With surprising suddenness, my two oldest passions have combined into a new one: it’s all about clothes and miniatures! This collection of 18″ doll clothes was created for two little girls who are dear to me as nieces. I’m delighted with and so thankful for, the many patterns and blogs that helped me learn at this fantastic rate. So I could really produce. Lots of aha moments here. Even when I had to try a pattern twice, I was happy because I was making similar or matching sister outfits. I’ve had a blast and maybe even more fun than I did when I was a kid. And speaking of feeling like a kid again… Thank you, Dad, for my new sewing machine, I LOVE it!
Meet Neve, my dress model. She wore 16+ outfits for this photo session.
Heart the little yellow shoes. There’s elastic in the strap so they are slip-ons that stay on and the button is decorative. It was fun to discover that her thumb hooks into the shorts pocket. The little blouse is reversible by being print on only one side. The other side of the blouse matches the shorts, and tucking it in helps to highlight the neat waistband. A light kerchief headband tames all that hair.
Below: I couldn’t resist the bumble bee fabric that I’m sure does not get any cuter! This little over the shoulder number was the perfect dress pattern to amp up the fun. Two piece dress adds to the mix-and-match options. Plus a ruffled bag lined with more bumble bees. Purse ties at the shoulder and converts to short handle by changing the tie.
Below: Nothing says “cool kid” like a white tee shirt. The leggings were made in capri and full lengths. The cap sleeve tee shirt works with everything. Black ruffled skirt is pouffy with a drop waist. Lined boots and miniature Bella Bag in coordinating print. Boots have velcro closure in the back. Currently dreaming up some cowboy boot designs.
Below: I was able to get a better photograph of the skirt when she was wearing the gray tee shirt instead of the white one. Less contrast for the camera to think about, I suppose. Gray tee shirt is made from a repurposed shirt. Salvaged the neckband to make a new one. The skirt has two linings for a great fit and drape.
Below: Classic denim mini skirt made modern with leggings underneath. All from repurposed fabrics.
Below: Gray and pastel shoes fit snug and stay put. Denim cross body tote bags are designed for layering. Bags are lined with red and black tie-dye. Braided leather strap and fringe. Pewter button.
Below: Warm wool sweater made from a repurposed sweater. Ribbings were salvaged and re-sewn.
Below: Another version of the skirt shown with the white tee and leggings. Pink shoes fit snug and stay put.
Below: Another set of denim cross body tote bags. These have embroidery and rhinestones. One has hair ribbons tied to the strap. And a close up of the shooooes!
Below: Long sleeved tee shirt and lace trimmed leggings. I try to draw that line between casual clothes and pajamas in a soft and comfortable place.
Below: A selection of button-down shirts and coordinating pants. Sometimes a matching head scarf. Admitting, all of my button-down shirts are actually made with velcro closure. I experimented with lace trim on the pink set and inset pockets on the green pants. These solid color pants have the perfect stacking length for style conscious western girls. The striped pants have side pockets with the pocket stripes running horizontal and trim at the hem to match the shirt. Both would be cute with pocket flaps, too.
Below: Leggings and tee shirt with hand-painting and rhinestones. Also in a second version with long sleeved tee shirt and yoga style pants. Made from a repurposed shirt.
Below: Sleeveless shift with waist darts and just a touch of formal at the neckline.
Below: Coordinating “fur” coat and ear muff headband. This one was my second try on the coat, having decided that the first one was too big. Printing the pattern at 92% made for a better fit. Also a few scraps of iron-on innerfacing along the bottom edges made the hems oh so much straighter on this wiggly fabric.
Below: The first version of the coat became more of a robe due to the large size. To help with the fit, I took a gather in the back. Leaving the front without fasteners adds to the cuddle factor. To coordinate with the coat, a shorts and top set that also could be either clothes or jammies. And of course, pink furry slippers with ribbon rosettes. I think I want a pair in my size.
And that’s a wrap!
The shop has been closed due to inclement weather but this can’t last, it’s Ocean View and it “never” rains here. Or so I’ve been told, although not recently.
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