The first thing that hint you as you scurry into my apartment from the cold is the scent of Flair. Each bottle of fabric softener smells like a garden crime scene in which roses have been massacred. Such carnage. Much Flair. So ow my eyes and senses. I avoid scented products...but doll wigs and doll … Continue reading Spa day
I’ve got dolls, they’re multiplying. And I’m losing control. Well. I have more than one Disney doll now. Before Craftsmas an online friend contacted me about two Disney Animators dolls (Belle and Lilo ) she picked up for about 5 USD each. She’s planning to send them to me, but some holiday called Christmas has … Continue reading First Disney Repaint.
Excerpts From The Mary Frances sewing book; or, Adventures among the thimble people Fryer, Jane Eayre, 1876 Don’t you want to go with Grandma to-day?" asked her grandmother of Mary Frances. "Where, Nanny?" inquired the little girl. ''Well," said Grandma, "I'm going to take a trolley ride through the park." "Where the monkeys are?" inquired … Continue reading XXIII:Mary’s Flannel Petticoat
Let us all bow our heads, Craftsmas had come to a close. No longer are my days for all the crafts. I am back to my jobs. Now is the time for manageable smaller projects. The last days of Craftsmas were spent finishing off another scrap quilt, it had remained 2/3’s finished after last Craftsmas. … Continue reading Chapter XXII: A Ruined Dress.
When we left off I'd sewn the lining and interlining. The next step is bagging the lining. I wish I could easily explain this. When constructing the lining you leave one section of a side seam-open so you can eventually pull the whole coat through it. Here is a Pintrest page I made to pin … Continue reading Re-lining a Coat: part 3
"Oh, good!" said Mary Frances, "and, dear Fairy Lady, I want to tell you—I've a lovely surprise! My Aunt Maria is coming to see us." "Aunt Maria—oh, does she love sewing?" "Indeed she does! She made a bed quilt when she was—let me see,—maybe—I think—it was when she was two years old." That’s Aunt Maria! … Continue reading XXII: Aunt Maria makes a visit.
My friend brought acne cream with benzoyl peroxide to Japan for me! It seems to be slowly removing the stains from Snow. And as I apply it each time I think "I wonder why Japan doesn't allow products with benzoyl peroxide" and then I realize ...it can bleach stains out of vinyl.
Spinster Alert! Aunt Maria is a recurring family member. In the cookbook she terrifies the pots and pans and is generally judgemental...but occasionally complements and helps Mary. I may joke that Grandma is off joining the suffragettes but it's Maria who I suspect of political ideas. Grandma probably just drinks and gossips with women of … Continue reading Preamble to chapter XXII: Aunt Maria makes a visit.
Now we're going to make an obi sash for the yukata. 22cm x 12cm fabric for bow 3cm x 6cm fabric for bow center 32cm x 15cm fabric for body. Fuseable batting 28cm x 5.5cm. Obi Body With a 2cm margin on the sides and a 4.5cm margin from the top and bottom, fuse batting … Continue reading Obi Sash Tutorial.
Ok, here's my second take on making the yukata/kimono. First version is here. I smoothed out the curve on the first pattern I made. I also made the area where the front joins the back (a the shoulders) a little smaller by shaving .5cm off it. I should have added a centimeter to the bottom … Continue reading Doll Kimono: take two!