Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wee Care Bishop for Dolls

Well, here it goes.... I am going to attempt to use a Wee Care Bishop pattern for my Martha Pullen doll. The girls on the Delphi Heirloom and Smocking Forum say that it'll work, so I'm going to give it a try. I have two patterns - and I think they are almost identical. One is from AS& Issue #48 (from 1999). The other is from SAGA.
I'm going to cut it out this morning and hopefully get it pleated too.
I'll let you know how it goes!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

What Shall She Wear?

My sweet husband bought me an original Martha Pullen Gotz doll last fall. She is still in her original dress and even has her certificate of authenticity attached. I want to take her to Maryland with me in two weeks so I can get a picture taken with me, Martha, and my Martha doll. I think she needs a new dress to wear. I want to do a basic smocked yoke dress, but I can't decide what fabric/smocking. Do I want it to be dressy or casual? Fun or fancy? Hmm.... tough questions.

I am off on Thursday and Friday (because I work all day on Saturday). I will have to get to work on it right away. I would *love* to make a bishop dress for her, but I can't find a bishop pattern for an 18" doll. I doubt I can find one in the next couple of days....
Does anyone have any suggestions? Do you know of a doll bishop pattern?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wow - that was fun!! I really enjoyed podcasting about smocking again. It makes me not feel so alone in my enjoyment of smocking when I am able to share my smocking chatter with you all. I wanted to share a couple of links to sites I mentioned in this latest podcast. The first is to the great tutorial on using Adobie Illustartor for making smocking plates. That address is:

Also, if you'd like to join us over at the Delphi Heirloom Sewing and Smocking forum, you can click here:

I'd love to hear your thoughts about The Smocking Bee podcast. If you have any ideas or suggestions, or would like a copy of my Sew Beautiful smocking plate index, please send me an e-mail at!

Happy Smocking,