Sunday, May 17, 2015

Started my Entry for 2015 Hoffman Challenge

There is plenty of time to get her done - but what a relief to have her started!
Figured out what pattern to use -La Femme by Arley Berryhill.  Requested and received permission to use his pattern for my entry this year.  Have a picture in my mind what she will look like.  That is 50% of the whole process. 

La Femme is a 20 inch doll so I had to shrink her a bit to fit under the maximum height for the Hoffman Challenge - Not to exceed 18 inches base & all. 

Although this pattern is designed for knit fabric, I am going to use my new find  Cherrywood's hand dyed 100% cotton.  Will take advantage of the bias of this fabric and see how it goes.  The fabric has such a rich finish, it almost looks like completion.
And it comes in such wonderfully rich tones.
Another wonderful find are the Frixion erasable pens.  They erase by applying heat.  They don't fade away before I have time to sew!  They are vibrant enough to be easily visible as I am sewing, however, don't bleed through all layers of the fabric.  The line is fine enough to make a nice sewing line.  I LOVE these pens.  Now I can mark the pattern one night and sew the next night.  Or the next.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Oh Sew Busy

The story of my life lately is the lament of "Where has time gone".  I've been a little lax in posting to my blog but I have been busy sewing.  Made a dress from my granddaughter's birthday from the flower fairy fabric I found at Fabric Depot a couple of years ago.  Not enough fairy fabric so I had to find a coordinating print for the skirt.  I am pleased with how it turned out.

She is spinning!  The full skirt goes out so wonderfully.  Didn't get a non-fuzzy picture due to constant motion - however - I think that means she likes it!!

And I've made two dolls for Doll with Arty Attitudes.

Monochromatic  - Red

She photographs quite orange although she is a lovely dark red.  I'm thinking I need to try a different background color to see if that makes a difference.  This doll is made from Debbie Bain's Gypsy pattern.

Elinor Peace Bailey Challenge
Elinor has challenged Dolls with Arty Attitudes to make her SilverWings from a WILD selection of skin fabrics.  Just getting mine finished up.  No photos of her yet.  Waiting for the great reveal at dollclub next Thursday.  This doll has been fun and yet challenging for me. She is an easy doll to make but nothing is symmetrical!  Or normal human shape!  Oh that's right - SilverWing is not human!!!

In the queue ......
    My 2015 Hoffman Challenge doll.  I know what I am going to do and have most of the materials assembled.
    Dancing Doris Challenge.  Everything I need is in the Dancing Doris tote.  Will be starting her tonight after company leaves. 
    And, not due until September, In Celebration of the Doll exhibit.  Not a clue yet what I will do.  Guess that is not entirely true - I use a pattern by Brenda Brightmore.  Or not!

Last but not least, I opened a twitter account.  @dollsbyhand