You can’t buy these outfits!

But, you can win them! I had fun digitizing this embroidery design from scratch, and not so much fun sewing all of the buttons on by hand*. I saw a similar shirt in a catalog, and realized that I wanted to replicate this holiday look for the dolls. To enter for a chance to win the outfit (shirt and leggings) for either the 18″ or 14″ doll size, please like this website post, and comment below about 1) why you like Fashion Pece’s doll clothes and 2) which size outfit you’d like to win. Then, if you haven’t already done so, please like my Facebook page. Once you’ve done all three of these things, I’ll assign you a number. I will use a random number generator to choose the winners and post the drawing on Facebook on December 22 and let you know if you’re a winner! Good luck!

*Due to small parts, these outfits are recommended for children older than 3.

Now sewing for 14″ and 14.5″ dolls

You asked me for this, so I’m giving it a go! I will have a small (and I mean very small) collection of outfits that will fit 14″ and 14.5″ dolls like Wellie Wishers and Hearts 4 Hearts for sale at Lincoln Square this weekend. Below are a few pictures. Let’s see how it goes! The thing that most people don’t realize about smaller doll clothes is that the construction steps are exactly the same as sewing for the larger dolls, except that everything is done with tiny seams and hems. This requires meticulous pinning and sewing. Time-wise, there is very little difference between making clothes for the larger dolls and the smaller dolls. I do have a variety of patterns for these dolls, all from Pixie Faire, ‘natch, and look forward to the new designs available to me.

Fashion Pece’s in Urbana

Fashion Pece’s will be setting up at Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana for the Champaign-Urbana Winter Farmer’s Market on December 17 from 8 am to noon. I’m writing to invite you to stop by to finish up that last minute Christmas shopping. Whether you are looking to buy a few wardrobe pieces to put under the tree for that new 18″ doll or updating the wardrobe of your child’s longtime friend, you’ll find some very well made, easy care clothes in my booth. I carry a selection of hard to find holiday themed clothing for the dolls, especially tees that pair up so nicely with the cutest little leggings and skirts. Please, stop by and say hello even if you don’t plan to shop: I love talking dolls and doll fashions with my customers!

If you’ve never been to the CU Winter Farmer’s Market, and are wondering how a farmer’s market gets that name in the winter, you’re in for a treat! Besides the remarkable selection of fresh foods like hydroponic greens (one of my favorites), mushrooms, meats, baked goods and herbs, you’ll find a variety of vendors who sell wonderful locally made items that would make fantastic gifts!

A Merry Christmas Event in Atlanta, IL

It’s always fun to shop at Fashion Pece’s. While I package some items as outfits, I specialize in separates. This means that a trip to the Fashion Pece’s booth involves coordinating pieces for your doll’s own special look. And, with bundle deals, an outfit is competitively priced. I enjoy helping kids and their adults choose their outfits, and genuinely look forward to this part of my events.

The weekend after Thanksgiving, I was set up in Atlanta, IL for their Holiday Market. What a fun two days! Christmas Spirit is infectious in Atlanta, and the town put on quite the show. I especially enjoyed seeing the kids dressed up for their visits with Santa, and the lights in the park. I plan to continue celebrating Christmas in Atlanta – both in July and November! Thank you to those of you who visited my booth as repeat customers and those of you who are enjoying my products for the first time. I’d like to give a special shout out to Whitney O. for taking such good care of her vendors. See you in July, Atlanta!

Harvest Festival: October 29

I’m excited to announce that I will have a booth at the Armstrong High School Spanish Class Harvest Festival. Students are putting on the event to raise money for the Spanish class trip. Come find me at the Potomac City Park on Saturday, October 29 between 10 am and 6 pm. I will be featuring Halloween wear sized just right for your 18″ doll, as well as some new wardrobe pieces. How cute is this striking new blouse made with the Forever 18 Inches pattern Twelve Month Tie Blouse (pattern is available at pixiefaire.com)? You’ll find a variety of sleeve styles, colors and button (ages 3+) and no button versions at my booth. Pair them with a modern bell slack with side closure, for a lovely office-ready look. There will be plenty of holiday and all occasion skirts available, as well as a large selection of doll-sized leggings.

Long Sleeved version of the Twelve Month Tie Blouse made with cotton vintage/upcycled fabric and paired with modern bell slacks with side closure. @thankyouJoyce

Working on Holiday Sales

Here’s what I’m working on for Holiday sales. This retro outfit will be for sale the weekend after Thanksgiving at the Holiday Market on Route 66 in Atlanta, IL. I’m looking forward to helping you find unique gifts for your child. The top and hip-hugging bell bottoms are from patterns by Flossie Potter TM, and can be found at Pixie Faire TM.

Gearing up for Route 66

All set for a walk in Atlanta, IL! This backpack is a new item, and I think you’ll love it as much as I do! It’s lined, features a drawstring closure under the flap, and is big enough to fit all your camping gear! This is from a pattern by My Sunshine Dolls TM. The pattern can be purchased at Pixie Faire TM.
And, here’s the back. I found this darling Route 66 themed fabric and chose to put Illinois in the center because the show this weekend will be in Atlanta, IL. Plus, I think the vanity plate is funny.

Embroidery Embellishments

Today I decided to design a small border embroidery pattern to use as embellishment on these summer short bibs (pattern by Sofie Clarisse Doll Fashon TM found at Pixie Faire). I had added a purchased embroidery border on a pair, which I think is very cute, but wanted some options. When I began the design process, I planned to choose a design, fill it in and add a straight line like in the heart border below. But as I explored the shapes in the library of my embroidery design program, I realized that leaves would make a suitable and decorative line. I added a hint of leaf veins, and the basic design was complete. All that was left was to go out to my sewing studio and stitch them out, fussy cut the bib pieces, and sew up the shorts! I will be sewing large snaps between the bib and the straps to fasten the outfit, and let the dolls try them on for a photo shoot!

You will be able to purchase a pair of these fun summer bibs at Market Weekend on Route 66 in Atlanta, IL on June 23rd & June 24th.

Lovely Day at the Festival

Wow! Thank you to all of you who stopped by my booth this weekend to talk dolls and wardrobes. I was humbled by your kind comments about my fashions, and for the purchases you made for yourself or your loved ones! Thank you to the Tolono Fun Day Festival committee for puttng on a fun event that drew in so many families. Even the rain was a welcome respite from the beginnings of our local drought, and the heat of the day. Luckily, it stopped in time for a fireworks finish!

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