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A Prince “Purple Rain” Costume for Emily

My daughter, Emily, recently attended a 30th anniversary celebration of the company she has been working for since her graduation. Because they were founded in 1987, the party had an 80s theme, which just happens to be Emily’s favorite decade. Prince wore many versions of this costume, but the metallic jacket is Emily’s favorite. Unfortunately,…

Grid Patterns for Filet Crochet or Cross Stitch, 1923

These patterns are from the 1923 Elyria, Ohio Chronicle-Telegram. I’ve stitched quite of bit of filet crochet in my day, but I’ve always been a little disappointed in the results. For some reason, my filet stitches end up more rectangular than square (more wide than tall), and I’ve never been able to figure out what…

Pillowcase Dresses for Columbia

Lori (Humble Quilts) will be making another mission trip in February, and she’s going to be taking a suitcase of pillowcase dresses. I started making these three years ago, and they are so much fun (see earlier groups for Peru and Bolivia). You can whip up one of these dresses in an hour with nothing…

American Girl Dolls Dress up as Characters from Clueless.

Because we had such a great time last year at Emily’s American Girl Doll Store birthday party, we decided to do it all over again this year. For last year’s party, I dressed 3 of the dolls as 80’s pop stars. This year Emily requested characters from one of her favorite movies, Clueless, directed by Amy…

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

For the past few weeks I’ve been working on Emily’s latest Halloween costume. This year she asked me to make the Cyndi Lauper outfit from the “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” video, which was, appropriately, a lot of fun to make. It’s a coincidence, since I recently posted a squaw apron pattern, and the skirt Cyndi wears…

McCall’s Monday — 1920s Toddler Dress Pattern

This is my favorite style of dress for little girls — no bodice, just free and loose, gathered at the shoulders or yoke. They’re comfortable for the little wearer, easy to make and fit, and can be worn with pants when they become too short. Another plus is that when sewn with today’s fabrics, they can look…

Free Pattern Friday — More Mother Goose in Filet Crochet

From the Winnipeg Tribune, 1923 Humpty Dumpty Humpty Dumpty sitting on the wall can be adapted to a variety of uses in making gifts for the little ones. This motif can be developed in either filet crochet or cross stitch. Little Bo Peep The little Mother Goose shepherdess, whose picture in filet crochet appears here,…

Free Pattern Friday — Mother Goose in Filet Crochet

From the Louisville Courier-Journal, 1925 Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary For the children’s room, here is an interesting filet pattern adapted from the old reliable Mother Goose. If you are very ambitious, you might consider making a crocheted spread of Mother Goose medallions, but for most people, one medallion in the center of a spread involves…

Pillowcase Dresses for Peru

Yesterday I made five dresses. Lori at Humble Quilts is making another mission trip — this time to Peru — and asked for more pillowcase dresses. She said only 50 this time (after lugging about a gazillion dresses to Bolivia last year), so I was happy I responded in time to get on the list.…

McCall’s Monday — Dressing Tables

These dressing tables are so old-fashioned now, but I still love seeing them in old movies (Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca has one of the best). We even had one of the kidney-shaped dressers when I was little, and I remember my mother making a new skirt for it. Maybe she used this pattern. I want to make…

American Girl Dolls Dress Up as 80s Pop Stars

After my daughter watched the hilarious video of Conan visiting the American Girl Doll Store in Los Angeles, she wanted to celebrate her 31st birthday with her girlfriends at the Seattle area store. The fact that our AG store (unlike the one in L.A.) does not serve alcohol did not deter us, as there are…