Monday, December 28, 2020

Pattern Review: Simplicity 1245 by Keepers Dolly Duds

 I have had an idea for a project for a while now. 

My mom remembers very clearly a coat that she had as a child in 1957. My grandmother made the original coat. I thought it would be fun to make this coat in doll size.

The coat had a matching bonnet. It was dark turquoise, has a leopard skin print collar, and brass buttons.

I used Simplicity 1245 as the pattern.

I was able to go fabric shopping with my mom, so she could help me identify the closest color match.

The bonnet was very easy to make. The coat was more complex, but I was happy with the way it turned out.

I left out the flanges on the shoulders, as I wanted this to match my mom's coat. They would have been easy to include if desired.


I was very happy with the finished project.

I deliberately left out the leopard pint collar for two reasons: I only like leopard print when it is on the leopard, and I didn't think it matched the turquoise color anyway.

Mom says that this is close, but that her original coat didn't flare so much at the bottom, and her bonnet didn't have as much of a brim. She said it stopped at about the hair line.

I haven't added buttons yet, because I think it will be hard to find small enough brass buttons. I am trying to decide what I should do instead.

I may make another coat to try to replicate Mom's more closely, but all the 1950 coat patterns that I am aware of flare at the bottom.

Meanwhile, I really do like this coat.

Friday, December 25, 2020

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Christmas for Felicity

 I fell in love with Felicity at her release, and got her for Christmas in 1992.

We have spent a lot of holidays together.

I still swoon at how pretty she is in her Christmas gown.

I am also really pleased that I have her doll and her Noah's ark to play with.

I am always on the lookout for more of her collection, but grateful for what I do have.





Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Christmas for Kit

 Here are some Christmas pictures of Kit!

She ran to the Christmas tree still in her pajamas, but she had to change into her Christmas dress later for family pictures!




Friday, December 18, 2020

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Thursday, December 10, 2020

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

 Kanani, Aurelie and Danielle are eager to show off their holiday looks!




Aren't they cute?

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Happy St. Nicholas Day!

 Do you celebrate St. Nicholas Day?

I fell in love with it in second grade when I read about it in a book in second grade. 

I also got to celebrate it with my host family when I was studying in Germany!


Joss left her shoes out, and St. Nicholas brought her a Moana book and some lollipops.

More Doll Pictures

 Here are a few more doll pictures.  I am trying to post for Doll of Color Month most days, if not all days. I rarely have Internet access t...