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Marshmallowjane Gets a Haircut

This week Marshmallowjane went to The Cutting Room to get her hair cut and styled. Although she isn’t the most gorgeous model we have, she is the president of our organization. It is her sense of style and individuality that makes her a natural leader. Because she inspires others (she is often imitated), it was important for us to find her a qualified stylist.

The photo below shows Edith’s dedication to give Marshmallowjane a perfect cut; it was no surprise to hear Edith comment, “I must do a meticulous job. Her hair won’t grow back.”

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Here are “before” and “after” photos. What do you think?

Although Marshmallowjane enjoys adorning her long hair with crazy color, she wants a chic style to go with her new Derby (or bowler) hat.

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I’d been planning on cutting Marshmallowjane’s hair for the last year or so. I have some “looks” that I want her to model that scream for a shoulder-length bob.

Warning: American Girl dolls are expensive. I think cutting a doll’s hair should take much thought and consideration. I’ve cut the hair of other dolls (Madame Alexander) with pretty good luck. These dolls are usually cheaper, and making a permanent change isn’t much of a risk. The newer Madame Alexander (18-inch) are sold with their hair in braids, pigtails, and other styles that kink or wrinkle the hair. I’ve purchased such dolls, thinking that I could somehow get rid of these permanent kinks myself. I’ve had a little luck, but I completely ruined one doll’s hair after watching a YouTube demonstration on how to carefully use an electric straightener.

I thought I was careful. I’d purchased the Madame Alexander doll because of her rare “Asian” features, even though straightening her hair was a gamble. Since I got bad results, I will have to find a wig to go with her pretty face. For now, she will have to take a back seat to my American Girl dolls.

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O Captain! My Captain!

O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done;

The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:

But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
O Captain! My Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills;
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding;
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;

Here captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head;
It is some dream that on the deck,
You’ve fallen cold and dead.
My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won;

Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!
But I, with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

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I’m off the subject of doll clothes today to honor Robin Williams.

“O Captain! My Captain!” is a theme of Dead Poet’s Society. The poem was originally written by Walt Whitman about Abraham Lincoln.

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I’ve been absent from my blog due to personal stuff that required some minor surgery. No big deal at all. I’ve just been a little tired. I appreciate my blog readers; please don’t give up on me. I’ll return shortly with more doll clothes.

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Easter Bunny Time

While looking for bunnies to display in my entryway during Easter season, I found several patterns that were freebies. In my search I realized that stuffed animals don’t have to be proportional or realistic. In fact, the more abstract they are, the cuter they may be. Here is my first attempt at creating bunnies:

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Here is the original pattern. If you read Revoluzzza’s blog, you’ll find a link to several versions of these bunnies that her blog readers have sewn. Most of them use buttons for eyes. I thought these Googly Eyes would add some character.

The first version of Revoluzzza’s pattern had no legs or arms, and they are super cute, like tiny pillows. Stuffing the legs and arms on these bunnies was so time-consuming for me that I will probably make these without them in the future. The pattern without the arms and legs is perfect for a child or beginning sewer. If you want these bunnies for babies, they can have embroidered eyes and no accessories. for baby to chew.

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Baby Romper

I decided to post a few of my projects that are not doll clothes so that you won’t be underwhelmed by my productivity. Most of these projects are sewing, but I’m also painting some furniture and picture frames this summer—and fall, it would seem. I like to photograph anything that turns out pretty. I have a separate tab above for Other Projects. This type of post can always be found under this tab.

I’m proud of this little romper that I made for my friend Shawn’s baby Maxwell. I’ll admit that I’m not good at estimating the size of anything. I’m famous for storing a small serving of leftovers in a family size container.  For baby Maxwell, I’d decided that too big would be better than too small. I used Butterick 5625 that’s sized from NB-Sml_Med. This baby was born last January, but he was at least three months early. I’m obviously not going to start counting months in January to guesstimate size. I figured that if the baby were born on his due date—-which had been in April—-he’d be four months old now, and  hopefully this six-month romper would fit him by September. The weather will still be plenty warm here. I know he’s been gaining a bit over a pound a month.

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I’m pretty happy with the results of this romper. This is my first time creating an appliqué; and this is my first time using a pre-made cotton strip of snaps for the diaper area. I was able to find a cute alphabet sampler on a DIY site for appliqués. I love these two fabrics combined. Here comes the crème de la crème of this outfit:

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This little hat is so cute. The pattern didn’t call for lining, but I wanted to match the romper, and I don’t like things sloppy on the inside. The top of the crown was begging for a matching covered button, so I added that as well.

To be clear, I didn’t expect the romper and hat to fit Maxwell. I thought he could probably wear it by the end of September when it’s still nice and hot in the California San Joaquin Valley. We tried this outfit on Maxwell, and, unfortunately, he’s swimming in it. I will see if Mama will let me post some photos when the hat and romper finally fit properly, maybe a year from now???

When my grown son was a baby, I made him some overalls. They turned out cute until I added the snaps at the bottom. At that time I used the grommet type snap that you squeeze into the fabric with a gizmo that resembles a big hole puncher. I tend to shy away from using snaps or eyelets because they can easily get pulled out from fabric that is not tightly woven, and if you make a mistake, you cannot fix a hole that is the wrong size or in the wrong place. I was very happy with my results until I tried to snap the overalls together. I had placed the bottom snaps on the inside of the romper, instead of the outside. I don’t know if you can picture this, but this was a mistake that I could not fix.

During this time period I had planned to make matching gingham shirts for father and son. I made the father shirt first, and the first day he (my ex) wore the shirt, he put a pen in his pocket that leaked all over the shirt. I did not follow through with the baby shirt. And I never tried  to make baby boy clothes again until now. I’m super happy with this romper and hat. I just wish that they fit.

I purchased this fabric at Joann Stores. I was surprised to find very few cute prints for little boys that were not flannel. Selecting fabric for baby clothes—especially boys—is an art itself. I roamed around the store for over an hour, trying to find a print that was small enough for a little person and sweet enough for a little baby. When I brought the fabric home and took it out of the bag to shrink it, I noticed that the reds in both fabrics don’t match as well as they did under Joann lighting. I can drive myself crazy with details. I’m still happy with the fabric combo.

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