Friday, February 5, 2016

Bear Tutorials Coming in March

Okay, I am a really bad blogger girl.  I can't believe it has been over a year since I last put something down on this page!  I have been busy.  I am blogging today because I am trying something new.  I have made a kamillion tiny things over the years, so many it's impossible to count.  Dolls, doll dresses, ornaments, tiny animals, clothes for the tiny animals, etc.  I am feeling at this stage of the game that I want to bring other people into my world - to get them inspired to create something fun via sewing.  I have been sewing since I was 11.  That's a very long time indeed!  Starting 3/1/2016, I am going to be putting in my etsy store tutorials for things I make.  I am going to start with the tiny critters, bears first.  I will have patterns and tutorials for them and their clothing, hopefully growing quite a catalog.  I hope to expand into animals other than bears, and maybe some doll things as well.  I want people to have fun, to enjoy sewing, to make something cool, and for it to be challenging enough, but not so difficult they get frustrated right off the bat and throw their hands up.  So that means, I will be doing things with a lot of detail.  Photos!  Lots of photos. I hope to offer things you might need to complete your projects as well.  So, stay tuned.  Join me if you want, and let's see what you can do!  

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Serena and Desiree'

I haven't posted in this blog for over a month! And I was doing so well, too. To be honest, I haven't made many little animals this past month. I haven't had the chance to actually sit down and think about what little tinies I have wanted to see come to life. I have mostly been making ballet styled dresses for Blythe dolls. I have a sale going on in my Etsy shop, trying to get things out and start fresh, and it reminded me that I needed some new tinies. Which got me thinking the opposite - elephants! Mine are tiny, but still.

These 2 are Serena (in pink) and Desiree' her sister. When I was 10, I had a friend called Serena. She had a sister Desiree'. I always loved those names. I wished I had been given a name like that! These 2 elephant girls are a lovely nut brown mohair. I gave them both stripes, one in pastels, one in tea-stained reds. I wanted them to be the same, yet different.

Desiree' is the bolder sister. She is a little more dramatic perhaps. Red suits her.

Serena is a bit sweeter. She looks good in pink and pale green. Her ears and limbs are a much more vibrant green and yellow plaid, but she prefers clothing on the pastel side.

It's been awhile since I have scouted out new furniture for my tinies and their room box. I am not sure at the moment what else I need. I think I would like some circus themed things, but not sure where I would find that. Anyone know of dollhouse circus themed things?

It is colder than I can convey here in Vermont this month and last. I have not known a February this frigid. Temperatures have been below zero more often than not. I can hardly wait until spring! Maybe the circus will come to town. I would love that right about now. Have a lovely weekend and stay warm!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Antoinettes

I have been chitchatting back and forth with a good friend, who is also a doll and Marie Antoinette afficionado, like me. He has more knowledge of the era than I do, and I was wanting some costume ideas for the rats. I have had a good time making the big haired girls, and wanted to make some with a slightly different dress, maybe a bit more full, but the proportions are difficult. The rats are only 5-1/2 inches tall, and getting all that dress on those little sausage bodies, which lack either hips or bust, is a bit of a challenge, to say the least.

In any case, I worked on it for a few days. It's not exactly what you would see in that era, but it is coming closer. The problem with this scale is, adding fabric adds bulk. Then you get something that looks unnatural in terms of drape and just how it all sits.

I made 2 ratty girls, Celeste and Celine. They both are made of the loveliest Schulte mohair that came to me already a pale pink, so I didn't have to fuss with coloring it.

I gave them both high headed up-do's, made from a really soft artist yarn. The yarn itself has interwoven beads and lace. I dyed the hair for Celine a pale pink and left the hair for Celeste white. Doing the hair is a bit of work, because it requires making a base for the hair to wrap around. I used soft wool and felted it.

The dresses are both made of hand-dyed silk charmeuse, that has been laundered, so it is soft and has a muted sheen. There are loads and loads of ruffles.

The sleeves are off the shoulders and the neckline is quite square. That was a new thing for me to try, as I wasn't exactly sure how to attach the sleeves, but I got it worked out.

I gave a final underlayer of white tulle. I wanted the dresses to be poofy. I think that made them enough so, without making the dolls tip over.

All in all, this little project took me a ton of work. I am pleased with the results, and I think it was worth it, but was surprised how much time I could spend figuring out each little thing. I hope everyone is staying warm! It is below zero (F) here today, and I will not even step a toe outside. Brrr! Have a great week and stay creative!

XOXOX - Cindy