Vintage Knitting Crochet Pattern Book Bundle Giveaway 2015

Vintage Knitting Crochet Pattern Book Bundle Giveaway 2015

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Free Vintage Crochet Patterns 1940’s Hats Bags Muffs Week 22

Free Vintage Crochet Patterns 1940’s Hats Bags Muffs Week 22 You can find the entire Designer Sweaters by Reynolds Continental Collection on blog.vintagepatternsdazespast.com. Remember my blog has moved to; http://blog.vintagepatternsdazespast.com/ Be sure to bookmark the new site above. Thanks, Ruby check … Continue reading

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The Art of Vintage Tatting | Free Tatting Patterns and Inspiration

What Is The Number One Tatting Question

The number one question asked by Tatters?

Do you know the answer?

They are looking for patterns beyond the traditional doily and edgings.

Thanks to Globalization we American’s now have access to pattern inspiration from all over the world.

The Art of Tatting, that’s based on one easy to do stitch. When you master that stitch, you will have mastered the art. Manipulating that one stitch takes a bit more practice however!

Take care to follow closely the directions for dropping the fingers and stretching the thread and–in a short amount of time, you’ll be creating with ease laces of beauty.

Delicate tatting has an air of elegance! From lovely edgings and other home furnishing pieces, to heirloom wearable that add sophistication to any outfit.

Do you Tat with a shuttle & hook or do you use a tatting needle? did you know that you can Tat without a shuttle?

I’ve tried both methods and the difference is like crocheting with yarn or fine thread, needle tatting and shuttle tatting are different.

But the finished project delivers the same results–my preference is needle tatting, Two totally different technique achieving the same results.

Remember there are challenges with both, there are special “needles” for needle tatting. The size of needle you use depends on the size of the thread you are using just as in crochet or knitting.

Use the diameter of needle that is as close to the thickness of the thread you are using.

So that when you make the stitches on the needle and then push them off the needle onto the thread, the stitches are not loose at all – they are the right size for the diameter of the thread.

I know people who have tried with poor results, do not use a regular sewing needle to tat – it must be a special “tatting needle”.

The eye of the needle is no bigger than the shaft of the needle, so that you can slide the stitches over it and onto the base thread.

Here’s an example of Needle Tatting

You can find the instructions here: http://www.georgiaseitz.com/2007/stricklandbracelet.html

Now here’s the same bracelet using Shuttle Tatting method

Absolute Beginner Tatting Series can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG3Q9fgajBVXykAf1u0SkyQ

The instructions are here:

http://www.georgiaseitz.com/2007/stricklandshtlbrac.html

One other note,  while the stitches are the same the instruction between the two may read differently as shown in the examples above, experienced tatters can usually use either.

Here are some excellent instructional and Free pattern websites.

Allison’s Tatted Lace is a great little site with resources and free patterns.

Be-Stitched is another website you might find useful.

The Instructables Website has downloadable tutorials you might find useful.

Here’s a link to a 13 page PDF of Tatting Books to help build your Tatting library.

Priscilla Tatting Book – PDF – there are three in the Priscilla series.

Here’s a few example of Tatted wearable’s:

Here’s tatted slipper examples and can be found here: http://etsylove.ning.com/profiles/blogs/tatted-slippers-prototype

Rene Caovilla Lace Halter Slingback - Neiman Marcus

What do you think about this tatted insert?

tatting - I want to make it!

Here’s a pattern for Vintage Tatted Gloves pattern.

Tatted gloves patterntattingTatted bag

Here is an example of a tatted blouse.

Tatting blouseTeiko Fujito

This tatted piece is on sale on ETSY you can find it here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/105961892/scarlet-red-silk-summer-suit-jacket-with

 

Here’s another beautiful example:

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Here’s a tatted cardigan made using thicker thread–well done. you don’t have to use finer weight threads when designing wearables.

Tatted Lace Collar Shrug Shawl Very Delicate by auntcarriesattic, $160.00  ---  Wow...Scarlet red silk summer suit, jacket,  with hand tatted lace shoulder part - high fashion -haute couture.

Do you like this tatted hats. slippers?

