kcwc: day four

September 23rd, 2010

I made these cute hoodies from the japanese pattern book, Happy Homemade vol. 2. The one of the left is made from this super soft blue plaid flannel (that frays like crazy!) and the one on the right is made out of a piece of vintage fabric I had been saving for ages–there was only a little over a yard, but I eeked it out somehow. They are the same size, because I was lazy and didn’t want to trace another pattern, so my son’s is a little big, but I think it looks fine.

I never really figured out how they wanted me to do the elastic at the neckline–those pictures aren’t always so easy to follow–so I sewed and ripped and sewed and ripped and it still isn’t quite right. I think my elastic was old too and I’m guessing it looses some stretch as it ages (ha! don’t we all). But I’m still pretty happy with them and I’m sure they will be made again, next time maybe lined.

Hannah from Lily and Thistle very generously offered her Ultimate Paper Doll Package for today’s giveaway! If don’t win, but fall in love with the paper dolls (how could you not?) and purchase one of the packages (ultimate, standard or print-it-yourself) she will throw in a free line of fall outfits– you just need to type ELSIE in the note to seller on the paypal page at checkout. Dana did a lovely write up when she and her daughter got their own mini me paper dolls, if you aren’t familiar with Hannah’s work.  They are not only beautifully drawn, but well packaged and designed for little hands–you can use a special adhesive strip instead of the paper tabs if you choose. I was very excited to see she is doing a line of boy dolls now too!

To enter tell us if you played with paper dolls (remember Dolly Dingle?) or tell me a joke or what you are working on today for KCWC. Good luck! And check out all the awesome clothes in the flickr group so far. Wow!


The winner is

#6: katy from no big dill



74 Responses to kcwc: day four

  1. chandra says:

    I played with paper dolls. I also had this plastic toy that you would put fabric in for top and fabric for a bottom, and when you shut the lid, it was on a model. I wonder if my mom saved that toy….

  2. Karen says:

    Are you kidding me? These are fantastic! We are all about the paper dolls in this house. It’s yet another toy I never really was allowed to have, so I tend to (over)indulge my sweet little monster. She even says “Oh, Mother, you’re a mom who loves toys!!”

  3. Esther says:

    Oh fabulous a boys line I may have to consider those for Christmas. I had several sets of paper dolls as a kid which my gran gave me.. many hours of play were had from them.

  4. amber says:

    i have been coveting those paperdolls for months! would LOVE to have them!

  5. Suzanne says:

    The hoodies are very cute! I’m working on my first Ottobre pattern and first time using knits…ahhh…

  6. mon ami says:

    I absolutely did play with paper dolls. I had two different sets that I both loved. One was Princess Di with her amazing wedding gown and wool suits. The other was Jem & The Holograms and The Misfits with their awesome ‘punk rock’ outfits.

    This is an awesome prize. Thanks for sharing

  7. Tanja says:

    I loved paper dolls as a kid, and even got my brother to help me design the clothes! I still have my favorites – victorian ladies with elaborate dresses and hats. I recently bought a set of Norwegian bunad (traditional costume) paper dolls, and I love the Oliver + S pattern envelopes of course!

  8. Adrienne says:

    I was so into paper dolls. I had these Victorian ones that had about a bajillion little pieces and details to cut out. It was crazy but fun.

  9. Julia says:

    I was definately into paper dolls…. I can’t remember which ones exactly, but this was flashback!

  10. Paper dolls! These would be so fun. Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. Mama Brooke says:

    I was obsessed with paper dolls as a child. My mother and grandmother would always buy me paper doll booklets and lil box sets to play with, as gifts. I still love them, and always think I’d like to maybe frame some of them to preserve the memory and the dolls, someday, maybe for my child’s room or maybe for mine? :)
    I’m working on my second project of the week, here soon, during my toddler’s nap. I have a tutorial from another blog site, to make some little tshirt gaucho pants with a simple applique embellishment. Thanks!

  12. Karin says:

    Today’s KCWC project(S?) include finishing a kimono sweater from repurposed cashmere pants thanks to Habitual’s kimono pattern (http://habitual.wordpress.com/kimono/) and starting on fleece-lined pants #2. It’s summer time in Chicagoland and I’m sewing with cashmere and polar fleece in anticipation…

  13. Zina says:

    I made some a magnetic paper doll of my daughter by Photoshopping her head onto a paper doll and then running the whole thing through a magnetic Xyron cartridge. http://myimaginaryblog.wordpress.com/2008/06/22/rose-as-a-paper-doll/

    But I would love a set of these, too!

  14. Lisa says:

    I love your hoodies.
    I remember getting so mad when one of the tabs on my paper doll clothes would get torn. I’m so glad we have 21st century solutions that make paper doll play less frustrating for my girls (and I love that they offer the CD of the doll and clothes to reprint).

  15. Christina says:

    Cute dolls, cute hoodies.
    I’m abandoning my falied shirring attempt and moving on to O+S music box for KCWC. I need a good, easy, well written project to end out the week (and salvage my pride :) )…

  16. Anne S. says:

    I love the hoodies!
    When I was a kid I had a set of beauty and the beast paper dolls that I loved! They weren’t from the disney movie, they were much more beautiful and arty. I have no idea where my mom found them, but chances are she still has them stashed away somewhere, I’ll have yo ask her. Thanks for reminding me of them!

  17. Emily Brown says:

    I did play with paper dolls. Mine was sleeping beauty not the Disney version. She was beautiful and I loved her dresses! Good memories.

  18. Jenn S says:

    I think this week is going to end with fabulous handmade clothes and my bank card taken away. I just bought another pattern, and so many new fabrics are calling my name! I think it’s justified, seeing how I’m (fabric) stash bashing this week instead of buying new supplies (except I spent $1.20 on ribbing.)

  19. Laura says:

    I loved playing with paper dolls as a child. I love playing with them just as much with my daughter now. I guess I’ll never grow out of it. :)

  20. Bonnie says:

    I played with paper dolls some but remember a lot more sticker books (we recently found the lick n stick kind in a box at my parents house and my 7 year old has been having fun with it–it is a Skipper book!). My daughter loved cutting out all the O+S paper dolls from a recent pattern splurge and would love these too.

    Been tracing and cutting for four days now and hope to get some actual sewing accomplished today!

  21. kelli says:

    i did play a little with paper dolls, but i do love them more than ever now :)

  22. Sorahart says:

    Wow, I loved paper dolls! I just found some vintage-looking fabric with paper dolls on it at my local quilt shop and snatched it up!

    I am trying my hand at drafting a pattern for a vest for my little guy using an existing (but ugly) vest we received as a hand-me-down. He’s loving cars right now so I’m using Wheels fabric from Riley Blake. So excited to finish it (and probably hear him repeatedly yell “Cars!” as he wears it during church)!

  23. Kerry says:

    Why are pirates called pirates?

    Because they arrrrrrr…

    And yes, I did, and still do, play with paper dolls! These are lovely ones.

  24. Kylie says:

    I love those so much! I definitely played with paper dolls, the American Girl variety mostly, but I also made some of my own when I was little.

  25. Elisha says:

    I had a paper doll set that my mum coloured in for me. I think it was part of an acticvity book with mazes and dot to dots. I loved it…. <3