Monday, January 12, 2009


In the 70s the "Granny Dress" was popular among young girls who favored ironed hair and folk songs.
One of the clever sewers who made dresses for "dollsadreams" created this version as well as dozens of others that were an immediate hit with the young collectors who gathered in the shop every Saturday to play Sasha.

Sunday, January 11, 2009


I have designed two new wigs especially for Sasha. Remembering that childhood nursery rhyme -- "There was a little girl with a little curl..." I created this platinum blonde wig called VICKY that has a loose curl falling over one eye. The basic wig has long soft curls that can be combed out and styled easily.
The redhead wig is called SARAH and is a typical schoolgirl look with soft fringe and two curls pulled back from the sides and tied with a blue ribbon. For a more contemporary look you can let these two curls hang free in tendrils framing her face.
These new wigs will come in several colors.

Friday, January 9, 2009


Sasha has donned her blue gingham dress and red shoes to celebrate the arrival of my new WIZARD OF OZ paper doll book published by Dover.
Sasha is delighted by all the bright colors and her favorite character - The Cowardly Lion.
This is not just a paper doll book but an interactive paper doll book because all the characters have outfits that allow you to reenact the entire story. It is designed so that Dorothy and Toto face all the other characters and can play out all their scenes together.
"Look," says Sasha, "I can see Dorothy throwing water on The Wicked Witch and there is even an outfit of the Witch melting."
The book is $7.00 plus $1.00 for shipping. If you are interested just send an e-mail to

Thursday, January 8, 2009


Here is the apron wrap dress pattern done as a reversible summer dress. This is a fun and easy variation because you just put two fabrics face to face and sew around the pattern outline -- leaving a small opening to allow turning out. I usually sew the pattern first and then trim away the seam allowance afterwards.
I often play "the fool" where sewing is concerned and I guarantee that this pattern is almost fool proof.
Question: "May I enter more than one design?"
Answer: "Yes - get as creative as you want as often as you want."


Wednesday, January 7, 2009


There are many different ways to interpret this simple pattern. This version was simply cut out of felt and paired with a striped sweater and an accent buckle. The pattern is almost fool-proof because it is so simple to either sew or cut out.
The challenge is to create something unusual and unexpected using this pattern.
If you have not received the pattern I will send you one to download and print out. Just write to

Monday, January 5, 2009


Sometimes it is the simple things in life that are the most fun. A day at the beach with a pail to build a sandcastle is a perfect example. And so is this simple beach romper with a touch of imagination by adding the kangaroo pocket.

Saturday, January 3, 2009


The yellow rain slicker has always been popular with both girls and boys. They were made even more popular when the stars of the film "Singin' in the Rain" splashed their way into everyone's hearts.
The black and white photo is from a late 1970s "dollsandreams" catalog and features a yellow slicker imported from Germany.
The color photo is of the same yellow slicker paired with matching boots also from "dollsandreams" and photographed recently for an eBay auction.
Back then there were not that many outfits available for Sasha dolls and "dollsandreams" was always my favorite source of extra outfits and accessories.

Friday, January 2, 2009


I recently found this photograph that I took for one of the "dollsandreams" catalogs. I don't recall if we actually used this image or not but it was fun to shoot. All the dolls are wearing regular Sasha outfits except one blonde who is wearing one of the custom made Granny dresses that the shop commissioned.