Back before Christmas I made a pair of Lalaloopsy dolls for my girls as Christmas presents using this pattern by Quirky Artist Loft (which is not based on any commercially available dolls, any similarities are completely coincidental). I would recommend the pattern without reservation as it is easy to follow, has some nice hair variation suggestions and gives you a beautiful, very sweet doll. She also offers clothing patterns for the dolls which I’ve downloaded but haven’t made anything from yet.
Since then the world has gone Frozen crazy. Including me. I love it. It’s quite possibly the best film ever, and I will cheerfully admit to listening to the CD while in the car alone and watching the DVD repeatedly, by choice and child free. So when I decided to make Frozen outfits for the dolls it was as much for my own gratification as for the girls’ benefit. They’re actually miniature versions of the dressing up outfits I plan to make for the girls. I’ve already bought the fabric but I have some more pressing sewing projects to get on with in the meantime so sadly they will have to wait just a bit longer.
Among my more pressing sewing projects is the pair of trousers I’m making in my evening classes. They’re going well, although I’ve reached another pause until next class as I want to check my fly is right before moving on. The fly is IMPORTANT, people!
So far I’m pleased with it – the muslin fit very well, but I have no photo as it was a tiny bit see-through (black knickers, you know) and the fly was appalling. there’s no way anybody is getting a look at that fly. I did consider putting them on Mari to show you the lovely back view, but they didn’t sit well on her because she only has half a bum.
I do have a photo of the fabric I’m using though, if only so I can share a lesson I have learned in fabric preparation.
I bought a top dyed cotton garbadine from Ebay which was described as developing a vintage wash look after the first cool wash. Perfect. So I put it in the machine at 30 degrees and waited. And this is what came out….
It’s a bit (very) creased, isn’t it. I can’t decide whether it’s ruined or not but am using it anyway – I had to cut around the worst of the creases and I’ll make a judgement on how successful it is when the garment’s complete. At worst it will be a good practice for my next trousers, and I should have some very comfy trousers for lounging around and doing the gardening in.
Back in class I asked Angela what went wrong and she suggested the spin cycle in my machine may have been too strong, and that pressing the fabric straight from the machine might have helped revive it. I have squirrelled these tips away for next time I’m pre-washing.