Friday, July 31, 2009

Another peek and a surprise package

My sister sent me a package of goodies from the West Coast. Books and yarns...

and over in the corner that is hidden in this shot is a box of ...

Feather yarn!! There is also flax and recycled silk and lots of other luscious yarns. Great gift and looks like lots of fun.

I have also finished my doll. Now I am working on the clothing. I am using a free pattern from the Doll Crafter and Costumer's magazine. (I'm not pushing this link, it was just the only one I could find with the front of the magazine on it). In this issue, is a fall themed soft doll and that is what I'm working on. This is the first doll that I have made from someone else's pattern. I have certainly learned from this project, being a dressmaker and not a quilter or doll maker, I was unaware of the use of freezer paper for transferring patterns and pressing them to the fabric. That is a neat trick.

Years back, I took a course from a company called Hems and Hers, which was basically a shortcut course for sewing with knits. It included many, many hints that were used in commercial sewing factories and that enables me to make the doll clothes look very professional. For instance, the artists says when making the pantaloons, to run the waistline elastic through a channel, but I've been sewing elastic onto the fabric for many years and that looks so much better.

Anyway, while I work on her outfit, I will give you a sneak peek of her body. She just won't show her face until she is properly attired (and who can blame her?)

It's been fun sewing her and outfitting her will be just as much fun.

Hope everyone has a great weekend. Take care and stay tuned for the reveal!


Crafty Gal Linda said...

Can't wait to see the finished doll! I love the legs/socks. Take care and have a great weekend.

vivian said...

I'm with Linda above, cant wait to see that doll all finished! and I too LOVE the legs! I get bloggers block all the time.. thats why I'm always amazed any one reads my blog. I dont feel like I ever have anything that interesting to say!
have a happy weekend!

Kristen said...

What a fun box of goodies, and your doll is delightful! I love her socks too!!!
We have moved, and I will have my craft room up and running next week!!! I can't wait to start playing again.

Amy Sullivan said...

What a great sissy you have!
love those sisters!
your doll is looking good !
guess we are all "leg lovers" today.

Michele said...

First of all, what a sweet sister you have. And the doll, how cool is that? Like the others, I'm anxious to see her all spiffed up. I wish I could sew. The last time I tried I sewed the shirt I had on to the shirt I was making! Needless to say, I haven't tried since. Sigh.

Marie S said...

What a fun fun package to receive!!
I am looking forward to seeing what you do with that doll, the legs look great!

Tina said...

Great package! Also, you gotta get that doll done, I can't wait to see it all finished.

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

She looks fabulous even in all her nekedness! :> )
I love that feather yarn too.

Marie S said...

I have no idea where the time goes Susan, but it goes fast!! LOL!! I love your new profile picture.
Love and hugs.