  There are also a bunch more finished product pictures like the one below:

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Wrap Around Reversible Halter Top

DSCN2367I got this pattern on Pixie Faire from Freebie Friday a few weeks ago.  I searched Pixie Faire for the pattern, and couldn’t find it, but if you sign up for Eden Ava Couture’s newsletter on the website you can get the pattern for free: Wrap Around Reversible Halter Top.

DSCN2368 Although I tied the lower straps in the back for the photos, I plan on seeing what it looks like to tie it in front.

DSCN2370 I wanted to try the pattern out for the first time using scraps of fabric.  Therefore, the two sides of the reversible top are pink and yellow floral.  I folded up the bottom of the top to lessen bulk around the waist.DSCN2375

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American Girl Doll Buzz Lightyear Outfit

DSCN2322 My dolls appreciate anything Disney to wear!  This Buzz Lightyear t-shirt I upcycled from a boys Toy Story graphic t-shirt.  I used the this pattern from Simply Sweet and Sewn.

DSCN2323The matching green leggings are made with an altered version of this pattern from Sew Adollable.

DSCN2324The shoes are American Girl JLY purple flats.

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American Girl Doll Beanie and Fingerless Gloves

DSCN2298This project was fast and simple!  I cut off the ends of the sleeves of a human long-sleeve t-shirt.  The first sleeve piece I simply sewed one end closed to make a cute light blue beanie!

The second sleeve piece I cut in half vertically, and stitched it to make two tubes.  I fit the tubes on my doll’s hands to see where to cut the thumb holes.

The gloves and hat together create a fabulous light blue ensemble to accessorize an outfit.

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Rebecca’s Valentine’s Day Outfit

I decided to make cute Valentine’s Day outfits for my dolls.  Rebecca got her outfit first!

DSCN2288The t-shirt I up-cycled using the Liberty Jane Pattern from a normal off-white t-shirt.  After seeing Doll-it-up’s post about embellishing a doll t-shirt, I thought I would try out a similar method.  I didn’t have freezer paper or fabric paint, but I did have acrylic paint and a heart stencil.  I combined two colors of acrylic paint to make a shade of pink, and added a very small amount of water to the mixture to thin the paint.  A paint medium would have been more ideal.  Acrylic paint applied directly to fabric stiffens the fabric.  Even with a bit of water in it the paint dried stiff, but it still worked out.  I used glitter acrylic paint, mixed with water, over the pink.

DSCN2302I up-cycled the vest from a human vest.  The great thing about up-cycling is the ability to reuse finished hems.  The top edge of the collar I reused from the human vest, as well as the lining hem around the bottom edge of the vest.  The outside of the vest is red, and the lining is red, black and white plaid.  The back of the vest has a “V” shape top stitching, which was on the original vest as well.

I used the Liberty Jane Tank Top Pattern to make the vest.  The back pattern piece I cut on a fold and made no other alterations to it.  The front piece I cut on a fold, and then cut in half down the middle.  I didn’t include a zipper on the vest, because I knew that I wanted to pair it with the heart shirt and the heart would then be covered.

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The leggings are featured in this outfit and the shoes are pink high tops from Sophia’s.DSCN2305 DSCN2289DSCN2295 DSCN2318

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American Girl Doll Shoulder Bag

I made this little shoulder bag using this tutorial.  I found this tutorial, and had to try it because it seemed quick and simple.  Overall it was quick and simple, although the top stitching and strap attachment was a little tedious.

IMG_1908I used some scraps of cotton fabric in purple floral for the outside of the bag.  The lining and strap are a silver cotton with glitter and tiny dots.  My sewing machine has 100 different stitches, most of which I have never tried.  I decided to do some experimentation.  I sewed a tulip/flower stitch along the front of the bag, as well as on the strap.  It’s hard to see because of the thread color, but I like the overall effect.IMG_1911 IMG_1913

So I can better know what my viewers like to see, share your opinion by picking a choice below!

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Doll Valentine’s Hairdos

Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I looked around on doll blogs and Pinterest to get inspiration for festive hairdos.  I tried out a few heart braids.  In this post I did this kind of hairdo on a smaller scale and a slightly customized way.

Rebecca was my first try.  Her hair is especially cute with different styles (like a ponytail, pigtails, and braids) because of the curls.

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IMG_1869 Next I tried a different version on my Kidz n Cats Doll.  She has much thicker and longer hair, which allows different styling options.  I was able to braid the hair, and her hair is long enough that the braids are actually a perfect length.  You don’t finish as soon as you start with this girl’s hair!IMG_1849 IMG_1848 IMG_1855

I’m hopefully going to be trying out more heart hairstyles, there’s so many!

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Doll Photo Shoot: Playing Battleship

I found a mini Battleship game, and the doll’s just had to give it a try!IMG_1815 IMG_1817 IMG_1818 IMG_1820 IMG_1822 IMG_1826 IMG_1825 IMG_1828

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Boy Doll Striped Zip-Up Hoodie

I up-cycled this hoodie from a human boy hoodie, and made it almost identical to the big version!  I altered this pattern, using Sweatshirt F.  I used the back pattern pieces as the front.

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The back of the hoodie.  The hoodie has a point sort of shape to it, so when it is on the doll’s head it looks like an elf coat or something 🙂IMG_1834

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