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

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

    I was searching for sites for bear clothes patterns. I feel so bold after successfully making a gown, that I'd like to make one for ShellieMay. Historically, I just wing it and create patterns by holding things up to the bears or fashioning one by an article of clothing. It is hard that way!

    I found an absolutely wonderful thread started by DuffyD and had many contributions by Eeee-va, Sandrita, and UrsulaLvr.
    The thread is closed. I thought maybe we could make a new one.

    I know we have a few of those among us who sew.

    So, I'm looking for a pattern...

    ILG

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

    I juryrig patterns for my bears, with mixed results. (Princess dresses are apparently my specialty, just like they were for dolls...) I have a book of princess dress patterns for 17" American Girl and slim body dolls so I use those as a base to sew for Smiling Shellie May. (There is a "prince" pattern in there too so there is also something to use for pants.)

    Smiling Shellie May, at least, has a very petite top and a less-petite bottom (with ITTY BITTY legs) so she's tricky to say the least. I had a pair of plain blue shorts made from an American Girl pattern; they were slightly tight on the doll but when I added the light blue trim and the belt (and inexplicably, turned them backwards) they worked pretty well for short pants for her.



    All that to say, I would LOVE a reliable 17" (or other size) Duffy/Shellie May pattern! I have a friend who drafts/sells patterns, but she's probably busy because of the impending Christmas season so I wouldn't count on her being able to make one for us anytime soon.
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    • #3
      Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

      I know mmommie sews some nice dresses. In particular, I would like to take the leftover material from making the Elsa gown (have now started the Anna winter dress) and make matching outfits for ShellieMay. I think that it would be great if she could wear them next month when we meet those princesses.

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      • #4
        Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

        Not helpful for Elsa or Anna, but Shibuya Jacket 18 inch Doll Clothes Pattern PDF Download | Pixie Faire has a gorgeous free American Girl pattern today (11/7). I'm guessing the sleeves and waist would probably have to be altered to fit 17" Shellie May, but I love it!
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        • #5
          Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

          Thanks, Eeee-va. I created an account. Do they have a free pattern every day?

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

            Every Friday, I believe, for different dolls. Someone added me to an American Girl group on Facebook and I have been too lazy to unsubscribe so someone usually posts when they have a free AG pattern.
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            • #7
              Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

              I can measure one of the 18" dolls we have and compare measurements with SM. I also have clothing from mmommie and BAB. Perhaps I can make some patterns.

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              • #8
                Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

                Yes, I was thinking of subjecting my poor Duffy to some fittings to give me ideas.....
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                • #9
                  Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

                  I was in JoAnn Fabrics today and was looking around the pattern section and I found Anna & Elsa patterns for 18" dolls. I'll use those as a base for retrofitting for SM. I was thinking that since my daughter and SM will have dresses, Duffy should have something as well. Thought of making him a Kristoff outfit. None of the materials I saw jumped out at me. I figured that I would deal with that after I make the Anna dress and two dresses for Shellie May.
                  4 weeks...plenty of time, right?

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                  • #10
                    Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

                    Originally posted by Ilovegreataur View Post
                    I was in JoAnn Fabrics today and was looking around the pattern section and I found Anna & Elsa patterns for 18" dolls. I'll use those as a base for retrofitting for SM. I was thinking that since my daughter and SM will have dresses, Duffy should have something as well. Thought of making him a Kristoff outfit. None of the materials I saw jumped out at me. I figured that I would deal with that after I make the Anna dress and two dresses for Shellie May.
                    4 weeks...plenty of time, right?
                    :lol:

                    A Duffy Olaf is also a legitimate option as well and could be easier. Or a Sven could be outstanding!

                    If we got together a guide to revising American Girl patterns for the bears, that would be super-helpful for people with some sewing experience!
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                    • #11
                      Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

                      Olaf is definitely an option, and one suggested by my daughter as well. I thought Duffy would prefer to be a little more masculine.

                      We should consider creating a guide.

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

                        Update on the sewing projects.

                        Finished cape for daughter and doll. Used doll one to guess how to adjust for SM. I created the cape then had to modify further. Just need to make/attach the collar (I did one, but ended up being too small) and attach the clasp.

                        I think that the cape is the most labor intensive part.

                        I'm moving forward production line style for the dresses. I recognize that I'm on no deadline for the doll dress, but I think that if I construct that, it will give me a base from which I can guestimate modifications for SM. One thing I definitely realized with the cape is that "baby got back". I had to make the cape longer in the back than in the front, but for the human and doll outfits, they were even. The cape for SM started out even, but in fittings, was shorter. The whole thing was too long, so when hemming further, I was able to slope it down.

                        I'm sewing in every spare moment. I stopped by JoAnn fabrics yesterday to buy a frog. I've been glancing at the remnants every time I'm in there scouting for fabric for a Kristoff outfit. I found some last night at a bargain! It is supposedly upholstery fabric, but more like a very thin denim. It is gray and really looks like suede. The selvage is black and almost furry. I will use that as the fur trim. I bought a light corduroy that is darkish gray for the sleeves. (I guess I need to determine whether to make a shirt and vest or one piece. Probably 2 pieces, because I have a T-shirt and the SV vest to use to make patterns.) I also found a funky patterned burgundy faux suede material that will be great for sash and trim.

