Monday, November 11, 2013

Fairytale Doll Pattern Preview


Happy Monday, everyone!


Today I'm sharing some preview photos of the Fairytale Doll Set pattern! Which isn't quite finished yet but is coming! Which I'm working on night and day to get ready for you in time to make holiday gifts. It's mammoth, so I'm of course I'm sorely tempted to procrastinate and sew wool skirts and Chinese blouses with frog buttons instead. Don't let me!

Update: The pattern is available for sale here!!

If you're unfamiliar with the Fairytale Doll, she's the maiden-turned-mermaid protagonist in Emily's Fairytale birthday party that we threw earlier this fall. 

I posted the free pattern and instructions to make the basic Fairytale Doll and her modesty dress (so she wouldn't have to be starkers in your home) earlier, so this pattern will not include all that again. It's all new stuff,


like a reversible pinafore:

and outfits for her fantasy identities - a princess gown, a mermaid costume and a winged fairy dress,

as well as four new shoe options,

and six hair variations: four in felt-

double braids;

a back ponytail;

a high curl;

and a top knot.

plus two hairdos in yarn - bangs

and no bangs.


When you've made all her clothes, you'll probably wish you had a place to store them,

so the pattern shows you how to make a storage bag

whose zippered compartment is almost only an afterthought

when you consider that it's also a carrying bag 
 


that detaches

so it can transform into a sleeping bag

for toting to grandma's or stay-at-home sleepovers.

Goodnight, dollies!

Lots of fabric combination options

and variations.

My girls love them. And I'm not just saying that as a marketing ploy. I told them I was planning to put some of those sleeping bag samples in the shop because we don't need to keep all five, and they were outraged. 


And they kept reminding me that I was not allowed to sell any of the doll samples, either. 

I hope you'll buy my pattern to make sleeping bags and outfits for your little ones! It includes templates and instructions to make those 16 projects I mentioned in this post - the four shoes, the six hairstyles, the reversible pinafore, the fairy dress, the ball gown, the mermaid tail and bra, and the sleeping/storage/carrying bag. It's packed full of so many good things! Which means it's also huge so right now I'm still editing and writing and counting megabytes in order to decide if it will be a single pattern or two smaller ones.


I'll be sending the alpha version to my fabulous pattern tester Grandma G later this week, to be subject to her rigorous testing and proofreading, and then I'll get the final version ready for you to buy. In the meantime, start sewing your dollies!


27 comments:

  1. Wow! Your detail with those options and accessories, especially the bag, is amazing! :)

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  2. The awesomeness of this cannot be overstated! Yay LiEr, can't wait for the pattern to come. My dolly-for-niece is in progress and now she can have a whole wardrobe!

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  3. When you purchase te pattern will you also include the doll so everything is in one place? I'm horrible about going back into things, but I so want to make home made dolls for my kids this year!

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  4. Wow! I'm excited! Can't wait to see them at your shop. They will definitely come in handy for the Christmas season.

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  5. They all look so fun! Can't wait to do more testing!

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  6. Oh LiEr! This is fabulous! I am so looking forward to this! I will be the first buyer (of many I'm sure...) Great job!
    -Vania-

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  7. To do not with sewing but with creativity, I thought you, LiEr, as a creative engineer-type of the female persuasion would enjoy this:
    zhttp://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/swedish_women_invent_an_invisible_bike_helmet_video_20131111

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  8. I love the bed that is also a bag! Need to think how to turn this into a boy doll so that The Boy does not feel left out. Ideally with a superhero alter-ego identity...

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    1. Oh, MaryAnne: wait till Spring '14. I have such a treat planned, but I'm not letting myself go anywhere near it till I've got this pattern done. Too tempting otherwise.

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  9. I love it! Thinking of a bunch of little girls who would love that doll...

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  10. Envious of your little girls, whose mum can sew such cute dolls. Looking forward to buying your pattern. ;)

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  11. I love that ! I hope it will be ready soon (sorry ! I don't mean that as a "hurry up and finish it".). I don't remember if you said it in the doll's post, but could you say where you found the fabric for the dolls ? Thank you !

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    1. Cecile: I used a kind of unstretchy (in any direction) robe velour. Found it at my local Mill End Textiles. However, you can use any non-stretchy fabric for the doll e.g. muslin, cotton, flannel. Just avoid knit, fleece, felt (too thick) and doll skin if it's stretchy like a knit.

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  12. I am so excited about this pattern! I will also need to work on making one a boy doll with superhero costume, and maybe the ability to become a forest elf or gnome? Need to think that through a bit...

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    1. Anonymous: Spring '14. Watch for it. That's all I will say now (or else I'll never finish this pattern).

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  13. Oh my! How lovely! The mermaid is perfect for my little girl. Off to print the doll pattern now.

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  14. Sounds like it won't be for this Christmas, but I third (fourth?) the request for boy-friendliness! I tried my hand at making boy-ish clothes for my son's baby, but failed miserably...the darned over-stuffed floppy-legged butt threw it off. I need help here!

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    1. mailergoat: see above - comments #9 and #16 :)

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  15. I LOVE this! I'll be buying it as soon as you release it! Yay!

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  16. Really looking forward to this and as soon as I finish making this toddler princess dress I'm going to get started on a doll! Maybe the doll will get a matching dress. :)

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  17. Have you figured out how much it will cost?

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  18. Pattern looks awesome. I'm thinking I may have to make a few of these. By the way, I noticed you have figured out the numbering comments thingy.

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  19. Me encanta!!! los detalles y la bolsa de dormir. Asombroso!

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  20. I love these! I need to learn to sew :-) Your work is wonderful!

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  21. Can't wait to buy the pattern! My daughter saw these and immediately wanted me to start sewing :)

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  22. You are as much a genius as you are bonkers. I love this and am so very relieved that my girls are older or I'd be sinking into your abyss of crazy alongside you. But only in the best of ways, mind you!! Your girls are so lucky to have a retired educator/physics whiz at home. Mine lament that they have a math enthusiast...but are starting to act a lot like me, sometimes! Yea!!

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