I am so pleased to introduce MY MOM…..the CREATIVE GENIUS. This is her official debut on Crafting Chicks and it’s about time ;). I grew up watching her sew ALL MY CLOTHES, yes even down to the underwear. I can fully admit that I didn’t appreciate the darling outfits she made for me, but like all girls that grow up, we realize how amazing our mothers are as we grow ourselves and realize that our mothers are full-out warrior ROCK STARS. She is one of the most humble people I know, always thinks of others, and is the official “KID WHISPERER”. As for her crafty side, WATCH OUT PEOPLE. She is always making something amazing. She is always coming up with the most creative solutions, she is DA BOMB. Pardon my sweet reminiscings, I swear I can’t help it when I am talking about people I adore so just look at the pics if you don’t want to read all sorts of great sappy crapola.
This is my Q and my mama….two beauties.
So my mom’s oldest granddaughter, Carli just turned 6! So when these patterns went on sale from $15 to $.99, then she scooped up a whole slew of them….and I mean ALL of the patterns for the 18″ dolls. SMART. Jo-Annes As we all know, the American Girl clothes are P.R.I.C.E.Y…..like $25+ dollars. She couldn’t wait to get her hands on these cute patterns for Carli’s Our Generation doll (she got for a fraction of the price from Target). P.S. These patterns are on sale right now, not for $.99 at Jo-Ann’s, but for 40% off.
She used a variation of these patterns to make these beauties. We had so much fun yesterday with this doll photoshoot….I WAS DYING when she showed me these yesterday for the first time. The 2-Peice BALL GOWN….with 2 layers of shimmery tulle and a satin bottom layer with hand-sewn sequins on the top layer and top.
THE SPRING OUTFIT: White t-shirt with a 2-layer skirt and matching vest with ric rac and ribbon embellishments. I would SOOOO stink as a home shopping network hostess….so bare with me.
When is everything so darn cute, when it’s miniature?
SUMMER OUTFIT: Summery fitted camisole and matching capris embellished with bright orange, grosgrain ribbon and bows.
MOM: “Instead of snaps on all the clothes, I used velcro so Carli could take them on and off a little more easily.”
Let’s not forget the do rag….so fun.
SUNDAY DRESS: floral-patterned long dress with flower embellishment and purple trim.
BALLERINA OUTFIT: I la la la LOVE this leotard and tu tu. Are you kidding me MOM? I love the hand-sewn sequins and silver trim and the 3-tiered tu tu with a layer of turquoise shimmery fabric mixed in with the white tulle.
ME: “I wish I had her knees….who says that?”
FALL OUTFIT: embroidered pants with matching fleece zip-up hoodie. A Bedazzler would have really come in handy on this one….not that I’m really into Bedazzled jeans, because I’m actually not, but how cute would that be to pimp out some little doll jeans with the big stitching and the rhinestones….SAWEET. The colored embroidered stitching is a darling alternative.
KNITTED WOOL SWEATER & PLEATED SKIRT COMBO….ME: “Mom, what the freakin’ crap is this???? WHAT??? ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? You knitted her a WOOL sweater???” I couldn’t get over this one. She knits all the awesome stripped socks with this amazing wool yarn and had some leftovers…..”ok let’s just knit her a sweater!”
And the pleated skirt is to DIE for. ME: “MOM, SO CUTE. HEY MOM, CAN I KEEP THESE FOR Q?” MOM: “NO.” ME: “I’m going to have to find a way to break into Berk & Jen’s house and steal them then….like the old lady on “Tangled”, except I won’t steal Carli or the doll.”
That’s that my friends…..
ME: “Where and when did you learn to sew?”
MOM: “Junior High….then high school and collage.”
ME: “Which sewing classes did you take in college?”
MOM: “Flat pattern design…it was one of the hardest classes I have ever taken. Now I know how to adjust patterns and such.”
ME: “What is the most extensive sewing project you have done?”
MOM: “A fully tailored suit, coats, and about 12-13 jackets. I sew a lot of my own clothes.”
ME: “How has sewing changed through the ages as far as price and ease?”
MOM: “It’s expensive to sew now. It used to be so much cheaper and more economical to sew your own clothes.”
ME: “Now onto the outfits…..which outfit was the easiest to make?”
MOM: “The skirts were easy….the pleated skirt or maybe the pants. I could make a pair of the doll pants in about 15 minutes.”
ME: “Which outfit was the hardest?”
MOM: “Knitting the sweater….it took me about 3 or 4 hours. I had to adjust the pattern (there was a pattern for a knitted sweater) because the thread I used was smaller and my knitting needles were smaller. So I had to add stitches here and there, there’s a way to do it. You have to figure out how many stitched per inch, compared to how many there are with the bigger needles.”
ME: “Mom you’re officially nuts.”
MOM: “I know, it took me awhile to figure it out, but it worked out.”
ME: “Was it easier or harder than you thought?”
MOM: “It was easier because the doll patterns have a WHOLE lot of shortcuts that you just don’t do with adult clothes. They are smaller and easier to work with….a seam on a skirt is 4 inches…so quick. You could make a skirt in about 20 minutes.”
ME: “For our readers out there that have not sewn before, could they make these?”
MOM: “Yea, they can, but they would have to follow the pattern very carefully and do everything it says to do. I have a serger that helps finish off the seams quickly.”
ME: “Is it hard to follow a pattern? Do they have step by step instructions?”
MOM: “YES. I have a magnetic board behind my machine with all the directions pinned up so I can read them as I go. When you learn to sew, they teach you how to read patterns, it’s like a recipe. You just follow the instructions. Then after you learn that, you can learn little tricks to make it look even better. If you take classes, they teach you these tricks.”
ME: “So where would you recommend a beginner start?”
MOM: “Find a class in your area or find someone that sews and can show you how to start, it’s really not hard ;). Doll clothes are a great starting point to learn how to sew.”
ME: “Ok so in closing, how do you feel about your debut on Crafting Chicks (he he he he)?”
MOM: “Kirsten you are a nerd. It’s fun to make doll clothes. :).”
ME: “LOVE YOU MOM!!! You make me want to try out doll clothes making….when Q gets a bit older. But I am NOT knitting, I’ll tell you that right now.”
Ok all you crafty gals out there, have you made clothes for your dolls or barbies? We would love to see them. Also, leave a cute comment for my mama, she asked me a bit shyly if she would be able to see the comments from this post……oh mom….so if you feel so inclined, let her know what you think. She will SOOOO love to read them :).