Monday, September 30, 2013

Monday, Monday

Every Monday
for years, and years

Yup, Papa's got the kid addicted to Monday Night Raw.

Happy Monday night,


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Hello Friends
We're just hanging out this weekend

From Trevor and Meggie

Friday, September 27, 2013

American Girl Dance and Gym Costumes

Outfits of the Day

I am on a roll sewing dance skirts, gym togs, leotards and tights!

Today I made this midnight blue outfit with sparkles on the front.

Harper all dressed up in her bright orange dance skirt and black leotard.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Introducing Little Miss # 40


Look who showed up at my house today . . . a little stranger with no name. She is American Girl doll # 40. I am so happy Kit is no longer an only child!

So today will be her birthday, September 26, 2013. And I am going to call her Harper.

Harper and Kit

Enjoying the sunshine together

All ready for gymnastics class in their matching black leotards

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Pinterest Post

  Pinterest Inspiration

The picture above, a refashioned skirt made by a talented blogger at A Doll for All Seasons in 2012, has made the rounds in Pinterest and is a very popular pin. I like it!

This morning I made my own version of the skirt using McCall's 3627. The skirt on this pattern is high waisted so I cut off about one and one half inches from the hem, but it has the same bell shape so I thought it might work.

And here we go . . . 

A fine Santa applique

A hunter green hostess skirt!

I know, I know, it isn't even Halloween yet. But I need to sew my Christmas stuff now so I won't Panic later. It's all okay, (I'm just going to skip Halloween, maybe). 

Sew, Sew, Sew


Monday, September 23, 2013

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas . . .

The Elves Have Been Busy at Santa's Workshop!

I bought this fabric from Home-Sew Inc. ( because I couldn't resist the little paper dolls! 

Who doesn't love pinafores? This pops right on over the mini dress. It's made of the whitest Kona cotton.

I found black and red stretch fabric at Joann's that matches perfectly for the leggings.

It's not even October yet but it's not too early to start a Christmas Collection. This is the third dress I have made, but I'm looking for more ideas. There are a few on my Pinterest Board ( If you have time please take a peek. I'd love to have some suggestions!

Friday, September 20, 2013

I Made a Liberty Jane Dress Form!

A New Dress Form to Fit 18" Dolls

Here is my version of Liberty Jane's dress form pattern. I made it to display my doll dresses because I only have one American Girl doll. I've been hinting around but Kit may have to be an only child.

The fabric is silver silk Dupioni and I added a permanent skirt. I gathered the skirt, basted it on the form and then hot-glued it.

I used a heavy ceramic pillar candlestick for the base. It took me a while to find a suitable one - I tried Walmart, Salvation Army thrift store, the Dollar Store, but finally found this at a discount store for $5.00. I thought it would be way easier to find a candlestick!

There is a thick transparent glass bead glued to the top to make it look official. I bought a bag of aquarium glass at the dollar store, and it worked! Again, glued on tight.

I read reviews of this dress form and some folks seemed to have problems with it being too limp. When I made this I wanted strong seams so I interlined the silk with muslin and sewed twice. Then I really packed it with fiber fill, and I mean a lot! I could have stuffed a couch before I was done - practically a whole bag. But it was well worth it as you can see, very sturdy.

Doll Clothes slip on and off easily and fit perfectly.

Happy Sewing,

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Liberty Jane Clothing Gymnastic Outfit

She'll Receive Lots of Compliments at the Gym!

 I love this sylish practice outfit!

Jewell Star Doll Clothes version of Liberty Jane!

Plenty of shine and fits like a glove!

Here is my first gymnastic offering, and I think it's very cute. Made of silver lycra and purple micro-fleece it is just begging me for a matching warm-up suit.

The Liberty Jane pattern was a snap to work with, although I did make one change in the pattern. Here is a tip - I added elastic to the waistband. My test piece made according to the instructions just didn't fit perfectly. The waist seemed a little low on the bum and loose, not too smooth. So I added a quarter inch to the top of the shorts pattern, made a casing for 1/4" elastic and sewed. I got the fit I wanted and now I am a happy camper!

Kit is having a fitting for her next gymnastics outfit. Here she is with her hair messed up on my equally messy sewing table. I don't think I combed my hair either. Her shorts are finished and she is waiting for me to quit fooling around on the internet and do something.

Have a wonderful day!

Meg and Kit 

Monday, September 16, 2013

American Girl Ballerina

Silver Dancer

It's time to start thinking about dance and gymnastics. I did a bit of shopping today and came home with some awesome fabrics; black stretch velvet, pumpkin orange crushed velvet, glitter midnight blue stretch and more. I'm dreaming about leotards, tutus, gym costumes and warm-up suits. 

Yes, all that great material gets sucked right down into my sewing machines' feed-plate, ha ha. But, I have conquered my fear! I find it does help to chain piece, just keep stitching without too much starting and stopping. Also, I begin about a quarter inch down from the first seam to prevent that slippery stuff from jamming. All it takes is practice.

This morning I purchased Liberty Jane's rash guard and boy shorts set and downloaded it. You can find it here at Pixie Faire I sewed a test run and loved it! Super cute! Will post a pic tomorrow . . .

Happy Sewing, 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Jewell Star Fan Club

Chris, Kim, Dick, Nancy, Kerry
Trevor and Tyler

Kit Kittredge

The year is 1934

Depression era outfit

During the Depression mothers sewed handmade clothes.

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Red Hat

A 60 something learns to knit

Woo Hoo, I made a hat! What I go through for this girl! Thank you to my sister-in-law Nadine, a fabulous knitter, for the lesson.

I, on the other hand, am hopeless with knitting needles. That is why I'm giving myself a big pat on the back for finishing this little hat. I am so proud of myself.

Should I actually attempt a scarf, or should I quit while I am ahead?

Your friend, Meg

Thursday, September 12, 2013

A Trendy Gown

Over-the-top gorgeous in shiny silver animal print.

This gown has a wide sequin waistband that glitters!

Puffy purple tulle sleeves with a ribbon cascade in the back make this a perfectly trendy party outfit. A full attached tulle underskirt peeks out from the hem.

I have a stash of rainbow colored fabric in taffeta and satins - so pretty just to look at and dream about the next creation. When I make gowns I feel like Cinderella's dressmaker. I never know exactly what they will look like when I start sewing because I add details as my imagination strikes me!

Happy sewing,   Meg

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

For the little doll in your life

I have a thing for capes, they always look elegant.

Put this on your holiday wish list!

A cape is fashionable in all seasons!

I sewed this with a soft magenta faux suede because it has a beautiful drape. It is lined with raspberry satin and fastens with a self-tie under the chin. For the pattern I used Samantha's Pretty Clothes free pattern that you can download here I liked the scalloped collar but I also added a hood to the pattern.

Today was Senior Discount day at Joann Fabrics - oh, boy! I picked up some forest green fleece and some Christmas red fleece. More capes coming up for the holidays. Stay tuned ....

From the sewing room of Meg Jewell . . .