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Re: Sewing for 18" Dolls
« Reply #350 on: February 07, 2018, 01:49:12 PM »

Oh how clever to use magnetic clasps, Ann. I wondered at the tiny lobster claw clasps that might be necessary for doll jewelry. Magnets make much more sense--easier on/off that way.

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« Reply #351 on: February 07, 2018, 04:21:42 PM »

Oh how clever to use magnetic clasps, Ann. I wondered at the tiny lobster claw clasps that might be necessary for doll jewelry. Magnets make much more sense--easier on/off that way.

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They are easier on/off and perfect for little hands to handle. A friend suggest them to me when I didn't want to use lobster clasps that she first suggested.

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« Reply #352 on: February 07, 2018, 08:07:16 PM »

Here is Anna in her variegated sweater, new leggings I made, and her kitty shoes. She put on her necklace and loves this outfit.


Next up is black wool pants for this doll. She has expensive taste for a doll.

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« Reply #353 on: February 10, 2018, 10:21:34 AM »

Kate's leggings are finished also and they fit her perfectly. I used the leggings in McCalls 7006 which is still in production.


Both Anna and Kate are happy to have matching leggings. Kate waits patiently for her turtleneck sweater.


I have it figured out what size needles I need to use to make Kate her sweater. Then she will get a blue necklace to match.

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« Reply #354 on: February 11, 2018, 04:44:18 PM »

Anna's black wool slacks are completed and she is all dressed up in them with her black sweater and crystals.


She loves them and how they fit her so well.


Next up is Kate's black wool slacks. She is quietly waiting for me to start them.
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« Reply #355 on: February 11, 2018, 05:20:28 PM »

You have the best-behaved (and best dressed!) dolls, Ann.  :)

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« Reply #356 on: February 12, 2018, 11:47:25 AM »

Thanks, Kathryn.

Kate's slacks are done. I need to add about 1/4" to the center front as they sit a bit low in my opinion. I will do that when I make her another pair (yes there are more in the books).


Both Anna and Kate were excited to have their pictures taken wearing their new slacks.



The fabrics you see are for their Easter dresses. I may have to make 3 as there are plans to adopt another doll in March.

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Re: Sewing for 18" Dolls
« Reply #357 on: February 12, 2018, 05:43:41 PM »

These wardrobes are such inspiration for me, Ann! I want to start sewing doll clothes for dolls to give my baby granddaughter when she's old enough. My plans are for a boy and a girl doll. But maybe I should plan on a third doll for me.

She's just 5 months old, so maybe I'll get them done in time!

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« Reply #358 on: February 13, 2018, 10:55:26 AM »

Angelsweb, if it was me and the possibility of adopting three dolls, I would start sewing now. I'm a slow sewer so I need lots of time.

In actual fact I am adopting a third doll so will start sewing for three rather than two. I will also knit for three rather than two. When I adopt her, I will have to buy more shoes as Anna only has three pairs of shoes. Kate has more as I have bought hers when I needed them for the store display.

I have to find Kate's Easter outfit pattern and print it out. Anna's I have to wait for as I was sent the wrong pattern. I am thinking of making the new girl the same pattern but using a different print than Anna's. Same color family though. 

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« Reply #359 on: February 13, 2018, 03:45:19 PM »

Thanks for the encouragement, Ann. I have a boy doll, and I've been looking for a girl doll, but can't make up my mind which kind to buy ... the series my boy came from is no longer available.

I do need to get started, she'll be ready for dolls before I know it.

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« Reply #360 on: February 17, 2018, 11:38:10 AM »

Yesterday was wet and grey so I spent some quality time in the sewing room. I dug through the dolls' fabric and found this miniature plaid with 20" of Cluny lace inside it. I made the dolls each an infinity scarf.


There is enough fabric left over to make Anna (the blond) a skirt.

I also laid out these fabrics to make leggings, jeans, tops, and dresses.


If I found one more piece, they would have a Spring 6-PAC. I may have to do some more looking in their stash or knit them each a sweater-- one in Aqua, one in Peach, and one in cream/pale yellow (I plan on adopting another doll in late March, early April). I will also have to make them each a necklace to go with their outfits.
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« Reply #361 on: February 17, 2018, 03:35:59 PM »

Now who would have looked at that fabric and thought "infinity scarves". Clever idea, Ann. Your girls look quite stylish.

I bet Kate wants a skirt from that fabric too.

