Archive for 'The Mary Frances Sewing Book'

April 25, 2014
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Sewing Bird here. I reminded Mary Frances about our fashion show video and she agreed it was a good idea to share it here. You’ll see her American Girl® dolls wearing clothes made from The Mary Frances Sewing Book 100th Anniversary Edition.  Click on the picture below to see Angelina, Mary Marie and Emily modeling their beautiful clothes!

 Click above to see the fashion show!

 

 

March 20, 2014
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Sewing Bird here. Spring has sprung! I told Mary Frances it was time to make her American Girl doll, Emily, a new Spring dress and this is what she made! I love the floral print. She looks fresh as a daisy!

This is the  “Morning Dress” pattern from The Mary Frances Sewing Book 100th Anniversary Edition: A Children’s Story-Instruction Sewing Book with Doll Clothes Patterns for American Girl and Other 18-inch Dolls.

January 14, 2014
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Sewing Bird here. I reminded Mary Frances of our show-and-tell video of the American Girl® doll clothes she made from “The Mary Frances Sewing Book 100th Anniversary Edition”. You can watch the video here!

 

 

Mary Frances here. I like to keep my dolls’ faces protected from the hot summer sun, so I asked my friend in the sewing room, Tommy Pin Cushion, if he had any ideas for a sun bonnet. He knew just what to do! Before I knew it, he pulled out some polka dot fabric and some plain white cotton and was pinning the pattern to the fabric like crazy! Scissors Shears joined in and with a few snips, the pieces were cut out! When those two are on a mission, there’s no stopping them. Since mother doesn’t let me use the sewing machine by myself yet, I got out my sewing basket and made this sweet little outfit for my doll, Angelina, by hand. The Sewing People taught me. Doesn’t Angelina look cute? She loves pink so I put on her pink shoes for a pop of color!

This is Mary Frances’ American Girl Doll, Angelina, wearing clothes made from The Mary Frances Sewing Book 100th Anniversary Edition: A Children’s Story-Instruction Sewing Book with Doll Clothes Patterns for American Girl and Other 18-inch Dolls.

The Morning Dress is from Pattern 9 and the Sunbonnet is from Pattern 25.

January 20, 2013
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Sewing Bird here. I told Mary Frances that her dolls would need warm clothing for the cold winter months and that I had just the patterns in mind! We could make a fleece Automobile Coat with an animal print collar, a matching bonnet and a muff. I can even show her how to make leather leggings. Mary Frances is such a fast learner and a hard worker. This is what she made…

 

Mary Frances’ American Girl Doll, Mary Marie, wearing a winter outfit from The Mary Frances Sewing Book 100th Anniversary Edition: A Children’s Story-Instruction Sewing Book with Doll Clothes Patterns for American Girl and Other 18-inch Dolls

The coat is made from Pattern 21, the muff from Pattern 24,  hat from Pattern 22 and leather leggings (gaiters) from Pattern 16.

Aunty Rolling Pin here. I declare, some mighty good things are having their 100th birthday this year! You already know it’s the 100th birthday of the Mary Frances Books, but it is also the 100th birthday of America’s favorite cookie — the Oreo! I told Mary Frances she should have a tea party with her American Girl dolls and I’ll teach her a recipe that uses Oreos in a modern day way. I’ll show her how to make Oreo Truffles! They are so delicious and I know her dolls, Mary Marie, Angelina and Emily will love them! Mary Frances can make up the invitations and place cards. She’ll set the table nice and pretty and everyone will wear their party clothes. We’ll all sing Happy Birthday and it will be a grand afternoon!

Oreo Truffles

OREO TRUFFLES

Ingredients
36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed, divided
1 pkg.  (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
4 pkg.  (4 oz. each) BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, broken into pieces, melted

 

Directions

1. Reserve 1/4 cup cookie crumbs. Mix cream cheese and remaining cookie crumbs until blended.

2. Shape into 48 (1-inch) balls. Dip in melted chocolate; place on waxed paper-covered rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with reserved cookie crumbs.

3. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.

 

Happy Birthday, Oreos!

 

The Mary Frances Sewing Book 100th Anniversary Edition: A Children's Story-Instruction Sewing Book with Doll Clothes Patterns for American Girl and Other 18-inch Dolls

Mary Frances’ American Girl Doll, Mary Marie, wearing her pink dress for the Tea party.

Pattern is #20 from The Mary Frances Sewing Book 100th Anniversary Edition: A Children’s Story-Instruction Sewing Book with Doll Clothes Patterns for American Girl and Other 18-inch Dolls.

March 31, 2012
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Mary Frances here. The Mary Frances Sewing Book is my second book, and it is very dear to me. I love my dolls and I love pretty clothes—and this book contains patterns to make the most adorable doll clothes! I was spending a summer vacation at my grandma’s house, and one of the things I always loved most was playing in her sewing room. I would explore her fabrics and notions and imagine the beautiful dresses they could become. It was here that I met the Thimble People and a beautiful fairy…and learned how to sew…lesson by lesson…and garment by garment…until I had made a lovely wardrobe for my dolls! The Thimble People taught me to sew by hand, so all of the clothes I made for Angie and Mary Marie were made without a sewing machine. Of course, if you have a sewing machine, you could easily use that instead. My sewing lessons are all clearly recorded in my book, so you can learn to sew from The Thimble People, too!

Now we are so lucky to have The Mary Frances Sewing Book 100th Anniversary Edition: A Children’s Story-Instruction Sewing Book with Doll Clothes Patterns for American Girl and Other 18-inch Dolls! It has been thoroughly revised and updated to be useful for children and seamstresses of the 21st century. I’m so proud of it! My new publisher has re-sized the doll clothes patterns to fit the popular 18-inch American Girl® dolls of today. AG’s Rebecca Rubin was a young girl at the time The Mary Frances Sewing Book was written, so any of these clothes would be historically accurate for her. But you will see that the clothes in my book can easily look modern depending on the fabrics you use, the hem lengths you choose, and how you put your outfits together.

The Mary Frances Sewing Book 100th Anniversary Edition:  A Children's Story-Instruction Sewing Book with Doll Clothes Patterns for American Girl and Other 18-inch Dolls

American Girl® doll clothes patterns from The Mary Frances Sewing Book 100th Anniversary Edition

 

My American Girl® doll, Mary Marie, wearing the Automobile Coat in a historic version and a modern version.

 

 

 Best Wishes and Happy Stitches!

 

 

The Mary Frances Sewing Book 100th Anniversary Edition: A Children’s Story-Instruction Sewing Book with Doll Clothes Patterns for American Girl and Other 18-inch Dolls

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