Saturday, 1 July 2017



My beloved country is one hundred and 50 years old today and Canadians are celebrating from sea to sea to sea. Off now to see the local parade complete with marching bands (my favourite).

I'll be back at my sewing machine soon.


~ Jan

Saturday, 6 May 2017

FELICITY - for Silkstone Barbie, Victoire Roux and FR2 dolls on Etsy

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For Silkstone Barbie, Victoire Roux and FR2 dolls.

I have been wanting to design something for Tatyana Alexandrova, my one and only FR2 doll, ever since she arrived over a year ago. Life intervened of course and I didn't get around to really measuring her until recently. I think a little part of me was getting a bit weary of doll companies constantly coming out with so many new body types. I know it is frustrating for doll seamstresses and doll clothing collectors as well. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that her measurements, aside from leg and arm lengths, were extremely similar to those of Silkstone Barbie. Oh happy day!

Thank you, Integrity. Now I will be on the lookout for more of these lovelies.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Hello Two Thousand and Seventeen!

Am I the only one who threw up her hands in joy when 2016 limped out of the door and 2017 came waltzing in? I have never felt that way about an entire year before but 2016 was not the best. However, the beauty of being a human being (or an animal too, I suppose) is that we keep going forward, just like the calendar pages.

My sewing room was (and is) my place of peace and a place to remember who I am. Sewing, of any kind, grounds me like nothing else. I am looking forward to 2017 with excitement and a renewed sense of place and purpose. My first project of the new year was a return to an old friend, a familiar face: Silkstone Barbie. 

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~ Jan

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Been Gone So Long . . . and Just a Little Bit Longer

When you read this that poor shell-shocked patient will be me. A bit of a necessary evil, I'm afraid. Nothing life-threatening but it will take a little recovery time before I am back to my old self. It also explains why I have been out of blog-commission for a while and why I will continue to be so for a bit more.

I regularly read quite a few blogs (mostly about dolls and sewing) and so many of them often begin with "Sorry I've been away for a while but life intervened".  I guess I fall into this category a lot and never more than right now, although brilliant blog posts are always being composed in my head - just never quite make it to print. :)  I find it hard to be creative when I have something distracting on my mind. Just a few weeks ago I was excited about starting some fashions for FR2 dolls and the possibilities of merging vintage and modern styles. I even had fabrics chosen for this little experiment. Now they lie in a neat pile on my desk along with very rough sketches and notes scribbled on yellow stickies, waiting for me to give them my undivided attention again. How great it is going to be to go into the sewing room with absolutely nothing on my mind but cutting out tiny little pieces of fabric for tiny little plastic people.

But all this is secondary to the other things that keep me bubbling with positivity (is that a word?) right now:

1. My two sons who always make me feel like I'm the best mom in the world.
2. My husband, who is determined to take care of me whether I like it or not :).
3. My sister, who knows I really don't like a big fuss, but finds ways every day to send me texts and funny/interesting stories she finds on line, just to show her love and support.
4. And, of course, my charming little 18 month old granddaughter, soon to be a big sister in October. Her glorious smile and her innate sense of knowing you never give up when you fall down is an inspiration to all who know her. 

Just wanted to let you know my absence will be temporary. Can't wait to talk to you all soon.

~ Jan

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

CANDLELIGHT - for Poppy Parker on Etsy

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For Poppy Parker, Nuface and Monogram Dolls

After a bit of a hiatus I'm back. Christmas always seems to take up so much time and energy (but definitely by choice!). From the first time I ever saw a Christmas tree - probably when I was 9 months old - I have been hooked on the lights and magic of the season. But when all the seasonal merriment is over the abundance of free time gets my creative juices flowing. This year that energy went in many directions. I made a quilt for my darling granddaughter, some home dec pillows, mended a ton of items that needed some TLC and started collecting some patterns for humans that caught my eye.

After a zillion trips into my sewing room, Miss Poppy Parker actually sought my attention (rather loudly, using her outdoor voice). Actually her bright red hair is hard to ignore. I realized that I hadn't created anything closely fitted for the smaller busted girls in a long time. She and her NuFace and Monogram friends can't always share clothing with their fuller figured sisters so it takes a little re-drafting, especially if you want a close, snug fit. Probably the biggest advantage of sewing for these dolls is that their hands are removable so making a smaller sleeve and/or armscye is possible (no more gaping armholes).

I'll be so much more inclined to experiment with them in the future. Off with their hands!!!

Monday, 7 September 2015

I Couldn't Let Summer Pass By . . .

I just couldn't let summer pass by without creating some floral print dresses, especially when this lovely fine cotton watercolour kept calling out to me.

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Monday, 20 July 2015

SHE LOVES YOU - a mod inspired outfit for Poppy Parker on Etsy

When Pattie Boyd, famous British model, married Beatle George Harrison in 1966 she broke the hearts of millions of teenage girls all over the world. With her carefree blond hair, trademark bangs and large innocent eyes, she epitomized the swinging Carnaby Street girl and earned herself several Vogue Magazine covers.

I've often thought Pillow Talk Poppy Parker resembled Pattie, and after a quick hair re-do (mainly just adding bangs and a slight flip), I had my own Carnaby Street model.

Of course she needed an appropriate 60's outfit to complete her look. She Loves You was created using an old McCall's pattern #9099. This outfit also fits Silkstone Barbie and similarly sized dolls.

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