I can just feel spring in the air… well at least I could before the snow rolled in this morning. Still, it is one of those warm heavy snows that carry with it the scent of spring so I am far from discouraged.
… for winning the drawing for the Charlotte Doll from last month’s newsletter!
Thank You All so much!
Keepers Dolly Duds Designs’ sale was a HUGE success! We so appreciate your business and look forward to bringing you many more patterns.
A Girl for All Time Dolls Now Available at Pixie Faire!
And there is an extra special bonus with every purchase. Buy any A Girl For All Time doll from Pixie Faire and receive three FREE Thimbles and Acorns patterns designed specifically for A Girl for All Time dolls!
A Girl for All Time Kickstarter starting this week!
Big news! A Girl for All Time is getting ready to release a brand new line of Modern Girl dolls, and to get this project off the ground they are sponsoring a special Kickstarter event that will begin tomorrow. To see how you can get involved, find their project at kickstarter.com and search for A Girl for All Time or Your Modern Girl.
Our Charlotte Pattern is Now Available!
This easy to make pattern not only includes instructions for making a doll just like Laura Ingalls’ beloved rag doll Charlotte but also a darling dress that is designed with beginning seamstresses in mind. In fact, it is currently being tested by my elementary age sewing students! As an added bonus, make a Mini-Charlotte for your dolls. The large Charlotte is designed to fit standard 18-inch doll clothes so she can share clothes with all your other 18-inch dolls. Mini-Charlotte is exactly 35% the size of Charlotte so if you have a little sewing experience simply reduce your 18-inch doll clothes patterns to 35% and adjust the seam allowance accordingly. I would love to see your creations, so please feel free to post them on my Facebook page!
9-Patch Tote Pattern Coming Soon!
I created this 9-Patch Tote Bag to go with my Little House on the Prairie themed Beginning Sewing class and it has been a big hit. My 6-year-old student finished her bag yesterday, and the look of accomplishment that glowed from her face when she turned it right side out and saw the finished project will stay with me forever. I designed this tote specifically for my students to carry their sewing projects, and because most of our projects are for dolls, I included instructions for a smaller doll-size tote as well. One of my pattern testers had so much fun piecing the tiny 9-patch squares on her Mini Tote that she used them on her larger tote in place of the large squares. The result was beautiful!
Because we enjoyed this project so much, I decided to share it with you as a free… yes, you read that correctly, FREE!… pattern. You will be able to find it and download it at any time in the Free Resources at thimblesandacorns.com or in the Free Patterns at pixiefaire soon!
On the Drawing Board
As always, there are several projects on the drawing board here. I have a Lil’ Darlings doll that has come for a short visit that I am playing around with. I was a little unsure about working with such small details, but seeing the
tiny little pieces come together has been quite satisfying. The first pattern I am doing for her is our 1830s Sarah Hale dress. Then, if she stays long enough, I will try sizing of few of our upcoming patterns for her as well.
So, what are our upcoming patterns? Well, I have one more 1830s dress that I want to put together as well as a series of Prairie dresses, bonnets, aprons, and undergarments. The Prairie dresses will not only be part of my Designables collection, but also part of my PastPresent collection… meaning that not only will many of the pieces from this series be interchangeable, but they will also feature modern variations.
I had a boy join my sewing class this session, and although he said he’d be happy to learn how to sew doll dresses for his little sisters and cousins (I love this boy!), I told him I had a special project in mind for him. Because he is so interested in the Civil War, I am going to be enlarging my Kepi Hat pattern for him – and will in turn make it into a pattern for you! This is a new venue for me, so I may need a few extra testers to make sure I have the sizing correct!
For all you Keepers fans – and after Eve’s sale last month, I know there are a lot of you – I have seen some sneak peeks for an upcoming pattern. Follow us on Facebook if you want to find out what it is before our next newsletter.
I simply can’t end a newsletter without some sort of giveaway! So, if you leave a comment below, you will be entered in a random drawing for one of ten packs of our exclusive cameo buttons; that means there will be ten winners! Each pack will include three coral buttons and three blue buttons.