Friday, March 23, 2012

Doll Clothes Now and Then

I have been sewing more doll clothes for my other daughter's b-day in April. Sewing doll clothes is so much fun because you get to work with small-ish pieces, incorporate trim wherever you like, adjust the pattern to feel creative, and not worry about the little boo-boos. The receiver is usually a little girl who will only be so delighted with a new wardrobe for her doll. In her eyes, anyone that can sew doll clothes is wonderful. Extra kudos for mom!

The dolls clothes were made using patterns by Avery Lane on etsy. Erin's patterns are very easy to follow with great illustrations. The skirt pattern is her Apron Twirl Skirt pattern. There is an option to add an apron to the skirt. Next, I would like make an outfit with the apron option and using the same fabric, make an apron for my daughter. I'm thinking it's time to bake some cookies!

Since we're on the topic of doll clothes, I have to include a picture of overalls I made last month with a McCalls pattern:
I used a pink and white striped denim fabric I found at Savers, a thrift retail store we are fortunate to have in the area. I found a few yards of it actually and have extra listed in my etsy shop. I used McCalls pattern 2506, one of my new favorites. I confess the knit shirt was not made by me but bought from Jeannine's shop called Crazy for Hue. Her work is awesome and I hope one day I can learn to sew with knits as good as she does. I have yet to try but it is on my to-do list. I've heard sewing with knit fabric is a little tricky but I'm looking forward to the challenge and to trying something new...well, when I have more time :)

When my two aunts heard that I was selling vintage sewing patterns on my etsy shop, they started sending me their "old" sewing patterns that are now deemed vintage. I've been having so much fun going thru them and I'm so thankful how organized and neat they kept everything. I have yet to come across one of their patterns that is missing a piece - amazing considering some of these patterns have 20 pieces and some are very small! This past week, I received some vintage doll clothes patterns. I never realized there were so many different kinds of dolls in the 50s and 60s. This pattern is for 18" high heel dolls:
Thank you to my aunts for sending me their wonderful sewing patterns. I hope these patterns go to good homes where they will be used again and again to make lovely clothes for new and old dolls.

Happy sewing!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Hedgies, Quiche, and Thyme

For Finish it Friday, I finished the hedgie sleeping bag for my daughter. I am so pleased with how it turned out. I hope she loves the little hedgie inside too! To go along with both, I bought the book Hedgie's Surprise by Jan Brett.

I had so much fun making this one that I made another for one of her favorite stuffed animal - Curious George (and George's stuffed animal).
 I can see many more of these to come...birthday presents, get well presents...

Here is my favorite recipe handed down to me from my Grandmother - Spinach Quiche. It is so easy and so yummy. I love to make it for dinner and have leftovers for lunch the next day.

Easy Spinach Quiche
by Grandmother

Cook and drain one 10 ounce package frozen spinach.

Combine: 8 ounces diced swiss cheese and 2 tbsp flour

Combine: 1 cup milk, 3 beaten eggs, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp pepper, dash nutmeg

Mix everything together and pour into frozen pie shell. Bake 50-60 minutes at 350 degrees. 
Cool slightly and enjoy!

I needed some thyme for a different recipe and decided to go hunt around my back garden. Sure enough, after a little digging, I found some green stuff. Nice fresh thyme. It's great not having to pay for overpriced herbs at the grocery store that don't have much flavor.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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