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Swimming at the Beach — A Photoshoot

Recently I picked up a cute girl’s swimsuit to upcycled into a doll swimsuit.  It was my first time making a swimsuit using my sewing machine, so my dolls get to keep this one!

The swim fabric has pairs of flip flops on it in many different colors.  I used the free swimsuit pattern on Pixie Faire here.  I didn’t fold the fabric twice over, just used the lining that was already in the girl’s swimsuit.  I used white fold over elastic to finish the edges.

The blue shorts I upcycled from a girl’s rashgaurd.  I used this pattern on Pixie Faire.  These shorts are super quick and you don’t even need elastic!

I got the pink little water shoes from Sophia’s.  You can see them here.  I did realize they have cardboard insoles which came unglued when they got wet.  I will probably cut new insoles from craft foam and put them in the shoe instead.

You can read how I made the flower hair clip here.

On to the photos!

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At the Park – A Photo Shoot

DSCN4427DSCN4409DSCN4419DSCN4420DSCN4375DSCN4376DSCN4385DSCN4387DSCN4436DSCN4439DSCN4369DSCN4368Her outfit:

Leggings: Featured in this post

White Tank: Pixie Faire pattern here

Light Blue Top: Pixie Faire pattern here (neck and arm bands omitted)

Shoes: Sophia’s

Drawstring Bag: Doll it Up pattern here

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By the Lake, Photo Shoot Part 3

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Her outfit:

Hat: see here

Leggings: made from pattern also used here

Sweatshirt: see here

T-shirt: see here

Shoes: Sophia’s

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By the Lake, Photo Shoot Part 2

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By the Lake, Photo Shoot Part 1

I took a whole bunch of pictures in this photo shoot, so I’ll be posting them in three parts.  Here is part 1!DSCN3692DSCN3691DSCN3688 DSCN3710 DSCN3707 DSCN3718DSCN3713Come back tomorrow for part 2!

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Playing Chalk – A Short Photo Shoot

DSCN3236 DSCN3239 DSCN3251 DSCN3246DSCN3247DSCN3254Her Outfit:

Shoes: Hobby Lobby

Skirt: Made by me – a rectangle cut from a cotton handkerchief, hemmed, and an elastic waistband

Leggings: See here

Sweatshirt: Made with Simplicity pattern 4297, sweatshirt B

Hat: Made by me – up-cycled from a human top and sewn to make a hat, for a little more on this method of making a beanie, see here


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Day 3: Coloring Easter Eggs Photoshoot

To do this fun photo shoot, I had to build a table.  At first I thought I would just use scrap booking paper and foam board to make the table.  Luckily, I discovered some wood scraps from a house project!

For basic measurements, I used this tutorial on a doll picnic table.  Mine is a little smaller, at just about 17 inches long, 7 /2 inches wide and 8 inches tall.  When I had finished putting it together, I painted it white.  I am excited to use this table in more photo shoots!

If your dolls want to color eggs too, here is the template for the Egg Dyeing Kit.

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On the Hill – A Short Photo Shoot

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Shoes: Hobby Lobby

Skirt: see here

Sweater: see here

Hair bow: Girls hairtye with bow ribbon


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In the Field Photo Shoot

I took Rebecca for a photo shoot in a field the other day!DSCN3088 DSCN3095DSCN3094DSCN3092DSCN3090DSCN3096 DSCN3105

A breeze was blowing her hair and cardigan.DSCN3097 DSCN3112 DSCN3102DSCN3133Her Outfit…

Boots: Sophia’s

The rest is made by me:

Tank – this pattern

Leggings – this pattern, for the small changes I made when making the black leggings, see this post

Scarf – this tutorial

Cardigan –  this tutorial, originally seen in this post

Beanie: Cut from the top of a sock and sewn, for more details view this post


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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.


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

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