I chose a tried-and-true pattern: Dressing Up, from Designs by Jude (for 17-inch Hermione and Nancy). I've made the dress before for Raccoon girls, as well as the skirt-and-top option for Creature Doll. Much as I hate to keep recycling the same look, the dearth of suitably sized patterns at least inspires creativity. This time I omitted the sleeves from the dress. I also made it in color block instead of the same color throughout. Both fabrics--an orange print and a yellow eyelet--came from my stash. Raccoon Monica served as my fit model.
Mid-week I finally got the chance to start Grace's new outfit. She has been dressed as Claire from the Outlander series pretty much since the day she arrived. That worked well in cooler weather, but it's now August and just looking at the heavy cowl and gloves made me itch. Recently I purchased two patterns from Designs by Jude fitted to FID ladies: a two-piece casual outfit called Clam Bake and a long gown called Star Gazer. I'm sewing Star Gazer for FID Raffine, who is on order. Not waiting for a shipping notice this time, I started sewing it yesterday. Gonna be gorgeous! But I'm getting ahead of myself.
I had been thinking for some time of making a bohemian/hippie style outfit for FID, inspired partly by a Doll Heart outfit I purchased for my FeePle Moe60 girls and partly by the hippie style outfits produced recently by Iplehouse. Until now, the only thing stopping me was wondering how to construct the three-tiered skirt. Making Rosie's skirt this week provided my Eureka! moment. So, with the halter top from Clam Bake, an extra tier added to the skirt from Urban Beat, and a variety of prints in shades of gray and near gray from my bottomless stash, I came up with a vintage bohemian look for Grace.