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  • #21
    Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

    Oh my gosh, I love this thread! I hope I'm ready to actively participate at some point this year, but I can't say enough how happy it makes me to see us getting creative with big projects for Duffy! I :love:LOVE:love: it!!

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    • #22
      Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

      There is a gorgeous 18" doll pattern at Thimbles and Acorns Carrie Bundle Doll Clothes Pattern 18 inch American Girl Dolls and 16 inch A Girl For All Time Dolls | Pixie Faire that is free today (Friday, 1/9/15 in the US; I don't know the time zone). It would have to be modified to work on Shellie May, of course--the website lists an 11" waist for the American Girl, which I think is smaller than at least one of my American Girl dolls!--but it's gorgeous and it looks to me like removing the darts on the American Girl version might get the jacket most of the way around Shellie May's waist. (The underskirt wouldn't be hard to tweak, though you'd have to make your own waistband.)
      Last edited by Eeee-va; 01-09-2015, 11:12 AM.
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      • #23
        Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

        Thank you! That dress is gorgeous. It looks quite complicated. How on earth to cover those snaps???
        I still have to finish the cushions.
        I've been going on every Friday to get the free patterns.
        Last edited by Ilovegreataur; 01-09-2015, 09:14 AM.

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        • #24
          Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

          I am thinking of finally sewing a dress this weekend....anyone wanna keep me accountable?
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          • #25
            Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

            Consider the countdown started! Looking forward to seeing what you create, Eeee-va!
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            • #26
              Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

              LOL. Thanks, Madoka! I'll just be making the dress I posted at the top of this page, only with different fabric and a solid skirt. (The patches are ADORABLE but this is to be an under-dress for my SS Smiling Shellie May that has the 3rd Spring Voyage jacket; I think patches would make the ensemble too "busy." I do plan to make a patchwork one for my buddy Smiling Shellie May someday, though.)

              Anyway, this will be to make an electronic version of the pattern and test it. If my test goes well, I can then share the pattern for SS-size Shellie May! :yea: With patchwork instructions to come.

              17" Shellie May's will come after that--I'd rather get it right for the plush I have before I make it for one I don't. :shy:
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              • #27
                Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

                An under-dress. That sounds adorable! I have visions of a white Victorian camisole with attached lace petticoat. That's probably not what you had in mind, but it doesn't hurt to plant the seed of idea right?
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                • #28
                  Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

                  And here I thought you were going to tackle that free pattern from yesterday!
                  So are we limited to sharing patterns where each piece would fit on an 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper?

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                  • #29
                    Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

                    Originally posted by madoka View Post
                    An under-dress. That sounds adorable! I have visions of a white Victorian camisole with attached lace petticoat. That's probably not what you had in mind, but it doesn't hurt to plant the seed of idea right?
                    Oh, that would be pretty and could kind of be done with the pattern I'm making! I'll look at white, but right now I'm looking at using lilac/lavender material and making a simple sleeveless dress. The Spring Voyage top is pretty busy so I'll likely keep the dress simple, though there's a good chance I'll make a ruffle on the bottom (probably made of the same fabric as the dress, but I'll look at lace and pink fabric too).



                    (My first thought was a yellow and white check I have, but it looks terrible with the top. Ah well.)

                    Once I'm done, then I can make pants for Small Smiling Duffy!



                    ILG, my Small Smiling Shellie May already has a Steampunk-inspired outfit so I don't have any specific plans for that cute American Girl pattern right now, but maybe someday... I kind of hoard patterns. :shy:

                    Yes, making patterns that fit on 8 1/2" x 11" paper is the best way to share online (at least in America; I don't know if other countries use slightly different paper sizes, but the pattern creator can measure an inch and put it on the pattern so that everyone can make sure that it's scaled properly).

                    But you can make pieces to be taped together if needed. Also, many doll skirts are just rectangles gathered into a waistband, so you just create a pattern for a waistband--possibly instructing to cut on a fold--and then say "Cut a 8" x 30" rectangle for the skirt" (for example). My go-to patterns often have instructions like that for skirts.

                    I've seen some PEOPLE patterns that you can supposedly print out on your computer so I think bear patterns will work just great.
                    Last edited by Eeee-va; 01-10-2015, 11:40 AM.
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                    • #30
                      Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

                      I am seriously toying with the idea of modifying a baby doll dress pattern into a Haunted Mansion Maid costume for my Shellie May. Does anyone have any advice on altering for the bears? I know someone said American Girl patterns aren't quite right and need some modifications. I have a sewing machine but my skills are extremely limited but normally if I want to make something bad enough, I can teach myself!

