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. my grandmother used to cut them out of magazines/newspapers when i spent the night with her on friday nights. :-)
    today’s sewing project? a candy corn shirt and matching ruffle pants!

  2. Tiphaine says:

    yessss !!! Boys’ stuffs !!! thanks for the book title!!!

  3. Valerie says:

    My daughter is just coming to the age of liking paper dolls. These are darling!

    I love the Japenese sewing books, but I too get “stuck” sometimes as to what they wanted!

  4. Tracy says:

    Those dolls are so cute, as are your hoodies. I really like the floral one. I don’t think I had any paper dolls like those but I do remember my mother cutting me long strings of paper doll chains and colouring them in. Today, I’m hoping to finish a skirt for one of my daughters.

  5. erin says:

    i totally want kate to have a paper doll bday party so please throw my name in the hat!
    i’m finally going to get sewing tomorrow – oliver & s skirts, here i come!

  6. Jillbert says:

    I still play with paper dolls. I love their old-fashioned sweetness. And I think these dolls are adorable. Here’s hoping I win!!

  7. Amy says:

    These look totally cute. And yes I remember playing with paper dolls. I would love for my daughters to be able to play with one too.
    Cute hoodies.

  8. Shasta says:

    Love these papers dolls! And love that she has boy dolls too. Why should girls have all the fun?

  9. Erica says:

    Of course I played with paper dolls! Did any girl not?! These are adorable, my daughters would love them, for sure. :)

  10. Kristy says:

    what did pink panther say when he sat on an ant? Deadant, deadant, deadant deadant deadant deadant deadannnntttttt….. as told by my 7 and 8 year old boys =) And yes, i played with paper dolls, though i really had my heart set on a certain cabbage patch kid named Lyndon.

  11. Stacy says:

    I never did get to play with paper dolls when I was younger. Maybe that is my obsession with them now for my daughter, I want to play with them too :-)

  12. Erica says:

    Yes, I played with paper dolls. I always got frustrated at how easily the paper tabs came off and then the outfit didn’t work anymore.

  13. Those hoodies look cool – hmm, maybe that’s what I should make for my son. So far today all I’ve done is buttonholes, but I get to put the kids to bed soon and catch up on the rest of my hour of sewing…

  14. I played with paper dolls – some of my own and some of my mom’s from the 60s. She actually just brought up several folders and boxes of them for when my daughter is old enough. I’ve been thinking of turning some of them into felt board paper dolls – wouldn’t that be fun?

    Working…ugh, I’m SO far behind. The pj pants I did yesterday need to be re-done. I have my pieces for the Ottobre coat cut, I just need to get off the computer.

  15. Nikki Keye says:

    Hmmm, had fun busting out a knit dress today…yes played with paper dolls!!

  16. Ella says:

    the fact that i’m on line just now indicates that the sewing is not happening. i do, however have a line up of items and ideas. i think it will be a busy weekend in the studio. this challenge has really inspired me to get busy with clothing my kids. cheers.
    i totally played with paper dolls and my son sometimes plays with paper fairies.
    i’m going to watch madmen and work on knitting my babe’s leg warmies…

  17. Julia says:

    Such a coincidence, I just blogged about making paper dolls with my daughter last week. Not only did I play with them when I was little, I am still obsessed with paper dolls.

  18. Jacqueline says:

    Well when I was somewhere around 9 years old My family lived in Liberia. We had no toys so my brother and I would Draw, color and cut our own little people out of cardboard. We got so into it we would make a school a house and other people in our little imaginary town. It was lots of fun. Our to little people were Jack and Jenny. Our real names are Jacqueline and Jean Paul. I guess we really liked the J names.
    Today for KCWC I made 2 leggings one for my 8year and one for 4year but they both only fit the 4year old. GRRR! I also made a skirt and pants for 8 year old. Told you sweat shop style!

  19. Tracy says:

    I loved paper dolls as a child. My daughters enjoy them also. I haven’t purchased any for them yet b/c they love to make them! But I adore those Lily and Thistle patterns!

  20. I really really like your hoodies. I’ve been on hoodies mood for a long time now, especially non-stretchy-materials-hoodie-mood, but haven’t done anything for that yet. Your post of FLANNEL hoodie was an eye-opener, now I might get into making hoodies too, although not during this challenge week.

    My challenge has gone pretty bad (with pretty disappointing results in the middle of the nights) so far with day job and flu, but I’m still hoping weekend could change the situation.

    I loved paper dolls as child and had lots of them. I also drew paper dolls with my mom who had done that all her childhood. Now I still have a bagfull of paper dolls waiting for my daughter to grow, but those are only the latest and sadly only store-bought individuals.

  21. Cate says:

    I made that pattern too, and had the same trouble with the elastic. I stared at that diagram for ages before I just made something up. I don’t think it looks dodgy from the outside so it’s all good!

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  23. Bekah says:

    LOVED paper dolls… played with them a lot.

  24. Anne Marie says:

    I’m impressed with you sewing! How you find time for it all, now that is a mystery!