Ahh...my first week of relaxation and catching up on crafts, sort of. Because of how the dispatch company I work at is set up, this year they pulled English assistants out of the public schools a record week before graduation, adding another week onto our unpaid downtime as part-time workers before our contracts begin again … Continue reading Snowover it.
Hi, Neighbors! Don't mind us! We're just TEATHERED* to the balcony here and slathered in acne cream. *we get earthquakes. I figured it's best to tie them for their protection. I dressed them because I rationalized that seeing naked dolls would be more upsetting for my neighborhood. These girls need sunlight to clean their face-stains. … Continue reading Who is the gaijin in your neighborhood?
I'm now 43. I started using dial-up modems to access local chat lines when I was 14/15. So the raw amount of STUFF, good and bad, that accessing the world from your computer is not new...those early days in fact made me love using e-mail early and often to maintain and grow connections to people … Continue reading Ariel from the Box.
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!
My continued adventures bloging through the 1915 children's sewing book "The Mary Frances sewing book; or, Adventures among the thimble people." The next pattern to tackle was the dressing sack (lounging jacket being a much nicerterm). This was the final, 4th, outfit to be made with this single pattern. Because all four of the garments … Continue reading Chapter XX: Part two
This chapter begins with Presentation Party. As far as I can tell, a presentation party involves each Thimble Person we’ve met this far performing a formal self-introduction. It’s like your first day in a new language class.... but with forced rhymes. As.Fun.As.It.Sounds. “We're going to give a party; And we will evermore be true, And … Continue reading Chapter XX, Ma Chine (Part one: Kimono)
Mistakes were made…by me. Then I made some new ones. Any Sewist knows that sometimes you just have go deeper into some mistakes to salvage the whole. “IF only in her nightie clad, She took a cold, 'twould be too bad — And so the dear child may not freeze, And so the dear child … Continue reading Chapter XIX: Her Bath Robe
Sewing Bird, today we'll work on a variation of the Mary Frances nightgown. My issue with the nightgown is that I'd like to be able to make outfits for the dolls of friends' children. Ribbons seem hard to tie and easy to lose so I set forth to make an elastic-version of this nightgown. The … Continue reading Nightgown REMAKE