- Great full sized patterns included Review by SewLittleTimeNana
I just ordered this book and when I got my confirmation there was a link to download the pattern templates (49 pages), which I did and added them to my doll file on my computer. When I looked at the templates it was clear that the patterns were full size so making these dolls and their clothes will be no problem. If I do need to enlarge them taking the sheets to my local office supply store will be easy. I look forward to getting the book with the instructions. These will make great dolls for the children's hospitals near me as well as the women's shelters in my area. Glad I added this to my sewing library.
(Posted on 7/5/14)
- Great book, multiple options Review by snowy
Dolls, dresses, accessories are absolutely cute!
No problem with patterns: scan them and you can enlarge them without any problem with your printer. Depending on enlargement you can even get various dollsizes: 140% (as suggested) = appr. 40 cm (16")doll; 200% = appr. 50 cm (20") doll. Works fine with clothes and accessories, too.
(Posted on 5/31/14)
- Very poor instructions - not for beginners Review by Karen
I had really high hopes for this book, the photos were beautiful and everything looked so simple...until you try to make the doll! I had hoped to make several dolls, but after making just one I'm going to have to leave the project until I'm in a better frame of mind!
The instructions are so disjointed only those with experience (and I've been sewing over 40 years and I can make pretty well everything!) can possibly work out how everything goes together. I'm certain the author didn't make the dolls pictured using the methods she proposes in her book...how can you possibly sew small stuffed arms and legs onto the body with a machine, the arms only just fit into the armhole left according to the pattern, there's no fabric left to pin!
Also the first set of clothing are impossible to construct using her method...why would anyone suggest sewing up leg seams on bloomers and THEN after that fold up the hem and make a channel for the elastic! The vest straps were far too long I had to cut off 1 1/2 inches after trying it on the doll. I would ask for my money back, but the postage cost more than the book which I won't get back.
Don't waste your money, the patterns all need enlarging and they aren't even labelled how much each piece needs to be enlarged until much to late in the instructions. Beware some pieces need enlarging 120%, 140% and one piece is 200%!
I'm going to go back to my tried and trusted books instead for my doll projects now...so my doll JAYNE will probably have a very limited wardrobe!
(Posted on 5/23/14)
- great book-patterns not full size? Review by peg
Received book. Very cute doll and great instruction-does require some sewing knowledge.
But all patterns need enlarging- Cost prohibitive to enlarge.
Cust. serv. very pleasant to deal with. Will purchase more of Connie's works IF patterns are published full size.
(Posted on 5/20/14)
- Darn cute doll, but prefer full size patterns Review by Rebecca
I'm going to agree fully with Jean, also in Maine. It is not at all convenient to get patterns enlarged.
(Posted on 5/19/14)
- Lovely dolls, wonderful clothes and accessories, no full-size patterns Review by Jean
The dolls and their clothing and accessories are wonderful. Great color photos, very engaging.
Am weary of pattern books without full-size pattern sheets, and probably would have not purchased the book had I known. I know including pattern sheets increases the price, but I am certain I am not alone in preferring to pay a little more to prevent expensive home printing and enlarging, or a trip to the printers, which is not convenient in rural Maine.
(Posted on 5/16/14)