Little Things are Quite Adorable: 18" Doll Clothes

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So. . . I've been keeping busy. I've discovered that little doll clothes take almost as long to make as children's clothes. But they turned out so darn adorable!

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I initially planned to use Simplicity 4347, which is a 1950's vintage reprint, but it ended up being a bit too finicky for me at the moment. I found a lovely book at my local library called Heritage Doll Clothes by Joan Hinds. It included full size pdf patterns on a cd along with very thorough instructions. As I was flipping through the book, several of the designs caught my eye and I decided to try them out.

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Most of the patterns were older style dresses from the late 1800's until the 1940's, but I decided that they were easy enough to adapt simply by omitting some of the frills. I used several fat quarters I purchased when they were last on sale at Joann.

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I love this little set of undergarments! The bloomers are so tiny and utterly charming. I crocheted the lace trim on the petticoat as I thought it would be a nice touch, and I had a hankering to do some crocheting. Actually, the bloomers and the petticoat are from the Simplicity pattern, but everything else is from the book. I did make a few other things from the pattern, but they were made using scraps and didn't fit the color scheme so I didn't bother including them.

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This little apron makes me so happy! The little pink hearts, the fabric print, everything about it is so amazingly girly and I want one for myself. One of the nicest things about the books was that it didn't include the pattern pieces for everything. This apron was just made up of a bunch of squares and rectangles. Sometimes I enjoy not having to mess with patterns.

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Pinks and greens are some of my favorite colors. All these fabrics are so beautiful. Someday, if I have a little girl I would love to make her a quilt in these colors.

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I woke up this morning to the first frost of the season! I couldn't let so momentous an event go by without informing you, my dear friends! (I made my husband come and look out the window, but he was quite unimpressed.) Anyway, I've been keeping busy with sewing, knitting, crocheting, and even some cross stitch. I should have another episode of my podcast up tomorrow. Which reminds me, I filmed The Seamstress Tag earlier this week, if you're interested, you can find it here.

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That's all I have for you today! I'll be back next week with some more crafty goodness, until then:

Jolly day to you!

~Emily