The Latest News… November 2016 29


Happy Thanksgiving ~and a very early Merry Christmas~ everyone!  This week we’re going to kick-off the Holiday season with some fabulous offers and fantastic giveaways!


Thimbles and Acorns Black Friday Offer

This Friday only, buy $15 worth of Thimbles and Acorns patterns and you will get this bonus package for FREE!


downloadCelebrate Small Business Saturday with Keepers Dolly Duds!

Visit Keepers Dolly Duds Designs Etsy shop for their 3rd annual Small Business Saturday Sale.  From Friday, November 25th until Sunday November 27th 2016, all Keepers Dolly Duds Designs patterns will be 25% off!  Stock up on your favorite patterns ~ give them as gifts or use them to make gifts.

Eve has put together an extra special item for you this year ~ a 2017 desk calendar that features 12 pictures of some of her favorite 18-inch outfits.

Leave a comment to be entered in a random drawing for one of two Keeper’s Dolly Duds Calendars!


Keepers Dolly Duds 2017 Desk Calendar

New Pattern From Thimbles and Acorns


The first pattern from our Renaissance Series is now available in the 18-inch doll size!  This pattern will be available in two sizes, 18-inch American Girl and 16-inch A Girl for All Time, and will include both a 16th century and a Present variation.  There are several patterns slated for this series that will make up another Designables collection ~ so you will be able to swap out different parts to create your very own design!

The kirtle and smock were key components of the Renaissance wardrobe as they could be worn alone as a day dress or as a foundation garment underneath a formal gown. The Renaissance Faire Side Laced Kirtle includes a square necked smock with optional blackwork embroidery at the neckline and cuffs. It fastens with the back with a single snap or button closure and is finished with a subtle asymmetrical hem. The Kirtle laces up each side with three sets of eyelets and fastens at the shoulders with two sets of eyelets. The two piece detachable sleeves allow the full smock sleeves to spill out at the shoulders and elbows in classic style and the traditional coif rests securely on the back of the head to complete the historic Renaissance look. As an added bonus, make a spunky present day version. The smock features elbow length sleeves and a slit asymetrical hemline that is topped with a kirtle that has been updated with a two-piece A-line asymmetrical skirt.  Next up, a formal gown to wear over the kirtle… keep watching!



Pixie Faire’s 12 Days of Christmas

Do you like the Past and Present Kirtle’s in our upcoming pattern?  Well, these 18-inch dresses are going to be included in Pixie Faire’s 12 days of Christmas promotion this thimbles-and-acorns-158thimbles-and-acorns-164year.  Watch for it between December 15th and January 5th for your chance to win this delightful set!



More Clearance at Thimbles and Acorns

Need to add some supplies to your Christmas stash?  Use coupon code CHRISTMASCLEARANCE  for an additional 25% off our already marked down items!  We are continuing to reduce inventory in our studio, so be sure to stop in our Etsy shop over the next few weeks as we will be adding more items as we continue to sort through stock.


Congratulations from Thimbles and Acorns!

Darlene was chosen in a random drawing to receive the “Red Linen Cabbage Package” from last months newsletter.   Be sure to leave a comment below to be entered in this months drawing for one of four Keepers Dolly Duds Desk Calendars.  Winners will be drawn on Friday, November 25th, so be sure to add your comments before then.





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29 thoughts on “The Latest News… November 2016

  • Kelly Pilkinton

    I’m very much looking forward to your upcoming sale. I adore your patterns and have almost every one for 18″ dolls already, except for the most recent two.They are all fantastic and very user friendly. I especially enjoy that they are period fashions so kids learn how fashion has evolved and keeps changing over time. I also find them inspirational personally; because I design costumes for theater productions. Your patterns help me to see great tricks for dressing actors quickly and yet apparently authentically for quick costume changes. (Don’t worry. I would never steal your designs. They do, however, inspire me greatly.) Your calendar is a great idea. I could look at your designs all day long. They make my fingers and mind feel “itchy” to get sewing myself. I sure would love to win the contest, like everyone else, I’m certain. It’s always fun to dream. Thanks for participating in the upcoming sale days. They are the only time of the year that I can afford to purchase your delightful designs. God bless, and happy holidays!

  • Donna Moody

    Happy Holidays to Thimbles and Acorns, and Keepers Dolly Duds! Thank you all for a another great year of designs! It is truly appreciated!

  • Becky Lindesmith

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us. I love to sew, but need an actual pattern to follow. I appreciate the detailed explanation in the instructions. Again, thank you for sharing your beautiful designs with us!. ✂, ?

  • Penny Tennermann

    I’m so excited about your new Rennaissance Faire pattern and the various Black Friday pattern sales that I feel like a kid opening Christmas presents!

  • Karen L

    I like the look of that new Renaissance dress.m I haven’t had much success with eyelets in the past – guess I need more practice. So glad you are doing a modern companion look with these historical outfits because it opens up a whole new realm of possibilities!

  • Candice Lacy

    I’d love to win a calendar! Also the new pattern is absolutely gorgeous–I can’t wait to try it, for both my American Girls and my Girl for All Time dolls.

  • Andrea Luciano

    Would love to be inspired every day with a Keepers Dolly Duds 2017 calendar for my workroom! Many thanks for all you do!

  • Sophie T

    I love this new pattern of yours and will add it soon to my pattern collection (in hope to find time to sew it… I have so many projects on my table and so little time to accomplish any!). I love all the little details… and I am looking forward to your other patterns!

    I took advantage of your clearance sale: thank you for the extra discount!

  • Suzanne

    I do so appreciate your beautiful designs! So lovely. And I’m looking forward to your sale to add more to my collection!

  • Diane

    Your Renaissance Series looks wonderful! I am excited to “begin” a new era in sewing for my dolls.


  • Mary H

    I love the Kirtle and will be looking forward to new additions to your Renaissance line. (And I would love to win KDD’s calendar!)

  • Mary

    I love the new renaissance patterns and can’t wait to see the next pattern in this group! Thanks also for the information about the color red. I enjoy fashion history – which is why I’m so drawn to your patterns.

  • mermade

    What a perfect desk calendar – LOVE it and looking forward to the Renaissance Faire pattern too!!! Also, congrats to Darlene – enjoy your prize from last month! 😉

  • Joan longbrake

    fabric history has been a great informational piece each month. I admire your design skills specially trying to assist and raise you own children.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all we should all be thankful for these great patterns

  • janis pepper

    I love your patterns and also I love Keepers Dolly Duds patterns. I sell dresses in my Etsy Shop. and the dresses made from your patterns always sell fast. I would really like the calendar from Keepers.

    Thank you for all your hard work creating the patterns.
    Janis Pepper

  • Darlene

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I was thrilled to win the Red Linen Cabbage Package 🙂 I am looking forward to making the dress for Matilda when the AGAT pattern is available 🙂

    I have always loved desk calendars, but have not had one in years – what a great idea to make them for us! Add seeing a gorgeous outfit each month, sewn by Eve – pretty perfect!

  • Marcy Mahle

    I love all you patterns and always look forward to any new patterns. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  • Ginger Kay Desjardins

    I really love your designs and your try for the authenticity. They are so good and you have such a flare for your color choices

  • Betty Schultz

    Glad to see a “today” version of Renaissance Faire. The calendar is “cute as a bugs ear” (old family saying). I need a larger version for my wall calendar. Great work folks!