Tuesday, December 25, 2012



Saturday, December 1, 2012

I'm Sorry

I had some ideas for blog posts, but I'm not able to post any photos.  For the last week I've been getting a notice that my storage space is full.  I'm not sure what to do, but I'll see what I can do about it.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Turtleneck for the Guys

As Marta has noticed, I have made
a turtleneck pullover
for the men dolls.

Here's the back
(and Basil's back.)

Russell was the first
to wear it.

New Guy

Who is that, hiding in the sweater?

It's Basil St. John.  Effanbee made him.
He's Brenda Starr's boyfriend.
Didn't recognize him?
In the comic strip, he wore an eye-patch.
Still not ringing a bell?
Well, I don't think Brenda and Basil
look much like the drawings of 
Dale Messick, but I like them, anyway.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Found at the Doll Show


I "needed" a Trent for a
fit model.

Plus, I love his over the top,
almost cartoonish look.
What do you think?

Saturday, November 10, 2012


Judith Eppolito of ASHENBERRY

made these beautiful animals.


my camera work

did not do them justice.

There is a website 
with photos
right HERE!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Raggedy Works of Heart

Katharine Longo

was showing at the doll and bear show

that I got to go to, last weekend.

I think her work is charming!

See her work, HERE!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Doll's Christmas

I know it is early, yet.
(In that sentence structure
 you have evidence
of the 6 years I spent
in Pennsylvania "Dutch"
In trying to earn a
little by selling
on eBay, I made
some stocking ornaments.
They reminded me of
The Doll's Christmas
by Tasha Tudor.

Before I ever heard of
Tasha, or any of her
books, I liked to dream of
making my own doll sized
Christmas celebration.

Whether they were
inspired by Tasha,
or, just inspired,
a Google search of
"doll's Christmas"
was fun, for me.

Here are just two links
to what I am still exploring:

Doll Christmas 
Pleasantville Christmas (Teaser) 

Are you dreaming of  doll
Do you include dolls
in your celebration
in any way? 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Not My Knits - on eBay

There are some pretty knits for dolls on eBay, aren't there!?

Barbie Clothes
AG Dress Set
!6 inch Fashion Doll Set
Baby Dress Outfit

I am not endorsing these sellers.  I thought I'd share a little of what is out there.  Having a little difficulty with Blogger, just now, so I added links instead of trying to post photos.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Dress for Supersize Barbie

It could use a little adjusting!
I'm going to list until I have a reasonable amount
in my Etsy shop.
It's only 20 cents
per item.
Of course, there's more to
pay if you actually sell something.
We'll see how it goes. :)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Knit Halter Dresses for Tyler, Ellowyne,more

Knit from sock yarn
in a three one rib,
this dress is rather
form fitting.

This dress has silver threads
running through it.

Both of these dresses were
nearly done.
Today, I put in the fasteners,
took the photos
and listed them on Etsy.

Suddenly it occurred to me:
I have something "doll"
for my blog! :)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Those Dresses

Since I do not plan to show pictures
of the bodies, (and they are in the dump,
any way)  here's what can be seen of
the "lamented" dolls about which I posted.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Doll Lover's Lament?

The doll in the box
Had long brown locks
And her dress was as sweet as they came.
Her hair was a mess
And so was her dress,
But Aunt Lou bought her just the same. 
Oh, no (oh, no)
Oh, no! (oh,no) 
Oh, what should be done with Aunt Lou?
Even at a bargain price
This doll wasn't very nice.
What's a poor old doll hoarder to do? 

Tuesday, July 31, 2012




(by Ideal)

Velvet was very dirty, when
she came here a few weeks ago.
Having had a bath
and shampoo,
she looks much better.
I think I missed a smudge,
 or two.  :)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Simple Skirt from Two Rectangles

First, you'll need a doll.

You will need some fabric.
These are scraps left after
I made a new dress for
Spring, about 20 years ago.

A measuring tape is not
absolutely necessary.
It can help.
With the tape, or with
the fabric itself,
determine how long a rectangle
is need for the waistband.

The fabric for both rectangles
should be quite square.
Be sure to add seam allowances
on both ends PLUS
the overlap you want for
the fastenings.
If the waistband is too tight
it is difficult to fasten.
If the waistband is too loose,
you may not like the way it looks.

Decide how wide a waistband you
want.  Double that width and add
two seam allowances.
Here, I thought about 1/2 inch
would be good.
1/2 X 2 = 1 inch. 
I don't usually need 1/2 inch
seam allowances,
but decided to be generous.
Two half inch seam allowances
add another inch.
I cut my waist band piece
2 inches wide.

