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Alice’s dress

10 July, 2014
American Girl doll

This dress was made by my daughter a year ago before our summer holidays and I took these photographs while staying in Russia. We used a 1930s Vintage Dress pattern from Eden Ava Couture though we decided not to attach sleeves as it was too difficult for my daughter. The model is her Alice, MAG#55.

Dresses for Mini AG dolls

Dresses for Mini AG dolls
7 July, 2014
American Girl doll

My mum has recently made a few dresses for my daughters’ mini American Girl dolls. Three of them were knitted and one crocheted. Here are the knitted dresses on Isabelle and two Saiges. And all 4 of them. Similar dresses but different way of making them. The dresses are modeled on …read the rest

Two gymnasts

Two gymnasts
3 July, 2014
American Girl doll

A set of two gymnastics leotards knitted by my mum! This is the most recent one, for a mini American Girl doll. Don’t you think, Isabelle makes a perfect gymnast? I have already shown the leotard for McKenna  before, but here it is together with its mini version! I have …read the rest

Bunch of mini AG dolls

Bunch of mini AG dolls
30 June, 2014
American Girl dolls

Recently my daughters and I have got quite obsessed by mini American Girl dolls. They are pretty and yet small enough to be able to have many of them. Here are our recent addition. Mini Rebecca Mini Cecile Mini Julie Mini Nellie and Samantha Mini Molly More photographs are in …read the rest

Mini AG Isabelle and Saige

Mini AG Isabelle and Saige
26 June, 2014
American Girl dolls

The story behind this trio is simple: both my daughters wanted one each. When I received the first of them, I really liked that mini Saige, so I went back to the same seller on eBay and bought 2 more! My Saige is in the middle here. Isn’t it amazing …read the rest

Amanda’s Ladybirds and Dragonflies dress

Amanda’s Ladybirds and Dragonflies dress
24 June, 2014
Abigail

My grail doll Amanda (Chantal) has recently modeled a few of my new dresses. This is one of them. I’ve had this fabric for over 3 years but couldn’t think what to make out of it (I still have 1 yard of identical yellow fabric!). In fact, I made two …read the rest

Olga

Olga
21 June, 2014
BJD doll

Today is my birthday, so I will celebrate it with one of my favourite dolls.  She is so special for me that I gave her my own name – Olga – and she reminds me of myself a bit (not in this wig, though!). I didn’t plan to take these …read the rest

Matilda packing for a holiday

Matilda packing for a holiday
18 June, 2014
A Girl for All Time

Matilda has decided it is time to pack for her holiday! And what does one need for a good holiday? That’s right! A CAMERA!! Matilda got really excited to get this Canon DSLR camera! Just imagine what wonderful photographs she will be able to take! No, Matilda, this camera will …read the rest

Leeann

Leeann
16 June, 2014
Dolls

Look who has recently come to live with me! Isn’t she adorable? She is a Canadian girl Leeann from Affordable Designs. She is 28 cm tall and although she is made of vinyl, she is ball-jointed. These dolls have two options of a body, I chose to have joints. I …read the rest

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre
11 June, 2014
1830s

At long last I have finished the first dress for Jane Eyre. Just to remind everyone what it is all about. My Jane Eyre project is based on my favourite TV version of this wonderful book by Charlotte Bronte – the 1983 mini-series with Timothy Dalton and Zelah Clarke. I …read the rest

Jane Eyre project. Jane’s dress. Lace collar.

Jane Eyre project. Jane’s dress. Lace collar.
8 June, 2014
1830s

I have finally finished embroidering Jane’s lace collar. For a long time I couldn’t decide how to make it at all! Because it is clearly embroidered on a thin, almost transparent silk net. That’s how it looks in the film. In the end, that’s how I made it. I bought …read the rest

Another Caroline

Another Caroline
6 June, 2014
American Girl dolls

Quite a long time ago I already showed American Girl Caroline. That doll was supposed to be my daughter’s and I took her out of the box in advance – to take some pictures, but then my daughter changed her mind. And that Caroline went to my friend Ariadne – to …read the rest

Isabelle

Isabelle
3 June, 2014
American Girl dolls

Look who has arrived today!! It’s Isabelle, an American Girl of the Year 2014! I honestly didn’t want to buy her because I thought that the combination of a classic mold, blond hair and hazel eyes is pretty boring. Also, I totally dislike the extra locks of pink hair but …read the rest

Blue dress for Matilda and Amelia

Blue dress for Matilda and Amelia
1 June, 2014
A Girl for All Time

I had a bit of the large polka-dot fabric left and I really wanted to make a dress for A Girl for All Time dolls out of it. Luckily, I found this plain royal blue fabric in my fabric stash. And here is the dress. It closes at the back …read the rest

Lonnie

Lonnie
30 May, 2014
Ariadne's face-up

Well, I have just sold this doll – she is Iplehouse KID Lonnie. I admit buying her was a mistake – I desperately needed Adele Varens for my Jane Eyre project and I thought she would be suitable for the role. But she wasn’t. On the other hand, Lisa is …read the rest

Renewed Etheldreda

Renewed Etheldreda
29 May, 2014
19th century

Etheldreda (Tania) was my very first Iplehouse doll. She has been living with me for 2 years already. And she was the very first BJD that my friend Ariadne painted. She has now improved her technique so much that we decided to give Etheldreda a new face-up! And here she …read the rest

Rosy: to be or not to be?

