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Warning sewing pattern for girls fake embroidered blouse

The fake embriodery apron top
I have had to be absent from this little corner of the world for some time, which is tragic, but ho hum these things happen.

I have a lot of half finished projects, which I need to complete and get out there, a couple of things that I did get finished were my faux embroidery items. I call it faux embroidery, its similar to Marc Jacobs Trompe l'oeil, well  " similar" I think Marc Jacobs design might have issues with that claim, lets say inspired by.

How to make a retro skirt that you and your daughter will love

and you will get fantastic compliments for your sewing skills.

I just love this design which must date from the 1950's or 1960's. The design just sings retro goodness. A simple gathered checkered skirt with the paper dolls as a border, so simple, so cute.

I came across the design going through old knitting patterns of my mothers. I recall this pattern featuring as a border on a dress I wore at primary school.

Immediately I knew that I wanted to make a fabric border with it for a skirt or dress with this pattern.

The design pattern is called Paper Dolls as the boy and girl are linked by their hands, like paper doll cut outs.

 The paper doll design is really effective and easy to create, using faux embroidery (drawing with a fabric marker pen) although you can embroider this with embroidery floss as well.

If used on a gingham/vichy fabric this pattern does not need tracing, so its just so easy to get going and create something unique.

I have drawn on fabric for a while so  I guess I have some expertise in the area. One thing that may strike you as funny is why use cross stitch. (I have used it on all my faux embroidery designs so far).

Cross stitch adds to the authenticity or faux "ness" of the design, which wouldn't happen if you were just drawing lines.

People get horribly nervous about drawing and drawing lines in particular. Cross are so achievable, especially if they have been penciled in before inking. With a cross,  you can't really muck that up. 

Any mistake, is not really noticeable.

This pattern is transferred on to fabric using the count method. So readers will realise they don't need a design pattern.  

If you are using the design as a border, count a couple of rows up (say an 1") to leaving room for a hem or seam, and start with the left hand of one doll. 

You want to count up from the bottom foot position to where the first hand starts. 
Draw 4 crosses going up and diagonally for the hand and arm,
 2 crosses horizontally for the chest, 
one neck, 
2 crosses for other side of chest and 
one for arm. 

Then draw doll neck and head and body. 
Link the second doll by start at the hand. 
Go up three crosses only (gives a total of 4 if you count the cross that both dolls share) and draw in the same way as shown in the pattern below.

Although you don't need an embroidery hoop to ink this pattern, it is highly recommended. A hoop makes the inking easier and your work more even. If you don't use a hoop, ensure that you have a piece of paper or cardboard under your work as the marker will come through the fabric to the other side.

Fabric markers

I prefer to just use the black marker and I use a Sharpie fine point permanent marker. The sharpie black permanent marker has always been colour fast on fabric. The other colours in the permanent range have not and are not, as far as I am aware. So if you want to use anything other than the black you will need to buy a  fabric makers. There are lot of there for sale and its a matter of trying them out.

Just be sure to consider the colour that you are working on. Say for example a light blue background, may not show a yellow up effectively and an orange may appear brown rather than the orange you imagined.

Most inks will need to be ironed to set and left to dry completely over approximately a week before washing.

Setting out your pattern on Gingham/Vichy Fabric

Gingham or Vichy, can be large checks or small checks. On the smaller checks I have just applied by crosses to the white squares, on the larger yellow check, I have used every square. By using different sized gingham and using different combination of squares will alter the size of your pattern.

I have the paper dolls design and skirt making instructions on ETSY for $2.99 cents. The skirt is a very basic pattern of 2 rectangles, some gathering if that option wanted and an elastic casing. But the result is a really cute skirt.

Tops to go with this skirt

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Today a give away starts on  The give away ends on 30 July 2015 at 12:00 am NZ standard time.
What? I will give away 3 copies of the design and instructions for the Paper doll  design and pattern. How? To enter you need to leave a comment.

  • Eligibility to enter : anyone from anywhere - this is a PDF download.
  • The three winners will be announced on this blog and will need to make contact to enable me to email them their prize.
  • The decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into with respect to the decision
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Heute beginnt ein Geben entfernt . Die verschenken Enden am 30. Juli 2015 00.00 NZ Standardzeit.
Was? Ich gebe weg 3 Kopien des Design und Anweisungen für die Papier-Puppe Design und Muster. Wie? So geben Sie einen Kommentar zu hinterlassen müssen.

  • Die Zulassung zu geben: jeder von überall - das ist eine PDF download.
  • Die drei Gewinner werden auf diesem Blog bekannt gegeben und müssen, Kontakt aufzunehmen, damit ich ihnen eine E-Mail ihren Preis.
  • Die Entscheidung ist endgültig und es wird keine Korrespondenz in Bezug auf die Entscheidung zu erlassen. 

    Testers wanted-Girls and Baby Tights 6 months to 7 years (72-122cm) -

    I have a pattern for the "Kate Tights" which I am putting out for testing. Kate is my granddaughter and I have made lots of tights for her.