Cutting the waistband
To square the fabric I pulled
a thread out of the piece
and cut along that line.
You may not want to
be that fussy.
I like to fuss. :)
An even plaid, like a
gingham check,
makes squaring the fabric

I folded the waistband over
twice and checked that it was
long enough to go around her waist
and overlap AND
have room for seam allowances.
No problem. :)

Similarly, measure and
cut the skirt rectangle,
remembering to allow for
the back seam,
the waist seam
and a hem, if you
wish to have a hem.

Measure and cut into the seam
 allowance to mark for the placket.
The placket allows the skirt
to open up to slide over the

Here, methods diverge.
I have sewn up the back seam
to the slit that marks the placket.
You may wish to skip this
step and do it later.
That way, the piece will stay
flat a little longer.

When the back seam is sewn,
I double over the fabric
and sew it down.
I like as few raw edges
showing as possible,
so I fold it over, then over, again.

I made the waistband by folding
the rectangle in half, lengthwise.
I sewed the short edges together.
This is done with the right side
of the fabric inside.

Then I turned the waistband
right side out and
checked it for size, again.

I gathered, or shirred this skirt.
A running stitch above the line
where I will eventually sew the
waistband on is pulled until the
resulting width of the skirt matches
the length of the sewn

I pinned the ends of the
waistband to the edges of
the placket, right sides of the
fabric together, or facing each other.

Then I pinned along that edge,
arranging the gathers where
I wanted them to go.

This blurry picture is supposed to show
what it looked like from
the waistband side.

I sewed that together.
Since this is so lightly
gathered, I used a
running stitch.
When I gather more tightly,
I use a back stitch, or I use
the sewing machine.

This is what it looked
like with that seam
finished and the pins

Then, I turned the inside
edge of the waistband
under and sewed it to
the skirt on the inside.

I sewed a snap on the
I nearly sewed both
halves to the same side
of the waistband, but I
caught myself in time
and sewed one on the inside
and one on the outside,
so the waistband would

I hemmed the skirt.
This hem was a selvage
edge, so I could have
just left it unhemmed.

And, we have a skirt.
(And that skirt could use
a good press!)

I'll try to give some
tips on variations
in style, sometime.
If I forget, you remind me!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A Simple Skirt - with Elastic Waist

You'll need a doll and
a scrap of fabric.

Be sure the fabric is
big enough to go around
the doll and then some.
In other words,
you'll need seam allowance.
The fabric must be
longer than you want
the skirt to be, too.
You'll need extra for
the elastic sleeve at the
waist.  You may want
to put a hem in the
skirt, too.

Square up the fabric. 
I like to pull a thread and
cut along the line it leaves.
That is a slow method.
Any way you can
achieve a piece with
four 90 degree corners
is good.  If the edges
run square with the
grain of the fabric,
the seams and the finished skirt
are less likely to warp.

Sew up the back seam.
This fabric ravels easily
and is thin. 
I sewed a "french" seam.
That is a double seam.
I sew the seam with the
wrong sides together,
then trim it, turn the skirt
inside out and sew again,
hiding the cut edges inside
the seam.
Pressing is a good idea.
I was in too much haste!

Turn down the top of the tube to
make a casing for the elastic.
Turning under the edge of the
casing to hide the cut edge makes
a nicer look and keeps that fraying down.
Stitch the casing. 
Be sure to leave a space
for stringing the elastic through.

This is what it looks like.

String the elastic through the
casing.  Baby elastic is good
for small doll clothes.
I used elastic cord. 
(This skirt is not meant to be
For methods of stringing
elastic, check other sources.
If you don't find anything,
I'll try to cover that, too.

As an alternative,
sew the elastic into a loop
and fold the skirt top
down over it, then 
stitch the fabric down. 
There are other methods
for adding elastic.
Well, I can think of one...

Be sure to fit the elastic
so that is will stretch over
the doll's hips.

Stitch the elastic firmly together.
In this case, (or casing?)
I tied the elastic cord.

Check the fit.

Turn the skirt right side out.
I left mine fringed.
Turning a hem gives a nice,
finished look.
If I do turn a hem, remembering
to do it before I put in
the elastic makes it easier to press
the hem.

Turn the seam to the center back.
This skirt sure could use a press!

Sliding the skirt up over
the bust makes it into
a simple top.  If it is
long enough, it could be
a dress.  Adding a
belt gives it some shape.

This is the first kind of skirt
I remember sewing.
We also would wrap
a piece of cloth around a
doll, then pin it or tie a strip
of cloth or a piece of yarn
around it.
The other no sew skirt we
made was a circle with a 
tiny hole cut into the center.

Now, I had intentions of 
doing a step-by-step for
my two rectangle skirt.
I made one and took the pictures.
I'm still working on the instructions.