Women's knitted hat frivolite by HandmadeShoping on Etsy, $100.00Summer hat tatting ...... How beautifully common tatting patterns have been assembled to create this hat !tatted fingerless gloves

Black Needle Tatted Top Hat Fascinatorsandals crochet - sandalias crochetEdging or Insertion with pattern .

What about this tatted jewelry Box?

Tatting box jewelry gift for Her Home decor por ShopGift en EtsyBouquet of Flowers  with free tatting patterns to download (pdf format) ....... *a*

Here’s another tatted piece using a heavier weight of yarn instead of thread.

Forest Floor Needle Tatted Lace Soy Wool Shawl by tattingforspirit, $140.00Tatting ideas

Here’s an example of free-form tatting using the similar joining techniques used in Irish Crochet.

Amazing Free-form Tatting

When think about tatted clothes you are limited only by your imagination, look at this piece, tatted motifs, joining stitched and edging.

Handmade Tatting Lace Shawl / Scarf (400). $85.00, via Etsy.

Here’s an accent to trim an existing outfit–I really like this idea.

what to do with a tatted heart

Free Vintage Tatting Patterns

Here’s a few Free vintage tatting patterns that I’d like to share to get you started.

Free Vintage Richardson’s Tatting Book Number 7

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Richardson Vintage Tatting Pattern Book Number 7

Tatting a Fascinating Book of Delicate Designs | 207 Spool Cotton 1944 Vintage Tatting Pattern Book

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Tatting Patterns Spool Cotton Book 207

 Digital PDF eBook Patterns on Sale in my ETSY store ready for instant download:

Vintage Tatting Patterns Motifs Insertions | Luncheon Refreshment Sets Mats Tatted Jewelry Set | Towel Linen Delicate Collars Cuffs Edges

Vintage Tatting Patterns Motifs Insertions | Luncheon Refreshment Sets Mats Tatted Jewelry Set | Towel Linen Delicate Collars Cuffs Edges

Vintage Tatting Patterns Edges Collars Cuffs Chair Sets Medallions Insertions New Things Happen to Tatting | Spool Cotton Company Book 159

Vintage Tatting Patterns Edges Collars Cuffs Chair Sets Medallions Insertions New Things Happen to Tatting | Spool Cotton Company Book 159

 

Free Vintage Hat Patterns Over the Top Toppers Fascinator’s and Head Pieces

DO YOU LIKE HATS?

Hello everyone, do you like hats? I love hats and wear them almost all the time. This week I want to share some of my favorites from my collection and FROM around the web especially Pinterest. Do you like Over-the-Top Hats? Remember my definition of over the top may not be the same as yours!! Here are some of favorite over the top topper and I’d where each and ever one.

Donna Vinci Couture Church Hat H1341.Cher for Vanity Fair, 1986 by Annie LeibovitzFollow ME!!!PearlsGreen Pamela Sinamay Hat

 

 

Would you dare wear any of these hats?

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How about one of these stunning modern vintage reproductions.

1920s clochecloche1920s Hat Flapper  Black  Silver Metallic Cloche by ludascrafts1920's vintage flapper hatChurch HatA Hat about Hats, what more could you ask for

Let us not forget hats for the Royals around the world–I must say church hats and hats for the royals have kept the tradition alive.

Paloma Cuevas wearing a Philip Treacy hat.Queen Maxima totally surrounded in hat.Chic in her hat.Her smile brings joy to my heart. Long live the Queen! Reception at Mansion HouseKateHM Queen Sirikit of Thailand

Now the Bazaar–Weird to me–share the weirdest hat you’ve ever seen? Share your weirdest, wackiest hat picture on our Facebook Page and win either one of these this free vintage Hat Pattern Books. the number of likes will decide the winner. Enjoy!

 

Free Hats Bags & Accessories

Free Hats Bags & Accessories

Hats and Bag Patterns

Hats and Bag Patterns

 

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Fascinator’s are all the rage and it seems like if you can think-it, dream-it or imagine it a topper it can be created. Checkout these wonders.

Hats at Royal AscotRoyal Ascot 2012 - Day 3Royal ascot hatRoyal AscotJasmine Guinness the sister of Daphne Guinness at Royal AscotHat by Bill CunninghamOriginal caption:1/11/52: High drama is achieved by Walter Florell in this rough grey straw with a soaring, cutaway brim. The white mesh veil is studded with red sequins.

