For the first time, Pollywoggles has released three patterns for 18" dolls! Featuring one of my favorite fabrics, fleece, these patterns are fun and cozy. Plus, they are a great way to make matching outfits for the full sized versions of these cozy patterns and use up leftover fabric.
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Finley & Quinn 18" Doll Pattern
Drew & Jesse 18" Doll Pattern
Autumn Grace 18" Doll Pattern
I thought it would be fun to make miniature versions of the three fleece patterns I currently have available. Fleece isn't a fabric that you see a lot of variety in doll patterns for, so I figured this would be an interesting challenge.
I started working on these shortly after the release of Finley & Quinn last year, and I have to say that the doll sized version of that one turned out super cute! The doll Finley & Quinn robe features the same wrapped collar as the full sized version and includes a belt (which is stitched on securely because you know it would go missing if it wasn't!).
Drew & Jesse is one of my older patterns and is a simple fleece pajama set. It features a raglan top and elastic waist pants. This pattern is a pullover style, so it does need to be put on and off with the dolls arms reaching above their head. This might be harder for younger children to do without help, but my six year old was able to do it once she saw how and as I often find her dolls wearing a set of these they obviously must be one of her favorites!
The third pattern in this Doll Collection is Autumn Grace. As this is one of my most popular full size patterns, I knew this had to be one of the first doll patterns I designed! The doll pattern includes both the tunic and dress length and features the original band collar. I chose to make this pattern with two options for constructing this one. Included in the instructions are the details for how to make this as either a pullover neckline, or for making a back placket with snaps. The back placket isn't difficult, but if you want to make this super fast and simple, the pullover is easier. If your doll has a lot of hair though, or wider than average shoulders or arm position, the back placket may be necessary.
Of course one of the most fun things about these 18" doll patterns is the fact that they can be made into "Just Like Me" sets by pairing them with the full sized versions! Shown here are two examples of Autumn Grace in both girl and doll sizes.
If you already own the full size versions of these patterns, be sure to pick up the doll version while it is on sale! I will be offering bundled prices to make sure everyone can save $2 off the purchase of both patterns once the current sale is over. If you aren't seeing this until after the sale is over though and you DO already own the full version, please contact me and I'll make sure you get the discount on the doll version!
I can't say for sure whether I will be making more 18" doll patterns or not... it's going to depend on a lot of factors as life for this busy mom isn't getting any slower or quieter. If I do though, I will be sure to make them with the attention to detail that you have come to expect from Pollywoggles. I hope that these three new patterns will make for some fun additions to the closets of many 18" dolls! Happy sewing!
If you haven't realized it yet, there is less than six weeks to go until Christmas, and I know that for many of us this means there is a lot of activity happening on our cutting mats and sewing desks (or living room floors and kitchen tables as the case may be). This year, I have plans for new Skyler & Jordan pajamas for all three of my kids that they can wear on Christmas Eve! One of the challenges of sewing for children is keeping up with how quickly they grow. My daughter just had a birthday and she informed me in no uncertain terms this this means she is "much taller now". And I've certainly noticed my boys have been eating more these last couple months, as if they were preparing to hibernate (hmm... if only kids did slow down in winter instead of the inevitable cabin fever...). To help me keep track of what size they will be in this winter, I've created some FREE printable recording sheets for their body measurements. And of course I'm sharing them with you!
Included in this PDF is two copies of the five most used body measurements on the sizing charts of my patterns. These can of course be used for other designers patterns also, and if you need to add additional measurements there is space to write more specifics. It also includes some tips for where to measure the chest, waist, hips, outseam, and sleeve length. At the top, you will record the date (because it won't do you any good if you forget to recycle an old copy of their measurements and use it by mistake) and the child's name and age.
But WAIT, there's MORE! (Sorry, couldn't resist!)
Different designers use different sizing charts so what my child wears by one designer or pattern might be very different than what they wear by another. Which brings me to the second FREEBIE I'm posting for you today. This record card can be used to keep track of what size you are making according to a particular designer or pattern. For my oldest two children, who are both slim and lanky, it means I can write down clearly which sizes I need to blend together in order for them to get the best possible fit.
I hope that you will find these Body Measurements and Sizing Record Cards helpful as you plan your upcoming sewing projects for the holiday season and all year 'round!
As for me, it looks like it's time to get out the measuring tape and get some updated measurements for my kiddos. I've got the fabric all picked out for our Christmas jammies and the clock is ticking! Speaking of which... we're counting down these last weeks until Christmas over in Pollywoggles Sewing Circle, and that means I've got some fun things planned in the group! Be sure to join the group and follow along to find out more.
I have to admit, finding the time to do a project just for fun is a challenge for me. Sometimes I have to find an excuse to make something that has nothing to do with pattern design. Since the spring, I have had the privilege of helping out with an organization called MOPs. It stands for Mothers of Preschoolers (which I no longer am... wow), and is all about giving moms with little ones support and encouragement. One of the things I am in charge of for our local group is coming up with something "hands on" that we can make or do together that the moms can then take home. It's usually something quick and simple, but satisfying in that it allows us to explore a little bit of creativity for ourselves in a day that is generally consumed with diaper changes and the drama of the 4-and-under crowd. This month, I came up with a fun (and FAST) project suitable for this Fall season we are into... and that can also be a neat project to do with older children as well.
