I made two outfits for Willa the Wellie Wisher doll belonging to my granddaughter.
of you who are observant will notice it's not Willa modeling the
outfits below. It's Camille who lives with grandma. Yes.....grandma
bought a Wellie Wisher to fit the clothes on. It's so much easier to have
the doll there when you are making doll clothes.
The first outfit is an amalgamation of a free skirt pattern called the Four Seasons Skirt ...the link is at the bottom of this post. I made a few changes in construction because I was using denim but otherwise it turned out very well.
I'll be honest. I'm not in love with the hat. The lining is the same size as the outside hat so it doesn't settle very well. It's too loose. I've had a think about it and will make it differently next time. I added a lady bug button to the hat brim to match the lady bugs on Willa's wellies.
The second outfit is from a pattern called Love U Bunches Polka Party Dot Dress from Pixie Faire on Etsy. I was impressed with the quality of the pattern. The pieces fit together perfectly. One thing though if you are making doll clothes.... or even cloth dolls...invest in some hemostats. They are invaluable. The top half of the dress is self lined so you have to pull the dress through the narrow shoulders to get it right side out. Not a feat done without such a tool.
This dress was pronounced as being adorable by GD and her mum.
I asked the GD what her favourite colours are. At first she said pink and then very quickly changed her mind. She liked yellow and ...cringe....neon orange. Hmmm. I don't have much in my stash of either of those colours. Rats.
So back to the sewing machine to see what I can devise:)
Here are some freeWellie Wisher patterns that I found on the internet.
Well. I'm almost caught up with the Morris Hexathon Challenge.
Three more hexies completed. I didn't do a great job with my points this time.....specially on number 12. Too many teeny tiny bits. The smallest are about 5/8th of an inch each.
Getting the points right on is so hard.
11. Merton Abbey
12. Hampton Court
13. Oxford Rose
I'm also doing something I haven't done in forty years or more. I'm making doll clothes. Yes I know I make dolls but that's different. These are clothes for a doll called Willa. She is a new doll from the makers of American Girl dolls. She is a WellieWisher and she's adorable. My 6 year old granddaughter LOVES her :)
Because the dolls are fairly new on the market there isn't much selection as far as clothes go. The cost is also horrendous. In my humble opinion anyway. So Grandma is making some outfits for Willa. I'll give you a peek once I get a few made.
I was behind as I started late but now I have only six more blocks to finish and I will be caught up with the Morris Hexathon.
It has been an interesting experience.
As I make each one I'm gaining more insight as to the best technique to get my points to match up. I notice that some quilters put together units and then stitch them together. I found I wasn't as happy with the result. I'm more successful when I add each paper piece unit one at a time. Definitely it's a skill that only comes from lots and lots of practice.
Block 9: Red Lion
Block 10: Thames Path
Wait til you see block # 12.....some really itty bitty pieces....eeeek!
Today I'm joining up with The Needle & Thread Network. I haven't joined them in a long while but then I've been pretty quiet in the sewing department in the last 12 months.
Come on over and see what my fellow Canadians are up to this week:)
Barbara is a quilt historian and if you're interested there is quite a lot of interesting reading to be had on her blog. She is the source of the Morris Hexathon. There are to be 26 hexagons and so far 15 templates have been posted.
I'm a total newbie to quilting and English Paper Piecing but I figure you have to start somewhere...right?
Here is the post that introduces the Morris Hexathon.....link. To find the rest of the discussions you can look at the page I created on my menu bar across the top. I called it Morris Hexathon.
I found 10 fat quarters that are sort of William Morris-ish in my stash. The fabric design is called All About Autumn #2362 by Laurie Godin for Northcott.
Fist off an admission. I should have read the tutorials but as usual I sailed off on my own...sigh. When will I ever learn?
I tried two of the Hexagons...Westminster and Camelot Star.
I totally screwed up on the little end triangles that finish Westminster as you can see. I don't think I should have all that stuff hanging down. It should be much neater. I will unpick those pieces and try again.
Camelot Star looks a bit more like what I think it should turn out to be in the end.