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1  A day for Green in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by PaleAngelLex on: March 17, 2014 05:20:05 PM
I just finished this today, and it couldn't have been better timing! Here's Anna showing off her new dress.

I used a pattern from Doll Coordinate Recipe Book #6. It was for a slightly smaller doll, but it didn't matter too much since the skirt is rather large. This is my second attempt at the pattern. The first one turned out a little meh. It did teach me that ironing seams is something that shouldn't be skipped, so it was well worth the effort.

Anna seems to like her new dress, and her golden ball too.

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2  Cornflower's Sweater in Knitting: Completed Projects by PaleAngelLex on: February 05, 2014 05:59:48 PM

Cornflower Sweater by PaleAngelLex, on Flickr

This is my first project of 2014. Im making it to trade for a Monster High doll on the Dolly Market. CornflowerBlue is also one of my favorite people on the forum, so Im putting a lot of detail into the project.

I started by looking at the Ramona Cardigan on Ravelry then came up with my own ideas. The bottom ribbing is done in bamboo stitch, the sleeves have an 7 stitch open stitch cable running down them, and the neck line and front trim is done in fancy split stitch rib.

Cornflower Sweater by PaleAngelLex, on Flickr

Cornflower Sweater by PaleAngelLex, on Flickr

I used size 0 needles and some recycled lace weight merino yarn from Penelopes Fine Yarns on etsy.
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3  Embroidered Mexican Blouse (Doll sized) in CHALLENGE 90 ENTRIES by PaleAngelLex on: September 05, 2013 08:19:58 PM
I don't remember when, but when I went looking for some pictures of Mexican folk embroidered dresses, I found these by LittleDear. I fell in love, even though I don't have a Blythe. Two weekends ago, I went to Mexican Fiesta with my mom and fiance, and saw some full sized ones, that started at $55.  Cry The nice thing about having dolls is, you can make them the clothes that you can't have. So, I set to work on a Pullip sized blouse. ....And then I saw this challenge and was like, score!

Mexican Embroidered Blouse by PaleAngelLex, on Flickr

This was way, way, way more work than I thought it was going to be. Over all it took about a week of my free time to finish. I counted the threads on the yolk to map out the two sides and the center area, and then blocked them out with a running stitch. I hoped this would help it be more symmetrical and properly blocked out. The bottom butterfly and flowers I free handed. I think it went pretty well.

I didn't get a picture of it with a ruler, but it's 3 1/2 inches long and about 2 1/2 inches across. Here's one of my girls modeling the top.

Mexican Embroidered Blouse by PaleAngelLex, on Flickr

Thanks for looking!
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4  Owl Ranger Outfit in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by PaleAngelLex on: June 18, 2013 08:40:59 AM

The Owl Ranger by PaleAngelLex, on Flickr
I went all out for a recent Pullip doll convention in Chicago. The theme this year was owls, and even though the theme doesn't have to be included in the custom outfit, I had this crazy idea of making and owl ranger. I started sketching out the idea in March, and didn't finish it until the first week of June. I took breaks from it off and on, but I was working on it pretty much every free moment I had. There were a ton of set backs. After I finished my embroidery, I tried to iron it. The iron was too hot and I ended up shrinking one of the corners. By that point, I knew there was no time to redo any of it. So I pushed on. I also realized that I didn't include enough length to attach the hood. Since the cloak was a half circle, I added an inch wide panel to the straight edge. I'm really glad I did, because even after that, the cloak was about two inches shorter than I had been planning on.

I have to admit, this was a real learning experience, but it went really well. I took first place at Puddle for the Custom Outfit Contest! Yay! So, on to pictures!

The Owl Ranger by PaleAngelLex, on Flickr

The front was decorated with wheat ear stitch. Nothing fancy, but I thought it needed it.

The Owl Ranger by PaleAngelLex, on Flickr

The back is where I spent most of my time. I used an Urban Threads pattern called Full Moon Owl. My fiance actually helped me pick out the colors. I wanted to keep a woodland color pallet, but also wanted a bright accent color. It's mostly done in satin stitch. I had a blast doing it all. The lazy daisy leaves were so much fun! I think they came out looking amazing.