Now lets look at some real vintage hats, head pieces and fascinators.

Photo: Horst P. Horst fro Harper's Bazaar, 1943.Pink chiffon lantern hat by Pierre Cardin 1962.William Klein, 1962.Chanel, Summer Straw Hat, 1960s.Flappers ~ 1920's1920.1920's Fashionable Hats from http://berryvogue.com/womenshats.19501950's19501950's.1970s Fashion, 1970s, fashion, womenswear, style. Loose floaty bohomenian clothing with organic, natural colours and flower patterns, again with statement peices

As you can see there are some styles that have re-invented throughout the decades and some you never see again.. But one thing for sure the hat is timeless no matter what country you live in or your age–take the plunge and enjoy the exotic, the chic and sexy, the mysterious and the funny–WEAR A HAT! Here’s some free vintage hat patterns sew, crochet, knit or craft and become your own style icon.

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Here are a few more vintage Hat patterns for your enjoyment.

Crocheted Hat & Bag - free vintage pattern originally published in Today's Crochet Book, Book No. 115.  

http://freevintagecrochet.com/free-hat-pattern/star115/crocheted-hat-and-bag

This is a free pattern for a beaded cloche hat.  The pattern for the matching bag is for sale, but I bet you could figure it out after making the hat.

http://www.freevintagecrochet.com/hats/beaded-cloche-hat-pattern.html

Our Cloche hat crochet pattern from Smart Bags, originally published by Spool Cotton Co, Book No. 209, in 1944.

http://freevintagecrochet.com/hat-patterns/spool209/cloche-pattern

Vintage 40's Crochet hat - pattern.  Looove it.  I'm making this - wonder how it'll turn out.

http://blog.bramcostpublications.com/2011/01/02/ring-in-the-vintage-new-year-day-2-vintage-crochet-hatpurse-pattern.aspx

This 1920s-inspired, knit hat pattern is perfect for any vintage lover.  It's easy to make, plus there are three ways to make it.

http://www.allfreeknitting.com/Knit-Hats/vintage-hat/ct/1 1921 Millinery Spring Summer Hats Picturesque Hats in Hand Crochet Free 60’s Vintage Millinery Hat Patterns

 

 

Congratulations Southfield High School Graduates 2014 | Free Vintage Knitting Patterns

Family Gatherings

I would like to give thanks for being able to come home and be apart of my granddaughter’s big day or shall I say a week.

My time at home with friends and family began with my oldest son’s birthday with his baby brother and his girl fixed a very large Seafood Boil of crab, scrimp, corn on the cob, red potatoes and sausage and the grill master fixin’s Salmon and Walleye for the fun of it.

The three brother’s, there’s a fourth he couldn’t make home this time–

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Then came Memorial day everybody was there always good food, family and friends, spades and bid, plenty of trash talking and fun. I got to meet Alex’s parents and Anthony’s girl.  Too much fun to remember to take pictures. Bad bad girl (next time).

The man who started it all

Melvin Anthony Erick Kenny

Khayla’s Prom – Southfield High School 2014

was the primary reason for this trip her prom was last Tuesday–she looked absolutely gorgeous.

Khayla 2014

Khayla 2014

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Mother and daughter

Daughter and Granddaughter

The carriage -- my favorite car

The carriage — my favorite car

Cadillac STS

I am so glad limousines are obsolete! I have three favorite cars, the Cadillac (this one), the Jaguar and the Ford Thunderbird (the collector’s edition)

Here’s the prom date.. Carlos is not only handsome, he’s smart and he has great manner’s which means his parents took care business.

Carlos

Graduation Day 2014

The next big day was Graduation Day this past Sunday at Chene Park–we attended church in the morning and the ceremony started at 4, here’s a few highlights. By the way there were almost 300 young people graduating from just Southfield High School more boys than girls this year about 20 more Young African-American men!

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Diploma in Hand

Diploma in Hand

Thank you for sharing my couple weeks with the family–Now I am waiting on Caleb to arrive–

School’s out for summer!

Free Vintage Knitting Patterns

This week I’ve put together a fine collection of free vintage knitting patterns–I sure hope that you will want to make  at least one of these beauties.

