Miniature Fashion

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.

To special order clothes for your 18″ doll, contact me using the contact form above, through our etsy store or facebook page.

Thank you for shopping the blog!

Aloha, Alexis


Meet Muumuuko Hawaiian Girl Dress-up Doll

Just now beginning to break through my shyness barrier in regard to creating faces. As I finish each face, she looks right back at me. After struggling with the assumption that I “should” be able to do “better” I decided any “mistakes” in the drawing of the face are what create her unique character. The eyes shine love… but do I see a little mischief around the mouth? Maybe so.


Today I’m drafting up this certificate to be included with each doll, to help you get to know her: “This is Muumuuko (pronounced moo-moo Ko), Hawaiian Girl Dress-up Doll. Muumuuko adores pretty clothes that are cool and comfortable. She likes games, tea parties, and spending time with friends. She loves summer, storybooks, and pajamas. Muumuuko was made by hand with heart in Hawaii and now belongs to: _______________ , forever and always.”


Above: Love her modern muumuu and stylish hair.

After learning some basic techniques I produced my own super simple pattern pieces. They are still under development so I will be sharing my patterns as I get them tightened up.

Muumuuko is suitable as baby’s first fashion doll and as a souvenir doll for any age.


Above: Sweet little girl with multi-tonal brown and pink hair. Below: Her coordinating outfits.


Parents and grandparents of a certain age will resonate with this modest shorty top that shows just a little belly and has all the frills of summer. The ruffled skirt has sewn-in bloomers, too.


And some pants to go with the top for when we don’t feel like wearing a skirt.


The exact flannel nightgown that so many of us wore as kids. It took me three tries to get the pattern just right and I am very happy with it.


Above: I think her hair color and outfit suggest a trip to the beach. Below: The skirt and top.



Short shorts are fun.


Shorty flannel pajamas trimmed with eyelet lace.

I take special requests whenever possible to use favorite colors and personal touches if you want a custom doll created. Please contact me through the contact page above or message me through our facebook page. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and meet the girls in person.


What have we here?


A variety of beautiful and useful items. Just walking around the gallery and listing off everything I see, starting in the front. Mended Heart magnets and kits, decor pillows, pin cushions, embellished kitchen towels, gift wrap, coasters, matted original paintings and art photography, place mats, cloth napkins and napkin rings, pot holders, baby bibs and skirts, shopping bags and baggies, fabric flower pins and hair clips, wine glass charms, Mended Heart hair clips, barrettes and pins, mysterious poetry magnets and bookmarks, Z by Zen Hens Fashion Swimwear magnets, story bead earrings, e-reader bags, purses, shoulder bags, covered journals, quilts, receiving blankets, hats, wallets, zipper bags, travel sleep masks, hand made cards, beaded bracelets, dragonflies, eye glass cases, iPhone covers, papier mache blocks and word art, tiny sweater ornaments, Christmas stockings and a stuffed turtle. Whew! And more new items every week!!

Come by Zen Hens Art Craft Boutique and Gallery, on Lotus Blossom Lane, just past Aloha Blvd, in Ocean View, Hawaii. Or, contact me through the contact page or our facebook page or Etsy shop.

Aloha and happy new year!

Caroline Totes

Little Caroline Totes, all in a row.

Little Caroline Totes, all in a row.

The Caroline Tote has a retro vibe and a fully modern functionality. Designed with grown-up ladies in mind, it is a miniature handbag that has also been a favorite of small humans such as granddaughters and nieces. A perfect little vacation bag even if you normally carry a large bag at home. I pick out the fabrics that make me think of slack key guitars and drinks with paper umbrellas.

Visit the New fashion accessories section of our etsy store for more pictures of the front, back and inside, and more details on each bag.

The tote is fully lined and interfaced, with the essential features you need. A zipper pocket for your cards and cash. An open pocket for keys. The main compartment for a phone and lip balm, maybe your tourist-y map. Short handles fit comfortably in your hand for swinging down the street, or dangle them over your wrist, so cute!

The shape, trim, and button flap, remind me of a wicker picnic basket on its way to the beach. And the Caroline Tote always features an over-sized button, more for humor than security.

All of my handbag designs are named after special friends’ granddaughters. The Caroline Tote is definitely charmed. Thank you, Caroline.

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View the slideshow above for closeups of the new bags (and a trout bag) and then head over to our etsy store for more pictures of the front, back and inside, and more details on each bag, in the new fashion accessories section.