The Owl Ranger by PaleAngelLex, on Flickr

Here's the outfit that goes underneath the cloak. All of it was hand sewn and all the patterns were self drafted. In total, I made a peasant blouse, corset vest, pants, belted skirt, pants, and boots. I hadn't planned on making my own boots, but when I found out the cloak was going to be too short, I knew I couldn't use the lack luster plastic shoes  I had been planning to use. So, I tried my hands at making doll shoes.

The Owl Ranger by PaleAngelLex, on Flickr

The peasant blouse was very easy to make, as was the vest. I was really pleased with how it turned out, and the pants are very basic. My favorite part of the whole outfit is the belted skirt. It's exactly what I wanted, and was just so happy it came out right. It's decorated with feather stitch in the front, and a wrapped running stitch in the back. The best part, to me, is that it's a functional belt. I found these little brass rings in a craft store, and knew I had to use them. I think the worked out perfectly.

Thanks for looking!
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5  Pink wig and dress for Pullip in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by PaleAngelLex on: April 03, 2013 06:25:08 AM

Pink Blake by PaleAngelLex, on Flickr

I've been away from Craftster for a while, so even though this is an older project of mine, I never got around to sharing it here. I love dressing up my Pullips, but as I spend more time working on them, I'm finding that most of Barbie clothes I collected early on just don't look as nice as I thought. So, I've been teaching myself how to sew tiny, little things. Making the clothes are as much fun as seeing my girls wear them.  I've also been experimenting with fake fur wigs. This pink one was my second attempt at fur wig making, and I think it went rather well. Anyway, on to pictures!

Pink Blake by PaleAngelLex, on Flickr

The bodice of the dress was very simple to crochet. The skirt of the dress was my first attempt at doing pick ups. That was a little tricky.

Pick ups Detail by PaleAngelLex, on Flickr

Each pick up is beaded, not that you can see them on the final dress, but I couldn't think of a reason not to add beads. At least I'll know they're there Smiley
Ignore my horrible looking thumb...

Pick ups by PaleAngelLex, on Flickr

As you can see, they didn't turn out very even. I think the next time the skirt needs to be fuller and I need to pay closer attention to the length of the finished skirt.

Over all, I'm still happy with how it all came out. I think it makes for  nice, complete look.
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6  Re: Felt Badge Swap Gallery!! (Send Out April 30) in The Swap Gallery by PaleAngelLex on: May 03, 2012 05:34:53 PM
Guess who finally took a picture! Here is the adorable badge I got from thisbirdsabsurd. It actually looks just like the next doll I've been eying. I love the detail stitching on the hair and the eye lashes.

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7  Re: Felt Badge Swap Gallery!! (Send Out April 30) in The Swap Gallery by PaleAngelLex on: April 23, 2012 03:03:32 PM
I got my first badge today from CraftyMamaBee! It's really amazing!

It's the Girl Scout logo!

Here's one on some paper so you can see the color better. I'm blown away by how amazing this is. It's the perfect Girl Scout badge for the girls who's troop disbanded before she could get all the badges she wanted. Thank you so much CraftyMamaBee!
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8  Re: Felt Badge Swap (SignUp - April 7, SendOut - April 30) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by PaleAngelLex on: April 05, 2012 02:24:58 PM
I finally got a pictures of the practice badges I made. I'm totally ready to get started on things for someone else now. I think I've got the hang of this.

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9  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Round 7 Gallery (Send Out Feb 27) in The Swap Gallery by PaleAngelLex on: March 27, 2012 02:50:04 PM
I have been a bad partner. I finally dug the cord for my camera out of my pile of stuff I don't use. I took pictures of my hoop, but had forgot to put the card in.

Anyway! Here's the fantastic hoop I got from sinellia. I love the blue fabric she used, and of course, I love my bird Smiley

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10  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Round 7 Gallery (Send Out Feb 27) in The Swap Gallery by PaleAngelLex on: March 16, 2012 12:42:10 PM
Since my partner received, and I'm being incredibly impatient about it, here's the hoop I made for sinellia.

I had done about half of the background in yellow before I realized that sinellia had listed that as the one color she didn't want. Hah! The background is only done in half stitch, so it was totally fixable.
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