Hey! Look at that! I finally made something that matches the current challenge within the correct time frame! 😛 It’s been a while since that has worked out.
Actually, I had a plan for each week this month that changed about 5 times, and I finally had my plans set when I found out about my little cousin’s b-day party that was happening last weekend. So, the plan changed one more time as I was figuring out what to get for her. I can’t say I’d ever heard of a WellieWishers doll, but apparently it’s a thing (in the American Girl dolls family), and she was getting one from my Aunt. I figured her doll would need some accessories, and knowing how much I would have enjoyed matching my dolls at her age, I went down that road…
Pattern: The pattern for the kid’s apron is the Tiny Chef Apron from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop. It’s a free pattern (she has a TON of them, including an adult sweatshirt pattern that was recently released). This is only the second pattern from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop that I’ve used (first was the free snowman costume pattern to turn my nephew into Olaf a few years ago) but they’ve both been great little patterns and I have plans to try the Aspen Pullover hopefully sometime this winter – for the nursing option. 🙂
Alterations: Since I was making this for a 6-turning-7 year old, and the pattern is meant for a toddler, I lengthened the body of the apron by 5 & 1/2 inches (meant to do 5, but measured wrong somehow lol… new mom brain here), the neckband and back tie pieces by 2 inches, and the elastic in the neckband by 1 & 1/2 inches. Don’t ask me why I chose those measurements. I just hope it fits her (I didn’t actually make it to the party, so I can’t say for sure). I also rounded the edges a little more at the bottom; just personal preference.
For the teeny tiny apron for her doll, I searched around and couldn’t find anything that looked right, but without having the doll in front of me, I didn’t want to just wing it completely. Then I found this little shop on Etsy – her doll aprons looked like a perfect match – and Wendy, the owner, was kind enough to share her pattern with me. To make it a better match to the Peek-a-Boo pattern, I omitted the bias tape around the edge and instead added seam allowances so that I could flip it inside out like the other one. In doing so, both of them are technically reversible also.
Fabric: It was a stashbusting win. Well, not that it actually used up a ton of fabric, but at least it was from the stash. Red broadcloth from 2013 (also used for a test run/muslin when I was making Halloween costumes that year and for this basket in 2015), and the bird fabric was from a Joann’s sale bin in 2014, purchased 1 yard for $2 without a plan because it was cute (this is a problem I have) 🙂 …but I have to admit, it’s also nice to be able to walk into the sewing room and make whatever I want without going to the store. It’s an internal struggle… anyone else have this problem? You want the stash but at the same time you don’t? Hmm…
Anyway, that’s a lot of explanation for such a little project. But there ya go!
Until next time,