1940’s Knitted Cocktail Dress Pattern

40s vintage knitted cocktail dress

40’s Vintage Knitted Cocktail Dress

40’s Shirt Waist Knitted Blouse Pattern

1940s Shirtwaist Knitted Blouse Pattern

1940s Shirtwaist Knitted Blouse Pattern

Vintage Shirtwaist Dress Pattern

1950s Vintage Knit Dress Pattern

1950s Vintage Knit Dress Pattern

1960’s Chic Knit Tunic

1960s Vintage Knit Tunic Pattern

1960s Vintage Knit Tunic Pattern

Vintage Front Zip Cardigan Jacket Pattern

Luck Knitted Front Zip Cardigan Jacket pattern

Luck Knitted Front Zip Cardigan Jacket

1970’s Knitted Bride’s Coat

Knitted Brides Knitted Coat Pattern

Knitted Brides Knitted Coat Pattern

Girl’s Knit Party Dress

vintage Girls Knitted Dress

Girls Knitted Vintage Dress Pattern

Vintage Fichu Knitting Pattern – A triangular scarf of woven fabric, worn over the shoulders and crossed or tied in a loose knot at the front.

Knitted Fichu Pattern

Knitted Fichu Pattern

30’s Vintage Two Piece Tailleur with Vestee

Vintage Two Piece Tailleur Vestee Pattern

Two Piece Tailleur with Vestee Pattern

Vintage Ribbed & Smocked Knitted Dress Pattern

Vintage 50s  Ribbed Smocked  Knitted Dress Pattern

Vintage 50s Ribbed Smocked Knitted Dress Pattern

Stay tuned for other great knitting, crochet and needle-arts patterns.

By the way check out My Collections:

The Dazespast Style Library

Summer Chic

Evening Elegance

My Vintage Crochet Projects | Free Vintage Crochet Doily Patterns

My Vintage Crochet Projects

Last week I shared the sewing projects that I have on the table–this week it’s all about crochet. I’m working doilies and motifs mostly and I will share the patterns with you.
I love working on ruffled doily patterns mostly, I like the one’s with complex stitch patterns. The make the project challenging but the results are phenomenal.

I just finished the 1890’s Doily, from Old Time Crochet Autumn 1996. Originally published in “Miss Arnold’s Book of Crocheting, No 2, 1890”

Here’s my completed version.

My Version Vintage 1890s Doily Pattern

My Version Vintage 1890’s Doily Pattern

Center 1890 Doily remake

Center 1890 Doily

If you’d like to make the 1890’s Doily, here’s the free crochet pattern.

1890s doily page 1

An 1890’s Doily

1890s doily page 2

An 1890’s Doily Pattern Part 2

I finished this doily about a week ago, this doily is from Lily Mills, 1950, Book 1600. “Sheer Witchery”, it’s a doily luncheon set, I only wanted to make the large doily pattern.

Sheer Witchery Doily | Lily Mills 1950

Sheer Witchery Doily | Lily Mills 1950

Sheer Witchery Close-up Doily

Sheer Witchery Close-up Doily

If you’d like to make “Sheer Witchery” here’s the pattern.

doily liliy mills book 1600 1950 vintage crochet pattern

Sheer Witchery Luncheon Set Doily Free Pattern

Free Vintage Doily Pattern Sheer Witchery

Free Vintage Doily Pattern Sheer Witchery

Also in process is the “Blossom Ruffle Doily” by American Thread Company.

I’ve made this doily several times and gave one away and sold the other. Now I want to have one for myself. Blossom Ruffle is an easy doily to make but now with age and bad eyes working in dark colors is difficult at night because of the stitch pattern. here’s where I am at the moment.

Blossom ruffle

Now here’s the vintage pattern “Blossom Ruffle”.

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Free Blossom Ruffle Doily Pattern

ruffle doily pattern vintage blossom ruffle

Blossom Ruffle Doily 2

My next vintage gem is Coral Reef from “Old and New Favorites”, the Spool Cotton Company, Book 269

Doily Project

Coral Reef Doily

Here’s the pattern if you’d like to make this odd ruffle doily.

