vintage silk and lace

After finishing my big art quilt project and clearing off my work table, I was ready to make something quick and easy. Recently I scored some vintage scarves at an estate sale end this offer to an apartment for rent toronto and though some of them have long set-in stains that I wasn’t able to remove, portions of them are perfect for making Blythe clothing!

Dahlia in a new dress made from a vintage silk scarf and matching lace

This cream-colored silk scarf is quite sheer, so I knew I was going to combine it with some lace from my fabric stash. I grabbed a piece (thank you, remnants section at Joann!) and realized it worked perfectly!

Dahlia in a new dress made from a vintage silk scarf and matching lace

I used muslin as the lining for the bodice, since the silk is so fine and doesn’t have much structure. I did take extra care while turning the bodice so that I didn’t put any undue stress on the silk. It was tricky to press it and keep the silk looking good, but I managed it. The skirt is silk with lace on top and I used the existing hem of the scarf as the hem of the skirt – easy as pie!

Sometimes a simple dress can be really elegant given the materials you use. What have you been making lately?

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polka dots!

One of my favorite things to do on Saturday morning while I have breakfast is read the Two Bossy Dames newsletter. It arrives in my inbox every Friday afternoon like a treat that I can unwrap on a morning off. If you’re not subscribed, do it now! You will 100% not regret it. You will probably even want to come back here and thank me! It’s that good.

Anyway, this week Dame S. recommended this article detailing the history of polka dots, which I found fascinating and inspiring. I was going to pick out some highlights for you but everything is so darn interesting that I can’t choose! Just go read it.

Reading this had me heading up to CraftyTown to peruse my stash for polka dot fabrics. Perhaps unsurprisingly, I have a lot of them! Tiny polka dots, medium polka dots, on cotton and on garment fabric – what to choose?

Maude in tone-on-tone polka dot dress

I went for tone-on-tone in white cotton. It seems so classy and also fitting with the holiday season. As I’ve mentioned, I don’t have as many clothes for Maude, my Middie, as I’d like, so she was my first choice to sew for. This also provided an opportunity to try using a Neo-pattern-at-75% that someone recommended online, and it worked very well! I only actually used the bodice pattern. I eyeballed the skirt and its pleats, and it worked fine. I also added a sweet little bow to the front in the same color. Simple but effective!

Maude in tone-on-tone polka dot dress

Have I mentioned that I sort of aspire to Maude’s hair? It’s been ages since I tried bangs and don’t feel any ants in the pants to go down that road again anytime soon, but I just love her ‘do.

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wardrobe galore! and some to share!

I’ve been on such a kick of making Blythe clothing! It’s great to feel so inspired. I hope it continues!

It’s been awhile since I posted any finished pieces in the AnneArchy shop. I’m concentrating on patterns there right now, and using my finished items to stock my own Blythe wardrobe and to give as gifts to Blythe friends and acquaintances.

trio of dresses for Blythe

I made this trio of Blythe dresses as I celebrated successful hair treatments for Dahlia, Ash, and Willow. Dahlia (left) is wearing a very cozy houndstooth that I think will layer nicely. I need to make some under-dress style blouses/shirts! Ash has a double-layer-skirt Dotted Swiss dress that I think turned out quite nicely. The top stitching is a very pale pink, which you can’t really see here, but is very sweet in person. Willow’s frock (right) is made from an extremely slippery and difficult to work with material in navy blue. It has some tiny sequins woven into the fabric, and the material itself has solid sections alternating with sheer sections. You can kind of see this in the skirt (she’s wearing a knit skirt underneath for modesty, but since I lined the top it doesn’t come across as sheer there [also modesty! Plus, it would have been impossible to sew if I didn’t have one of the best embroidery machines to use]). I’m very pleased with all of these and am excited to have them in my Blythe collection.

Five Blythe Dresses

These five dresses I made as gifts. The giftee had mentioned that she didn’t have many blue dresses and that she likes floral and lace, so the dress on the left is a response to that. It’s got blue floral and lace trim! The next one is pink floral, which I think the giftee will also enjoy. The next two are gingham, another fave of the giftee, and both have tiny buttons on the bodice. Finally, a sort of experiment using some not-cotton fabrics. The polka dotted sand-colored fabric is layered over a coral pink, and I think the result is quite pleasing! It seems unusual to me, but to my eye, it works.

I am still feeling quite inspired by my stash, and I need to spend some time going through my patterns to try something new. I’ve read online that you can use a Neo Blythe pattern at 75% to fit Middie, and I’m excited to try that out! Have you done that? Seen any great patterns you’d recommend I pick up?

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Joy!

I participated in a swap on the Knitting for Blythe group on Rav recently, and the person to whom I sent goodies posted pics. She loves the items I made, and I’m so happy she does!

Love these sweaters!

I had noticed that she had a Petite as well as Neo Blythe, so I made matching sets of sweaters and dresses. I love the corduroy skirt her Petite is wearing with the sweater!

Lovely knit sun dresses.

Hooray!

Thanks for being a great swap recipient, Cupcake Snowflake!

 

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arrr, matey

I made a cute pirate dress for my Blythe:

pirate dress

pirate dress

I used the Puchi Collective Empire Dress pattern and added an extra band of the Jolly Roger fabric at the hem. The more I work on dresses for Blythe using the patterns that are available online, the more I see how I can make small changes to suit my own tastes. Yay for customizing things.

With that, I will also announce that I have finally named my Blythe. Drumroll, please…

The winner is: Willow! Thanks to everyone who voted in my poll and submitted suggestions.

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Blythe-ness

So, the day after I got my Blythe, we left for a roadtrip vacation to visit my sis and her hub in Florida. (Internet disclaimer: Note to any would-be thieves, we have house sitters.) So I haven’t had a chance to do much with her yet, but I had made one dress before I even got her. Here it is!

first dress I made for my yet-to-be-made Blythe

my yet-to-be-named Blythe in the first dress I made her

I posed her with some of Susan’s stuff today. Hunting with the Microscope:

Science!

DFTBA!

DFTBA

DJ K.K.!

with KK Slider

Today, Susan made her a party dress!

Susan's first party dress

my yet-to-be-named Blythe in Susan's first party dress

my yet-to-be-named Blythe in Susan's first party dress

Cute, eh?

More photos on Flickr.

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Happy Halloween!

As usual, we dressed up for Halloween today at the library. I decided to be Little Miss Muffet, because I like to do storybook characters and I found a neat spiderweb fabric at Joann when I was figuring out what to be. I also decided that LMM lived in Jane Austen’s time, and that she saw the error of her ways and recognized the merits of the spider.

MsMuffitAnne

I created a representation of a tuffet and put a bowl and spoon for curds and whey on it.

Ms Muffit & Friend

Karl helped me by sewing the spider onto my shoulder before I left for work this morning. Other than the spider (and the bowl and spoon), I made everything in the costume. I thought it might be difficult but creating the bonnet was easier than I expected. I looked at some images of regency era bonnets and then made it up as I went along. I used cardboard to make the back, which I then covered in fabric, and I created the brim from a place mat. A little sewing with a carpet needle and some hot glue gun action later, I had a bonnet!

I do have to say that this costume was much more comfortable than some others I’ve worn, which was nice for wearing all work day. Most people seemed to get it right off the bat, too, so I only had to explain it to a few. All in all, a successful halloween!

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