Meet Katie {My Dressform}

Since I’ve been out of blogging practice, I have a few things to catch up on. If you read my mom’s blog (Blog, She Wrote), then you might know that we moved last summer. A lot of my crafty things were boxed away for a time- the time it takes to pack it, move it, and unpack it and somehow crafty goodness does not make the top of the list when it comes to unpacking!

Just before we started packing to move, two of my brothers and I had our birthdays and almost right after, we had to start packing up the house. So, I didn’t have the time for a proper introduction.

Meet Katie! My official birthday dressform!

After helping to make my civil war ball gown, I fell in love with the idea of having my own dress form. I am still growing into it both size and skill wise, but I have used it to easily mark the hemlines on some of my skirts. *Note to parents- if you choose to get a dress form, make sure it’s the same size as your girl! When my mom ordered this one, size small was not available. This one is a medium and although it is the same size used to make my ball gown, it is not easy to make things for myself with this dress form- it’ll get easier as time goes on though I’m sure.

Two of the books in my sewing libraryHow to Use, Adapt, and Design Sewing Patterns along with How to Make Sewing Patterns are two great resources for me to learn how to make patterns for my dress form.

You might have noticed the scissors around Katie’s neck. This is my favorite way to remember my scissors while I’m doing any sewing or crafting at all. It’s a little tip I picked up at 4-H. Now I never have to search for my scissors!

The tape measure and the scissors on a lanyard are two of my favorite sewing tools and it makes me think it would be fun to share with you a list of my other must have sewing items. That will be my next post!


Sewing Library {Additions}

Since the last time I posted about my Sewing Library, I’ve been able to add some titles. Would you like to hear about them?

How to Make Sewing Patterns by Donald H. McCunn
Stitch Magazine- select issues
How to Use, Adapt, and Design Sewing Patterns by Lee Hollahan
All Dolled Up by Joan Hinds
Sew Serendipity Bags by Kay Whitt
1000 Great Quilt Blocks by Maggi McCormick Gordon
Kanzashi in Bloom by Diane Gilleland

Usually these are gifts and sometimes we get them at our local sewing shop. I use the books for reference. Sometimes I make projects from the books and sometimes I use the ideas in the book when I’m making something similar.

My favorite sewing books right are: my new one since Christmas, Kanzashi in Bloom and All Dolled Up.

Yarn Dying

A long while ago, we did some yarn dying. We used Easter egg dyes.

Drying the Finished yarn

Rinsing it in the bathtub

Some of the dye

pouring on the dye

plastic wrap


a little color wheel work to go with it

Meet Julie

Hi! Meet Julie, my newest doll. My 10th doll!

 I went on a camping trip and got some pictures! Here are some.

A ship coming into a lock. It took almost an hour!
A couple things I made from polymer clay. A doll school set.

Also, look out for a tutorial soon!