Coral Reef Spool Cotton Book 269

Coral Reef Spool Cotton Book 269

vintage doily pattern coral reef

Coral Reef Doily 2

Another project is “Ruffles Run Riot” from Lily Mills, published originally in Book 1600 and then again in Book 209.

lily mills book 209 free vintage doily pattern

Ruffles Run Riot Free Doily Pattern 1

vintage ruffle doily pattern lily mills 1600

Ruffles Run Riot

 

My final contribution for today’s post is also from Lily Mills, Book 400 “Easy to Crochet Tablecloths Luncheon Sets and Runners”.

crochet shell motif medallion

The medallion design is called Shell Motif”, I have about 15 motifs made because the size 16 hook is almost like a needle if you tap your finger tip the wrong way. so it was slow going for a while. I solved that problem by using the old rubber finger tips you buy at the office supply store–they make great thimbles.

By the way enjoy the Garden Fern motif on the same page.

 

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I want to share a the Popcorn & Pineapples Doily, from American Thread Company. Book 128. I made this doily sometime ago, actually its been about 12 years maybe a few more than that, this is by far my favorite small flat doily, the stitches come together to create a beautiful pattern.

Here’s my version.

Popcorn and Pineapple Doily

Popcorn and Pineapple Doily

If you’d like to make this pattern, here’s the instructions for the Pineapple and Popcorn Doily

vintage doily pattern american thread

Popcorn and Pineapple Doily Pattern

free vintage doily pattern popcorn pineapples

Popcorn and Pineapple Page 2

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Popcorn and Pineapple Doily 3

As I was looking for this doily I came across some older work from some of these patterns, take a look.

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Double Ruffle Doily | Spool cotton

Double Ruffle Doily | Spool cotton

Blossom Ruffle

Blossom Ruffle

Rice Stitch Doily

Rice Stitch Doily

Enjoy, your comments and thoughts are always welcomes, until next time.

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Free Vintage Knitting Pattern Friday – Knitted Classics for Men and Boys

Free Knitting Pattern Book Share

Welcome back everyone–Tis to the week I’ve updated a few pages and added some great content that I want to share with you today.

But first its Free Knitting Pattern Day

I really hope that you’ll like these great old knitting pattern books I want to share. These patterns are for the experienced knitted but anyone is welcome to try on one condition that you share your finished piece with us here or on our Facebook Page.

I don’t share many patterns for men, I’m not sure why but here’s a great vintage book, I hope you’ll like.

249 SC Mens Sweaters

Here they are for the active, the studious and the hobby-minded., ribs, classics, argyle and cable sweater patterns.

Reynolds New Sweater Collection

Pauline Denham Hand Knits for Men

More Vintage Men and Boy’s Patterns

Craftsmanship | Sweaters Vest Cardigan pullover Robe Patterns

30s Vintage Knitted and Crocheted Men’s Neck Tie Patterns

Introducing my new digital store

Here’s where you can buy great PDF reproductions of rare vintage patterns.

Knitting Patterns for Men | Good Shepherd Style Book 335

African American Fashion Doll 19.5 Inches CED

Welcome to the Fashion Doll World of Ruby With Vintage Flare

Gene Tyler Sydney Ellowyne Cara and More

Welcome to Ruby’s Fashion Doll World. I have to admit I love dolls — well I love the art of dolls in particular the extraordinary work of many designers. With skillful hands they craft couture quality fashions and accessories that dazzle the senses. Others make designing furniture and furnishings look easy and still others with the skill to create food, drink and everything in between. Today, I’m going to share with you my vintage inspired favorites starting with my featured image of Cara, my not so vintage doll by CED. What do I like about Cara? Well she reminds me of Me once upon a time. Cara is the Black Rose Shag wearing hand beaded, sequined black lace pants and top, with a black spandex and leather corset, black boots, a silver necklace, earrings and silver ring on her finger, she is a beauty. With that being said, I do have a pet-peeve, doll joints!  I must give credit to CED, they made this doll voluptuously sexy showing skin without showing the joints — thank you. While I can appreciate the art of the clothier, I really wish that someone could find a creative way to hide the joints– Enough of that rant–let me share with you Ruby’s Doll World. This first treasure sold on eBay for $38.90. The OOAK White Lace Tunic, Wide Skirt and Fancy Hat were made for Ellowyne designed by WVLZ Doll Fashions in the Netherlands. The designer has an eBay store with some incredibly well made pieces using top of the line fabrics and workmanship. I think the designer is selling too low, checkout the auctions, there’s no store, but there’s a pink number that you must see!

