How to Knit Ties for a Wrap Style Sweater. Free Tutorial.

A romantic winter season is upon us, so why not wrap your little one up in this cozy sweater! The sweater is easy to knit and is constructed from the top down on circular needles. (You can find the pattern and the list of materials needed in my shop).

First, when the pattern was released in Spring, the model sweater was knitted with lovely linen yarn and featured a silk bow on the side. But with the onset of autumn, I’ve decide to replace the linen with warm and cuddly wool. Knitted ties make an easy closure and add a pretty, feminine touch to the whole look.

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In this little tutorial I’m going to show you how to add an i-cord tie to a sweater.

You will need:

  • Knitting yarn (the same, as for the sweater, or in a different color, but the same weight, for a fun look)

  • Two DPN needles (Double Pointed Needles)

  • A tapestry needle

  • Two beads with a large hole (optional)

 Find the correct position on the garment.

Find the correct position on the garment.

 Make the ties on both front panels. The length of the inner tie should be longer (left panel of the sweater) as it goes around the body and comes out through the side hole in the sweater.  The approximate lengths of the ties are: 14” and 7” (35cm and 18 cm).

Make the ties on both front panels. The length of the inner tie should be longer (left panel of the sweater) as it goes around the body and comes out through the side hole in the sweater.

The approximate lengths of the ties are: 14” and 7” (35cm and 18 cm).

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Happy knitting!!

Ginger Poppet

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This girl is in love with fall! While some may feel a bit melancholy at the sight of days growing cooler and shorter, Ginger is growing exponentially more and more excited. She’s eagerly anticipating the next few months, which will be filled with apple picking, long walks in the sunflower fields, and Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

Her hair is red, but her heart is made of gold. She has an open personality which allows her to connect with many different people and to be loved. She’s a wonderful friend and a great listener. You can always count on her when you need some advice or a helping hand.

The sound of swirling wind and rain makes her dreamy, and she falls head over heels for the smell of freshly baked apple pie, especially when that comes hand-in-hand with a company of friends who eagerly join her for the snack.

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Ginger Poppet - that’s how she wants everybody to call her. She is about 15” tall and has fair skin (Swiss skin fabric), blue eyes, and gorgeous red hair (made of silky angora goat weft and crocheted into a wig). She has a little belly, cute round bums, and knees.

She loves getting cozy in her cashmere pants and silk dress (her dress is made with Liberty of London silk/cotton voile and silk georgette), wool socks, and hand crocheted wool shoes with leather soles and ties.

If you would like to welcome Ginger Poppet into your home, she can be found in my shop.

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Thank you so much for coming! Hope to see you tonight!

News from my studio

Though quiet on my blog, my summer has been anything but static. On top of a very active family life, I traveled to Europe to participate in the Waldorf Doll Seminar in the Netherlands, as well as taught a multi-day doll-making workshop in a little picturesque town in Italy. These were wonderful experiences, full of conversations with fellow creative souls and the sharing of ideas, knowledge, and imaginative plans. Thanks to these workshops, I got a chance to finally meet in person so many lovely people with whom I had already developed a bond online!

Now that I’m back in my studio, I’m feeling rejuvenated, inspired, and ready to dive again into doll-making and stitching. To give you a taste of what I’ve been up to, here are a few exciting details.

First of all, I’m delighted to share with you my new sewing pattern for Doll Boots. You can find it in my Etsy shop along with many other patterns/tutorials.

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As many of you know, I’m honored to be a part of Dollectable, an international collective of natural fiber artists. On the first day of every month we offer dolls and doll-related items for sale.

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I am always looking for luxurious natural materials and fibers, and this time I experimented with linen, beautiful lustrous silk velvet, and trims. The outfit I’ll be presenting on September 1st consists of a casual plaid linen jacket, fully lined with Liberty of London cotton lawn, and a more evening-style jumpsuit, crafted with two different silk blends and trimmed with an exquisite Mokuba ribbon. I tried to find a balance in choosing fabrics and colors that would look both elegant and modern, and I’m convinced that it’s the little details that make the difference.

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Finally, I’m preparing for my upcoming doll-making workshop on October 6th. I’ll be happy to share my passion with you! Most of my students have found the thrill of creating a little doll contagious, and I hope you will fall in love with this experience too!
If you’re interested, please contact me at petitgosset@gmail.com. There is limited space, as I like to keep my groups small.
Thank you so much for supporting my artistic endeavors!

xox

Daria

 

Quiet morning revery

Can you believe it’s already March? It seems as if a strong wind has whirled our lives so fast…. and days and even weeks just flew by at an even quicker pace than before…

Now, when the house is quiet and the children are still asleep, I’m standing by the window with a steaming cup of coffee, watching how the new day unravels and the sun is coming up from behind the hill….  I haven’t been very good at keeping my blog updated lately, and now I’m trying to recall what has happened over the past several weeks. Many beautiful days, numerous loving hugs, many nice conversations and birthday celebrations, a visit of a dear old friend and many hours of work and exploration, and of course the birth of a new doll…

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Her Name is Taja. She is a lovely little soul, bringing light and happiness…and dreaming of a new life in a place yet unknown.
You will be able to meet her in the Dollectable shop on March 1st at 7 pm EST.

