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Thanks to all who left lovely comments on the blog for a chance to win an electronic copy of Erin Hentzel’s new book, Me & My 18″ Doll. One winner was drawn randomly from the comments. And the winner is…. Kris Sullivan. We will contact you via email to send your copy of the book!
Thank you all for participating in this giveaway and happy sewing!
Hello, I’m Erin Hentzel of Avery Lane Sewing and the author of the new book, Me & My 18” Doll. I am thrilled to be guest posting on the Clothworks blog today. Welcome to the next stop on the Me & My 18” Doll book blog tour! My book is perfect for the seamstress or quilter who loves to sew gifts for little girls! The book has accessories, quilts and clothes, and includes the patterns for both girls and their dolls!
Today I will share with you a cute bonus pattern: Ruffle Play Shorts. I think adding ruffles to the PJ set instead of lace would be cute. With a few changes, the PJ Shorts make great shorts for play or summer vacations.
I created the Seaside Play Shorts by removing the mock placket, then adding nautical buttons, lace, and the pockets from the Nature Walk Skirt project, page 49.
- PJ Shorts pattern pieces from Me & My 18” Doll
- Small curved drafting ruler, or small jar lid
- Pattern tracing paper, medical paper, or other paper on which to draw the pattern
- Begin by printing or tracing the PJ Shorts pattern pieces from Me & My 18” Doll
- Optional: Shorten the pattern pieces by 1” (girl) and ½” (doll) at the hemline, using an acrylic ruler. Without altering the pattern’s length, the shorts will have a 1 7/8” inseam (doll) and 3 7/8” inseam (girl) when finished.
- On the side edge of the Shorts Front piece, draw a rounded cutting line at the lower corner, as shown, using a drafting ruler or a small jar lid.
- Use the patterns to cut out the fabric.
Girl: cut 3 strips 1 ½” x WOF
Doll: cut 1 strip 1” x WOF
Sew the shorts using the instructions on page 30 – 31, but in a slightly different order and with a couple of changes.
- Sew the center front seam with mock placket.
- Sew the center back seam.
- Sew the inseam.
- Finish the raw edges of the side seam on the Shorts Back Piece.
Add a ruffle at the hem and side.
- Girl: Cut 1 strip in half and sew each half to a full length strip for 2 strips, each 60” long.
Doll: Cut the strip in half for 2 strips, each 22” long.
- Follow the instructions for creating the ruffle from the Nightie project on page 28: hem one long edge and sew gathering stitches on the opposite long edge.
- Gather to fit the length of the shorts front piece, from waist edge to the hem edge, ending at the side edge of the back piece.
- Sew the ruffles to the side and lower edges of the Shorts Front piece and lower edge of the Shorts Back piece, with right sides together. Use ¼” seam allowance for the doll shorts, and ½” seam allowance for the girl shorts.
- Finish the seam allowances, press them up toward the shorts fabric, and topstitch.
Sew the Side Seam
- Fold the shorts so the front piece and ruffle edge overlaps the back piece at the side seam edge, bringing the raw edges together.
- Sew the side seam by sewing directly on top of the topstitching, ending at the rounded corner and reinforcing the seam at the beginning and end. Change thread color if needed to sew to the bottom of the ruffle edges to keep the ruffles together.
Continue to sew the waistband as directed on page 31.
To finish, sew 2 buttons to the front mock placket.
I hope you enjoy sewing these super cute shorts for sweet little girl in your life and her doll friend!
Follow along with the Me & My 18” Doll Blog Tour for more bonus patterns and reviews of my new book!
Blog Tour Schedule
Nov. 4 Guest post by Erin on C&T Pub Blog
Nov. 5 Marge Robertson on Mer * made 9
Nov. 6 Dori Troutman on the Red Feed Sack
Nov. 7 Jane Wilkes on Janie Carroll Designs
Nov. 8 Teri Lucas on Terificreations
Nov. 11 Guest post by Erin on Clothworks Textiles
Nov. 12 Cherry Guidry on Cherry Blossoms Quilting
Nov. 13 Tracy Mooney & Lori Baker on the Quilting Company
Nov. 14 Me on Avery Lane Sewing
And now for…..THE GIVEAWAY
Enter to win an electronic copy of Me & My 18” Doll here:
- Post only one comment after this blog post. Tell us what you would do with some beautiful Rosewood fabric in your comment!
- Post your comment by Wednesday, November 13th 2019 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
- One winner will be randomly chosen from the comments to win an electronic copy of Me & My 18” Doll.
- The winner will be announced here on The Works on Thursday, November 14th 2019.