White Lace Tunic Skirt Hat Ellowyne

If you’re into dolls then you are also into the incredible dioramas or sets that are works of art, here’s a few examples of what I’m impressed with. At the top of the list is Mary Ann Roy, this lady’s work, well its beyond words if you haven’t seen it, you should. Checkout Welcome Home, a place of extraordinary beauty for 1:6 scale furniture and furnishings.

barbie size doll furniture 1:6 scale

Mary Ann Roy

Barbie furniture Innovative mid century modern ideas, great fabrics, amazing dolls and clothes.

Mid Century Mary Ann Roy

The Morrison Furniture Studio is hip and funky mid-century loveliness, I can’t wait to own my first collection, I just do not have any more room. This collection sold on eBay for $225.00, a price well worth it.

 1:6 scale modern doll furniture

Modern Retro Leopard Sectional Sofa w Table Elvis Albums

Morrison's furniture - amazing mid century modern in 1:6th scale

Asymmetry

There are some artful miniature designer’s out there, check out these links. Modernica Blog Doll Diva’s Flower (A designer from Mexican; be sure to install the translator extension on your browser) Let’s stroll back in time to the forties, I own both Gene and Violet in a couple different versions. Both are stunning and made for vintage fashion. Violet let’s me reminisce about my stylish grandmother who by the way was one of those stylist 40’s dolls and going through her closet as a girl made for the best dress-up ever. As a dressmaker myself with an understanding of what it takes to make a tailored or couture quality piece–but to make in miniature — the Couture Touch is exceptional, here’s a couple– well maybe a few of my favorites.

Gallery of Past Designs couture touch gene doll key lime delight suit hat bag

Key Lime Delight Circa 1950s

Gene fashion doll clothes couture touch

Savvy Stripes Circa 1940

satin suit violet waters fashion doll 15.5 inch

Violet Waters Fashion Doll

Before I move on to other Ellowyne fashions let me just share this board by Raw Dragon Fly Dolls on Pinterest–a superb collection of dolls dressed in art. I started this set off with Ellowyne, she exudes personality and her friend Lyzette the African-American or her Creole  friend is sinfully demure. I have found their outfits to be perfect for their personalities, a little mid-century, a bit classic-modern–its eclectic, check out these outfits. How would you describe them?

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Ellowyn Skirt Jacket Hat Set

1920 reproduction linen dress lizette gloves

1920s Lizette Linen Dress Wool Hat Necklace Gloves

I’ll end with fantasy dolls, magnificent pieces of art the materials, the style everything about these next few dolls are just breath takenly beautiful.

Amaya (Night Rain)

Amaya | Night Rain

This next doll site not only produces great work–they want to teach you how to make great doll clothes by offering Free Tutorials at Fashion Doll Stylist.  This is a French website, but written in English. Fashion Doll Stylist I don’t usually favor boy dolls, but this work of art is fabulous – check out this beauty which hails from Russia I believe.

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Victory the Addiction

For those DIY’ers I must list a few doll patterns that I’ve used and sold that are worth your time. For the record I started this fashion doll journey over ten years ago all because one of my customers sent me a gift, and I was fascinated. She gave me a Paradise Collector Crochet Doll Pattern and the Annie’s Attic Funky Parlor Pizazz Crochet Livingroom Set.

Crochet Barbie Doll furniture

Parlor Pizazz Annies Attic

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1985 PRINCESS DIANA GALA GOWN

Four years later in 2004, I met another women, a client whose Christmas tree was decorated with everything Barbie. I commented that her daughter must really love Barbie–she corrected me it wasn’t her daughter, it was her and she opened a door to a room lined with Barbie everything. It wasn’t until I started researching dolls that I truly became mesmerized, and the journey began. To date, I own every sewing pattern made by Advance, Simplicity, Vogue, McCall’s and Butterick for Barbie. I even own all the Vogue and Simplicity for the 15.5″ dolls. I have granddaughters, they have 18″ dolls, while I am not crazy about American Girl dolls, I do like Madam Alexander’s My Life dolls. Here’s the one that I like the most, I’m still looking for the ballerina — these dolls have disappeared. I love books and magazines and have a full doll library, and I’m still working on the pattern released in the newspapers. I own every pattern in the Paradise doll pattern collection – Did you know at one time there was a woman from Brazil that hand beaded most of the Paradise collection and her creations sold for five figures? Now to some of those new pattern makers.

