Friday, May 10, 2013

Crissy Clothes: Sweet Sweet Suede**

We bought a fabric grab-bag at the thrift store, but most of it turned out to be half-sewn leather and suede scraps.  Maybe it was unwanted stuff from a  factory?
I used a piece of lightweight soft green stuff to make this shirt.  But I wasn't sure what to do with the rest. 

Then I saw a piece of purple suede in there that wasn't too heavy for dolls, and it just called out "Crissy."

The vest is vintage Simplicity Crissy pattern 8519.  The purse I put together from a scrap that was left.
I used the same pattern (8519) to make a suede jumper, but the first one turned out pretty short (even for Crissy, the mini-skirt girl).  OK, we'll just call it a tunic.  I was surprised, though, that the pattern was so skimpy--usually Crissy patterns are sized correctly. (Looking at the photos on the Crissy And Beth sewing page, though, I think it WAS meant to be very, very short.  And I do remember skirts at the time being very, very short.  But we like Crissy to be just a bit more covered.)

I tried again with a piece of cranberry-red suede, and cut it longer.  This one turned out knee-length.  Just for fun, I put the fuzzy side of it inside, and left the "back" side for the outside.  Both Dollygirl and I thought it looked better like that anyway.  Dollygirl thinks the jumper will look really good with Crissy's burgundy turtleneck.

Cost of outfits:
Pattern:  free download--cost of ink and paper, not much
Bag of suede scraps--$1, and we still have some left.
Thread and snaps--all on hand, didn't cost much
TOTAL for jumper, tunic, vest and purse:  maybe $2?

Seems like a "suede" deal to me.

 **That's a joke for Electric Company fans.  Doesn't Morgan Freeman's outfit look a bit like Crissy's purple stuff?

Linked from Hidden of Art of Homemaking linky (Chapter 5) at the Ordo Amoris blog.


amy in peru said...

you are the queen of doll clothes! i am always impressed! bria and i just started our very first ever sewing machine 'together' project, and guess what it is... yep! doll clothes! i'm kinda excited about where it might lead us! :)

Mama Squirrel said...

Amy, trust me on this one (I'm not just being modest): my sewing skills are very, very basic. I have definitely improved over the last while, but let's just say I know my limits! Doll clothes turned out to be something not too intimidating that I could practice on, and sometimes work with Dollygirl too.. Good thing she still likes her dolls.

I bought a sewing book yesterday (we were at an antique mall, but it's an almost-new book) that gives you sewing lessons along with home decor projects. Maybe a good transition (for me too!) as D-girl gets into her teens?

Dana in Georgia said...

Nice work!

I have held onto fabric and certain clothes with the idea that someday I could use them like this (or in a quilt).

But I'm not sure I will ever do it, if I havent already started?

Cindy Rollins said...

Brings back memories. I had a Chrissy and my mom loves to make doll clothes.
Also this is a great post in that it ties in to the whole idea of using scraps. I am never very inspired by scraps.

hsmominmo said...

adorable! You most definitely have the dollclothes talent. I'm sharing this with my daughter, I know she'll be inspired!
Seeing Chrissy takes me back too -- my little sister had one, I was too old to play with dolls, but I secretly wanted one myself!
Thank you for sharing her, and your creations with us.

Mama Squirrel said...

Thanks, hsmominmo! Seems everybody loved Crissy.