30.6.14

AG Skater Skirt Tutorial

      Hey! Today I decided to give you all a HTM doll skater skirt! Now, please be aware that I did not come up with this. All credits go to SewAdollable, however I wanted to relay this cute tutorial to all of you! So, without further ado, let's get started!

Materials:

1.) Knit fabric (an old T-shirt would work great)
2.) Pins (optional; to hold fabric together while sewing)
3.) Scissors (preferably fabric shears)
4.) Safety pin (for putting in elastic)
5.) Sewing machine or needle and thread (sewing machine is easier)


I will be using a sewing machine to make my skater skirt. Now onto instructions!

Instructions:

1.) Cut a 13" by 13" square of your fabric.


2.) Fold fabric square in half twice, then fold it into a triangle. Be careful, for when I first read this step, I took it as "fold the square into a triangle, then a triangle again", but that won't work, so make sure you fold it twice to form first a rectangle, then a square, then that square into a triangle.


3.) Cut 1.75" off the top, and enough off the bottom to make the skirt part about 4". You should end up with a donught shaped piece of fabric.


4.) Cut it to open up the fabric.


5.) Spread it out and hem the bottom by folding up 1/4" to the wrong side. 


6.) Cut a waistband measuring about 13.5" by 2". To sew a waistband, pin the waistband to the skirt right sides together (with edges matched up) and sew at 1/4" seam.



7.) The above photo is what your skirt should look like after you attatch the waistband to the skirt. Flip your skirt over so that the wrong side (inside) is facing up. Fold the waistband down and match it up with the seam you sewed previously and sew at a 1/4".


8.) Now you should have a waistband ready for the elastic. Cut a 10.5" piece of elastic and feed it through the waistband casing with the safety pin on on side of the elastic (the side that you're putting though first). Then sew the two ends of elastic together with a zig-zag stitch (if your sewing machine doesn't do a zig-zag and normal stitch will work fine).


9.) Keeping your skirt wrong side out, pin together the two sides of the skirt and sew together at 1/4". Make sure the elastic is included with the waistband.


10.) Put your new skater skirt on your doll and you're done!

      I really hope you guys like this tutorial, or at least understood it. Remember to check out SewAdollable for more tutorials! Comment below if you want to see a certain tutorial and I'll be happy to make one! Oh! Later on tonight, the "Meet the Girls" page should have all its new pictures on it, so you can look forward to that! Until then...

~Maddie

P.S. I apologize for the photo quality, I was at my grandparent's house when I sewed this, and I didn't bring my camera, so I had to use my brother's iPod...again. Sorry! I'm planning on having a photoshoot up sometime today or tomorrow!

27.6.14

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      Hi, guys! I'm just here with a really short and rather random post: do you want me to post sewing tutorials? Like, easy how-to's for simple but cute doll clothing and accessories? Because if there's one thing I've been doing so far this summer, it's sewing. A lot. Well, let me know in the comments!

~Maddie

P.S. Go check out TheDollyTrolley on both YouTube and her blog (thedollytrolley.blogspot.com)! She's super nice and makes cute doll clothes that she sells on her Etsy shop =) 

P.S. (again) Also check out Mika's blog (myagdollies.blogspot.com) and I believe her YouTube channel is DollyPhotography, but don't quote me on that, for being the rather dull blonde that I am, could very easily have mixed that up. But yeah!

P.S. (ugh Maddie can ya stop it now?) ALSOOO...check out Sydney's YouTube (5hensandahowardbird) and her blog (snistersflock.blogspot.com).

P.S. (for the billionth time...) Since I feel bad not recommending everyone, I think I might make a page with links to all my favorite blogs...so be ready for that!

14.6.14

Fixing Lanie's Hair

      Hey, guys! This is a pretty random post. I just wanted to share that I recurled and de-frizzed Lanie's hair. It was a mess! I had it in a French wrap around braid (which, by the way, isn't a very smart idea for curly haired dolls...), which made it kinky and rather tangled, on top of the frizzyness she already had. I've had Lanie since August 2010, and she was my first curly haired doll, so I never really knew how to take proper care of it. I didn't always use water, I was rough with the brush, and I just put random styles in her hair, like I would do with Julie and Chrissa, the only other dolls I had at the time, who as you know, both have straight hair. So today, I decided to try to tame her hair and restore it. This was my result:



      I'm super happy with the results! Her hair isn't frizzy, and its beautiful, shiny curls are back! Yay! All I did was brush it out after lightly misting it with water then finger curl it. Let me know in the comments if you do this, too! Bye!

~Maddie

3.6.14

AGP Haul!

      Hey, guys! Sorry this is kind of late, considering I went this weekend...oh well! I have some exciting news, so yeah! As you all know, I got a new doll. I'll be honest, I walked into the store thinking I was going to purchase Ruthie, but when I got up to the Kit and Ruthie section, Ruthie just didn't stand out or anything. In other words, I realized the only reason I was going too get Ruthie was because she was retiring. However, another doll really stood out the while time I was there, and she ended up being totally different from who I though I was taking home with me. I'll reveal my new doll at the end of the post, so for now, here are all the other items I bought. *DISCLAIMER* I had been saving up my money for this trip for a few months, so please don't call me spoiled. My grandma bought me an outfit, but it was on sale. My mom bought me the PWP and two mini dolls, which were both on sale. Enjoy the haul!

These items I didn't buy; the cup and plate came free with the meal at the Café, and the hairties came on the napkins at the Café. They're both so cute!

These are the two mini dolls, Cècile and Marie-Grace. My mom bought them for me because they were on sale for $10 each along with mini Caroline, who I already have.

This is the Summer 2014 Purchase With Purchase. It was $16 with the purchase of $50 or more, which obviously I did. My mom bought this because we both thought it'd look cute on Kanani, who I only dress in bright Hawaiian looking outfits.

This is the Skateboard Set, which I've had my eye on since it first came out a few years ago. My grandma, who wanted to buy something for both me and my little cousin, bought this outfit for me after I put it in my shopping bag. It was on sale for $28.50.

This is a store exclusive tee. As you can tell from the shirt, I went to the AGPNY. I bought this because I like to have something to remember that specific trip. It was $10.

These are the store exclusive jeans. They're available at all of the AGP's, as far as I know. They for the dolls so well! They were $12.

This, as you can tell, is the Weekend Fun Outfit. Like the Skateboard Set, I've had my eye on this outfit ever since it came out, and I was so excited when it was on sale for $22. I love the mix and match potential with all the items!

Okay, so obviously, this is my new doll! She's MAG #47, and I absolutely love her! I named her Jade Noelle Evans, and let me just say, the pictures on the AG website and in catalogs, and even pictures other owners of her have taken just don't show how pretty she is. MAG #47 has the softest hair and her face mold is one of the prettiest and most unique ones AG has. In other words, she is a beautiful doll, and I'm so glad I chose to bring her home.

      Well, that's everything I purchased at the AGPNY! I had so much fun with my little cousin! My aunt bought her the brunette Bitty Twins to be her little Bitty Baby Rosie's friends, and she couldn't be happier! Here are pictures if the twins at the Café.



      I've never been a huge fan of the Bitty Twins, but I must admit, they're rather cute! Here's miss Jade at the Café...and then with Saige right after I opened her in a quiet corner in the Bitty's section.


My lunch...it was super good!


      Oh, and I apologize for the photo quality. I used my brother's old iPod because it was more portable than my camera. Whelp, I don't have anything else to say, so...bye!

~Maddie and the Crew