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Together with Taja we made several new adorable outfits, suitable for girls 16-18” to greet Spring’s warmer days. You’ll find them in the shop at the same time.

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How to Sew a Tierd Skirt for Your Doll, a Step-by-Step Tutorial.

If you’ve been following my blog for some time already, you know that I love to design and make little clothes for wee dolls.

Making a skirt is the perfect beginner’s project. I made a skirt very similar to this style for my daughter when she was three. The design of this skirt is very simple but oh so lovely!  You can choose from a variety of fabrics, just make sure to pick a fabric that moves and drapes well.

With the weather changing and the days becoming cooler, I chose the whale corduroy and lovely Liberty of London cotton for the trim. For the winter time it can be made with light-weight wool, while for the hot summer days, it would look charming if made with cotton lawn, linen or even lace fabric.

So, let’s get started!

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This pattern is made to fit dolls in 16-20" size.

Materials needed :

 Step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a tiered skirt for an 18" doll, by Petit Gosset

Step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a tiered skirt for an 18" doll, by Petit Gosset

Align the rectangles’ short sides on the lengthwise grain. Cut the pattern pieces according to the size.

 Step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a tiered skirt for an 18" doll, by Petit Gosset

Step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a tiered skirt for an 18" doll, by Petit Gosset

1. Fold a strip of the trim fabric in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and iron. Pin the trim to the right side of the bottom tier, stitch, and finish the edge.

2. Unfold and iron out the seam, turning seam allowance toward the dress.

 Step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a tiered skirt for an 18" doll, by Petit Gosset

Step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a tiered skirt for an 18" doll, by Petit Gosset

3.  Gather the other side of the bottom tier to create ruffle. The gathered ruffle should be the same length as the middle tier.

(If you've never done it before, no worries - it's very simple. Just change the stitch length on your machine to the longest possible (usually 5 mm) and sew two straight parallel lines (with about 1/8 inch in between and 1/8 inch from the raw edge). Don’t back-stitch and leave a thread tail 6-7 inch long at the ends. Carefully pull the two bobbin threads and form even gathers.)

4. With right sides together and using 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew the middle tier to the gathered edge of the bottom tier. Finish the edge, unfold and iron out the seam.

 Step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a tiered skirt for an 18" doll, by Petit Gosset   

Step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a tiered skirt for an 18" doll, by Petit Gosset

 

5. Now you have two tiers sewn together.

6. The top smallest tier will become the waistband. Gather the top edge of the middle tier to create ruffle. The gathered ruffle should be the same length as the top/waistband tier.

 Step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a tiered skirt for an 18" doll, by Petit Gosset   

Step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a tiered skirt for an 18" doll, by Petit Gosset

 

7. Using 1/4 inch seam allowance, stitch the right side of the top/waistband tier to the left side of the gathered edge of the middle tier. 

8. You don't need to finish the seam as it will be inside the waistband. Unfold and iron out the seam.

 Step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a tiered skirt for an 18" doll, by Petit Gosset

Step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a tiered skirt for an 18" doll, by Petit Gosset

9. Fold the top raw edge toward the wrong side 1/4 inch and press.

10. Fold the top tier/waistband again in half.

11. Stitch as close as possible along the inner edge of the band. Press.

 Step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a tiered skirt for an 18" doll, by Petit Gosset

Step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a tiered skirt for an 18" doll, by Petit Gosset

12. Using a safety pin, thread the elastic through the waistband, making sure the elastic is not twisted inside and leaving the ends of the elastic out.

 Step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a tiered skirt for an 18" doll, by Petit Gosset

Step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a tiered skirt for an 18" doll, by Petit Gosset

 

13. Fold the skirt in half, right sides together, matching the raw edges. Pin, trim if needed and, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew with a straight stitch. Finish and iron out the seam, which will be centered on the backside of the skirt.

And Voilà, the skirt is ready!

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I hope you enjoy making this cute skirt!

But don't you think that Fall is the time to get obsessive about knitting? If you'd like to join the knitting club you should check out this lovely sweater pattern in my Etsy store!

