What I’ve Been Up To This Past Week and Plans

Hello and happy Sunday to you! It’s been a full week for me. I’ve been learning more and more on how to shoot video, edit video, and turn said video footage into movies in iMovie.

It turns out there is also a lot to learn to simply upload the movie and get it onto You Tube. I spent the entire day yesterday trying to figure out why my upload kept stalling. Literally, it took all day. I wouldn’t find out it was stalling until hours of uploading had already gone by. My poor overworked laptop… I think I may have figured out how to avoid it next time, but who knows.

The video that I was working on uploading is called “Sew with Me – Dress Bodice for Little Darling Doll. In this video I take you with me through the entire process and show you how I make the bodice of a Little Darling dress. A lot of the ways I do things have evolved through trial and error over the years of making doll dresses. Maybe you’ll pick up a tip here and there? I hope so.

On Friday I did a voice over for the video mentioned above. I talked throughout the video as I made it, but it sounded like silliness to me. I was very nervous (first time) and had no script. I repeatedly couldn’t think of words like “that ‘thingy’ that makes a sewing machine go”! (Yes, I said that in the video!). I repeatedly said things over and over, and just felt like I wasn’t explaining things very well. So, when I got my wits back I recorded sound bits and added it to the video. I don’t like the feel of the movie as well as when it is live, but at least it makes sense now. lol

Here is the video. If you like it please click the thumbs up. Thank you!!!

I’ve also taken video footage while making the skirt and attaching it to the bodice. That’s next to be made into a video.

I am awaiting delivery of a device that will hold my phone/camera so that I can record my hands at work. This will come in handy for showing you hand sewing, embroidery, etc. I can’t wait to get that. For many months I’ve been looking at it and wondering if I had the courage to actually publish videos on You Tube. I really dislike hearing my voice, *ugh* but it’s out there now for you all to hear (and laugh at!), my midwest accent and all! My face is another matter–we’ll see about that. Baby steps… Anyway, I find it quite energizing and inspiring sharing with you.

Earlier in the week I published a short video showing how I do the finishing on a doll sweater: weaving in the ends, sewing up the sleeve seam, and closing up a raglan sweater gap under the arm. Here is that one is.

Other news– I’ve had requests for a knitted doll hat pattern from quite a few of you, so I plan to do that soon.

Fall bouquet

While at Whole Foods a week ago I got a huge bunch of mums for $13! I made four bouquets for around the house–so fall-like and colorful. Love them!

I hope you are having a good day today. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead! Thank you so much for visiting today. I appreciate you so much! ❤

10 thoughts on “What I’ve Been Up To This Past Week and Plans

  1. wondereoman

    Lovely video, a different way to do the bodice, I need a machine that goes slow, I cannot control the speed of mine!

  2. Dale Spargo

    I loved watching both videos. My only problem at least at my end is I can hardly hear you even with headphones on. Your voice is very soft if you could find a way to make the volume a little louder it would make the videos more enjoyable. Do you design the patterns for each doll yourself, it sure is awesome watching you assemble each piece. Great Job Dale Spargo

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi, Dale. I am so sorry you had trouble hearing the audio. I looked into this and I can see how it is too soft. I will make the next one louder. Please let me know if you continue to have problems with it. I appreciate you letting me know! Yes, each doll has their own pattern. I test and test until they fit how I want them to. Thanks again for your input and support. ❤ Enjoy the week.

  3. Wendy Marsh

    Great video Cindy. It certainly makes sense to sew the bodice that way especially on small items. I will be doing it that way from now on. Thank you.😊

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi, Wendy. I am happy you picked up a tip. I can’t remember where I learned the trick on removing the shoulder seam, but once I learned it I never went back. Enjoy the week! ❤

  4. Margaret Nadler

    Hi, Cindy…Great tip on sewing the neck & armhole openings with the bodice fabric and lining still pinned to the pattern!! I never thought of that!! And you are right about painstaking! I like the gentle music in the background and the fact that there is minimal talking. Sometimes there is too much distraction in a video but when you speak, I pay close attention because there is minimal voice. I really appreciated this video because I learned 2 other tips as well: curved scissors to trim the curved seams to 1/8 inch and widening the center back seam to 3/4 inch to allow more fabric for covering the gathers. Thanks so much!!! Looking forward to learning more. 🙂

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi, Margaret. Wow! I am so HAPPY you learned a few tips–makes all the work worthwhile.
      I really appreciate you watching my videos and letting me know what you’ve learned from them. Thank you!!! ❤
      I hope you are having a great week.


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