Sewing for Zinnia my Tangkou

Posted on May 4, 2012 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I've spent the last few days sewing for Zinnia, this is what I've come up with so far...

I got the pattern for the cupcake dress from the blog 'Janel Was Here'

The swimsuit pattern I figured out myself by looking at a Ba...

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Free Poppy Doll Tutorial

Posted on November 11, 2011 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

As today is remembrance day I had the theme of poppies buzzing around my head, a quick browse later, and I found this adorable Poppy peg doll tutorial on the Woolhalla blog.

Cute and simple to make...

Click on the picture to visit the Woolhalla blog for downloa...

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A Diversion Into Jewellery Making

Posted on June 13, 2011 at 3:43 PM Comments comments (2)

I recently bought a large mixed lot of doll shoes and was left with quite a few pairs of doll shoes of non-standard sizes that just wouldn't fit any of my girls.  So rather than waste them, I decided to try my hand at making earrings - here are the results :)


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Rerooting Tutorial

Posted on May 28, 2011 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I have now added a rerooting tutorial to the site.  This particular tutorial shows how to reroot a Barbie or Sindy type fashion doll with nylon hair.  You can see it here:


Gene Marshall Is Now Dressed!

Posted on May 27, 2011 at 9:06 AM Comments comments (0)

Well, it's not perfect but it is finished!  Unfortunately the fabric I used was a little stretchy, so my sewing machine refused to cooperate with it.  Beacuse of this I had to sew the whole thing by hand.  I also ended up rushing it a bit because my daughter asked me whether it was 'nearly finished' approximately once every five minutes, lol!

Not bad for a first attempt I suppose, and at least Gene has some dignity now :)

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Vintage Jones D53 Sewing Machine Instructions

Posted on March 28, 2011 at 4:51 PM Comments comments (2)

Hello :)

I've just been working on some new doll clothes, and I make all my handmade dolls and doll clothes on my trusty vintage Jones D53 hand-cranked sewing machine from the 1950s.  It weighs a ton and is the most reliable and trustworthy piece of technology I've ever had the pleasure to own!

I know that there are lots of old sewing machines knocking about, but usually the instructions have gone astray.  Mine still has its manual so I decided to scan it in and share it...

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Miniature Knitting for the movie Coraline

Posted on March 21, 2011 at 1:23 PM Comments comments (0)

Neil Gaiman's Coraline is a favourite film in our house (and book), this short video looks at the tiny knitted items, all hand knitted in miniature for the film by the unbelievably talented Althea Crome.

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Just thinking about knitting those miniscule, little gloves makes me squint!

Holly x

New Free Sewing Pattern - mini mascot cloth doll

Posted on March 12, 2011 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (0)

If you visit the FREE PATTERNS section of the site you'll find a new free sewing pattern for my 'Dinklet' mini mascot dolls.  The pattern can be viewed as a PDF, the instructions are a txt file.

I hope you enjoy it, and I'd love to see any dinklets you might create :)

Holly xo...

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New Free Sindy or Barbie Knitting Pattern Added to Site

Posted on March 9, 2011 at 6:56 AM Comments comments (0)

I have added a new free vintage Sindy/Barbie sized knitting pattern to the 'Free Patterns' section of the site:

You can find more free patterns at:

Sindydolly forums


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Blythe Knits - Free Knitting Patterns

Posted on February 1, 2011 at 4:39 AM Comments comments (1)

You may have gathered by now that my elder brother is some kind of talented genius when it comes to craft type shenanigans! Here's a few pics of the blythe goodies he knitted me (or my girls at least!) for Christmas :)

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