Where has the time gone? I can’t believe that I’m sitting down writing my Christmas blog already and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one feeling like this. Sometimes we can feel like we didn’t get anything done but when I sit down and look back at the year, I’m pretty proud of what I’ve been able to achieve with my patterns business whilst also growing my doll clothes business too.
Firstly, I released some pretty fun patterns this year for both the 18 inch American Girl size doll and the 18 ½ inch Cabbage Patch Kids doll. I started with the 3 Way Shoe pattern which is proving popular with Cabbage Patch lovers who are struggling to find matching shoes for their Cabbage Patch dolls.
Then came the Fun ‘n Frilly Top which included a Bonus Dress pattern. This is such a quick and easy pattern to sew and looks so cute in all the variations that it’s hard to decide which one to make first.
My last pattern for the year was the cute Overalls for All Seasons with both short and long versions and I have to say, it is one of my favourites as it suits both boy and girl dolls and can be made super girly with pretty fabric and the heart shaped pocket or made in denim for a more traditional look.
In-between these patterns, I released my Learn to Love Your Serger/Overlocker online course. I was compelled to do this one because I kept hearing how so many people have a serger, or overlocker as we Aussies call it, but are too afraid to take it out of the box when they are such awesome machines that make sewing doll clothes (or anything for that matter) super easy. I love my overlocker and want you to learn to love yours too! I’ve had some terrific feedback on this course and am so glad that I took time out from producing my patterns to do it.
I have a list a mile long of patterns I want to release so I plan on getting an early start in 2019 and will hopefully make a decent indent in this list. So keep your eyes on your inbox as I’ll be sharing the news with you all as soon as my first pattern is ready.
It’s been so exciting to see my Facebook group grow from strength to strength with lots of amazing members who are all so friendly, happy to share what they’ve been making and eager to help others by answering questions and offering suggestions. I am honoured to be part of this group. I must thank Karen Thomas for suggesting our monthly sew-along, it has been tremendous fun watching everyone participate and seeing all the wonderful creations. She has also stepped up into the role of Moderator, helped me co-ordinate these sew-alongs, and been a tremendous all-round support. Thanks Karen!
I also have to thank all of you for your amazing support and encouragement. I truly love receiving all your emails, messages and photos. Without you purchasing my patterns, contributing to my group and spreading the word, Rosie’s Doll Clothes Patterns would not be here. ‘Sew’ a big THANK YOU from my heart to yours!
Remember if you’ve been thinking about buying a pattern or two, or maybe trying one, or both of my courses, then now’s the time to do it! Using coupon code CHRISTMAS you will get 20% off all my doll clothes patterns and courses. But hurry, offer expires December 25th, 2018.
On a personal note, the end of the year has seen me be a very proud Mum watching my daughter graduate from university. With this also comes a little sadness as I know she is about to embark on an adventure of a lifetime, leaving me to pick, pack and dispatch my orders for Rosie’s Dolls Clothes all on my own….and not to mention how lonely I’m going to be with no one to do jigsaw puzzles with, bake with or just ‘hang out’ with. I’ll miss you Honey.
On a more positive note, hubby is still around and eager to help me get my patterns and videos loaded to the website. ‘Sew’ let’s get cracking!
Merry Christmas Rosie to you and your family, would love to see a pattern for the Miniland Dolls in 2019,:))) Hint Hint
Thanks Donna. Oh, there are so many different sized Miniland dolls, perhaps you would be best checking out my pattern resizing tips and printing tips on my Free Resources page. I’d love to know how you go if you do give it a try. 🙂
Awww Rosie. Your so welcome! I absolutely love the group you created for us AND I love your patterns.
Thank you for your friendship and for giving us ladies so much help and a fun place to show our creations.
Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and new year and here’s to a fabulous 2019 full of us all sewing doll clothes.
Thanks Karen, it truly is awesome to have you on board. 🙂
Thanks for everything Rosie, you’ve got a terrific site and a fabulous Facebook group. I love being part of it and really appreciate your efforts. Your patterns are all terrific and versatile and your Serger/Overlocker course is truly invaluable! Have a Merry Christmas with your family and I look forward to seeing what you’ve got in store for us in 2019 ?
