Sewing Adventures: Opal’s Meet Dress

When I got Opal, I knew she would need a proper ’30’s style “meet” dress. Prior to that, I had bought some beautiful purple and yellow fabric, and was intending to make a different dress with it, but I found that I needed more yardage than I had. Then, a flash of inspiration! What if I use the calico for Opie’s dress. Unfortunately, my fabric store didn’t have the right shade of yellow for the contrast fabric, so I had to wait until spring break. Now, at long last, I present to you Opal’s Meet Dress!

IMG_0565The whole thing. I used the Heritage Doll Fashions 1930’s Gathered dress. It worked well, and is cute. If I make this for Opal again, I would make it skinnier around the waist. Seamstress Pet Peeve: Opal is significantly thinner than all my other dolls.


Close up of the bodice and gathering. I love this aspect of the pattern.

IMG_0568I made a matching hair bow from downsized dimensions off the internet. Gotta love Pinterest!


The fabric that started it all. As you can see, I was lucky enough to own some matching white shoes!

IMG_0570Looking great, Opal!



The Liebster Award


My very first blog award!!!! Thank you to Xyra, of Tea Time with Melody Q for nominating me for the Liebster Award. Now, as I *hopefully* understand, I am to answer the “favorites” questions Xyra asked, nominate more people and come up with questions. Are you ready to get some answers? FYI: the formatting is going haywire, and I don’t have the patience to figure it out today. sorry.


Girl of the Year? Excluding Chrissa, who I own, I’d say Kanani. A long time ago, I was obsessed with Hawaii and would have freaked out if I heard there was a Hawaiian doll. Plus, her hair’s awesome.

Historical Character? Again, discounting my historical gals, I’d say Rebecca. Her time and place is so different from my own and she has such pretty dresses (I’m talking to you, and you, and you)

Snack food? I am a sucker for cheese cubes, even though I am horrible at guessing which one the plate is not swiss. I’m not a big fan of swiss cheese!
Dinner? Pad See Ew; a very yummy Thai noodle dish with chicken and vegetables. Look it up!
Beverage? Sprite!
Dessert? Chocolate cake, yummmmm!
Writing implement (pen, pencil, etc.)? My purple fountain pen or a keyboard and Word.
Flower? Irises. They’re elegant, graceful, beautiful and purple, which are all things I strive to be.
Disney character? I identify with Elsa quite a bit.
Book? Hard one. I love the interwoven details in the Harry Potter series, the unsettling ignorance of the Giver series, and the relaxing cheerfulness of The Penderwicks books.
TV Show? “It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights, it’s time to meet the Muppets on the Muppet Show tonight!”
Thank you so much for the fabulous questions, Xyra. Now I shall nominate some of my favorite blogs
Now before mentioned sites, your mission is to post the award on your blog with a link back to the one who nominated you, answer the questions, nominate your favorite blogs, and create new questions for your nominees. Here are your interrogative questions.
If you could time travel, would you go to the past or future? To what time period?
What crazy color would you dye your hair?
Which day of the week is your favorite?
What is the story behind your blog name?
Sweet or savory?
Pastel colors or bright colors?
The sciences or the arts?
and finally, what is the meaning of life?
Thank you again to Xyra, of Tea Time with Melody Q for nominating me.

Opal in Rubble

I apologize for the horribly un-catchy title. She is not actually in rubble, but the ruins of our attic’s wallpaper. Here’s the scoop: this week, during spring break, my family is stripping about 6 layers of wallpaper from the attic walls all in the name of a new room for moi! Yes, I shall keep you updated. But now it is in a stylishly decrepit state, so Opal is up there, posing for photos in the gloom.








Side Swept Twists: A Hairstyle Tutorial

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It’s once again hair-doin’ with Carolinalin time! Today we have the Side Swept Twists, a great hairstyle for your center parted dolls. It has a springy vibe, which goes well with the current weather conditions. I hope spring has finally sprung! Anyway, here’s how to make your Side Swept Twists. IMG_0484

For this ‘do you will just need your doll brush and a hair ring. First, brush out your “victim’s” hair.


Take a section of hair from the center of her head and part it from side to side.


Twist the sections one way.


Rope braid down by twisting them together the other way.

IMG_0491Secure at the bottom with hair ring.

IMG_0480Ta-da! You are ready for warmer weather with your cute curlicues.


This hairstyle gives a different look to your center part gals.

Until next time, cheerio!


P.S. If you do this hairstyle, please email me a picture at

Sewing Adventures: Ballet Wardrobe!

More sew and tell! Here’s a ballet ensemble I made a few weeks ago. The leotard is made from the free Liberty Jane Swimsuit pattern, and the shorts are from Liberty Jane’s Yoga Pants pattern. I was intending to make a sweater to match, but I ran out of fold over elastic. #bummer. Marie-Grace, my dancer, is modeling the outfit.

IMG_0408I was so lucky to have matching fold over elastic and accent fabric. It unites the pieces together.

IMG_0409As you can see, the shorts have a yoga waistband. The leotard has a straight neckline, but I can see alterations being made in the future!

IMG_0410Sans shorts. I might have to make some tights for her from my old ones, eventually, and maybe buy some ballet slippers. Hmmm.


Neck strings view! Again, I can see many “fancy back” alterations. Sew many ideas, sew little time!