Thursday, September 24, 2015

Timey's turn !

Yesterday exhausted me so hard, I slept nearly ten hours ! But it made me feel good, and I sewed, too – I’ve gotten so I can stitch up one of these wrap-dresses in about an hour. Made this AG-sized one for Timey last night. It mostly fits, just needs a bit of a tuck in the back, the usual armhole expansion, and I want to lengthen the bodice about a half inch. So, guess what I’m probably making tonight !

This one is a little special – it left just enough of that blue roses fabric for maybe a short Barbie dress, if the print wasn’t so out of scale for them. Much as l liked they eyelet fabric for the bodice, to space out that busy flower print, I knew it’d look weird on top of her speaker-hole chest. So I lined it, the way the Phoebe & Me pattern directs, with the eyelet on top of more blue rose fabric. I wondered if it’d take less time than my usual cutting, pinning, and hemming, but sewing two bodices, turning them right side out and pressing them actually took a bit longer. I think it looks a little nicer, but you really can’t tell the difference in photos.

Meanwhile, I’m catching a cold. Hurt to swallow this morning, and all I want to do is sleep. Hopefully, I’ll bounce it quickly. Not sure if I have the energy for even an hour-long doll dress, but I wanna keep the National Sewing Month Challenge going - I've sewn something every day so far ! Maybe just a quick embroidery piece before I lie down for a while. . .


  1. Maybe one of those scarves you made about a month ago would hide the speaker holes?
    It's a nice looking dress and suits her coloring.
    Well done!

  2. That's a good idea, Maricha ! I'll have to try that on her. Mattel used to cover those speaker holes up with felt, back in the 'Chatty Cathy' days, but gave it up in the 70s, and if I remember correctly, Timey is from 1972. I have two Timeys, a 70s Chatty Cathy and Hi, Dottie, and none of them speak. Too chicken to fix 'em m'self, too broke to pay someone else to !

  3. Thanks for the information, I had no idea they used felt to conceal the holes on older dolls.The only talking doll I had was a Cynthia, she worked with records but her speaker holes didn't need to be hidden because they were below her breasts on her ribcage.