Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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I have been working on some cute undies made in woven fabric. The file will be sent out with my first mail out in September.


Happy Sewing,
Val

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

New Baby Doll Dress Pattern

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I have just published a new baby doll pattern made to fit Baby Born dolls. It is a version of the 18" Dress 1804.
I thought the baby looked cuter with short sleeves rather than long sleeves so the pattern has 2 kinds of short sleeve. The gathered elastic design and the puffed short sleeve with a band.
There are also two collar styles - pointed and peter pan.




The bodice is lined so you can easily swap styles from collar to no collar and from sleeves to no sleeves.


The sleeve with the band allows you to make all sorts of dresses with contrast sleeve bands and collars for different looks.

The pockets give you more opportunity to add some contrast. you can have them match the collar and sleeve bands or just make the pockets in a contrast.


I have tailored the pattern so it fits the baby doll neatly if you make the dress in shirt fabrics or quilting cotton. If you want to use something like velvet I recommend that you print out the pattern at 102% to give some extra ease. Make sure you label it somehow so it doesn't get mixed up with the 100% pieces.

My latest patterns and any that I update from now will have instruction diagrams with the right side of the fabric shaded so it is easier to read the diagrams.

As with all my patterns you get vector drawn pattern pieces that I draw myself using Adobe Illustrator.

You also get a coloured title page so it is easy to tell what the file is. The title page shows as a little preview on most computers. There are links to my facebook page and my blog as well as some photo tutorials to help with the dress.


There is not too much colour on this page so it is possible to print it out but I usually start printing from the second page. This is a black and white title page suitable to use as a divider page in a folder.

The instructions and pattern pieces follow then the last two pages are the pattern envelope that you can cut out and tape together. I usually put the divider page in a plastic pocket then put the pieces in the envelope and put it behind the divider page in the pocket.
When I want to use a pattern I take out the envelope while I use the pattern. It is then easy to put it back in the right place in the folder because the divider is still there.

See this latest pattern plus all my other 18" doll clothes patterns in my Etsy store.


Happy Sewing,
Val

Saturday, July 1, 2017

New Rompers Doll Clothes Pattern for 18" Dolls 1863 by Valspierssews

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Valspierssews 1863 Rompers
Dolls Clothes Pattern to fit 18" American Girl Doll

I have enjoyed creating this design because it gave me so much to think about and it felt really good when it all came together.
There were so many things I wanted to do with this design. I knew I couldn't fit them all in one pattern but how was I going to divide it up?
This first rompers pattern number 1863 is the first of several patterns that use the rompers design. I have worked out that I can make them all different by changing the bodice style and the leg style and then all the pieces can be mixed around to give lots of variations.

Mid calf legs.
Original neckline with narrow shoulders

1863 has a band at the bottom of the leg and the pants leg is gathered into the band. There are 4 different leg lengths and the bodice has a very cute sweetheart neckline.

Button strap bodice version.
The pattern with this bodice will have regular hem legs

I was keen to try out the different neckline ideas that I had so I can only show images of the legs for the listing. Only the long leg black patterned fabric garment has the sweetheart neckline that is in the pattern.
I tried one out on the yellow star garment but the shoulders were a bit narrow and it was too hard to turn through. You don't want to spend 20 mins fiddling with one step. It looks great and you can always make the shoulders a bit narrower if you have lots of patience. I like the final version better but the patterned fabric doesn't show it off to its best advantage.


The great part about the bodices on all the rompers designs is that they can be interchanged with all the other Snugfit Range patterns. The collection of necklines will look great with a circle skirt or a half circle skirt or a skinny skirt or just a cute gathered skirt.
Don't you just love these shoes. I have started collecting some cute shoes because I plan to have a go at selling complete outfits that come with a garment, shoes, socks, necklace, earrings, hat and handbag.



You are going to love the bow tie because it is so versatile. You can tie it in front like a bow or tie it in back for a sash or you can use it as a headband. It will look great on lots of other garments too.

Square neckline example.
Knee length pants and contrast bow tie



Some of the other necklines are the square neck, the button strap neck and the scoop neck. The next romper patterns will have elastic casing on the legs, just a hem and also narrow elastic with a ruffle like bloomers. They all have different amounts of gather in the leg and they can all be made into pants with an elastic casing waist.
I will be looking at making one of the rompers with a back opening. It can still be made easy to put on the doll by having one of the shoulders open as well like in the side opening design. That will be a choice for you to make.
When the rompers have a back opening you will be able to use the bodices from other dress patterns to mix things up.

I have already made the pattern pieces for a 20" doll romper for the Australian Girl Doll. It won't have as many variations but I can assure you it looks really cute. I decided against the belt loops and I made a few adjustments to the belt width and length after making this sample.



Look out for these soon.

Click over to my Etsy shop and buy the new 1863 Rompers. The price is my low $4 AUD so you can afford to buy all the other versions when they come out. Unfortunately Australians now have to pay GST on top of that because my patterns come into Australia from the Etsy site.


Happy Sewing,
Val