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!


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.








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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