So, I've had some fun figuring out some clothing patterns for my little dolls. And some little shoes as well.
Now. If only I could figure out a good place to take their pictures.
Huzzah! We found ourselves at Renn Fest again this fall, on a lovely, warm day. Forgive the fuzzy pictures please - Renn Fest is not a place to carry my big camera and my daughter, the battery on the little camera was dead, and the dust left a layer on my phone lense!
We saw King Henry and Queen Margaret and Princess Mary...
The boys shot ping pong crossbows and played skittles...
Papa wore a "stupid hat" and threw axes.
The Scot next to him (whose picture I did not take) looked liked he stepped out of time-hole. His credibility was raised by the fact that his axes smashed into that block of wood. I don't think anyone would be foolish enough to make fun of his kilt.
And we found Waldo. Seriously. I am such a geek, I laughed about that all day.
Here's our clan waiting for the tournament:
As always, we left happy and totally exhausted. I honestly didn't want to take off my garb when we got home - it's so comfy. I was really thrilled that the boys were able to squeak another year out of their garb. Maybe next year we'll dig into our roots and go Scottish? That could be an exciting unit study, me thinks.
RennFest Family Tips:
Do you like my t-shirt dress? I signed up for Sewing With Knits, over at Craftsy, mostly because of the patterns. I've been looking for something like it, with clothes that I would actually wear.
There's no dress pattern like mine, I just extended the lines from the scoop neck t-shirt, and voila! I want to embroider something down by the hem, like a vintage bicycle or something, but figured I should wear it around for a bit, to make sure I like the length first.
I've picked up a few neat sewing tricks too - like how to use a double needle in my machine. That one thing makes a huge difference on the finished look. I'll have to show you sometime.
Anyway, what do you think? Vintage bike in off-white or white down to one side?
A while ago I wanted to make Eve a Waldorf doll. I let the idea go though, as I didn't want to buy all the supplies when she hadn't shown any interest in baby dolls.
But just after (literally! It was only two days!) she developed a sudden affinity for "baby!" I received a surprise - a friend of mine gave me some skin fabric. I was thrilled.
Now, Waldorf doll making is a tricky subject. Some people say it has to be done exactly such and such way, with exactly such and such supplies, and they can be rather funny about it all. BUT, the women in the "old country" who started the whole Waldorf doll tradition used to go for walks and glean the bits of wool stuck to fences. When they had a pile big enough, they made another doll. Somehow I don't think those women would mind if I made my doll using what I already had, do you??? So here are my notes...
I opened up some wool roving that I had and made a square and then I made a second layer crossing in the opposite direction. (Total side note: nobody warned me that if you are learning to use a drop spindle, you probably ought to work over carpet or grass. Drop those things on wood floors a couple of times and they crack, and then you are left with a busted spindle and a bag of roving... ahem)
I used more roving to make my ball for the head. If you are also having to stop mid-work because someone small needs you every five seconds, you can use a safety pin to keep your work from unraveling.
For my inner layer, I just used some knit interlock leftovers to make a tube and then turned it right-side out. It was green, but you can't see it through the skin fabric, so who cares that I found the white interlock I knew I had two days later???
Then I stitched around the freezer paper. No fussing about pinning or lining up fiddly knit fabrics. After the sewing I cut out my pieces, peeled off the freezer paper and then turned everything right-side out.
I followed some excellent tutorials to finish my doll body. I was still waiting for her yarn hair to come in the mail, but Eve loved her right away!
These were my favorite tutorial links (I relied on the last two the most):
Super helpful Picture Tutorial
Be back soon with the results!
Update: Dec. 2012 - Going frugal was a Great way to learn about Waldorf doll making, but now that I'm making more dolls for my shop, I always use traditional, all-new materials. Just so you know!
We (yes, we meaning I am actually not doing it all by myself) are packing for our pedal today, but I am still here! How is it that having "less" to do has suddenly made me busy?