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« Reply #362 on: February 17, 2018, 04:39:55 PM »


I also laid out these fabrics to make leggings, jeans, tops, and dresses.

If I found one more piece, they would have a Spring 6-PAC. I may have to do some more looking in their stash or knit them each a sweater-- one in Aqua, one in Peach, and one in cream/pale yellow (I plan on adopting another doll in late March, early April). I will also have to make them each a necklace to go with their outfits.

I want that 6-PAC. I love the colors. Maybe white for another top? A girl can never have two many white tops!

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« Reply #363 on: February 17, 2018, 06:59:34 PM »

Kathryn, if I have enough fabric Kate will also get one also.

I love the fabric combination. I canít wear those colours but they remind me of spring. From the leggings I got 3pairs of doll leggings and a t-shirt. Iím hoping to get 3 pairs of jeans from the coloured denim. I did look for another piece of cotton for a third dress and top. Iíll probably go back next week to buy it from the nice fabric store near us.

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« Reply #364 on: February 17, 2018, 07:17:52 PM »

You've been busy, Ann.

It's good that you have a nice fabric store close by. That doesn't always happen when one moves to a new place. Lucky you!

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« Reply #365 on: February 18, 2018, 12:24:55 PM »

It is really nice to have a quilting shop near us. I bought thread there and it is cheaper than when I buy it at the big fabric store in the city. I did look for another piece of fabric but didn't buy any as I hadn't brought my fabric with me.

I have decided to knit the dolls each a sweater coat to wear with their clothing. Each in a different color so they can tell who owns which one. I will have to find the wool for them unless I choose the silk yarn I have in an off white for all three. That would definitely knit down the yarn stash.

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« Reply #366 on: February 18, 2018, 12:34:12 PM »

Silk yarn should tea dye or Kool Aid dye pretty well if you want to do something besides off white for all 3 sweaters.

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« Reply #367 on: February 18, 2018, 11:22:29 PM »

Iíll give it a try, Kathryn.

Got 2 white t-shirts cut ou, boot cut jean pattern ready to go, fabrics laundered, and want to figure out a cute top for the dolls. Have it for 18Ē doll and need to figure out hoe to slim it down for the Gotz dolls.

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« Reply #368 on: February 20, 2018, 10:43:58 AM »

Yesterday I decided to knit the dolls a newsboy cap that I got on Ravelry. I measured my needles thinking I had the right size needles and got out the wool and this is what I got.


We called it a beret. The back of it is darn cute.


I got out needles and started to swatch to figure out why my tension is so tight. I had used needles that were too small. So, I now have a swatch and will start with needles one size too big. If the cap is too big for Anna, it will fit Kate.

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« Reply #369 on: February 20, 2018, 11:14:14 AM »

Yesterday I decided to knit the dolls a newsboy cap that I got on Ravelry. I measured my needles thinking I had the right size needles and got out the wool and this is what I got. 

Oh that's lovely Ann!  Your dolls look so smart.  I made my daughter a hat similar to that one, many years ago.  Would you have a link to the pattern on Ravelry?
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« Reply #370 on: February 20, 2018, 01:56:11 PM »

That is so cute, Ann. I agree, the back is so eye-catching.

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« Reply #371 on: February 20, 2018, 02:20:25 PM »

This is the free pattern

I used needles that are 3.25 mm in Knitter's Pride and they seem smaller than the 3.25 turbo addis I have.  I did leave out 3 rows of stockinette stitch at the top of the 2nd page but you could add them and it would make very little difference. I did not add the brim as I saw it knit without the brim.

I am knitting the cap now using 3.5 mm rosewood needles. I use circular needles a lot and the two above pairs are circular just different brands. I always knit with the needles I do a gauge swatch with.

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« Reply #372 on: February 20, 2018, 11:57:56 PM »

Thank you Ann.  On a related note, I have about 20 sets of Addi turbo circs.  They are amazing needles!
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« Reply #373 on: February 21, 2018, 10:22:32 AM »

I love the Addis also. I have maybe 3 circular needles. I have been knitting mostly with Karbonz. They have the smooth metal tip and then the rest has a lovely light grip to hold the yarn in place. I have a lot of them as I could buy them locally. I will be going on a search for more Addi's though. I need a couple more sets for socks as they are perfect for that.

I am knitting a doll's sweater at the moment. It is a turtleneck sweater and done from the top down. I have made 2 before for the Gotz doll land am doing 2 now for the 18" doll. I have to go back and knit the 18" doll's hat when I get the sweater done.

