Saturday, 30 December 2017

SSP-055 - Pinafore set for 13" Dianna Effner Little Darlings

Having made four variations of this charming little pattern, I settled on the one with the most ruffles.  My girl looks adorable in it, and having tried it on some of my other dolls, it fits quite well.

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EDITED:  I have been working on my files to try and consolidate the tutorial parts and pattern template parts, to create just one document that is neater and easier to download.  this is the first pattern in the new format.  There are still two paper sizes, A4 for Europe, etc, and US Letter size for the States.  You will receive the pattern in the new format.


The dress is maxi length, and I've used buttonhole loops with seed bead buttons to faten it at the back. Just to eliminate some of the bulk.  But you can always use snaps if preferred by following the back closure instructions for the pinafore.

The pinafore has straightforward snaps.

This fits Ellowyne very nicely with no alterations. Just make sure when you come to attaching the back closures, you slip the dress on the doll and mark out your guides accordingly.

Also fits my Tobi body (from Kaye Wiggs) The sleeves will just slip over Tobi's large hands, but I'd recommend widening the sleeves by about 1/4".   You could also lengthen them by about 1/2".

It may fit Kaye Wiggs MSD and Mei Mei too, but the sleeves are very tight over the large hand, so widening them by 1/4" or a smidge more would be best.   The bodice backs might need to be extended by about 1/8" too.  I tried  it on my girls, but it was tight.

And I thought this might work with my Luts Kid Delf, and it did! With both the romantic (adult) bust and the immature bust.

It's tailored especially to fit our Little Darlings though, and looks so very cute on my lovely Claire.

Styling tips are given, and the pattern is in my new format of just one PDF file, instead of two.

You can easily make the dress sleeveless by using the dress bodice pattern piece, and following the instructions for the pinafore bodice.

So that's the last pattern of 2017.  I had planned it would be the first of 2018 but I really am a workaholic and have been sewing like a nutter all through my 'week off', which has to be written in inverted commas because the very idea of me sticking to my designated time off is hilarious....

I shall close by wishing everyone a happy and peaceful New Year.  Every year I hope for humankind to get their crap together, finally.  For beings that can make the deserts flower, produce incredible technology that can actually be used by our minds (it exists, in its infancy) and bring into being stunning works of art and music.  For beings that can come together and create the most amazing performances, like flash mobs bringing classical music to the streets, or sporting events and opening ceremonies, and the fabulous rock concert for Manchester...  we really do suck at being kind to our planet. And each other.

So my only resolution is - to first climb off this soapbox for now - and try to be kinder, more tolerant, and to spread as much love as this old heart can possibly generate.

Happy New Year guys.  xxx


Thursday, 21 December 2017

Four outfits for 13" Effner Little Darlings

Lord knows why I decided to sit and make four outfits, but I did.   I guess I had to test out this new pattern, and liked it so much, I couldn't stop sewing?

That happens a LOT.

But they are gorgeous, and in such lovely fabrics.   Of course, they all needed hats and tights to finish them off, so I had to develop a tights pattern too.

Here we go, these are posted in the order I made them:

First up is the dress set.  I'm partial to this fabric. It's such a pretty print, and is a lovely soft cotton lawn.  Love these sleeves, and the ruffles at the hem.  I added a Peter Pan collar to this one.  It's my first ever attempt and went like a dream.

I just want to say - if any of these are purchased before Christmas itself, I won't be able to ship them until afterwards.   You may have to wait over a week before I can get to the local Post Office.

Christmas is always a tricky time to get into town, as my kind friend who gives me lifts is tied up with lots of family stuffs.


 This has a full body petticoat, instead of my usual skirt-petticoats. This one fastens with seed bead buttons and tiny hand-sewn buttonhole loops.  This fastening is less bulky than snaps, and sits under the dress nicely.

Hats are such fun to make.  I taught myself how to make organza ribbon flowers just for this batch.  The hand-cut bias binding at the edge and used for the hatband adds a touch of elegance too.

Next, I wanted to see how a quilters-weight cotton would work, so I've used a Spoonflower basic cotton Ultra, printed with my own design.  It works beautifully.  The pinafore is denim-effect chambray.

Etsy shop link - £90.00

The fabric trim on the hat is also my own design.  Available at Spoonflower.

Next, I made two outfits in tandem. It really does save a little time, but when hand sewing EVERYTHING. it still takes forever.  Totally worth it though, for the workmanship and the luxury.

This one has a soft 4oz denim pinafore.  I left out the ruffles for a different look, and made a bakersboy bonnet for an olde worlde feel.

Etsy shop link - £85.00

Liberty Tana lawn is so beautiful.  The dress looks perfect in it.

And bringing up the rear, is this one.   I've long wanted to try out some baby cord, and this is a dream to sew. It's a very forgiving fabric, and looks so charming over the dress.

Etsy shop link - £90.00

This very soft lawn was crying out to be used too.  It looks lovely on my girl.

So that's it.  I'll be working on publishing a pattern for this last dress and pinny next. It should be the first of 2018.

I hope everyone has a happy and peaceful festive season.   Loads of love from Raccoon HQ.  xxx


Friday, 8 December 2017

Sewing like the wind

I have in fact been sewing like mad for days now, despite my quietness on the blog front. 

Four Little Darling outfits are in progress as I type.   The trouble is, because everything is hand sewn, and I'm so obsessive over neatness,  it all takes some time.

Anyway, here's a few teasers.   I'm loving the fabrics involved. 

Lots of bodices....

And plenty of ruffles ...

Also, there will be hats.

Can't say when these will be completed and listed.  I'm aiming for before Christmas itself, but we shall have to see.  It depends how many extra bits and pieces I end up throwing at each outfit.