I made Eve a very light-weight summer bonnet. I love the orange on her. It is incredibly bright. I made her a play dress with it too, but I haven't gotten any pictures that come anywhere near true to the color, so they're not on here.
And I made myself some breakfast pockets. I love, love, love MoneySavingMom's butterhorns. And I love bacon and potatoes and onion and cheese. So I made a batch of butterhorn's and folded up some cooked breakfast goodness in there, hoping for the best.
I was not disappointed. I have a dozen in the freezer, and if you let them thaw on the counter for an hour, they bake in 12-15min at 375. I'm planning to stuff some more with cheese & broccoli & rice & chicken, and maybe a BBQ verion.
When I get around to it...
Yesterday I picked up my girl at church and they stopped me to ask about her clothes. "We've been talking about how pretty she looks. Did you make her little sweater? And the dress, you did that too?"
I was quick to point out that I had seen similar ones online, but figured out how to make them myself, rather than shelling out tons of cash for handmade goods, but that No, these were not my brilliant ideas. I feel funny about letting people think something was my sole creation.
People seem to think this is nonsense. If someone can look at a picture and then go and recreate (or better) a thing on their own, well, it seems amazing.
It makes me wonder why I have this drive to say, But the idea came from Such And Such? Is it because I write patterns and books and I would be horrified if someone tried to pass off my ideas as their own? Is it some false sense of humility? Or actual humility?
I really don't know. Perhaps I am just startled by the fact that people are stopping ME to tell me they love my daughter's clothes. If you know me at all, you know I think that is a minor miracle in itself. ;-)
I had grand intentions of using felt scraps to make cute, tiny snowmen on these, or at least to embroider them a bit. But that fell through. You could do that, though... Just make your own pattern, or download mine here: Pocket warmers! It's a real quick project (sans decorations). Just felt, rice, and a bit of sewing. Toss them in the microwave and then into pockets before heading out to play.
Hmm. And they're small, so it's a good chance for kids to practice their embroidery. These would even make neat valentines... Hmm... somebody remind me of that in about 5 weeks....
gasp. no picture today. i know, shocking, isn't it?
Nope. Today I am going to share about my mad sewing skills. Wait!!! Before you think I am going to fall flat on my face tripping over my own pride, let me define "mad."
A year ago the five of us went to RenFest. It was super, it was fun, it was educational, it was amazing. And as we walked away at the end of our day there, my boys wanted to know if we could dress up too? Now, if you know me at all, you know that it took me all of two seconds to think, um, you want me to make fun stuff for you? Of course!!! I told them Yes, but that we should wait until next faire, because they would just outgrow their medieval garb, right?
Fast forward to about two weeks ago. Papa says, do I want to go to RenFest this year?
Hunh? I think. Is it that time already? Last year was so much colder that particular weekend, so I was thinking it was later.
Papa asks, do I still want to make costumes for the kids?
Yup. Promised, didn't I? They don't forget stuff like that.
Papa asks, do I want to go while his parents are visiting?
Definately. Watching the kids at something like this is a thing to be shared.
Plans made. Awesome. Going to be a blast. Now what is that funny nagging question poking around in the back of my head? Oh, what? I think, as the thought floats to the surface...
Ahem. Brain to Anna: Plans plus timeline equals five costumes in two weeks. Go. Sew. Now.
Hence the mad sewing.
But I am done! Finished! Ready! Can't wait for the weekend!
Think I'll have some pictures then?
I'm still trying to find things that I can Use Up around here. Two of Eve's dresses were getting a bit tight, so I spent ten minutes and chopped them and now she has two skirts. Very cute. They make her look soooo big that I think I'm going to have to stop labeling her posts as "baby" after today. It must be a theme around here, this whole growing up thing...
I love her hair. The color is still changing. It's brown, it's blonde, and it even has streaks of redishness in it (which especially seem to show up in photos).
Well, I'd better get going. There is house and schoolwork that need to be done, and a blue zipper that I need to attend to. Don't ask. I'll fill you in on that later.
Next post: My new hair!