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                      • #31
                        Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

                        Boog,
                        what I have is how I took an 18" doll pattern and adjusted it.
                        A baby doll dress would be bigger. However, you may be able to figure the adjustment.
                        I've been meaning to post the information for a long time, but haven't.
                        I'm working right now, but will try to get to it tonight.
                        ILG

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                        • #32
                          Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

                          Originally posted by Ilovegreataur View Post
                          Boog,
                          what I have is how I took an 18" doll pattern and adjusted it.
                          A baby doll dress would be bigger. However, you may be able to figure the adjustment.
                          I've been meaning to post the information for a long time, but haven't.
                          I'm working right now, but will try to get to it tonight.
                          ILG
                          I would appreciate any help you could give, ILG and no rush at all!

                          BTW, that Pixie Faire site looks adorable! I'll have to look through there to see if there might be something that would work for my costume.

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                          • #33
                            Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

                            IN THEORY, a 16"? 17"? baby doll (Bitty Baby) wears clothes that American Girl dolls can wear, though the pants will be capris. At least, that was the case circa 2010; things might have changed. So depending on your pattern, it might (or might not) need alterations similar to an American Girl pattern.
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                            • #34
                              Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

                              The extent of my experience with modifying a pattern was with an Anna/Elsa pattern, which consists of yoke, bodice (with lining), and skirt (each are 3 pieces). There was an overlay for Elsa's dress, which was 4 pieces.



                              I know that my process is not optimal, but it worked.
                              I took the cut pattern pieces and placed them on card stock and traced them. From there, I modified the drawings before cutting. Once I had my pattern pieces, I could place them on material, trace, then cut material.


                              The yoke. To both the front and back pieces I added 7/8" to the pattern as it approaches the shoulder.
                              To each side of the back, to the center line where the velcro goes, I added 1/2".
                              I literally took the edge of the pattern tracing on the card stock and measured 7/8" and drew another line. I did curve a bit around the arm hole, but not much.


                              The bodice. The pattern was extended an extra 1/4" to both front and back pieces where it would go under the arm. Like the yoke back, the center line was extended 1/2". I made the Anna dress first and realized that the arm holes were gigantic, because of all the extra material in the yolk heading toward the shoulder. With the Elsa dress, I raised the bottom of the armpit 3/8". I did this by tracing the pattern on the card stock as described. I then moved the pattern 3/8" higher and traced that again. The entire height of the bodice wasn't increased over that of the doll pattern, but it made for a shallower arm pit, which worked quite well.


                              The lining. The areas heading to the shoulder and arm pit were increased the same as the other pieces, included raising the arm pit. I just realized that I likely didn't change the addition to the center back. It says 3/16", but my pattern piece says to increase to 1/2", which is the same as the main piece.

                              The sleeves: From the top point of the curve to the bottom, measures 5.5"
                              The length at the bottom where the cuff would be on the card stock pattern measures 6 5/8"; however, a note on the paper has 7".
                              The width of the sleeve is larger toward the armpit, and the pattern measures 6 7/8".


                              The skirt. Similar to the bodice, the side seams are extended 1/4" each front and back pieces. The center is 1/2".


                              The overlay. Speaks for itself.

                              I had a real problem with the tail hole for my dresses. I had velcro go down to close at the bottom. For the Anna dress, her tail couldn't come through even though there was space. Too much overlapping material.


                              For the Elsa dress, I very poorly tried to fashion a hole. It worked, but I'm sure it could have been done better with better planning.


                              Most dresses have velcro to the waist or so, then none at the bottom, so a tail hole isn't necessary.

                              I hope this makes some sense and that it helps however remotely.
                              ILG
                              Last edited by Ilovegreataur; 02-23-2015, 07:38 PM.

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                              • #35
                                Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

                                Sorry I've been so busy but I figured I should post to make sure this thread doesn't lock. I made these felt pins/buttons for the Disneyland Duffy meet. They're just stiffened and regular felt and acrylic paint.



                                (Duffy was the easiest to make and for some reason Shellie May was the hardest. I had several "rejects" and wasn't super happy with some of the ones that made the cut just because I wouldn't have had enough of her otherwise!)
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                                • #36
                                  Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

                                  Those are adorable, Eeee-va! Do I see 3 smiling Duffys? If you have spares... I'd happily be a recipient of some.

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                                  • #37
                                    Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

                                    So cute Eeee-va! Love them! :thumbup:
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                                    • #38
                                      Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

                                      Wow, Eeee-va! Now I wish I'd been there even more!!:clap:

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                                      • #39
                                        Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

                                        Hi everyone! Thanks to a good tip I'm posting a picture of a dress and cape I sewed for my Shellie May bear (who I've named Kasumi) here in this thread. Click image for larger version

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                                        The website where I got the pattern is: Its in Japanese but using Google Translate I've been able to figure out the instructions. She has wonderful step by step photos, material lists and instructions on how to print out the pieces at the correct size. She has many patterns for beautiful clothing for both Duffy and Shellie May. You can also follow her on Twitter and see what other people are creating for their Duffy and Shellie May bears using her patterns. Its a lot of fun and she is very talented!

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                                        • #40
                                          Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

                                          Oh wow, that is GORGEOUS! :bow:
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