Thanks for your enthusiastic support Julie, it’s people like you who make the group so fabulous! I look forward to seeing your creations in 2019. 🙂
Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year
Thank you Anneliese. 🙂
Rosie, thanks for all your designs and patterns. Now rest. Enjoy the Christmas season. Merry Christmas.
Thanks Bonnie. 🙂
Thank you Rosie for your patterns and videos. I love the combo, because I am a visual learner. I just found you this week and have sewn up a pair of boots and two dresses. You made it so easy with the videos have a Merry Christmas and blessings to you and your family.
Awesome Teresa, that’s great to hear! Please be sure to send me some photos or join my Facebook group and share them there. Thank you for your Christmas wishes. 🙂
Merry Christmas to you and your family Rosie. I am so glad I found your site and your patterns. I love all of the ones I have. Here’s to an even better year for 2019. Love being part of your FB group too. All of the ladies are so supportive and helpful.
Thanks so much Kathy. I love having you in the group as you too are a very supportive and active member. 🙂
Rosie, I feel so lucky to have stumbled upon your site! I needed patterns for the CP dolls and everyone of them has been great and the clothes are so cute. I loved the serger class and, now I love my serger. I’ve purchased your sewing class as well. Even though I have sewn for years I like to learn something new and I’m saving it for next week when things are going to be crazy in the real world. Also, the monthly “sew-along” is wonderful and I’m looking forward to the next one. So, I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a great 2019!
Oh Vera, I’m so glad you stumbled upon my site and that you have enjoyed my patterns and serger course. It makes my heart sing to hear that you now ‘love your serger’! Have fun with my How to Make Doll Clothes course next week (what a great way to remain sane while the world around you goes crazy!). Thanks for your Christmas wishes and I look forward to seeing what you create in our January Sew-along. 🙂
Wishing you and yours a Blessed Christmas and a Happy,Healthy and Peaceful 2019.
Marilyn and Family
Thanks Marilyn. 🙂
Rosie, it’s been a great year for your fans, too. I know the monthly sewing-fest has really given me an opportunity to share with a group and has challenged me in a very good way. I’m wondering if you can give us the gift of knowing what our January pattern will be. It would be nice to be able to buy it this month with your special sale! Thank you for all you do for us and let’s make it a great 2019!
Great point Laurie. I have just made a post in the group explaining what the January Sew-Along will be so jump on in and have a look. I’m really looking forward to it because with all the super creative members of the group, I know there are going to be some awesome outfits created. 🙂
Rosie, your patterns, courses and wonderful videos are my main resource for making easy-to-sew clothes for my granddaughter’s American Girl dolls. Your Facebook page members are so supportive and helpful, and it is the first place I go for tips and inspiration. I am looking forward to participating in the January sew-along, as I have many bargain buys and thrift store finds that I am planning to use with several of your patterns–especially the overalls.
I wish you and your loved ones a very special Christmas, and a New Year filled with good health, good friends, and great inspirations in the world of all things doll. Thank you so much for all you do for all of us.
Thanks so much for your lovely Christmas wishes Pat. It’s great to hear that you are enjoying my courses and patterns and being part of my FB Group, your contributions are some of the reason the group is so successful. I’m dying to see what you create in this months Sew-Along. 🙂
Dear Rosie, thank you for all you do for us your fans and followers. This year 2019 I intend to participate in the sewalongs. Already I have an idea for the January theme of recycling. However I now have three 18″ dolls to sew for as the ones I ordered from Sew Nice arrived this morning.Starkers of course, so I have to get busy. A boy and a girl. Siblings for Carys my Journey girl doll ( she once was Michaela but it wasn’t to my liking) So Merry Christmas Rosie and Bradley and Alyssa too. All the Best Janet Garrard
Oh, I’m looking forward to seeing what you create in the January Sew-Along. It sounds like you are going to be busy sewing for your new additions. Thank you for your Christmas wishes. 🙂