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« Reply #374 on: February 21, 2018, 11:59:28 AM »

Here is the second attempt cap. It fits Anna much better.



Kate tried it on but I am thinking that I will knit it on one size larger needles.



After hers is knit, I have one more to make.

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« Reply #375 on: February 24, 2018, 09:22:50 PM »

Kate's first sweater is completed and she got to model it.


She got her green boots that matched on as it is a cool day here (wind is really cool). Anna found the grey Ugg type boots and wore them when they modeled their outfits together.


Almost twins but not quite. Am knitting the black turtleneck sweater now and should be done it by Monday afternoon t the latest. Just 15 rows to finish the body and two sleeves (23 rows each). Weaving yarn ends and sewing on buttons and it will be ready to model.

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« Reply #376 on: February 26, 2018, 07:38:19 PM »

More sewing for the dolls. First I made them leggings and Anna got a t-shirt out of the same fabric. I used an X-lg pair of girl's leggings for fabric.



Next I made Anna a pair of jeans. They were a lot of work but turned out exceptionally well I think.




Now I need to make western shirts but that will be a bit later. I have 2 more pairs of jeans and 3 white t-shirts to sew up.

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« Reply #377 on: February 26, 2018, 08:49:56 PM »

Ann, the sweaters are adorable, the new tee-shirts and leggings are super in that color.

So clever!

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« Reply #378 on: February 27, 2018, 12:30:58 PM »

Thank you CCL for the kind words.

I finished Kate's black turtleneck sweater yesterday. Very hard to photograph.


I did the neck different by using larger needles for several rows and went down needle size twice more. It makes a soft collar that flops over so nicely.


Am knitting more hats for the dolls now. Then onto other knitting and sewing for them plus some for family members.

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« Reply #379 on: February 28, 2018, 11:49:02 AM »

Yesterday I sewed Kate a t-shirt using a free pattern. It was the basis for an idea that was brewing in my head. I had a fun morning in the sewing room designing and texting DD, who lives on the other side of Canada. The result was a t-shirt with bling.


I chose colors that will go with the leggings and jeans for the doll's spring collection.


When the next 2 t-shirts and jeans are done, I will have three pieces for a Spring 6 PAC for 3 dolls. I still have to make aqua colored jeans, aqua print top and western shirts.

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« Reply #380 on: February 28, 2018, 12:10:57 PM »

Wow!  I am most impressed, Ann!  I hadnít checked out this thread before as itís been a long time since Iíve sewn for dolls.  What fun outfits youíre making and such lovely work!
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« Reply #381 on: February 28, 2018, 02:50:28 PM »

Thank you Martha. I am having a blast doing this. It was on my list to do when we moved to Nova Scotia. Finally got at it in late January after we were over the flu and what ever else DH decided to get.

The series of spring outfits  will have a few more items added to it. I am thinking a sweater and hat for each of the dolls. Not sure after that but there are so many lovely patterns out there I could knit to the moon and back.

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« Reply #382 on: March 01, 2018, 11:05:01 AM »

Anna's t-shirt is done and she and Kate modeled them yesterday afternoon.


I have a third one cut out ready to sew and bling up. Then its onto aqua colored fabric. More fun and details.

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« Reply #383 on: March 08, 2018, 01:49:21 PM »

Ann, we were out of town for 10 days so I'm just now catching up on some of the posts. I have to say that it's so much fun to come to this topic and see all that you have been sewing and knitting for your dolls.Wonderful work!

I hope you keep them on display so everyone who comes to the house can admire your handiwork. I wouldn't be surprised if you are not asked to sew for others' dolls. It might be less stressful than sewing for rodeo queens. :)

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« Reply #384 on: March 08, 2018, 04:16:28 PM »

Thank you Kathryn. Actually Kate's clothes will end up being sold at craft bazaars this coming winter. I will keep a few pieces for her but not many as she has been and will be my model. And sewing these is less stressful than sewing rodeo clothes. The dolls always love what I make and don't ask for alterations.

I did finish up the last of the jeans and they turned out really nice in my opinion. They took about 8 hours to each pair with all the top stitching.


I have finished messy bun #2 and it turned out well also.


Have started on messy bun #3 in a different yarn and have started it 3 times. Am almost finished it but I need to finish tying the end of a fleece blanket for DGS and shovel snow this afternoon. We have had about 3" of snow fall this morning and more is in the forecast unless it warms up and turns to rain.

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