Spell of Autumn

"There is a spell in autumn early,
One all too brief, of an enchantment rare:
The nights are radiant and pearly,
The days, pellucid, crystal-clear.
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The birds have flown, we hear no more their clamor,
But winter's angry winds not soon will start to blow -
Upon the empty fields there pours the azure glow
Of skies that have not lost the warmth of summer."  ~ F. Tyutchev

It's hard to believe it's already October! To freshen up your doll's wardrobe and keep her up to date, here are some lovely fall outfits--some dreamy, others--more casual.

1. Autumn harvest.

This outfit is made to fit an 18" doll. Some of the "harvested" materials are vintage linen, textured crisp silk organza, silk for the lining, real Baltic amber and wood beads. The dress has a snap closure in the back. Recommended for adult collectors.

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2. Garden Fairy or Dahlia.

This outfit is made for an 18" doll. Materials "grown" include: France Duval Stella cotton lawn, crisp silk organza, alpaca/silk yarn with tiny glass beads, cotton organdy for the lining. The dress features a snap closing in the back. Recommended for children 8+ or an adult with a soul of a dreamy child.

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3. Forest Song.

This clothing set will fit a 16" doll.  Materials "hummed" include: double gauze cotton, vintage ribbon for the dress, Japanese cotton/linen blend for the pants. The dress features a snap closing in the back, the pants have an elasticized waist. Recommended for a child 7+.

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4. Autumn Breeze.

Materials "blown" include: cotton double gauze for the shirt, cashmere for the pants, and a Liberty of London fleece for the jacket. This set is made to fit a 16" doll and is recommended to a child 7+.

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5. Tired gardener.

The material that will bring sweet dreams to the gardener is cotton jersey. The gardener should not be taller than 16". Recommended to a child 7+.

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All these clothing will be available through Dollectable store at 7pm EST on October 1st.

Thanks for being a valued member of our Dreamy club!

Farewell Summer- Hello New Style!

It's hard to believe that summer is winding down already. But what a wonderful one it has been! Usually, when planning any vacation, I try to make it not just relaxing but as educational for my children as possible. By the end of the school year we always have some historical periods studied, some artists and their works discussed. How exciting for children to visit the places they have been reading about all year!

For me, traveling is the most visceral way of recharging my inner battery, of feeding my soul. New places, people, conversations, nature -  all these help me reboot my creative energy. And now, brimming with this new energy and inspired by my travels, I present to you the first outfit of my new Fall Collection, an outfit that I hope will touch you with its elegance and delicate beauty.

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The new collection is a dialogue between feminine beauty and comfort, if we dare to apply these qualities to a doll. It's a dialogue between man and nature.

The wide skirt is created from several layers of silk organza and gorgeous Italian cotton jacquard for the lining, that subtly shows through the silk. The waist of the skirt is decorated with a bow. Its color is all about the sky and the sea, vast and deep, and purely beautiful....                            Cotton Mokuba lace and sparkling beads give a special touch to the silk blouse.

This clothes will fit beautifully an 18" doll and is recommended for collectors only.

How to look like a Parisian, tips from Antoine.

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” – Oscar Wilde

Recently, visiting our friends in Boston, we were sitting in the park, talking, laughing and sipping hot cider. It was a lovely September afternoon, when a funny little guy suddenly perched himself near us on the bench. He looked a bit older than my sons, maybe about 13 or 14. But what struck me was his nonchalant manner and the way he completely matter-of-factly joined in on our conversation. Antoine was his name. He turned out to be a fantastic narrator and just plain cool (if I can permit myself to borrow my sons’ cutting-edge vocabulary)! He told us about his life in Paris (because obviously that’s where he was from), and about how he traveled everywhere only by bike, since he didn’t quite trust the metro system and took the plane only in extreme situations, such as crossing the ocean (and even then, he hoped that a bridge connecting Europe to the US would soon enough make this unfortunate circumstance unnecessary). He also told us about his passion for dressmaking. How he only wore clothes designed and made by himself, clothes that perfectly suited his busy urban lifestyle. And as a true Parisian, he definitely knew what he was doing when it came to style.

Here are a few tips given by Antoine.
1. Be simple!

2. Layer up.

If you want to adopt a chic Parisian way of dressing, don't forget to layer. The key is to make sure that each layer peaks out just a little bit.
A collar shirt in light pink pairs incredibly well with an olive wool jacket!

3. The right shoes.

Every Parisian is willing to have a pair of brown leather shoes to compliment his look.

4. Oh stripes!
There is probably nothing more French than a traditional Breton stripe. A pair of striped socks are amazingly versatile and look fantastic in every season.

5.  A scarf.

Never leave your home without a scarf, even in the summer. Just toss it in over your jacket or shirt.

And of course, don't forget about hair. Leave it floppy and seemingly nonchalant for a perfect look.

If you'd like to bring a bit of French style into your wardrobe and get your own adorable and trendy fashion adviser, get in touch with Antoine!