gene marshall

Evening Sophisticate

Fleischer Pattern Company

SCARLETT OHARA’S BLUE MILL Dress

Before I sign off I forgot about a really gifted miniature dressmaker Bellissima Couture Doll Fashions, checkout the fabrics she uses.

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Paris au Printemps

Also checkout this link: http://bvisayc556.wordpress.com/2013/10/09/italian-movie-for-fr16-tonner-and-similar-size-doll-on-etsy-now/

fashion doll clothes

Around the World – New England June 2013

I’m sure you are aware that I’ve barely touched the surface, and I would like to thank you for joining me along this journey if you would like to share my addiction for dolls check out my Pinterest board “Ruby’s Fashion Doll World“, has over 3,000 pins and over 2,500 followers. If dolls are your passion follow me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/rubyJsfashiondollworld.

I am all for promoting the independent , self-employed designers. While there you will find patterns for all types of dolls, sewing, knitting, crocheted and crafted. if you want you can watch a video about how to create furniture, table settings or food for your doll and so much more.

Thanks for stopping by and following me.

Ciao!

Ruby

PS….

Free Vintage Fashion Doll Pattern Links

Free Vintage Knitting Crochet Patterns for Dolls 6 to 17.5 inches

Vintage 1960s Knitting Crochet and Sewing Patterns for 11.5 inch Fashion Doll | Doll Wardrobe to Knit Crochet and Sew
Free Vintage Doll Clothes Knitted & Crocheted Fashion Doll 11.5″ Free Knitting Patterns
Free 18 Inch Doll Cloths Patterns
Printable Doll Cloths All Sizes
Mini Mochi Crochet 18″ Doll Set
Barbie Doll Clothes Sewing Patterns

http://frugalabundance.com/dolls/free-doll-clothes-patterns.htm
http://www.molendrix.com/strihy1.html

Pearl Trees – interesting social concept but patterns for all size dolls including the hard to find 15.5 and above for Gene, Tyler, etc.. If you have some links to share please post.

Free Vintage Pattern Saturday |Small and Large Bust Adjustments | Waist Hips and Thighs

To start the New Year I was going to share some awesome free vintage patterns from my collection and other places around the internet–which by the way I am still going to do.

But, then I thought about the big content splash around the web in-terms of relevant content having to do with improving your dressmaking skills with respect to measuring, alterations and pattern grading of vintage sewing patterns. These sites use vintage techniques when possible–I have gone through many sewing books dating back to the late 1800’s some things are the same now as it was then, what may be different; but the tools needed for many techniques are being refined.

They’ve been in our sewing books all along–but we were not paying attention –didn’t have time, so we stopped finishing seams except with the standard manufactured serger and we’re enjoying getting back to the basic–the quality..

Thinking about what I just wrote–I want couture quality in my sewing that I make for myself and others and on the way there

Remember, vintage techniques used quality finishings

While I consider myself a skillful dressmaker, it’s definitely an area that I find the most interesting and challenging and to fine tune my skills, I sort out blogs that you may or may not know about.

I also have to give credit to Pinterest which has led me to some great resources and Chrome’s translation extensions open the door worldwide sources.

Now while I love sewing up a true vintage treasure and as you know I sell them too, I’ve discovered a gap in the market place–a niche.

So the question is, what if you could buy the vintage pattern of you wanted in the size you needed, requiring minimal alterations? What would it be?

So let’s start there, look at these really great vintage summer designs, I want to know which one you like the best. Taking the poll and commenting — I want to thank you in advance, its appreciated.

When we’re thinking about vintage sizing and wondering why 50’s and 60’s models looked so slim and trim in our personal collections of vintage patterns and magazines–let us not forget–women of that era worn girdles and corsets to make their bodies fit the shape of many styles.

