Sunday, July 7, 2019

CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW - For Poppy Parker Dolls

Spring (and early summer) is the busiest time of the gardening season for many gardeners. Everything seems to burst into life at once. As gardening is my co-hobby, on equal footing with sewing (and creating doll clothes), the two worlds are bound to collide.

I've not attended the Chelsea Flower Show in Britain but I'm sure Poppy must have visited it on one of her many global jaunts. And, as she is never afraid to get enthusiastically into the mood of any occasion, I imagine she might wear something like this.

NOTE: This outfit has been created especially for Poppy Parker dolls and will not fit Silkstone, Victoire or similarly sized dolls.

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 Chelsea Flower Show

For Poppy Parker Dolls

Hugs until next time!
~ Jan

Friday, March 22, 2019

CONFETTI for Silkstone Barbie and Victoire Roux

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For Silkstone Barbie and Victoire Roux dolls 

A few years ago I became obsessed with creating my own fabric designs. Finding prints (and you know I love prints!) that were small enough was always a challenge Along came self-printing sites like Spoonflower (and others I am looking forward to trying) and I was hooked. Learning about offsets and repeating patterns was a bit of a challenge though.

The fabric for Confetti was designed by me and printed last spring and is just now finding itself as the basis of a vintage-inspired outfit for Silkstone Barbie and Victoire.

The dress features a scoop neckline, capped sleeves, and a cornflower blue attached sash with a statement bow. The dress is fully lined and fastens in the back with tiny snaps.

A matching Bandeau hat, a white handbag with gold-tone hardware, white wrist length gloves and a necklace are also included.

Until the next time,

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

MRS. S. ~ for Silkstone Barbie and Victoire Roux on Etsy

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 Mrs. S.

For Silkstone Barbie and Victoire Roux dolls

When Integrity first introduced the Victoire Roux dolls I was not an early adopter. They were all lovely, of course, but I already had so many silkstones and did I really need another model from the same fashion genre? Then Evening in Montreal was introduced. Maybe she came along at a time when Mattel seemed to be scaling back on Silkstone production but she suddenly looked new and fresh to me. So she arrived at my house and promptly sat on a shelf for two years!

Inspiration finally came when I spotted an old magazine ad - you know the type - 1950's sophisticated housewife attending an afternoon tea/cocktail party, after spending most of the morning getting ready. Sort of how most of us spend our days :) She seemed to be my perfect model for such frivolous decadence. As I was sewing this outfit I began to have other ideas for scenarios in which Victoire (as Mrs. S.) could play a starring role.

She now has a distinct personality and she must in the future have a wardrobe to go with it!

Until later,
~ Jan

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Throwback Thursday

While currently working on several things for the 12" set, I realize I miss my 16" girls and hope to get back to them. Eye surgery is slowing down the picture taking portion of the process but should be resolved soon.

In the meantime, some past fashions.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Old Passions - New Interests

Hello friends! No, I did not fall off the face of the Earth but I did take a very long hiatus to shift my sewing focus, try new things, and slowly make my way back to you and our favourite hobby - Dolls and what they wear. Much more about that later.

Now I want to show you my latest "thing" - designing my own fabric! It really was a natural next step, as I was always searching for tiny suitable doll sized prints, and not finding what I wanted. 

I'm currently working on several new OOAK's and I'm thrilled to be using my own fabrics for many of them. I will keep you posted. Until then here is a pic of one of my watercolour prints.

Talk soon!

Saturday, July 1, 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, May 6, 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.