As the year comes to a close, I tend to reflect on the year that has just passed and usually I concentrate on the things I wish I had of done and the things I just didn’t have time to do. But this year I’m going to celebrate what I’ve achieved.
I’m thrilled to look back and realise that I have released three new doll clothes patterns with video tutorials as well as a 4 Part Video series on How to Alter One Basic Doll Clothes Pattern to Create Over a Dozen Different Outfits for Your Doll. It is with these patterns, videos and my video course that I have helped to inspire others to either learn how to sew, learn new skills and gain confidence, or provided the motivation to get back into sewing after many years. The emails and messages I receive from happy customers, like the one below, give me much joy and are what drives me to create more patterns and videos. So thank you for taking the time to share your experiences with me.
‘Thank you so much, Rosie, for these wonderful videos- These are all I was needing to get started on some Christmas gift clothing for my granddaughter’s 18 in. doll! Your methods and ideas are lovely- so simple, yet inspiring! I appreciate all the work that must be behind your videos. Thanks again for sending these out!
Best wishes- Annmary C.’
None of this would have been possible without the help and support of my wonderful husband who deals with a lot of the technical stuff and my daughter who has learnt how to edit photos and videos. So I say a huge ‘thank you’ to these very special people in my life.
I’ve also managed to keep up with the sewing for my Doll Clothes website and actually gotten through the Christmas rush without losing my head! I must thank my daughter for help with this too as she picks my orders, wraps them and dispatches them as well as helping me with stocktakes, receiving stock and approving (or suggesting improvements) to my new designs.
And finally, I’ve actually kept the family household humming along without too many hiccups. So overall, I think I’ve had a very successful year and one to be very proud of.
I wish you all a wonderful Christmas with your families and I look forward to bringing you new doll clothes patterns, videos, sewing tips and ideas in 2015.
Merry Christmas from this Aussie Girl and of course Happy sewing everyone.
Thank you, Thank you, again. What a wonderful year you have brought me. Happy Holidays. Betty Ann
My pleasure Betty Ann 🙂
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family, Rosie. I have loved all of my patterns that I have received from you and will now start to replenish my stocks as well. Almost everything is sold so I will start fresh in the spring when I am back at my machines.
Best wishes to everyone who reads your blog as well.
That’s awesome news Peggy, I’m so glad you had great success selling your doll clothes. Sounds like your sewing machine will be running hot in the spring! Merry Christmas 🙂
What an amazing lady you are. I am so pleased I found your web site. My two granddaughters are going to be so surprised when they open their presents from nana and poppa. I have been busy sewing your wonderful patterns.
There are 18 outfits in total for two American girl dolls
I have made matching school uniforms complete with your hat using your pattern
You have a merry Christmas with your family and I look forward to many hours of sewing in 2015
Barbara from New Zealand
Sounds like you have been very busy Barbara and I’m sure your granddaughters are going to love their presents from Nana and Poppa. I’d love to see photos if you get the chance to send them in. Merry Christmas 🙂
I think you have been remarkably productive. Thanks for all the wonderful videos. I’ve enjoyed them so much.
My pleasure Janine. Happy sewing and Merry Christmas
I am new to your website, and like the tips you have given me, but I have yet to make a doll outfit. For some reason I am over whelmed trying to pick patterns, fabric, and getting started. I haven’t sewn for about forty years. LOL But, hopefully I will get my confidence up soon.
Thanks for the greetings, Rosie. I wish you a Merry Christmas as well.
Hi Judy, It sounds like you would benefit from doing my ‘How to Make Doll Clothes’ video course as it covers all the basics of sewing as well as tips that make sewing doll clothes easier. Everything is broken down into small videos and I take you through things slowly and thoroughly. Many of my customers have been in a similar situation as you and after doing my course are sewing confidently again and enjoying sewing doll clothes for their grandchildren. I’d love to help you on this journey in any way I can so I’d love to see you try my course and let me know how you go. Happy sewing, Rosie 🙂
Merry Christmas, Rosie!
Thank you for your great website and emails. Rosie doll really loves her new clothes and they fitted perfectly.
We hope you and your family have a very happy Christmas and New Year.
From Ann, Isabella and Rosie doll.
Thanks Ann, Isabella and Rosie Doll. It’s great to hear that Rosie doll loves her new clothes and don’t forget, I’d love to see photos of her in her new clothes. Merry Christmas.
Merry Christmas to you and your family Rosie, and thankyou for all the wonderful Patterns and newsletters you have sent.
My pleasure Anne 🙂
Merry Christmas & a Great New Year. I am having a great time making dolls clothes.
Regards, Cheryl from Australia
That’s wonderful to hear Cheryl. I’d love to see some of your doll clothes if you get the chance to send me a photo.
I am looking for a pattern for a groom’s vest, shirt and pants. Will you be making these in the very near future? I am to make a wedding dress and groom’s outfit to fit a 20 inch teddy bear. I can make the cabbage patch outfit bigger if I need to. I would appreciate an answer when you have time. Thank you.
You will find that my Cabbage Patch Winter Pyjama pattern would be suitable for the shirt and pants, then you would just need to make a vest. You could use the pyjama top front and back as the template to draft from – shorten the length, and draw down from the shoulder on the front to make the shape that you want for the vest. You can then either just fold in a hem all the way around, you could cut two back and four front pieces and fully line the vest, or just line the front.
I hope this is helpful and I would love to know how you get on. Happy sewing 🙂