    If you would like to test this pattern for me just either email me on annaliz_webster at slingshot dot co dot nz or leave me a contact address and I will be in touch.

    The tights pattern is simple and takes probably 10-15 minutes to make up. The pattern is for 50% 4 way stretch fabric(50/50), and should result in a snug fitting pair of tights.
    I give directions in the pattern when  making up a pair of tights when the stretch is not 50/50, to measure the fabric and select the correct pattern size for your child. The method is intuitive and does not involve any maths, just stretching and measuring and comparing to the pattern measurements.

    This tights pattern differs from leggings patterns for children in that they fit snugly, they are very reliant on stretch, for the snug fit, so the pattern pieces maybe smaller than you are used too.

    This pattern is fairly complete so it will have full instructions so I am happy for anyone at any level to test it.

    What do you get for testing?
    At the end of testing you will get a full complete updated copy of the pattern
    My enduring thanks
    You do not need to be a blogger or have a website. If you are, there is no requirement to blog about your experience, you may if you wish, but its up to you.
    You do not need to provide photos, just feedback on how well the pattern sewed up and fitted for you, any improvements you think should be made to the pattern or instructions.
    Should you wish you photo to be featured, I will gladly do this, but its not a prerequisite.
    You don't need to have any particular equipment although for this pattern, but you do need at least a zigzag stitch.

    Questions you may have:
    • I don't have any 50/50 stretch, but I have a 20/10 or another ...?
    Yes, have a go. I can't say you will be 100% successful but you should be pretty close.
    • How do I do to test? 
    For me, this means you make up a pair of tights, if you have problems, email me or skype or some such and hopefully we can sort it out. At the end of your make, you tell me how you found the pattern, - instructions, fitting PDF together, sizing and any problems, and over all fit of garment.
    • Do I need to have a particular level of sewing skills?
    No particular experience level is required, and you don't need to have tested before. But I can't teach you how to sew. So you will need to have sewn something before.
    • Do I have to make a set size?
    No, given the fabric and stretch fit, you could find yourself making a size 1 for a 3 year old or a size 5, depending on stretch you are using.
    • Are there a set number of testers required?
    No, I don't have any set number of testers in mind. I' be pleased to get one or 2. The only thing that might make me limit the number is the number of questions or queries.We will see how we go.

    • What is the time period/ Deadline?

    I know we should have them, I know its still the season of too much to do, and not enough time with most in southern hemisphere in holiday mode.  Probably 2 weeks from when I send you the pattern PDF, which will be on Wednesday  14th January.

    If you can't finish or start for what ever reason, we all know things come up, that's fine, its not a biggie.

    Just one other thing, to all those antipodeans, ( those of us living south of the equator). Its hot, and the beach is so inviting. I know I have been begging and bribing my live model to put the tights on. My mannequin is so much more compliant. So long story short, I don't expect you guys to put your hands up for tights at this point. There is no point in making something that can't be used now. Unless you want the tights for something?

    Anyways, I will be offering a free pattern to the first 10 people to respond to my blog post when I issue it for real, so get one then and keep it for later.

    Thank you for you time
    Kind regards Liz

    Happy new year to all out there - anyone up for testing tights?

    Yes a very Happy 2015 everyone in blogland


    I have been missing, but working. The project took all my time and part 2 needs to start in Feb, so until then, I'm all guns blasting as they say.

    I have 3 patterns to be tested, all of which are a little different. I am not sure how to get them out to test, I have done a little espionage (spying) and it seem lots of people get you to fill in forms. Not sure why? Not sure I like the officalise of it all. Last time, which was along time ago, I contacted the ladies on the nappy network and they did a sterling job. That network seems to have all but died. But I will put a note out to them.

    Anyways, the first pattern is baby/girls tights (6 months to size 7). Given the hot weather in NZ, I doubt people here will fall over themselves to test that one. I use a method I call measuring your fabric to get the size of the pattern you need, to get the fit of tights as distinct from leggings or footed pants.

    The second is a girls dress/ tunic 1-7 sizes. This tunic is an easy make, its style is 1920s. I have a thing about that period at the moment. The dress is made in 2 parts a dress or tunic out attached to a slip, which can be adjusted to lengthen or shorten the outside tunic. 

    As always I take the whole pattern making thing one step further (probably to far) and there is a stencil/transfer on the dress, which you can add, to give it a truly unique look. 

    It's a doddle to make, my test samples are hanging on the line as my dearest did not believe the ink would not run, or fade, so I threw them in with his washing his morning, to prove it. He was a bit perturbed till the cycle completed. Yea of little faith.

    The third pattern is a pair of pants unisex, the pants legs a close fitting, and  have adjustable leg length and and elastic and ribbed waist, which can be extended as a child grows.

    Anyways the tights are pretty much ready for testing, should anyone wish to test this pattern, just drop me a line, and tell me a bit about yourself. I have no idea of numbers, I kind of lie the idea of a free for all at this point. I guess I will need to make a a few guidelines. Ewgh...

    Kind regards Liz