Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Midweek With Marion

Hello, Dear Ones! Thought I'd take a break today from showing you another home tour and let you know I'm on a tangent again.! I can't help it! If you remember a few years ago I went absolutely bananas making Glitter Houses for Christmas! Then, about this time last year I went on another tangent making Barbie doll clothes and had a weekly Barbie Mondays! If you'd like to see any of my tangents you can look at my sidebar and click on Glitter Houses or Barbie Mondays and you'll be magically taken away! :) 
 So...today I would like to introduce you to Marion. She's a knock-off American Girl Doll. My little granddaughter is now into these dolls but has a knock-off one too from Target called Our Generation Dolls that costs $$ instead of $$$. Her parents thought the $$ one would be better for a five year old - outside in the dirt, swimming pool...you get the picture. Well, I wanted the clothes to be a surprise and I needed a model so off to Walmart I went and found Marion who is a My Life Doll, also $$.  I think she's pretty cute and she was so happy to come home with me and model clothes for me.
I started digging into my stash of fabric, being so thankful I didn't get rid of all of it when we moved and found this cute polka dot fabric and thought it would be perfect.
 While at Walmart I picked up this little pattern. You can see I wrote "Hat" on it and will show you later. I tried my hand at making a hat and my circle is in there! :) Um, my handwriting really is better than it looks there. Just sayin'. :)
 Okie dokie, seeing that I love you so much and love to share each and every part of whatever I'm doing, here is the bodice. I added a little placket in a coordinating fabric and then some orange buttons. Also added some tiny little lace around the neckline.
 Here's Marion's gathered skirt.
 There was a pattern for little underpants and I added the same lace to them. So cute.
 To make dressing the doll easier for my little granddaughter, I just use Velcro to fasten with in the back.
 Well, there you have the first installment of Midweek With Marion. I will have a new outfit to show you each Wednesday until I run out of my tangent. Just so you'll know, Marion's hair is long and very curly on the ends. I was not enjoying moving her hair all around while I tried to dress her so I braided her some pigtails and now her hair stays neatly in place. I'm so talented like that. Hope you'll enjoy seeing the little outfits. Oh, my friend Diane at Lavender Dreams has acquired a bunch of 18" dolls clothes patterns and is making some too. Go see her HERE and tell her I sent you!

I guess I've realized that I'm still a kid at heart and making things and especially doll clothes allows me to play with dolls again! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)




I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Satin Doll


Cigarette holder which wigs me over my shoulder, he digs me
Out cattin' my satin doll
Baby, shall we go out steppin', careful, amigo, you're flippin'
Speaks Latin, my satin doll
He's nobody's fool and I'm playing it cool as can be
I'll give it a whirl but I ain't for no boy catching me, swich-e-rooney
Telephone numbers well you know, I'm doing my rumbas with uno
And that'n my satin doll
Telephone numbers well you know, I'm doing my rumbas with uno
And that'n my satin doll, and that'n my satin doll
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
And that'n my satin doll, what a doll?
He is my satin doll
I had the craziest dream
~ sung by Ella Fitzgerald


34 comments:

  1. Being a former doll collector, I absolutely love Marion! Your sewing skills are just exceptional! How very, very special to have a handmade doll clothes from her Nana....beautiful Shelia!!!!

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  2. Your dolly dressmaking is adorable! Practicality with the Generation Doll too. My mom made doll clothes and furniture for my sister and I when we were little girls. Kathleen in Az

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    1. Thanks for popping in.
      Be a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

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  3. Shelia, your little doll Marion is precious! Goodness, you are one fabulous and talented seamstress! You are such an awesome grandmother to make these doll clothes for your little sweetie! I do think a kid at heart is a wonderful thing!!

    Have a great day!
    Nancy

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  4. Marion is such a pretty girl, and her new dress is beautiful! I'm excited you're going to be sharing her clothes with us while this tangent lasts ;) You really are a fabulous sewist!

    Mary

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  5. Oh my goodness, how adorable. Sheila, you have such patience as doll clothes making can be so tedious! I love seeing the doll outfits that you make! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  6. Marion is just adorable and so is her little outfit! You have done a wonderful job, Sheila....but it's OK...really it is....I still like to play with dolls every now then then too :)

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  7. Welcome Marion!! You will love it at Shelia's house!!

    I must say, you sew exceptionally well my friend. Every detail is perfect and the fabrics are too adorable!! Good for you, having fun with dolls........I too always loved my dolls, still have two of them......Ginny doll and my Sassy Walker. My daughter's American Doll is still here with me too!! xoxoxo

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  8. Adorable little dress! I still have the ones my Great Grandmother made for my Mom's dolls. Carter is a lucky little girl!

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  9. You are the queen of sewing. I bow to your exceptional talents. My, how lucky your grand babies are to have such a talented Grandmother. Marion is so sweet. xo

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  10. My granddaughters and now, great granddaughter, have AG dolls. I love sewing for them especially after sewing those teensy tiny Barbie clothes. I make them a lot of outfits to match with their dollclothes. There is an AG tea here later this summer. I plan on taking Laynee and one of her dolls. Of course, they will have to have new outfits for the occasion.

    Enjoy sewing.