Rosy: to be or not to be?
26 May, 2014
Ariadne's face-up

A few days ago I decided to take new photos of (so far) my Supia Rosy – for the purpose of selling her (which I have unsuccessfully been trying to do for the last year!). I was happily snapping away the photos of the doll that still didn’t click with me… I …read the rest

1850s dress for Cecile

1850s dress for Cecile
23 May, 2014
1850s

This dress is very special for me. I made it using a pattern by Keepers Dolly Duds. A long time ago I saw another Cecile in a similar light blue dress. I fell in love with both (the doll and the dress) immediately. Later I found out that a pattern for that …read the rest

Collection trimming

Collection trimming
22 May, 2014
14-inch Kish doll

UPDATED 18 June 2014 After some thinking and lots of doubts I have decided to trim my collection a bit. The main reason is that I do want to concentrate on making clothes for particular dolls. So, even some dolls I really love would have to go. Here are the …read the rest

Bianca, Anika and… Mirwen

Bianca, Anika and… Mirwen
21 May, 2014
Anne

I remember some people have asked me to show my two little ones together. So, here they are! Bianca (Byuri) and Anika (Anne) in identical dresses. A small bonus – just because her dress was made from the same fabric! Bianca, Anika and Mirwen. I am surprised that Mirwen looks …read the rest

Blue polka-dot dress for Bianca

Blue polka-dot dress for Bianca
19 May, 2014
Ariadne's face-up

My beautiful Bianca has got her first dress (actually, I made two identical dresses, but that is something for another article!). I really love how blue colour suits her!

Three beauties

Three beauties
16 May, 2014
A Girl for All Time

Having made three dresses for A Girl for All Time dolls, I thought, it would be a perfect opportunity to take a photo of all of my dolls – Amelia, Matilda and Clementine. I adore the dolls by this company and can’t wait for Lydia to join them in, hopefully, …read the rest

Daisies and dots dress for Matilda and Clementine

Daisies and dots dress for Matilda and Clementine
14 May, 2014
A Girl for All Time

And the third dress that I have made for A Girl for All Time dolls. I think it looks great on both Matilda and Clementine. And the same dress on Clementine. Green is definitely her colour!

Summer Blossom dress for Amelia

Summer Blossom dress for Amelia
12 May, 2014
A Girl for All Time

I loved this fabric at first sight! I guess I should have bought more of it. The only yard that I bought was enough only for 3 dresses – for A Girl for All Time, for Kidz’n’Cats and American Girl dolls… Here is the first of the dresses – for …read the rest

Spring Blossom dress for Matilda

Spring Blossom dress for Matilda
10 May, 2014
A Girl for All Time

This is the last dress I made from this red fabric. I do have some left, but the piece is so small, I haven’t decided how to use it yet. This time the dress is for A Girl for All Time dolls. I think, red really suits Matilda. The bodice of …read the rest

Doll dressmaker’s paradise!

Doll dressmaker’s paradise!
8 May, 2014
Doll Fashion

Yesterday my friend Ariadne took me to our Chinatown – to order new labels for my doll clothes (I still have to use Daisy dolls labels as you probably have noticed!) and to shop for those little extras for tiny dresses… That’s what we have ended up with (this is …read the rest

Joanna in pink

Joanna in pink
7 May, 2014
by type

I was very surprised how well pink suits my Joanna (Maru and Friends doll)!! This is an outfit knitted and crocheted by my mum. The handbag is functional!

Rainbow of dresses

Rainbow of dresses
4 May, 2014
A Girl for All Time

Recently I have finished quite a number of similar dresses for different kinds of dolls. It started with a custom order for just a couple of dresses, but once I started cutting fabrics I decided to cut more at the same time (as cutting is the thing I don’t enjoy …read the rest

Spring blossom dress for Adele

Spring blossom dress for Adele
2 May, 2014
Ariadne's face-up

A dress for Iplehouse KID dolls modelled by my Adele. It is made still from the same cotton fabric. The dress closes at the back with 4 snaps and the bodice has a white batiste lining. And Adele and Bianca in matching dresses.

Spring blossom dress for Bianca

Spring blossom dress for Bianca
30 April, 2014
Ariadne's face-up

Having made quite a few dresses for bigger dolls out of this fabric, I had a bit left and I decided to make two dresses for small BJDs. One of them is for Bianca (Iplehouse BID). The dress has white batiste lining for the bodice and closes at the back …read the rest

Owl dresses for Kidz’n'Cats dolls

Owl dresses for Kidz’n
28 April, 2014
by type

My favourite fabric is back!!! Do you remember the summer dresses I made for Gotz dolls from this fabric a few years ago? I really love these owls on brown and yellow (unfortunately, the brown fabric has now run out). So, I decided to make two contrasting dresses for Kidz’n’Cats …read the rest

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