You saw the new Swing Dress that I made for Tuna last week. It still needed a pair of shoes and possibly some leggings or tights to go with it. I wanted to make a pair of t-strap style shoes, a bit on the dressy side, since her dress is a bit fancy. These are what I ended up with. I’m not sure I’m too thrilled with them. It turns out that having black shoes on a leg that is grey doesn’t really provide enough contrast.

Since it’s the start of the school year, I thought I would make Tuna a new dress to celebrate! It’s not that she’s going anywhere, but any excuse is good for a new dress, right? This is the “Swing Dress” from this set of patterns. In keeping with Tuna’s color theme of pink and green, I decided to use this very special fabric for the skirt. The fabric features little figures of Red Riding Hood and the Wolf in black, green, pink, and purple.

I want to make a pair of shoes to go with the dress I showed you last week. I would like them to be “dressy” and give the illusion of fancy heels. As a quick trial, I used a scrap of fabric and folded it in half. Then I marked where I thought I should sew to make it fit. After tackling the stitching, I trimmed away the excess and tried it on her foot.

I made this doll quite a while ago. The pattern is from the MadeByMiculinko Shop on Etsy. She’s a 27-inch, Tilda-style doll. I wasn’t completely happy with her, but I did start a dress from the Little Black Dress pattern from the same store. It ended up taking much longer to complete than I had initially planned because I ended up doing quite a bit of handwork on it.

I’d like you to meet the newest addition to my collection of Tilda Friends. Her name is Bessie. As you can see, she is a cow. I was a bit worried about sewing on the horns by hand, but they turned out to be much easier than I thought they were going to be! I think she needs a nose, but I’m still playing with the idea and haven’t come up with something I’m happy with yet.

Progress is being made! This all-American friend is coming together! Stay tuned!

I’ve been working on a new friend while watching TV. I’ve had this fabric for quite a while. And I actually have quite a bit of it. I like using it for this one, because this animal will be a midwestern, all American type girl. The red, white and blue spots will be perfect. I think I’ll name her Bessie.

Today, you get to meet Katie Yoté. She is a coyote character, based on the Tilda Friends Fox pattern! Her body and limbs are the same shapes as the cat pattern, with a different shaped head and ears. This means their clothing will be interchangeable. At first, I just painted her eyes. But she didn’t look quite right. After a bit of looking at photos of real coyotes, I decided to paint her nose, also.

Yesterday, all you could see was the wrong side of the fabric. Now you can see the right side. I bet you didn’t guess what critter this is yet! No, not another cat. I am only making one of each animal, for the time being. Hint: Her name will be Katie.

I’m working on another Tilda Friends! I plan to make an entire zoo, because they go together very easily! And all the clothes I make will be interchangeable. In this image, you get to guess what it will be. Hint: you are looking at the wrong side of the fabric. Did you figure it out yet?

I’m pleased to introduce Ashley, a Tilda Friends cat doll. I’ve known about Tilda patterns for several years, but since I wasn’t sewing, I hadn’t given them a try. I was surfing the web the other day, and came across a series of FREE patterns for several animals and one human doll, in the Tilda Friends series! There are eight in all: Cat, Fox, Dog, Giraffe, Elephant, Hare and Cow, along with the Fia Doll.

These are meant to go under the wings I showed you on Tuesday. Stitching all the lines, using a stem stitch and embroidery thread has turned out to be much more tedious than I had planned on. I’m going to finish these, but I probably won’t use this style again. But it does look nice! #artdoll #pixiedoll #wings #dressupdoll #sewing #patterns

I’ve been playing around with various wing concepts. This is a first trial run of one of them. What do you think? #artdoll #pixiedoll #wings #dressupdoll #sewing #patterns