As a matter of fact, I can remember being told to wear a girdle as a girl and on occasion today I still wear firm under-garments to make sure that my lumps and bumps are inc check.

I can’t remember the last time I even wore a pair of pantyhose–I wear stocking with garters and garter belts or the ones with the lace bands.

Now you might ask how does that feel in the summer–well be sure to select your under-garments based on materials suitable for the season. Like cotton bra’s and slips for instance.

Enough rambling checkout this article from Jennifer Valentine | The Body Beautiful, she takes on the subject with an eloquence that I find interesting.

Next and most important step as you know is your body measurements–this is not a task you can do alone and have accurate measurements, I believe as the next blog author that fitting problems can be eliminated before the begin by doing this first step correctly.

The next post by  Marina of Frabjous Couture is just what the doctor ordered, Hip Circumference and Fit for the figure with a tummy/belly or handle-bars or other mid-section imperfections, this is the first of a series of articles on the subject and she leaves us with some homework.

Next we’ll explore a couple of blog contributor’s with something to say about the Bust Adjustment and essential for almost everyone –wait let me just say, ready-made patterns just like shoes come in an average size the standard B cup, well a lot of women either have bust that are slimmer or fuller so how do you make a great fitting bodice.

Since bust adjustments are the most commonly asked question, I’ll devote several different resources to the subject.

Small Bust Adjustments

First we’re going to tackle Small Bust Adjustments which is more difficult to find articles about the subject, but Shannon has taken on the subject with a blog post titled “My Cup Does Not Runneth Over“, take a read if you need to adjust down instead of up.

As you’ll see with this next post on Slapdash Sewist, she takes an approach that most of us use, and that is working at the process until we get the bodice or top to fit the way we want it to.  But her pictures are great and easy to follow when it comes to making bust adjustments for small bust sizes.

Everybody’s familiar with Gertie, well she does a “Small Bust Adjustment Tutorial” for a pattern from her book “Gerties New Book for Better Sewing” and Colette Patterns, I think you’ll find it most useful.

For Us Full Busted Ladies With  C, D, E, F and G Cups

In this next post from Sincerely Yours, I really like the point that Kate makes about the “Full Bust Adjustment” as a milestone event in the sewing life of any heavy chested woman.  The book she recommends is Palmer/Pletsch Fit for Real People an excellent resource for your sewing library.

Back in the day I was 5’/7.5″, the perfect size 12 for my life before age 40, then a perfect size 14 after until my early 50’s. Now in my late 50’s I find that my hips are still a 44″ but my protruding stomach is a nightmare caused by fibroid tumors, gallstones and now ulcers. This next resources would have been a great resource for me.

Another FBA resource is courtesy of Pink Chalk Studios, in her post she shares her experience from a fitting class  at Pacific Fabrics in Bremerton, WA learning the Palmer/Pletsch method of fitting for unique shapes. I wanted to visit that Pacific Fabrics in Bremwnton and didn’t have a chance.

Bra fittings were an annual event during my adolescents, and I continue that tradition today with my daughter and grandaughter. By the way my granddaughter graduates from High School this June, anyway, you will know your true size.

Finally Sew LA Blog, gives a great run-down on Full Bust Adjustment techniques with measurements and all.

Enjoy these Fitting Tutorials and Resources.

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Merry Christmas | Happy Holiday‘s to Everyone,

I would like to thank all of our followers by introducing our Twelve Days of Christmas Free Vintage Pattern Give-Away.

These patterns will be available in our Twelve Days of Christmas Photo Album.

Here you’ll find a picture preview of the books we’ll share during this 12 day period.

Vintage Bernhard Ulmann

Persian Lamb Fez

Sophisticated Breton

Smart Scotch Cap

Snooded Brim Sailor

Perky Snood

Draped Crocheted Turban

Snooded Pill Box

Twisted Braid Hat

Wrap A Round Turban

Hat and Muff Set

 

Don’t forget to check out these links.

1 Virginia Larkin | Crochet and Knitted Doll Patterns

2 Barbours Linen Thread

3 Modern Knitting Magazine

4 Munrospun British Knitting Pattern Book

5 Augusta Crocheted Yokes Pfeuffer