2012 in review

Praising God for a wonderful year 2012 and praying for His continued leadership and blessing in 2013!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thanks to all my readers for your continued support! God bless!!! ūüėÄ

Flowered Peasant Dress For Sale!

The Flowered Peasant outfit‚ÄĒ$25

This one-of-a-kind, handmade doll dress is currently for sale (and comes with the doll)! Outfit includes a drawstring skirt, white chemise, and blue felt vest. Please let me know via the form below if you are interested in purchasing it. Thank you ūüėÄ

Also see the Red Velvet Elven Dress for sale here!

Pink & Blue Picnic Dress

I made this dress for my cute little 3-year old cousin, who likes 1) dolls and 2) pink :).

The straight, blue-flowered skirt was one of the first pieces of doll clothing I made.  Then I used the complementing pink-eyelet cloth (which I also used for the Pink Picnic Dress) to make a top.  A sheer blue ribbon sash and hair bow complete the outfit.


Superheroine doll

We recently watched the Disney Pixar (animated) movie “The Incredibles,” which I really liked.¬† That movie was the main inspiration for this outfit ūüôā¬† So I created this superheroine and an outfit for her–she has a backstory, family, superpowers, all that… ūüôā

To start with, there’s the superhero staple–a spandex supersuit!¬† I made that out of a dark blue sock that had a great stretch to it.¬† It’s all one piece.¬† Then i took the silver corset and halter¬†top off of the Sci-fi girl‘s outfit, because I felt it would look better with this outfit.¬† (You can read more about how I made the silver corset and top¬†here.)¬† Red plastic boots (which¬†I didn’t make) complete the outfit.

Pastel Peasant Dress

Pastel Peasant Dress

I really like peasant dresses!  They are pretty easy to make and are so versatile!  All you need are 2-3 complimentary colors and/or patterns, and a variety of dresses can be created, in different styles.  (You can see the first peasant dress I made here.)

This dress I made as a birthday present for my very good friend Hannah, who was also my music teacher before we moved.  Her favorite colors are yellow, green and blue, so I used the pastels I had in all those colors.

There’s the yellow chemise with gathered neck and sleeves, the blue skirt (a half-circle this time), and the green felt vest, laced up in back. ¬†Also worn are a yellow flowered apron and a headband, made of a piece of pink trim.

Salwar Kameez

Salwar Kameez

My grandmother, knowing how much I like pretty doll clothes, sent me this doll for my birthday! ¬†She is dressed in a traditional Asian Indian outfit (which I didn’t make :)) called a Salwar Kameez.

First there’s a tunic, which is sometimes slit up the sides to about the waist (this doll’s top isn’t slit–it’s closed like a dress). ¬†Underneath are worn loose pants that are tightened at the ankle. ¬†A dupatta (long rectangle of cloth like a shawl) completes the outfit. ¬†There are many different ways to wear a dupatta; I just draped this one over the doll’s shoulder and put in a few stitches at the side to hold it.

Indian clothing often contains many beautiful, vibrant, complementary colors and patterns, and this outfit is no exception!

The doll is accessorized with a gold necklace, bangles, and earrings.

Without the Dupatta                                 Back view

Peasant Dress

Peasant Dress

This dress I made as a Christmas gift for my second-youngest sister (also the one I made the 40’s style dress for). ¬†The dress is similar to the¬†Hobbit dress I made. As my sister’s favorite color is yellow, that’s what I made the theme ūüôā ¬†There’s a shirt/chemise of a pastel yellow, gathered at the neck and elbows with embroidery thread. ¬†The skirt is a patterned, straight skirt, gathered at the waist with a drawstring. ¬†The vest is the from Hobbit vest pattern, only in yellow felt.

The doll came from a different dollar store than where I usually get dolls, hence those funny pink shoes that don’t match at all ūüôā

Picnic Dress

Picnic Dress

I made this dress as a Christmas present for my youngest sister (she likes pink :))

The material is from my grandmother’s sister. It’s a nice light pink with decorative eyelets sprinkled throughout. The dress is two layers of cloth while the sleeves are one. Hems are finished with a serge-type stitch on our sewing machine.¬†A green satin ribbon belt cinches the dress at the waist and completes the outfit.

Which of all the doll outfits I’ve made is your favorite?

Battle Dress

Red Battle Dress

Susan Pevensie’s red battle dress was the inspiration for this dress–only I modified it into a more Lord of the Rings style. ¬†Let me explain ūüôā ¬†Susan’s dress, as are most of her dresses, is ¬†princess-seamed.¬† And the slits in her dress are made by leaving two of the front princess seams unattached part of the way down the skirt. ¬†(See here¬†and here¬†for pictures that show what I mean.) ¬†However, most LOTR dresses are fitted through side seams. ¬†So I did that with this dress and put the slits in the sides. I had some problems with making the slits at first, but eventually, I just cut the skirt pieces and sewed them to the bodice, but didn’t sew them up the sides. ¬†That gave a fuller skirt than slitting a dress up both sides. ¬†The dress is actually made from the same burgundy crushed panne velvet as the Cranberry Dress–only this time I used the other side of the material. ¬†Underneath is worn a red pleated underskirt of a thinner cloth.

As for the armor, instead of Susan’s Battle Armor, that she wears with this dress in the movie, I paired the dress with her Night Raid Armor, which is her leather cuirass with thin leather over ¬†the shoulders. ¬†(I really like her Night Raid outfit, and I also didn’t have anything on hand that would work for chainmail–maybe I’ll make a chainmail shirt as part of another doll outfit :D)

The doll’s cuirass is laced up the sides with cord I made from dark brown thread. ¬†I left off all Susan’s fashionable straps and buckles ūüôā and added shoulder straps made from the same leather as the cuirass.

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