    Judy

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  11. My grandgirls have AG dolls with matching dresses and pajamas. Little girls are just the cutest ever! Lucky girls to have you as a granny.
    We are so happy to be grandparents of a lil'girl again from our DD Alexandra. She'll be born in Florida in Niv.
    Hugs,
    FABBY

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  12. She is adorable! I haven't seen the dolls at Target. Mine are knock offs, too. They are Madame Alexander and Wal mart dolls. Wal mart has some really cute ethnic dolls for a great price. They are all so much fun to sew for and I love this little summer time outfit. She looks cute and COOL! (I use velcro in the back, too...easy peasy..I cut it in half lengthwise and it holds just fine) Have FUN! And thanks for mentioning me and my dollies! Sweet hugs, Diane

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  13. You really are talented! This is so great that you're making these. The fabric is capture and perfect for a summer wardrobe! Velcro is a wonderful thing!

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  14. Shelia, I love tangents...they are completely normal, you know!

    The dress is adorable! You make me smile.

    Barb ♥

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  15. Awfully adorable! If I had a little girl I would probably be begging you for instructions!

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  16. That is adorable, Shelia! I think the fabric is perfect for doll clothes, too. LOL, I'll bet your granddaughter will be playing with Marion when she is over your house. : ) I wish I had the patience to sew clothes, but I am so bad with patterns like this. I tend to do things without patterns and figure them out in my head. Looking forward to seeing your other designs!

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  17. Shelia, you are so talented. The doll dress and bloomers are adorable, and the fabric is so pretty. Glad you didn't throw it away!

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  18. This outfit is adorable. Your Grand girl is so lucky you sew. Mine will have to do with store bought, oh well! Diane also makes the cutest doll clothes. Have fun and I'll see what Wed brings.

    Linda

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  19. Shelia I love it! I used to make clothes for dolls I would get from the thrift stores. I'd clean them up and make their little outfits, they always turned out like new! I look forward now to seeing what other clothes Marion will be modeling for us!

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  20. Marion is a cutie and so are her little dress and knickers :)

    Diana

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  21. I love some of the songs you come up with. Heavens, that song goes back to my Mother's time and that's along time ago. Oh Shelia, I used to make dolly clothes..it was so much fun. I don't sew much anymore..just alter things or mend. That little dress is so sweet and doll clothes cost so much. The fabric's you will be using are so much better than those you can buy. My great granddaughter, the eldest one, is now ten and adores her American girl doll. I found her at a garage sale with clothes etc. for $40. Perfect condition. The daughter was going off to college and decided to sell her dolls. I think she will regret it one day. Katie has her now..
    big hugs...you are soooo talented and the bestest grandma ever! :) AND you little model is pretty as can be..without all the $$$. :)

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  22. So funny! I was going to suggest that you visit Diane, not knowing that you already know each other! Small world this blogland isn't it! Your dress is beautiful and Marion looks very happy wearing it. You do sew so beautifully!!! I am sure that your granddaughter will enjoy all of the clothes for her doll because you made them! Don't forget though to keep an outfit for Marion to wear at your house when she is not working as a fashion model, she will get cold otherwise!! Hee hee! xx

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  23. Hi Shelia, oh I just adore Marion and her darling dress you created for her. She is the perfect model. I love your tangents and your grand daughter is going to love it too. You are so talented and everything you touch turns to gorgeous!! Have fun sewing and thanks for sharing.
    Hugs and Blessings, CM

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  24. Hi Shelia, I am a, 69 year old, 18 inch doll collector and love making them clothes. You have lots to look forward to with a 5 year old GD. Dolls, tea parties, American Girl store shopping trips. So much fun to look forward to. My GD's are all grown now but I am teaching a 12 year old friend to sew. We are working on her fair projects. It was 18 inch dolls and clothes last year.(blue and purple ribbons) This year it is memory bears.
    X judy

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  25. I love this little outfit on Marion. I've longed to have a doll for my granddaughters and make bunches of clothes. My two oldest granddaughters weren't excited with dolls but now my two youngest grandgirls seem to like the idea. You inspire me with your projects and ideas, my friend. Perhaps one of these days I will follow your lead and start sewing doll clothes again. I made many when my daughter was young. I still have all of the patterns! They are called vintage patterns now!
    ~Adrienne~

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  26. Marion is adorable in her little outfit! Have to smile at how she was willing to share a peek at her bloomers - LOL! I have a 4 year old granddaughter, and have been debating how soon she will be able to appreciate and understand the American Girl dolls. . . know that will be a few years away, but I'll check out Walmart. I was just thinking about how I loved making clothes for Barbie. Having two boys though, that kind of fell away. . but now there's a little girl in my life, and I could SO get into making doll clothes again. Can't wait to see what other cute clothes you make.

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    1. Thank you so much, Cynthia! Yes, I do see some doll clothes making in your future. I don't know about you, but making the clothes and trying them on the doll makes me feel rather like a kid again! I love that!
      Be a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

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  27. What an adorable outfit, you are sooo talented!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  28. What an adorable outfit, you are sooo talented!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  29. That dress is just so cute. Isn't it fun doing things for grandchildren?

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  30. Your doll has a beautiful face, so smooth. I have a few dolls I have collected don't put them out anymore. I should.
    You do have a great talent, your dolls clothes are fabulously cute. Lucky granddaughter you have. I like the dolls hair too.

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  31. That doll outfit is so so so danged cute. Your fabric, lace and buttons MAKE it though - how adorable.

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