Tuesday, December 23, 2014

An American Girl Christmas

This Christmas, American Girl seems to be at the top of the list for many girls.  Bitty Bee has two AG dolls, Molly and Holly.  Molly was last year's Christmas gift from Nana and Grandpa and Holly is a "My American Girl" doll that we found at a local resell shop for a good price.  Holly was supposed to be my doll for sewing, but she ended up in Bitty Bee's bedroom rather quickly.  This year, Bitty Bee has asked Santa for a Samantha doll and I had to get a little creative.

Have you seen the new Samantha?  Her dress has been re-designed and is so cute!!!  It's a pretty pale pink with white lace trim and a burgundy sash.  The dress is solid pink fabric and has a dotted lace overlay.  She's wearing white tights, white bloomers and black Mary Jane style shoes.


I can certainly understand why lots of little girls, my own included, are hoping to find her under the Christmas tree on Thursday morning!

A few months ago, I got lucky.  I'm in a few "buy/sell/trade" groups on Facebook and in one of them, someone posted a retired Samantha doll for sale, just the doll, no clothing.  I made an offer on her and she became mine.  But there was the issue of her needing an outfit and I knew BB would want the new pink outfit.  So I did some brainstorming and searched through the patterns in my digital stash until I found one that I could alter a teeny bit to bring this pretty pink dress to life!

I chose the Mini Prairie Girl from Ellie Inspired for this dress.  Samantha's dress has the short puffy sleeves that can be replicated with a simple peasant dress.  The Prairie Girl dress was easy to use for this one, I just had to turn the front to the back so that I could put Velcro down it for the opening.

I used Clip Dots in Petal for my main fabric and lined the dress in a lightweight white fabric, since the Clip Dots is rather sheer.  I raided my lace stash to find something similar to what is used in the original dress.  Luckily, I had something that came very close!

One of the bigger challenges was the sash.  I tried a sash that could be tied on and that kept moving around and just didn't look right.  So I picked up some single fold bias tape and busted out the needle and thread to hand sew it on the waist of the dress.  I'm not a fan of hand sewing.  At all.  My fingers now hurt.
But I have to say, the end result was well worth it!!!  Here they are, side by side.

The lighting in my picture is pretty bad, I was hiding out in my closet, where Samantha has been hiding out.  I'm happy with the result and I hope Bitty Bee loves her as much as I loved my Samantha when I was about her age.

Oh, and of course, Samantha will be getting a gift on Christmas, as well as the other AG dolls in our house.  I found the perfect sized dolls for them while at Target today.  They are ornaments but I just cut the little hanging loop off from their hats and they are just the right size!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

~*~Princess Bee~*~

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Kanzashi Tree Tutorial

I am so excited to be part of the Sew McCool 12 Days of Christmas blog tour!  I had no idea what I would be making for the blog post, but I was excited to be a part of it!  Deanna is celebrating her one-year anniversary of her blog and has put together a great blog tour to celebrate!  Please stop by Sew McCool to vote for my project this week!  Voting ends 12/21/14.

While thinking of Christmas crafts, my mind kept wandering back to Christmas trees and also to my Kanzashi flower makers from Clover.  Then one day, the lightbulb went off and I had my idea!  I saw a few other tutorials for trees made with Kanzashi petals, but all of them had you making individual petals and attach them to a cone.  Surely there was an easier way!  And I found it!

For my tree, I used Pearle Metallic fabric from Timeless Treasures.  I love how it looks like it's dusted in snow.  I would guess that I used between 1/2 - 3/4 yard of fabric.  This project goes really fast if you're using the Clover brand Kanzashi flower makers.  I used the 3" pointed petal for the majority of the tree and the 2" daisy petal for the top layer.

I made multiple rings of petals for the tree layers.

From the pointed petal flower maker, I made the following rings of petals:
1 - 5 petal ring
2 - 7 petal rings
2 - 10 petal rings
2 - 15 petal rings
1 - 17 petal ring
1 - 20 petal ring
From the daisy petal flower maker, I made one 6 petal ring.

From a scrap piece of felt, I traced the inner circle of the 20-petal ring and then drew a cut line away from the inner circle.  This will be the base of the tree.  Using a hot glue gun, I attached the 20-petal ring to the felt circle.  I forgot to take a picture of this step, I'm so sorry!

I did have Gamer Bee take a picture of me gluing the second ring (the 17-petal ring) onto the first ring.  I placed each ring on top of the previous ring, made sure it was lined up, and then gently lifted the petals to glue them in place.  Repeat this for all of the rings, going from largest to smallest and ending with the 6-petal daisy ring on top.

It's a tree!!!  But it's a little plain, do you think?  It needs some pretty baubles.

I had this strand of plastic pearl and silver beads in my sewing stash, so I cut it apart and stacked some of the beads to make a tree topper.  Then I took the single silver beads and glued them randomly around the tree to decorate it.

Bitty Bee loves the new tree!  At one point tonight, I found it up in her room, set up in Holly and Molly's "bedroom".  I guess I'll be making them a Christmas tree soon!  But for now, the snowmen are enjoying their new tree!

Be sure to visit the other talented bloggers on the tour and come back to vote for your favorite when we're all done!
~*~Princess Bee~*~

12 Days of Christmas Holiday Blogger Challenge with sewmccool.com large
Don't forget to visit all of the bloggers who are creating tutorials for the Sew McCool 12 Days of Christmas challenge! Voting will begin on www.sewmccool.com on December 13 and go through 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern time on December 20. The blogger with the most votes will win $100 - just in time for Christmas!
December 1
December 2
Natalie @ Sew Outnumbered *Deby @ So-Sew-Easy * Ajaire @ Call Ajaire
December 3
December 4
December 5
Beth @ Beth Jarrett * Jen @ Just Joshin
December 6
December 7
December 8
Addie @ Addie K * Michelle @ Not My Tree
December 9
Ula @ Lulu & Celeste * Sara @ Made By Sara * Chelsea @ GYCT Designs
December 10
Nichole @ Bluebird & the Boy * Darcy @ Ginger House Designs * Shelly @ Coral & Co.
December 11
December 12
Maegen @ Mae and K * Jess @ Gracious Threads * Jone @ Knot Sew Normal