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Building Dolly's TV Studio!

Building Dolly's TV Studio!

  Hi all! One of the things I really wanted to do with Dolly Pattern was offer comprehensive tutorials and support for all our products.  I thought we'd do a series of how-to videos until I realised I had no where to film them! We're in the middle of a re-model of our home.  It basically looks like a building site - not the best backdrop for a serious professional sewist or craft vlogger! As chance would have it, my folks were getting rid of 2 double kitchen cabinet carcasses and an MDF worktop that had been cut to fit...

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The Perfect Princess Project

The Perfect Princess Project

I'm often asked what my design process is when I come up with a new costume for Dolly or Doug.  I always feel that design is often a confusing process and that the best approach is a personal one!  Do what suits you as the designer - that's my mantra. I'm going to chat about the process I follow when I make a new design for Dolly.  They are by no means set in stone and often change a billionty times before the final cut but here's an insight into the process at Dolly Towers for our Perfect Princess and...

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Choosing your Dolly's Look

Choosing your Dolly's Look

I've put together this handy info-graphic so you can easily see which colours we recommend for making Dolly in which combinations. Simply select your skin tone, and the complementary colour of pre-cut hair yarn we would select given the opportunity! Skin Tone 4: This is pale and suited best to red hair (I would actually embroider french knots in a matching embroidery silk as freckles for fun!) Skin Tone 1, 6 & 5: Will all suit Gold, Brown or Black hair Skin Tone 2 & 3: Would be most successful with Brown or Black hair Top tips:  Look to nature...

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A Hallowe'en Spook-tacular!

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A Hallowe'en Spook-tacular!

The first Special Edition Collection has been launched! I'm so excited for this Hallowe'en collection of rag doll patterns.  My personal favourite is Frankendoug!  Frankendoug see's our Douggy get a totally new head shape and hairline to play the role of a not-so-scary Frankenstein's monster - but he's TOO CUTE!  Extra fun details like the silver domed buttons on shanks as his neck bolts make us very happy crafters indeed! After a very warm welcome, Doug, our boy rag doll is here to stay.  He's going to keep Dolly company and I'm sure they'll get up to a lot of...

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Easy layered felt number appliques

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Easy layered felt number appliques

This handy tutorial accompanies our Dolly Pattern Varsity Hoody digital pdf sewing pattern to fit Dolly - It has many other uses which you can apply it to, like decorating a tote bag or making a brooch for example. 1. Download the FREE number outline template here and print a copy. 2.  Choose your two digit number!  Your lucky number, the shirt number of your favourite sports player or the last two numerals of the year we're in e.g. 17, all work really well. 3. Cut around the heavy black line of the number pattern and pin it to your...

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