Friday, December 28, 2012

Ghoulia's Spring, from Dollar Tree

Current Mood : Meandering

Had just enough snow to cover yesterday’s tracks, but the sun melted a lot of the road slush. While most of the Christmas snowfall around here has long since been churned up and walked through, the new dusting makes everything look fresh and clean and sparkly all over again. So pretty.

Finished up with the second Dollar Tree fashions pack today. Ghoulia’s wearing the strapless dress from the jeans pack – shown here as it was originally, on the far right – which came out pretty well, I think ! It was a pull-on dress with an elastic waist until I got hold of it. I guess sewing closures cost too much for this rock-bottom budget series, nearly everything’s pull-on. Since I had to cut a back closure anyway, I went ahead and took out a half inch off each side, then folded it over for my own seam and cheap Velcro ™. No hems either, but it’s got ‘em now. I was just gonna hem and go, but it’s the little touches that make a difference, so I hemmed with ribbon, and I really like how it looks.

Here’s a secret – the hem ribbon and the waist ribbon aren’t the same. I didn’t have enough of one color to do both, so I figured the two random lengths I had would work, since they were just a couple shades off and a couple inches apart. However, the waist sash and the headband, which you can barely see, are from the same strip, so they match perfectly.  And I took about 15 photos before I realized I’d forgotten her glasses. I feel a lot better, but my head’s still off on its own tangents, which is fairly typical, too.

Finished up the rest of that pack today, too. Not much I could do with the striped top, except Fray-Check the tag holes and not-hemmed everything. To be honest, I kinda like the picks at the neckline, so I left ‘em and didn’t fix any of them. Another cool person on the message board says the striped top fits the MH guy body, so there’s another option. I’m thinking of sketching it out as a super-simple pattern. There really is a demand for some no-hem, sew-and-go super easy pieces. 


  1. Hello from Spain: your photos are very expressive. I love this doll. The dress is awesome. Keep in touch

  2. You know I've passed over the DT fashion packs many many times...I think I need to grab a few next time I'm over've remade these pieces wonderfully!

  3. Wow, you've really made this cheapie into a keeper! Gorgeous touch with the ribbon hem!