Wednesday, June 5, 2013

New project in the works......

I must say I love the internet.   Without it, I wouldn't have found Carina Gardiner  She has recently introduced some patterns for 18 inch dolls.   I typically refrain from buying paper patterns in favor of digital download ones....but I had to make an exception once I saw her patterns.   I ordered 2 of her patterns.   The "little play date outfit" and "little love nest ruffled dress"

I selected fabric from Riley Blake's "Willow Collection"
 I will post pictures soon.   Some FYI's about the pattern.   It's printed on 1 sheet of 17.5 by 23 inch  white paper...a plus for me as I detest tissue patterns.   Instead of cutting apart the pattern pieces I traced them onto cardstock using a light tracer box.    I then use a fabric pen to trace the pattern pieces onto my fabric.   Some thought was put into laying out the instructions and pattern pieces on the white paper.   The instructions were allocated to a 10.5 by 12.25 inch section noted by dotted cutting lines  sized to easily pin to my bulletin board for reference.  Dress/Top on one side and Capri/shorts and bow on the other.
Skill level -  There is no guideline regarding skill level.   I would not rate this as a beginner or easy pattern.    I would recommend this pattern to someone who has intermediate sewing experience/skills
Note:  Carina is introducing a "beginners" pattern series on her website.   She has 2 for purchase at this time.  One of them is for a clutch type purse which I think will be a wonderful project for my granddaughter to make.   Check out her website to see these and  other great patterns
Finished the "playdate" outfits.   

So far 2 dresses, 2 pairs of capris and 2 tops done.
I found that taking the time to grade, clip and press the seams in the yoke/sleeve area  reduced the bulk and gave it a crisp clean  look when pressed.