Opal Outdoors

Uggg. I can’t contain myself. I just have to have another post starring Opal, because she is so pretty. Opal’s little sister, Susan (remember her?), also makes a cameo appearance.

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Opal Looking Distance

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Sewing Adventures: The Orange Paperweight Outfit

The sewing madness continues! In the Orange Paperweight outfit, I used the Liberty Jane Peplum Top, Leggings and Janes patterns. I won the Peplum Top pattern from a giveaway along with 11 more (you’ll see those soon enough). The other 2 I have used before; here, here and here. The name “Paperweight” comes from the name of the fabric on the shoes and top. Enough backstory, lets get to the photos!

Orange Paperweight Full 2

Here’s the whole shebang. This is the first time I have made a full outfit. I think I like doing it this way.

Orange Paperweights Top

Here’s the peplum. One thing I like about this pattern is that it’s fully lined. My dolls like a little “luxury” once in a while.

Orange Paperweights Zipper

I am not completely happy with my zipper application. The pull got in the way, so the stitching isn’t completely straight. I’ll keep that in mind for next time.

Orange Paperweights Toms Closeup

The Toms. You’ve seen them before. Still as cute as ever.

Orange Paperweights OutfitOpal says that even though the leggings didn’t get much airtime, they’re still comfy.

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P.S. Me and My Gals now has an official email address. Now you can send your questions and concerns to us at contact.meandmygals@gmail.com.

Dolls in the Snow: Belated Edition

It snowed!!!!! A week ago. Yes, I’m not exactly on top of matters of precipitation. Have you guys been enjoying the Olympics? Other than Caroline refusing to watch the ice skating, due to unfortunate flash backs, and Emily and Kirsten getting into arguments about which country is better, Sweden or the UK, it’s been great. Enjoy the photos.

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Chrissa would like to mention that I, her owner, knitted this scarf, and that it’s the most warmest, cuddliest, coziest thing she’s ever worn. In other news, Chrissa is moving up the Favorite Doll Scale.

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American Girl Doll Headband Sewing Tutorial

Opal, Chrissa and Emily are great dolls, don’t get me wrong. But, like many other short haired American Girls, their hair does not have many successful styles to do. So this headband pattern is dedicated to your short haired, crazy curly, too-busy-for-a-do dolls. Enjoy!

American Girl Doll Headband Sewing Tutorial

Headband Tutorial

Supplies:

  • A scrap of fabric or premade bias tape
  • 1/4″ elastic
  • Basic sewing supplies including iron, coordinating thread and scissors

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Cut the elastic 2 1/2 inches and the fabric 10 1/2 inches by 2 inches

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Now you’re going to make bias tape. If you already have premade bias tape skip these steps (yes, I realize what we are making is not true bias tape, because it is not cut on the diagonal, but for the sake of this tutorial, we will call it so). If you’re still here, please bear with me.

Fold your strip in half widthwise and press.

Fold both edges in half, to the center, and press. Your strip should be 1 inch wide.

Fold the whole thing in half so you have a strip 1/2 inch wide, with no raw edges showing.

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Repeat on the other side.

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Place your elastic in the middle of the top stitched bias tape. Stich at 1/4, going back and forth to secure.

IMG_0389Match up the other side of the elastic with the other end of bias tape. Again, stich at 1/4, going back and forth to secure. Now, just trim the seam allowance if you wish and you’re finished!

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Happy sewing,

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P.S. If you make this headband for your doll, please email me a picture at contact.meandmygals@gmail.com