These no-sew pumpkins literally take no more than 5 minutes to make.
All you need is:
1 square of woven cotton fabric (approx. Fat Quarter)
Stick - should be 5-6" long and about 1" in diameter
1 empty toilet paper roll
Handful of dried beans or rice (optional)
Faux foliage for the vine/leaves (optional)
A few tips...
First, lay your square of fabric right side down. In the center, place a handful of dried beans (optional).
Second, stand the toilet paper roll up in the center of the beans. The beans don't all need to be inside or outside.
Third, take a bunch of polyfil and surround the toilet paper roll.
Next, starting with one corner and working your way around in a spiral, stuff the edges of your fabric inside the toilet paper roll.
(It is important to work in a spiral rather than doing all four corners first. Stuffing just a small section at a time makes it easier to keep the shape even as you move around your stuffing. If you find you have too much or not enough polyfil, you can add or remove some at any point. It may take a couple times to get the hang of this... but just use your hands to support things as you go and it's easy to pull it out and start again!).
Once you have all the edges of fabric tucked inside the center, you can manipulate the polyfil inside to make it as even and round as possible.
Then, take your foliage (optional) and place the end of the stem inside the center of the roll.
Finally, push the stick right down the center, securing everything in place.
So there you have it... a fun and fast project to add a little seasonal charm to your home this Fall.
After a long break for the summer, it is great to be introducing you to the newest addition to Pollywoggles... Skyler & Jordan. This is one of those fast sews that has the awesome features of being simple in style & construction and is super comfy. This is "the one" for all seasons of pajamas for this family!
The very best thing about this pattern is that it is designed to combine a little bit of knit on the cuffs and collar with woven fabrics. That's right! This is the perfect pattern for all those amazing cotton prints and cozy flannels that have been calling out to you from your fabric stash or favorite store!
This pattern is all about simplicity. No buttons, no ties, no anything that can get in the way of comfort. The waist if full elastic and the fit is loose and relaxed.
Once you've picked out the perfect woven fabric for the main parts of this pattern, you just need a little bit of knit to bring it all together. It is important that the knit used has good recovery... this means that when you stretch it, it shrinks back nicely to it's original shape fairly quickly. A good quality ribbing that is designed for cuffs and collars, or a quality interlock are great options. If you aren't used to working with knit fabrics, it's nothing to be nervous about with this pattern because you are stitching the knit to a woven, which means you don't need to use any fancy stitches or needles.
For my fellow Canadians, I absolutely have to suggest L'oiseau Fabrics for ribbing and interlock. The quality is totally top-notch and there are tons of colors to choose from too.
I mentioned already that these pajamas are great for all seasons. That's because there are both long and short options included! The short length is perfect for quilting cotton and double gauze (can't you just feel how soft that would be!?), and the length falls to just above the knee and elbow so they are modest and comfortable for lounging around as well as sleeping.
Flannel is my number one choice for the long sleeved and pants options (or short sleeves and pants is a great pair too!). I've made sure that this design gives a little extra length in the sleeves and legs so that no matter how your kids twist, turn, or curl up, there is plenty of length to keep them comfortable and warm.
The shirt too is designed with a little extra length so it doesn't ride up and expose a belly or back to getting cold.
This is the time of year when people who have made a tradition of making Christmas pajamas start thinking about fabrics and patterns. I'm hoping that Skyler & Jordan ends up being the PJs that are being worn by lots of excited kids on Christmas morning!
To help kick off this pajama-making season, I am inviting you to join me starting Tuesday October 10th for a Sew-A-Long featuring this pattern! This event will be happening in my Sewing Circle on Facebook, so join now to watch for more details and to get a special coupon code. Then head on over and pick up your copy in the Pattern Shop at the new release price valid today through this weekend!
As this pattern is intended for woven fabrics and a loose fit, it is necessary to note that many fabrics have a statement to the effect of “not intended for children’s sleepwear” on the selvage. This is due to regulations regarding certain standards of fire resistance. Cottons and flannels that do not have fire retardant chemicals added to the fabric will carry this statement. If the garment you are making is intended for personal use, it is important to understand what this label means before deciding whether or not you will use the fabric. If you intend to sell a garment made for sleepwear, you must ensure you are in compliance with these regulations by using only fabric that meets the applicable standards.
You know how they say that you can build an entire wardrobe by building on a couple simple pieces? That was, in part, the inspiration for my newest pattern, Aurora Belle. That... and a little girl who likes to layer many different tops and bottoms together to create her own (very eclectic) look!
Aurora Belle offers a simple summery design that can be used as the starting point for a whole variety of different looks by changing the skirt length, adding layers, or making separate pieces. I hope that you will agree that this one pattern is a great basic for any girl's wardrobe!
Thank you so much for stopping by my little corner of the digital world. When I'm not designing (or, more likely, attempting to keep up with housework or schooling my three rug rats!) you'll probably find me with my nose in a book, escaping for a few precious moments into a world of fiction or learning with single-minded focus about my latest interest. Here, I'd like to share with you some of the things that I'm currently working on and a bit about all the ways I like to keep my creative juices flowing!
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