I had to take a forced hiatus through March and April due to a pinched nerve in my neck. Still, one must press on and I was able to get in some sewing and designing between my heating pads and cold packs. Comfort was on my mind a lot, and what says comfort more than Union Suits! This design is part of a bigger project I began working on in February, and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.
The Long Winter Union Suit
Brave the winter in this Laura Ingalls Wilder inspired Union Suit. Union suits first came on the market as part of the rational dress movement for women in 1868. Originally called the “Emancipation Under-Flannel” it was designed as an alternative to restricting corsets. Their practical design soon made them popular among men as well. This one piece undergarment is based on the traditional design that is still popular today and can be made for either boys or girls. It fastens in the front with five buttons and features a functional dropseat that closes with four. For those that have experience making buttonholes, this is a quick and easy pattern to make. Unsure about buttonholes? Check out our Freezer Paper Buttonhole Tutorial! Available now at Pixie Faire for 18-inch dolls. Kidz n Cats, 16-inch A Girl For All time, 14.5-inch Wellie Wishers, 14-inch Heart 4 Hearts Girls, and 13-inch Little Darlings are coming soon!
The Long Winter Coat
The classic styling of this Victorian Era coat and hood is as fashionable today as it was in the 19th century. This fully lined coat has a flared back that gives it an elegant drape and plenty of room for full skirts and the trim tailored front buttons down the front from the neckline to the lower front cut-away. The turned down edges of the two patch pockets are fastened with matching buttons. The front opening, hemline, and sleeves can be finished with decorative embroidery or trim and for added interest, the sleeve cuffs, pocket linings, and collar can be made in a complementary fabric. The fully lined hood is made separately from the coat and is tied on with an attached scarf. It can be finished with decorative machine embroidery and tassels. It is currently available for 18-inch dolls with more sizes coming soon.
Freebie Friday with Thimbles and Acorns!
Everyone loves Freebie Friday, and we are offering one of our patterns next Friday! Boys, boys, boys, I love my boys. Should we offer our 18th Century Hunting Frock, Coonskin Cap, Kepi Hat, Civil War Shirt, or Kepi Hat? Be sure to cast your vote next Wednesday at Pixie Faire to help us decide which one to offer. Here is an added bonus for my readers… I have three supply packs for the Hunting frock (fabric, trim and glass button). Leave a comment below about what historical boy pattern you would like me to make next to be entered in a random drawing for one of the three supply packs.
Sew Powerful Auction!
As we celebrate boys next week, help us support Sew Powerful! The original Hunting Frock and Coonskin Cap featured on the pattern covers will be up for auction at the Liberty Jane Clothing Store on Ebay starting May 5th, 2017. All proceeds will go to Sew Powerful.
A special thank you to Sydney Paulsen for the delightful pictures she took for this auction!
Keepers Dolly Duds Designs!
Talking about boys! For all our Keepers Dolly Dud’s fans…. We have another pattern on the drawing board. Watch for it in the next couple of weeks!