                        16 days is not a lot of time, and I have plans for both Saturday and Sunday! I think I'll be taking all of my sewing equipment with me at Thanksgiving. I cannot afford the down time.

                        I'll post pictures when I can and have more to show.

                        ILG

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

                          I'd always wished that Disney would make a Mickey Mouse or Winnie the Pooh (preferably both. LOL) plush that could be dressed up in different outfits like dolls could be.

                          Then, one year I got a Winnie the Pooh plush from Build-a-Bear Workshop for Christmas. Up until that point I had been sewing just for American Girl dolls. I really wanted to make Pooh the clothes he wore in the TV shows and movies (like his lovely Winter coat). But, as you can tell by looking at Pooh, there is no way an 18" doll pattern would fit him (it was all that honey he ate at breakfast... and lunch... and dinner...).

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                          After trying to alter doll clothes patterns to fit weren't working, I gave up on it for awhile. A few years passed, and then I got Duffy for Christmas! I started looking for clothes for him, and there wasn't a lot of choices available. Disney didn't have much, and the fit of BABW clothing was iffy at best (plus there was they whole squish-the-head-to-fit-into-a-shirt thing).

                          Once again, 18" doll patterns just didn't work because, although they are the same height, the measurements of the neck, arms, and body, and legs are completely different. So I took the plunge and started working on patterns for him. Sometimes they go together pretty quick, other times they take f-o-r-e-v-e-r to get just right. I once spent a few days practically pulling my hair out because a shirt I was working on was bunching around the front of the armpit area, and I wasn't certain how to fix it. And while I don't think Duffy was ever uncomfortable in that shirt, I wasn't pleased with how it looked and couldn't let it go. ^_^
                          "If you can dream it, you can do it!"

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                          • #14
                            Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

                            I know my experience is limited to altering a single pattern. When I get home, I can post what modifications I made to which seams.

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

                              Looking forward to seeing your modification instructions, ILG! I play around with slim-body 18" doll patterns for my Smiling Shellie May. I'm actually going to be working on a garment that will in theory fit her (it's for my BFF's plushie cat I made her, but I tried to make her as close to my Smiling Shellie May's dimensions as I could so that they could share clothes). It should be relatively simple, so I'm hoping to actually get a real pattern together and post it here.

                              But even if I do, I can't post before Christmas on the off OFF chance I accidentally link her a post/thread on here and she wanders over here; I want her to be surprised. :P
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                                Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

                                So here is the dress I made for my "SS" sized Smiling Shellie May! (Aimster's aunt made the bow.)



                                Oops; I forgot to trim the threads in back; sorry.



                                I will create/post a pattern in the next couple weeks, with instructions to make a one-colored skirt or probably a simpler patchwork skirt; this one was recreating a specific overly-complex pattern for a friend. I will try to make a pattern for the full-sized Shellie May too.

                                I think it could probably be made with a minimum of sewing if you used felt for the bodice, ribbon for the straps, and did not make a patchwork skirt (or found patchwork fabric for it). Sewing machine would not be required but is helpful, particularly for Velcro and the patches.

                                If anyone wants to do a "sew-along," let me know and I can take photos as I put it together and maybe get something together closer to Valentine's Day? We did that on another messageboard I was on, where we did one little step each day, and it was great fun.
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                                  Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

                                  Sorry for being rather absent lately. I took on the project of making cushions for a very large bay window (trapezoid top 69", bottom 131"). Probably more time consuming than making the Anna and Elsa. I completed one cushion and gave as the present with the promise of forthcoming 3 remaining cushions.

                                  I haven't forgotten my other promise to post my modifications of the doll dress for the bear.

                                  Eeee-va, the dress is wonderful.

                                  One thing I'd like to see a tutorial on is how to make a tail hole. I made one, but it was poorly done.

                                  ILG

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                                  • #18
                                    Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

                                    Thank you, ILG! My Smiling Shellie May doesn't actually get tail holes in her skirts; I think she looks fine without them. Maybe because she's sitting down already? Or maybe because my skirts tend to be poofy and/or so stiff they would hide the tail or squish it down?

                                    (That said, I just shoved her tail through the natural hole in the back of the dress that Aimster's aunt made and it worked fine, so that might be the way to go. Many doll/bear dresses don't close all the way in back; usually you have Velcro or snaps down the back to about the waist, then some space that isn't sewn or closed in any way, and then the bottom portion of the skirt is sewn together.)
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                                    • #19
                                      Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

                                      When I made the Anna dress, there was a gap in the Velcro, but no cut-out for the tail. Without putting her tail through, it looked weird, like a full diaper, if you get my drift.
                                      I tried to fashion a hole in the Elsa dress, which was great to have, but hard to make and it wasn't very gracefully made.

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                                      • #20
                                        Re: Duffy's Button Box & Pin Cushion: How-to Sewing Projects & Original Designs #2

                                        I thought you would just put a hole in the back center seam, reinforcing at both sides so that the tail could poke through, but I can't say for certain. (The above dress was made for a plushie with no tail at all so I had no reason to add a tail hole.)

                                        I'll check my Build a Bear dresses this weekend to see how they handle it.
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