Sewing Blythe Doll Christmas Dresses

Blogged under Doll Crafting,Sew Simple by Tammy on Sunday 24 December 2017 at 4:12 pm



Sewing Princess Dresses!

Blogged under Sew Simple by Tammy on Saturday 16 December 2017 at 12:21 pm

I got the urge to sew for live dollies for a change (don’t tell the Blythe dolls) and made a cute dress and simple elastic waist skirt for tow of my grand nieces. The oldest of the two is a big Disney Frozen fan, so I found some cute Elsa fabric to use.

Disney Princess Felt Princess Kit

Blogged under Crafty Products,Doll Crafting,Sew Simple by Tammy on Saturday 16 December 2017 at 12:18 pm

Ultra cute, I show off the contents of this fun felt kit from Thunder Bay Press. It’s available on Amazon as well as many retail bookstores:


Sewing Halloween Blythe Doll Dresses

Blogged under Doll Crafting,Sew Simple by Tammy on Sunday 8 October 2017 at 1:01 pm

My sewing machine is back out of the shop. They were not able to fix the reverse button, but I just sew with a zero size stitch in place to reinforce as necessary. Not my favorite work around but it does do the trick. I’ve been have so much fun making Halloween dresses, and here are a few Blythe dolls modeling them. I even used some felt and a small fabric scrap to make a trick or treat bag.

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Doll Dresses Simple Embellishing Ideas

Blogged under dolls art/collecting,Sew Simple by Tammy on Saturday 16 September 2017 at 11:13 am

I share some easy ideas for jazzing up some doll dresses.



Blythe Doll Dress Making & Sewing Tips

Blogged under dolls art/collecting,Sew Simple by Tammy on Wednesday 30 August 2017 at 2:28 pm

I have been wanting to make doll clothes since, well, forever, and while I have dabbled in making some knit and crochet doll dresses and accessories, I finally got my sewing machine serviced. I’m learning to sew Blythe doll dresses.



Sewing Blythe Doll Clothes Fail!

Blogged under dolls art/collecting,Sew Simple by Tammy on Sunday 21 August 2016 at 8:25 am


Book Review: Homes Sewn

Blogged under Good Books,Sew Simple by Tammy on Monday 15 August 2016 at 9:09 am

Home Sewn: Projects and Inspiration for Every Room by Cassandra Ellis is published by Potter and retails for $24.99 US and $32.99 Canadian. Surprisingly, it is a hard cover book. The 159 page book is full of beautiful color photographs, most showing the finished pieces in a “staged” situation and a few showing some “how-to” elements.

As with many books I review, some of the print is too light for my poor old eyes, but oddly enough, some of the print in this book is dark and some light. For example, the Cotton Block-Print Pillowcases project has dark (I say dark but I mean more normal colored) text for the introduction. Then the print lightens up for the list of materials.Then it gets dark again for the step-by-step information. It seem like a small item to think about, but if you really want to read and use a book, this print design of the book I find to be irritating.

Most of the projects look simply enough as far as sewing skills. There are a variety of projects that require basically sewing a straight line, so that is nice to see. That said, I would still warn totally new sewers to be prepared to be challenged somewhat because the instructions are not as broken down as they could be. For experienced sewers, that should not be a problem though. Plus, there are some projects that require very little sewing. The Linen Bulletin Board, for example, only requires you to cut, staple, and glue fabric to a board.

If you have a small amount of sewing experience and enjoy the shabby – chic look, then you will find some very simple, fun, and useful items to make for your home in this book. There is a lot of use of cotton, linen, and canvas fabrics. If you want to work with fabric and try some projects like the bulletin board I mentioned and a few others that don’t really require stitching or require just hemming around the ends of something  (a lamp shade and canvas table cloth), then you will find these here too. I could also see some nice gift ideas to consider making such as tea towels and storage containers.

It is a very pretty book, too, one that I could see me sitting down and just enjoy flipping through the pages now and then while I sip some tea.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Crafty Podcast

Blogged under Crafty Videos,crochet and knitting,Jewelry Designing,Sew Simple by Tammy on Thursday 11 August 2016 at 2:01 pm

My sister, the Tappingflamingo, was down visiting me in Florida, so of course, that means we had to sneak off and record a podcast. We chat about my so far failed attempt at sewing Blythe doll clothes, her very cool gator jewelry, and show off some knitting and crochet.



Blythe Doll Dress Sewing Attempt, Almost!

Blogged under Sew Simple by Tammy on Monday 1 August 2016 at 8:42 am

After finally getting organized, I managed to get my sewing machine out and on my sewing cabinet. I think it has been about two years or so since I even turned on my sewing machine, so that was the first thing I needed to check. Does it work?

I already had a doll dress cut and ready for sewing. This is from a free pattern on the Waffle Patterns web site. I am not going to do the applique part, but I do plan to line it with the blue fabric shown. It is so freakin’ tiny, yikes!

I turned on the machine, and yeah, we have power! But, before I risked messing up my first little Blythe doll dress, I decided to test it out. And, boy, I’m glad I did. Everything turns on, and I can get it to stitch, but the stitches are uneven, and my reverse button doesn’t work. Something is wrong with the tension. Ugh!



So, the Blythe doll dress is still on hold for a little while. I need to pull out the manual and check to see if this is something I can fix. I can tell that the machine is very stiff feeling, too. When I work the hand wheel, it’s very tight, and I don’t remember it feeling like that in the past. I’m really hoping it’s something I can do myself since, I’m pretty sure, there are no sewing machine repair places close to me. I don’t want to ship off my machine now that I finally have space to sew. I will keep you posted.

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