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Tag Sale Time

Hi all!  Do summertime and clearing go hand in hand?  They must for me because every summer I seem to get this need to pare down my stuff.  A few days ago I found (three!!!) binders of Barbie patterns and a milk crate filled with American Girl doll patterns, along with a couple other doll patterns.  Hmm, I don’t sew for Barbie or for American Girl dolls.  What do I need these for?  I was going to donate them, but maybe some of you who do sew for these dolls might like some new patterns.

I made a new page on my website called “Tag Sale”.  It’s the last pink rectangle at the top of my home page.  If you click on it you’ll see my virtual tag sale items.  Sorry, but due to high postage rates, I am only shipping within the United States.

If you do want anything, send me a contact form A.S.A.P. as everything is first come, first served.

I’ll be adding more to this page when I get another urge to clear out more stuff.  I’ve still got cartons full of unopened Barbie, Skipper, Stacie, and Kelly dolls.  I’ve been eyeing my ever growing fabric stash too.

Here are a few photos of what I have available right now, more on my site.  I put them in organized lots and tried to keep the weight down so they can ship first class for $2.  Enjoy shopping!

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morrissey for riley 234

simplicity doll collector's club 238

butterick delineator girls patterns 237

simplicity museum collection 1 236

Bye for now!


Fabric, Fabric, and More Fabric

Within the past few weeks I have gotten (I don’t know how many) multiple deliveries of fabric.  (I don’t even remember all of the sites that I have ordered from as I keep finding more and more online stores with cute fabric.)  Anyway, I’ve been looking at this ever increasing pile of yummy colors and cute prints knowing that it will be a while until I am able to start using them, but I wanted to show them to you now anyway because they are too pretty not to share.

As always, there are a few here that I am not sure about, a few that I am super excited about, and the in betweens that will work just fine and perhaps even surprise me with the end result.

It can be hard buying fabric online because it is a guessing game as to if it will work for doll clothes or not.  Luckily, 1/2 yard of fabric isn’t too expensive, so if it doesn’t work for doll sewing it might work for a quilt or other project in the future.

Here are a couple of things that I do when shopping for fabric online.  To assess the scale of a particular fabric, I enlarge the swatch on my screen to actual size.  On my Macbook I hold down the command key and use two fingers to swipe up on the track pad until I reach the desired size.  (If I go too far I simply swipe my fingers downward.)  Usually there is a ruler laying alongside the swatch, the swatch size is noted, or a size is given for one of the motifs.  Having a little ruler handy helps here.  Sometimes I will hold the doll up to the screen to get an even better feel for the scale of the fabric.  If I am unsure of the color or would like to see more photos of the print I will go to the manufacturer’s website, Facebook page, or look up the designer.  Most designers have their own social media sites these days (blogs, Facebook, Instagram, website) and you can see alternate photos of their fabric collection.

Here are a few photos from some of my new fabrics.

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fabric 231Can you tell that I LOVE fabric?  My motto (and this is why I have too much) is that if you fall in love with a certain fabric don’t hesitate because it will all be gone in no time.  And, probably the biggest reason of all as to why I have too much fabric is that I always try to get free shipping.  Who wants to pay for shipping when that cost could go for more fabric, right?  LOL

Hope you enjoyed the newest additions to my ever expanding fabric stash.

If you have any online fabric shopping tips that you’d like to share, please do, I’d love to hear them.

Bye for today!

Some Info For Eye Candy Lovers

Do you love looking at photos for inspiration?  I know that I do.  The first thing that I usually do when I am thinking about a new outfit is to go back and look at past ensembles that I have made.

Did you know that you can also go back and look at my original sales page from each ensemble that I have made (starting from March 2014)?

This is how:

  1. Go to my website.
  2. Click on the tab at the top titled “Slideshows“.
  3. Click on the doll’s photo that you’d like to see photos for.
  4. On this page you will see one or more slideshows going on.  (If the slideshow moves too fast for you, you can click on the circles underneath each slideshow to move backwards and forwards within the slideshow.)  If your cursor arrow turns into a hand icon when it is on a certain photo, you can click and go to the original page from when that particular ensemble was for sale.  Remember that this feature is only available for my ensembles created starting from March 2014.

When I first started my website, I signed up for a one year contract because I wasn’t sure if I would like selling my outfits from a website.  Well, it has worked out, so last spring I renewed my contract for 5 years and I was able to get unlimited pages for my website.  What this means is that I can keep those original pages for viewing which makes me happy.

🙂 🙂 🙂

So, try it out, if you’d like.  I hope my photos inspire you today.

To get you started here’s a photo from a year ago.  If you click HERE, you will get taken to the original sales page on my website.

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