What have I been up to?
Mmmmm maybe I should start with what I’ve been up to lately? Ok… that’s what I’ll do as it’s probably the easiest way than trying to pick up where I last left off since my last my blog post. I have to admit I’m a little out of practice with blogging as it’s been a while. Sorry blog and more importantly sorry to my wonderful online friends and readers who have left comments, sent emails and phoned asking where I am and that you’re missing me online, and especially to Kerry, my mother in-law, and to Shirley, my Nanna In-law, who live over 6000km away and have been wanting blog updates so they can see what I’ve been sewing. Big hugs to you all for thinking of me xxx
Now… why does hubby think I’ve lost my marbles?
Well, hubby thinks I’ve lost my marbles as I’ve re-ignited my love for dolls and have started building up a bit of a collection and they’re taking over my sewing room! I think I’ve just rediscovered my inner child and I’m loving it. It all started when I got my Australian Girl doll “Belle” and then came along my two American Girl dolls, Julie and Molly, then Barbie dolls including a Fashion Royalty doll, and the latest edition is my Ellowyne Wilde doll. Ellowyne is my favourite doll so far… and I’m happy to admit I’m ‘Wilde’ about Ellowyne Wilde. I think she’s one of the most beautiful dolls I’ve seen for a long time. So now you know why my poor hubby thinks I’ve lost my marbles LOL. There’s something about dolls that make me smile on the inside. So I say what the heck.. why not enjoy them and if people think I’ve lost my marbles I’m OK with that… so long as they make me happy… and that they do!
Meet Ellowyne Wilde
This is the outfit Ellowyne arrived in. She stands 16″ tall, is hand painted with glass inset eyes and applied eyelashes, and was designed by renowned artist and designer Robert Tonner. I have a feeling this won’t be the only Ellowyne Wilde doll I buy or the last doll I buy… I’m not telling hubby that though. We’ll keep that one a secret between us. Although I’ll have to wait a while before I buy another one as this one cost me just over $200 including postage, she’s no longer available as she’s a limited edition doll and was sold out, but thankfully to eBay I was able to buy one new in still in her box. If you’d like to know more about the Ellowyne Wilde dolls visit Wilde Imagination.
Do you want to know if I’ve been sewing?
You bet I have! My sewing machine’s been getting a pretty good workout lately but I haven’t been sewing for myself… this is so not like me as I’ve always been a selfish seamstress and mainly only sewn things for me LOL. Well I kind of have been sewing for me but not actually for myself. I’ve been sewing for the “little” girls in my life, my dolls. Oh and I made my hubby a custom fitted quilted printer cover for one of his printers… and I have a shirt on the go for him. I just have to add the collar, buttons and button holes and it will be complete. But, I’ve been putting off doing the collar as I really don’t like collars… I know I should just bite the bullet and finish that shirt and then I can finally say I made hubby a shirt LOL.
So, what’s my latest completed sewing project?
Well it’s was an outfit for my new Ellowyne Wilde doll. As soon as Ellowyne arrived I knew I had to get busy and make her some clothes. I couldn’t leave her standing around in her underwear now could I? I made her a 3 piece outfit fitting for the hot summers heading our way.
The wrap top and skirt are both fully lined and made using quilting cotton fabric I already had in my stash and in my favourite colours.
I even made the cute little matching hat for her.
I currently have another sewing project on the table… this one is a two piece suit incorporating a halter dress and jacket… fully line of course LOL.
So what else have I made my dolls?
I made this cute little dress for Belle which is made out of quilting cotton that I had in my stash and is fully lined.
And I just love this little three piece outfit I made for my American Girl doll, Julie. I used quilting cotton that I had in my stash.
I made this little peplum top and leggings that fits both my American Girl and Australian Girl dolls. For the top I used quilting cotton and leggings some stretch knit, both from my fabric stash.
Now I just LOVE this little jacket. I had the zebra fabric in my stash and as we don’t have a fabric shop in town and I wanted a little bit of fur trim… so I put my thinking cap on and went to our Kmart store and bought a cushion from the kids section and cut it up.
I also made the denim jeans Belle is wearing in the picture below. I cut up an old pair of my jeans but the fabric was a little too thick which made the waist band a bit thick for her. Picture also is Molly on the left. I haven’t yet shared a pic of her. Molly and Julie (left & right) are both wearing their original outfits in this picture. Sorry for the poor quality but it’s the only pic I have of Molly so far. Maybe I need to make her an outfit so she doesn’t have to wear hand me downs.
Now for my barbies
I made this little black and white summer dress out of quilting cotton and some trim I had in my stash.
The barbies have their own sewing room which is still a work in progress. They now even have a treadle sewing machine…not pictured here but I’ll have to share in another blog post.
I or should I say Barbie made this little blue and white dress. I also made this one from quilting cotton but it’s a little too stiff as it doesn’t fall well. But ah well it’s another dress they can play in.
That probably gives you a good idea as to what I’ve been up to lately and promise now that I’ve updated my blog I won’t leave it so long next time.
Better go now as I can hear my sewing machine calling me. I’ll share the new outfit I’m making for Ellowyne Wilde in my next blog post 🙂
Sending virtual hugs your way!