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Free Patterns for Lockdown pt 2

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Unfortunately a lot of places are having to require people to stay at home due to the pandemic again.  If you're new, or need to catch up, here's the original posts about why I did a bunch of free patterns for the pandemic, and the one about the post-lockdowns plan.  The aim of the Level Up patterns is the same To teach people a useful and fun skill that can be done at home with/without kids and on a budget!  I can't go back to the original plan of just making them free for a couple reasons: it really messes...

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Materials Monday: Closures

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Your ability to do a good closure can easily make or break your doll clothes.  No pressure. This is something that is both easy and hard.  It's very easy to explain, and very easy to understand, but especially when you're working with the smallest of dolls, your fingers need to get what's called 'muscle memory' to be able to do it well so it can be frustrating for newbies! First I'm going to run down the list of different types of closures and the pros and cons. Closure Type What it's good (and bad) for Thick Velcro Pros: Easiest to...

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Materials Monday: Fabric Shopping Online for Doll Sewing

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Usually when people ask me about this, my recommendation is 'Don't.' However, with the pandemic and a sudden surge of people sewing stuff, my local usually well stocked fabric store is pretty much bare.  I couldn't shop local if I wanted to.  So here's some tips on shopping online: First, the more info a shop provides about the fabric the better.  Ideally, you want: Picture of the fabric with a ruler for scale The fabric content/type The fabric weight Here's a screencapture from Fabric.com.  I'm not getting paid by them or anything, this is just a good example of a...

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Materials Monday: Color Blocking

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Color blocking is the technique by which you take a pattern and add seams so that you can make a solid colored part 2 different colors or more. If you've ever sewn a quilt, you've done this before.  Take a square, split it into four squares, add seam allowance and sew those squares together to make the big square, but with 4 pieces.  Super easy, but, like most things, only after you know how to do it! Doing it with clothes is just as easy, only you don't start off with squares.  Here's a quick guide I drew up: ...Yep,...

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All good things...

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I'm happy to say that most of the world is no longer in lockdown!  Mine was the last state to reopen AND one of the first to lock down, so it's been a while (<- slight understatement) During that time I gave away: 1883 Dolly Face Mask patterns 927 Medium Level Up! patterns 826 Tiny BJD Level Up! patterns 815 Petite Level Up! patterns 549 Petite Slimline Level Up! patterns 527 Medium Curvy Level Up! patterns 444 1/4 Level Up! patterns 318 1/3 Curvy Level Up! patterns 6289 patterns total! Woah :D But the downside is, it's made my accounting...

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