Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Sew, Sometimes I Craft Without (#24). . .

paper.  Another in my sewing series today, an additional pattern from the one I used in my previous post. You can sew a jumper or a sundress and even add the simple button-up blouse under/over this sundress!

This pattern is by JenWren and can be found here and be sure to visit her blog for other doll patterns, MANY of which are FREE!  She's very talented, very generous and shares a LOT about many dolls in all sizes, as well as historical information!  ;`)

Kit was happy to pose today in our summer heat, managing to stay cool as a cucumber on our patio in her new sundress with coordinating red shoes and barrette!

Think I'll make a simple blouse in white with puffed sleeves this time (same as one in my previous post, but there are 2 sleeve choices!) as a little throw-on for when Kit's feeling chilled. Here in the desert SW I have several tops/sweaters handy @ home and in my car, as I hate when my arms/shoulders get cold. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Sew, Sometimes I Craft Without (#23) . . .

paper, but with fabric, of course!  Having received my very first Mattel American Girl doll, I just had to complete this sweet outfit and share it.  I chose Kit because I just think she's so darn cute with that sweet little blonde bob and that short straight hair makes her the perfect model for fittings.  Jen had run a poll recently asking us to vote for which BeForever Limited Edition Set we'd like her to create a pattern for and this was the winner (and my choice too since I'd been eyeing Kit for awhile)!

For her first modeling gig, Kit's wearing Wren*Feathers' 1930's Farm Outfit which includes the button-front blouse and overalls. Of course, our backdrop is SW desert backyard, but I think Kit looks ever-so-fashionable 1930's-style this cool spring day standing by our blooming bougainvillea in the sun!

I was able to just barely eek out enough from my fat quarter blouse fabric/overall lining to fashion a tie-back for Kit's hair as seen @ American's Chicken-Keeping Set
which is adorable, but back-ordered until the middle of August. I think the tie just completes the whole look.

Also included in this historical pattern is a puffed sleeve version of the blouse and a skirt to turn the overalls into a jumper or sundress and I've stumbled upon the perfect fabric in my stash for just that in keeping with Kit's story line, so check back soon! ;')

I also think Kit would be very sweet dressed as a modern girl, so you know I'll be sewing and sharing more outfits for her as time permits! Love to have you stop by and perhaps also leave a comment!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

My Sheri Crafts Challenge #156: Birthday Bash

I chose this theme for our challenge @ My Sheri Crafts, asking that you create a birthday card and coordinating envelope. You may either decorate an envelope you already have or create your own -- then stamp, emboss, add a frame for the address, or whatever you think of to 'dress it up' to coordinate with your card and create a 'hint' for the recipient as to what awaits them inside!  ;)

For my first project, I made my DD a card for her birthday, using Spellbinders' Die D-Lites: Asters and Poppies and Frame One, as well as in'spire dies: Birds on a Wire and Celebration (sentiment). Again, no stamping on this card! ;)  I then used the Birds' dies as a decorative cut on my envelope's flap. DD is a florist, so she loves flowers and nature and that's what inspired me to create her card.
My second card was for a 9-year-old's birthday.  She wanted to have a tea party with just a couple friends her age, adult family members/friends. Her gift set had to be special, so I used Spellbinders' Tea Service as well as Nested Tea Cup dies for her card front, the front/flap of her envelope (created with WRMK's Envelope Punch Board) and her gift bag.  A sentiment from JustRite's Birthday Floral Vintage Labels Eight and Nine seemed fitting.  These metallic papers were difficult to capture in a photo, but very pretty IRL! ;)  Think she liked her card/envelope, but it was totally trumped by the handmade tea party-themed Footie Jammies I made for her 18" doll & her friends' dolls!  I had sooo much fun creating her card/envelope/gift bag and sewing jams and other items for the 3 girls -- felt almost like being a 'Grandma'!  ;'}

Hope these inspire you to create a birthday card and coordinating envelope for someone you love and post it @ My Sheri Crafts for us to enjoy too!


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