Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Dolls wardrobe

Before Christmas a friend asked me if I could sew some clothes for the new doll of her daughter, as she found the clothes you can buy for those dolls are horrendous expensive and often not very pretty.
Being a mom of boys, this has been a challenging project that "naturally" I would have never attacked. But it had been so much fun! I made 6 out-fits for the poor doll waiting in her underwear in a box. 

My first idea was to search the internet for some dolls clothes patterns. But can you believe it, even the internet is full of pattern, I couldn't find any for this special doll. The patterns I could find for dolls in that height and of that producer are either too large (baby doll) or too skinny (mannequins). This doll seems to be an intermediate. I don't want to make advertising, but the doll I dressed is a corolle vanille 36cm and I will share the patterns I made for her later down!

Of course it needed some tests and therefore the first out-fit isn't perfect. It is an elegant black trousers and a rose blouse. The blouse fit's well, but the trousers are quite large.

Next I made a pyjama. For the top it's the same pattern as for the blouse and made in jersey. It fit's just perfect. The trouser is a little narrower than the black trouser, but still a bit bulky, what's okay for a pyjama pant. 
I love that outfit. Want to have a pyjama like that as well. Looks cozy!

The next try for a fitting trouser is in the winter out-fit for pretty Vanilla (I called her that name, as she has been stinking of artificial vanilla, when I released her first from her box. It got better the longer she stayed in my sewing room)
Those pink corduroy trousers are perfect. The pullover is made of sweat and with the same pattern as the blouse and the pyjama. To go out when it's cold, she got a vest from cotton fur and a head band. I hope she got shoes for Christmas, as her toes are looking cold :-) 

All three patterns you can download below in english or french. I am happy if you try them and leave me a comment how you liked it, thanks! 
Vous pouvez télécharger les patrons en anglais ou français en bas. Merci pour me laisser un commentaire quand vous avez les testée pour je sais comment ça marche pour des autres!


patron pantalon (français)
pattern trousers (english)
This pattern has no seam allowance included, because otherwise it wouldn't fit to the page ;-) If you want to have the trousers larger, like for the pyjama pant, cut the paper pattern vertically in the middle and add a stripe of 2cm!

patron gilet (français)
pattern vest (english)

If you do the shirt in jersey or sweat (what I preferred) you don't need to add the seam allowances au collar or for the hems. As it don't fray out you don't need to bother fiddling around to sew tiny hems everywhere. I just went over the edges with the overlock machine, but you can also leave them blank.
All shirts and blouses (and dresses) are open on the backside and can be closed by very small velcro strips. 

Of cause this hasn't been all. I made one more out-fit with trouser. A jeans-all-day-out-fit! I forgot to add the seam allowance for the trousers, so the jeans are quite slim fit and hard to put on. The t-shirt is made again with the shirt pattern, but shorter sleeves. 

I also made two dresses. A ball gown I made of an old dress of the girl that got the doll for Christmas. (I don't have a stock of glittery fabrics!) I tell you that one had been the only nightmare of the projekt. The fabric slid in all directions and you better don't look inside for the seams! Also the sleeves aren't nice at all. I just hope that little girls don't mind the inside if the outside is glittering.

As I am not at all happy with the pattern, I won't give it to you. And also the next dress isn't jet perfect. It's a beach dress and I also made a little bag that contains a towel.
For once the bare feet are appropriate :-)

For me, sewing for this doll had been like vacation from my usual projects and I enjoyed it a lot!

I hope some might find the patterns useful! Have fun sewing!
J'espère que il y a quelques-unes qui trouve mes patrons utilisable! Amusez-vous bien!

A bientôt,
Jane

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Thursday, 5 January 2017

Three trousers for 2017

A happy new year to everyone!
May it be happy and healthy and creative for you!
May the world become more peaceful and people helping each other in difficult times!

I wanted to start this blog-year with something pretty, but I have nothing nice to show! So this is what I started my crafting year with!
Three trousers - all very much needed: A new pyjama pant for me (those I made 2 years ago for me are worn off by now), a jogging trouser for son A and a corduroy trouser for son B!
When taking a picture of the corduroy trousers, I remembered that I still had photos of a similar pair that I made last year and never showed here. What do you say: I made them last year in January too and it's the same pattern (only one size larger this time), the same fabric, for the same son and he still wears striped blue shirts with it :-)
2016:
2017: 
I used my usual pattern for jogging pants, because my kids love to wear them, but I don't like to see them all the time in sweat. I added pockets in front and back and this year even a fake zipper cover.

I also sewed a bonnet (from the scraps of the jogging pant) and after a year or so thinking about it, I finally made curtains for the window in our office. While doing those, son B wanted to try my machine and I let him zig-zag the borders. He got immediately fixed and wanted to sew more and more, so we started kind of sewing lessons! So fun!
We had to put the pedal onto a box, because his legs are not jet long enough (even when I think they are endless, because he needs new trousers all the time!)

I hope all your good wishes may come true!
Bonne annee 2017!
Jane

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Merry Christmas - frohe Weihnachten - yoyeux noël

I wish you a very happy Christmas and some relaxing and merry festive days!

This is the last page in my this years self drawed calendar:

Je vous souhaite un yoxeux noël et quelques jours festives et heureux,
Jane

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Winter Villages

Seeing several of my decoration crafting of the last years, it is clear that I like wonky houses! You can see for example my dwarf village or the old livingroom wall deco houses.
When cutting out the wooden stars, I kept a lot of scrap wood pieces: triangles and wonky squares. I saw immediately houses! Lots of them! 
For test I build a little village and added some pin trees the type I used for the Advent decoration and voilà: my winter village!
As the charm of those houses is the asymmetry, it is perfect for kids. I invited some friends of my sons and we had the nicest crafting party!
I prepared the trees and the wood pieces, but the kids did the assembly of the houses and the painting as well as the layout of their little villages.
All very different, but each child loved his or her village and we had a fun afternoon together. It makes me happy to do crafting when the kids are so enthusiastic!

A bientôt,
Jane

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Reindeers in the garden

Look who moved-in in our garden this afternoon!
Fun construction of my boys and me!


Bonne soiree et a bientôt,
Jane


Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Christmas Cards

My this years Christmas cards theme is cold! As it is outside. But here it is more foggy and icy and no snow. 
I made a bunch of them Monday and again stamping is so much fun! Only carving the little tree stamp has been a bit fiddly and I needed three attempts. But now I love the result!


If you want to see other Christmas Cards I made the last years, have a look:
Houses 2014 
Birds 2014
Candles

Maybe that gives you some inspiration for your cards?


A bientôt,
Jane

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Playing card holder

My grandma who is 101 years old, loves to play cards and she meets every second week with some other old ladies to play Canasta together. She recently broke her hand and even everything healed well, she is still a bit week with that hand and holding a hand of cards for one afternoon isn't working any more. She told me, that she now puts her cards sorted in little stacks backside up on the table when it isn't her turn, but that sounds a bit laborious to me. So I made her a card holder. Outside fabric and inside cardstock:
The holder is 22cm long. When making it, I thought that is long, but as you can see there is not much space for many cards and everyone who plays Canasta knows that you sometimes have 20 to 30 cards on your hand. So I made a second one.
When not playing you can fold the holder flat, so it is easy to store them away. 
Hopefully my grandma will find them usable when she gets them for Christmas.

A bientôt,
Jane