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What is a 'Long Quarter'?

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What is a 'Long Quarter'?

Well, it's not something I made up given my surname (long), sorry! In fact we are all fairly familiar with the term 'fat quarter'.  A fat quarter is 50cm up the selvedge by half a width of the bolt of fabric.  In actual quilting/sewing terms it's classed as approximately 18" x 22". So what is a 'Long quarter' and how can you make Dolly from one? Well a long quarter is roughly the same square inches as a fat quarter but is cut as a full width of the fabric.  This means it is approximately 25cm x 112 cm if...

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How to make a Rememberance Dolly

How to make a Rememberance Dolly

The clothing of loved ones are dear to us.

They could be from a loved one's passing, or an old school uniform, or a piece of favourite clothing that no longer fits.

These items can be repurposed into a personalised Dolly or Doug and kept as a keepsake.

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Dolly for Dementia

Dolly for Dementia

    If you didn't already know, families living with a loved one with dementia is a subject very close to my heart.  Despite officially passing from 'Covid-19', my Nanny lived with dementia for many years prior and so did we. There is evidence to suggest that a dolly can help a person navigating dementia focus. A little friend to talk to, if you will.  In some, it can reignite memories and behaviours of having children and bring great comfort.  A dolly also provides an opportunity to care for something and to 'twiddle'. At the most common age to be...

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Dolly's Guide to Shirring

Dolly's Guide to Shirring

Shirring - not just for sheep! I joke, that would be 'shearing' but it's pronounced the same so who am I to ignore a quality pun? ... bad puns are life. Fact. What is SHIRRING? In dressmaking, it's loading your bobbin with elastic thread (specially made for the purpose) and sewing in parallel lines to achieve a gathered effect. It adds shape and gathers to a plain fabric. You can often see it used on summer tops, smocked toddler dresses and boho inspired garments. Here's a little video introduction into the simplest of shirring techniques. Pattern used: Dolly's traditional rag...

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Welcome Mollie Makers!

Welcome Mollie Makers!

  Have you seen Dolly featured in the December issue of Mollie Makes Magazine? We are very proud to be featured as one of their top 12 crafty subscriptions! The Dolly Pattern Costume Club teaches dressmaking techniques on a smaller, cuter scale so you can get to grips with sewing your own clothing. It is suitable for beginners, those looking for more of a challenge or simply just to try something fun and unique. Each monthly box provides all the materials and patterns you'll need to make a new outfit or costume for Dolly and will include a little treat...

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