I just returned from trying to mail a package at the post office. I forgot that today is a National Holiday for the funeral of George H. W. Bush. Even the stock market is closed today in his honor. To live to the age of 94, after years of sacrifice and public service, that is indeed something to celebrate! Even if you didn’t agree with his platform or political views, there’s no doubt that he was a patriot, a loving husband, father, grandfather and someone to admire and respect.
So I will gladly wait until tomorrow to mail a big batch of winter doll clothing for A Doll Like Me. I started last week by making some flannel doll pajamas This week I’ve added some long sleeve outfits and long pants. We are experiencing cold weather where I live in the U.S. I realize that Amy’s dolls are going all around the world, to far-flung places that may have warm weather. Still, I can’t bring myself to make tiny short pants when it’s freezing in my sewing studio. If need be, I’ll have to crank up the space heater if I’m going to sew for summer!
The above dress wasn’t planned, but you’ll understand how it came about. On Monday, I went to Joann’s fabrics just for elastic. While there, I spied a small remnant of this gorgeous knit fabric. It’s incredibly soft and has vivid colors. I imagined a little doll dress would be perfect in the print, so I tossed it in my cart!! Turns out that you really do better with a serger machine for knit fabrics. I didn’t have an easy time of it, but the little dress looks so comfy for some lucky doll. I would gladly make myself a skirt out of this print, but only with a serger at my disposal.
Amy asked for little doll pants and I went to town looking for some fun fabric. I made the above ones from an favorite cargo pants pattern. I’ve used this pattern many times to make short pants, but it can be altered in different ways. I use it here with and without pockets, with a matching cuff and without. I even made one in light blue green flannel prints to mimic casual pants that my kids wear around the house…and out! I do love to include the key fob when I’m in the mood. It makes me smile, even if no doll may need a set of keys.
I kept up with my flannel pajama phase and found this orange sock monkey print in my stash. How could I have forgotten it!? I love the soft orange fabric and am certain these will bring smiles to some recipient. They are as soft as they look, and the lining print is the perfect bold contrast. I added in the orange stars so that I could get two pairs, but sadly, that may be it for the sock monkeys now.
Amy had suggested that I try some two piece girl pajamas to match the boy ones. Below is my first attempt but I don’t think it works. I definitely need to lose the buttons and lace, because there’s too much going on. While I like the matching fabrics, somehow it just didn’t wow me.
However, these last two pajama outfits with the stars and bright orange polka dots are perfection! I love how these turned out. The matching pair are soft, yet bright, and all that is needed for sleepwear. For girls, I prefer this smocked shirt style to the coat-like one that buttons in the front. It’s great to experiment with so many fun and soft fabrics.
I plan to mail this whole lot tomorrow, when the post office opens again. Who knows, but I may have more items to even stash into the box before then.
In one final note, I am sad to read of another quilter wrapping up her business. Amanda Jean of Crazymomquilts.com is “retiring” her business. She has written fabulous books, designed great patterns and has been an inspiration to many. I wish Amanda all the best and may we see her around from time to time.
I recognize that many artists morph and change their focus, but lately, it does seem to be an increasing trend in our quilting world. The business is changing and we will adapt, as we must. I try to keep up with news from the world of sewing, even if it can be depressing. If you’re not already a subscriber to Abby Glassenberg’s newsletter, “While She Naps”, I urge you consider joining. She has talent as a journalist and maintains professional connections in the industry. She keeps up to date on the business side of quilting. Even if you’re just like me, not a business person but a blogger with an intense hobby, you will benefit from being in-the-know. It never fails that I learn something new with each of Abby’s publications. I am grateful to Abby’s meticulous research in helping us all stay informed in all things fabric!!
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