Be sure to head over to AveryLaneSewing.com during their virtual Launch Party which runs from November 11-25 for another giveaway! Check out the site for details on how to enter to win Rosewood fabric bundles, or even a gift certificate to the American Girl Doll store!
It’s that time of year again. Make way for colder temps, longer nights, holiday celebrations, and hopefully some time at the sewing machine! Looking for a new holiday-inspired quilt project? Then check out Gift Exchange by Dodi Poulsen, made with the Clothworks line Holidays Remembered by Barb Tourtillotte, featured in the December/January 2019 McCall’s Quick Quilts.
Quilt designer Dodi Poulsen combines strip piecing with unique color placement in this festive holiday quilt called Gift Exchange. Find a quilt shop to stock up on remaining Holidays Remembered fabric by Clothworks before it runs out & pick up the December/January 2019 edition of McCall’s Quick Quilts. You can even purchase the Gift Exchange quilt kit here, too!
Featured in the December 2018 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting is another stunning quilt showing off basics by Clothworks fabric, the vibrant solid cottons of American Made Brand. ‘Connect the Curves’ is designed by Lori J. Miller, who gives this Drunkard’s Path design a modern twist by mixing bold & bright solids with neutral grey from the AMB solid cotton palette.
Head online to American Patchwork & Quilting to view highlights from the December 2018 edition and follow them on social media: facebook, Instagram @allpeoplequilt, Twitter @allpeoplequilt, and Pinterest @allpeoplequilt .
The bold and bright hues from the Impressions Moiré Basics collection by Clothworks add some pizzazz to the pinwheel blocks in the ‘Give it a Twirl’ Quilt featured in the December 2018 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine. Our friend Denise Russell of Pieced Brain Quilt Designs designed this quilt and you can visit her blog here to read more about it! You can also find kits of this quilt on Quilt Addicts Anonymous, too!
Denise’s quilt design may appear complex, but rest assured, it is really simple and fun to construct! So find a local quilt shop near you and stock up on some colorful Impressions Basics by Clothworks . Pick up a copy of the December 2018 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine and ‘Give it a Twirl’! Or head to Quilt Addicts Anonymous to purchase the Give it a Twirl quilt kit using these bright Impressions Moiré fabrics. Happy Sewing!
Elephant’s Garden by Clothworks, the newest fabric collection from Printfresh Studio, has been spotted in Today’s Quilter magazine. Check out this gorgeous curve block design called Caesar’s Crown. The ethnic-inspired paisleys, florals, and elephant-themed prints in vivid blues, corals, pinks, and mints in Elephant’s Garden, are a fresh update on this classic pieced design.
American Made Brand solid cottons continue to fuel the creativity of many a quilter, sewist, and maker! Clothworks debuted 12 new colors in a Bright & Fresh palette at Quilt Market 2018 in Portland. These new colors certainly live up to their name and are guaranteed to energize your latest sewing project! Look for them to deliver this July in your favorite local quilt shop.
Clothworks was also pleased to feature the gorgeous quilts by Maria Shell, on display in our booth at Quilt Market. Bear Fence (shown in the middle of the pic below) and Hot Seat (on the right in the pic below) captivated the crowds at Quilt Market with their vibrant colors and dynamic piecing.
In case you missed Market, head to Maria’s blog, Tales of a Stitcher, to read about her creative process in making Bear Fence. For more inspiration, follow this link to her book, Improv Patchwork- Dynamic Quilts Made with Line & Shape. Be sure to follow her on Instagram, too!
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The Stitch & Switch Pillow designed by Corey Yoder is inspired by traditional barn quilts, adapted to fit pillow size. The perfect project for a quilter who needs something quick and easy to satisfy their quilting fix! Shown below is a version of the pillow in a traditional color scheme.
The Stitch & Switch Pillow design is so versatile, quilt tester Martha Gamm gave it a completely different feel with the nautical-inspired, navy blue & white color scheme using American Made Brand cotton solids, as shown below.
Head to All People Quilt to download the Summer 2018 edition of Quilts and More™ magazine or pick up a copy of this magazine, due to hit your favorite newsstand, next week on April 24 through July 24th, 2018. And most importantly, support your LQS (Local Quilt Shop) by stocking up on American Made Brand solids.
A BIG THANKS to all who participated in the Jetset Europe Big Fabric Giveaway! Here’s hoping you all had fun finding a shop near you or road-trip worthy.
The winner is: Ellen with the comment:
‘Miller Dry Goods, Millersburg OH. Wish there was some place a lot closer!’
We will notify Ellen through email to get her shipping address to send her an assortment of Jetset Europe fabrics in 1 yard cuts (Cute Dog not included).
Check back here at the Works and @clothworkswa on Instagram and facebook pages to participate in future fabric giveaways!