The Latest News… February 2016 13



Sneak Peek at our upcoming "Charlotte" pattern!

Sneak Peek at our upcoming “Charlotte” pattern!

What a fun month I have been having.   It turned out that all the girls in my beginning sewing class are Laura Ingalls Wilder fans… a couple of them even showed up in class decked out in Prairie dresses and bonnets one day!  These are truly girls after my own heart.  Because of our shared love for Laura, we decided to take a brief hiatus from Ancient Historical fashion and turn our attention to Laura Ingalls and Prairie fashion.  I have been working hard on a brand new series of patterns just for these girls, and I expect to have the first one, a recreation of Laura’s beloved rag doll Charlotte, ready to share with you in the next week or two.  Charlotte is an 18-inch doll pattern designed to fit standard 18-inch doll clothes.  It includes and easy to make dress and as an extra special bonus, I also made a miniature version that is just the right size for your 18-inch doll to play with!   Other items currently on the drawing board include prairie dresses, bonnets, and aprons… what would you like to see published next?

Keepers Dolly Duds Designs 4th Anniversary Sale!

Can you believe  March 1st it will be four years since we released our first Keeper Dolly Duds Designs pattern?

In celebration of the 4th ANNIVERSARY of KeepersDollyDuds patterns, ALL Keepers Dolly Duds patterns will be 50% off from midnight on February 29th until midnight on March  7th … a full week!!   As an extra special bonus, I will be working hard this next week to get Eve’s newest pattern finished in time for the sale.

Have You Seen the Newest A Girl For All Time Doll?


Elinor, your Tudor Girl!

I am so excited that these sneak peeks are out!  Swish and Swirl does such a fantastic job with the photography.   I had a wonderful time working with Caroline Harris and Frances on the designs for these dresses, and I can’t wait for you to see the rest of them.  Her name is Elinor and she is your Tudor Girl…. the beautiful red hair makes me think of Elizabeth I and puts me in mind to read some Shakespeare!  Keep following us on Facebook or check out Swish and Swirl to see more of her beautiful pictures as they are released.

Thank You!

We had a wonderful turnout as we celebrated Thimbles and Acorns 4th Anniversary with our pattern giveaway… more than 8,800 patterns were downloaded!  Can you believe that?  Thank you so much for making this such an exciting celebration for us.

The 123 Wrap Dress!

This dress design,  based on a 1960s dress pattern, was so much fun to make!  The three armholes make it look like something taken from the Star Trek Wardrobe, but once it is on, the effect is delightful.  I chose this design with A Girl For All Time’s Sam in mind and created the pattern specifically for my Beginning Sewing Class. The pattern includes a simple 1960s A-line as well as a more up-to-date Asymmetrical version and includes sizes that are designed to fit both A Girl For All Time and American Girl dolls.  Sizes for 18-inch Kidz n Cats and Tonner dolls will be coming soon!


…to Liesel for winning last months drawing for the Green print Pixie Pack for our 1830s Sarah Hale dress!


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13 thoughts on “The Latest News… February 2016

  • Joan longbrake

    dolls for dolls…mother used to make “church dolls” from handkies. They were decorated with laces and trims. Heads are stuffed and black embroidery threads for eyes, mouth.

    these would be a cute addition to doll for dolls.

    Keep up the good work loving the dolls from England
    Joan Longbrake

  • Karen L

    I love the idea of a Charlotte doll for our 18″ dolls. Looking forward to that pattern. I have made a couple of dresses from the free Sarah Hale pattern and was really pleased with the outcome. Great instructions for a perfectly pleated bodice.

  • Kathy Osterby

    I love all your Historical patterns and I think I have most of them. Can’t wait for the sale to get the missing ones.

  • Carolyn

    How!fun!! I am also a big Laura Ingalls fan and can’t wait to see your new patterns!
    Keep up the good work 🙂

  • Jeannie Brandon

    I am interested in patterns for the Maru & Friends doll. She is 20″ tall and has a slim body like Kidz and Kats.
    I have a few of your patterns and love them. I will be making my list and checking it twice so that I am ready to make an order during your sale.
    I don’t usually sell my doll garments. I give the AG garments to my little grands or I keep them for my own Historical AG’s.
    Thank you, Jeannie B. in TX

  • Melodie Hess

    I love all the patterns from both of these companies. I almost have them all!. If only I had more time to sew! I do hope the colonial dress will be ready for the sale!

  • Jessica Beery

    Oh, I love the idea of patterns for dolls for our dolls! (though I’d probably make a larger one for my daughter to love one until she’s big enough for AG dolls). Thanks for always having such fun things to look forward to!

  • Marcy Mahle

    I love your Charlotte doll but I especially love the little doll that comes with her. When you design more prairie patterns for Charlotte, will there also be a pattern that fits her little doll. I do hope so. Love your Historical patterns and the history you post about sewing and fashion. Happy Dolling,

  • Ellen Landreth

    I would love that Charlotte doll pattern. I am the admin for a Facebook group called “Remembering the REAL Laura Ingalls Wilder.” I’m looking for a Charlotte pattern for our members to make dolls and show what they did. I know that even using the same pattern they would all look different. Can you let me know when the pattern is available and the price?

    Thank you,