Tuesday, 9 October 2018

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

Now On Etsy 

 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, 12 July 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, 10 May 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, 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

Now On Etsy 


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. 

Now On Etsy 



~ 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