The denim jacket

What every thoroughly modern girl needs……..her denim jacket! I’ve really enjoyed making this, it’s by Pixie Faire , I’ve bought several patterns from them now and the attention to detail in the styling is just lovely. There are proper flat felled seams, little front pockets and those adorable back tabs, take a look below. I need to add a few snaps to keep those cuffs closed but I couldn’t resist showing her.

 

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Striped socks

I’ve been experimenting with socks for these girls and I’ve done everything from re purpose bought children’s socks (you get a seam line up the back) to knitting them. I think I have about 3 or 4 knitting patterns now and the best one is by Staci Perry .These are proper socks – toe up, magic loop, turned heel and thoroughly super duper. I found I can do a child’s size with these 2mm needles and very fine yarn and they fit perfectly. I’ve done these striped, I’m not happy with my change of colour wool it’s not very neat so ……. practice, practice practice.

Miss Malisa

Meet Malisa she is a custom order for Christmas. She has a sweet smile (like her mother’s) slightly shy looking but I think she can be feisty at times! This is her first official photo shoot….it’s the pants shot! They are made of a soft mint coloured Pointelle that I got from  Debbie’s shop Little Oke. She’s also having a little wrap dress in blue and red and a denim jacket. Best get onto it!

Doll angst!

This is Audrey with the wild blue hair, I was all set in my mind the colours she was going to wear. But here’s the angst – now I’ve started to make the dress it all looks a little ‘busy’ and overwhelms her little face. I think I’m going to save this dress for another doll and go with the more muted palate. Anyway she is being put aside for awhile as I have a custom order to do before Christmas.

 

The photo shoot

 

The fabulous Tortie (and her daughter) took photos of Arrietty for me, as I’ve said previously I just pointed my camera phone at the dolls and hoped for the best. Now I have some lovely in focus pictures and couldn’t be more happy with them. It was a lovely crisp Autumn day and we were able to go to the park for a few pictures

So she is up for sale on Etsy and I’m starting the next doll………and thinking about the one after that, this is a bit of an obsession! Below is a sneak preview of the colour palatte

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The tailored coat

I’ve really enjoyed making this little coat, I love all the little details in it – the back pleat with the button tab, the patch pockets and all the lovely top stitching. It’s been a real joy to make. The pattern was by Noodle Clothing and originally made for an 18 inch doll. I made a calico toile first, adjusted the size for Arrietty, then just followed the instructions – so easy.

I’ve taken a quick picture of Arrietty in her coat, however on Monday I hope to meet up with Tortie to get some proper ,in focus pictures of her, and then she is up for sale.

Flowery Mary Jane’s

Arrietty’s wardrobe has been very muted so far, so here are some flowery Mary Jane style shoes to spice things up a bit. I used the pattern by IThinkSew Designs scaled down for little feet. The pattern is really easy to make up and if you follow the instructions word for word you won’t get in a tangle like I did – three times I basted the strap in the wrong way! Yet again though I scaled down a little too much, I’m not sure whether I can fit socks in her shoes now. I’m now just waiting for the buttons to arrive so I can finish her coat.