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It’s Marilyn Monroe – oh wait … It’s Jeannie!

17 Nov

Bonjour, mes amies!

This stunning pattern comes from Odile at Passion Poupees (where else?)

It is a recreation of the dress worn in the iconic photo of Marilyn Monroe above the subway vent, where her dress is blown up around her middle.

And I know that Jeannie is not blonde, but neither was Marilyn and her real name was Norma Jean!

This dress was a pure delight to crochet, and I used a yarn I’d used previously for another gorgeous pattern of Odile’s – Wendy Peter Pan 4 ply in shade 3000 (white with a strand of glitter through it).

I took a risk and used a size 3 mm crochet hook (as recommended by Odile) and it fitted fine width wise, but I did add a couple of rows to lengthen it to fit correctly for my tension.

I think that Odile’s inspiration came from the television show that is called ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ in the UK. This is the original version of this show, which is known as ‘Dancing With the Stars’ in other countries. I love watching this show and marvel at the dreamy, stunning costumes. I would love to be able to sew like that! Working in the costume department of that show must be a dream job – but very hard work!!

Jeannie’s shoes were made from a tutorial at lagrandmaisonsurleplatea.hautetfort.com. They are so cute!


Bonne journée, à bientôt!

Snuggly Winter Coat – Beautiful Shades of Pink and Red

12 Nov

Bonjour, mes amies!

Athough it’s not too cold here in Scotland – yet – I thought it would be a good idea to make a nice winter coat for my Cheries.  And to be honest, I’ll use any excuse to make another one of Odile’s fabulous patterns at Passion Poupees. Jeannie is my model.

This lovely coat was crocheted with a much thicker yarn than I have been using of late, and I used a size 4.50 mm hook.  It actually felt a bit strange and unwieldy to work with to begin with, as I have been using 4 ply yarn mostly up to now.

I grabbed the yarn in my local yarn shop because I thought it looked interesting and I must admit I really like the look of it crocheted up – it is also very soft – I quite fancy a hat in the yarn myself! It is by James C Brett and the yarn is Marble DK in shade MT 22 (pinks/reds).

The yarn has coloured repeats and goes through several colour changes, so I decided not to get too fancy and try and match the sleeves.  I hope it doesn’t look too odd!

The hat makes a wonderful finishing touch. I think Jeannie is ready for winter now.

Jeannie is also wearing a cut up sock and the boots are by Corolle.


And finally a big shout out to Anna3143 who left a lovely message on my blog asking for news of Scotland. Well, yesterday my son and I went to a nature reserve nearby where we live and my son, while taking pictures of birds, managed to take some pictures of Highland cows that went paddling past his hide.

So just for you, Anna, here are some images of Scotland!

The island you can see in the distance in this photo is where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned in 1567.

Passez une bonne journée! À bientôt.

Matching Dresses – Beautiful Lace Frills

10 Nov

Bonjour mes amies!

And delving back into the back catalogue of the wonderful Odile of Passion Poupees again, here are a couple of beautiful dresses based on a tutorial for her Little Darling doll.

Jeannie and Annie are all coordinated in matching dresses with a cute lacey frill at the collar and hem.

I used a DK yarn with a size 3.5 crochet hook, and the fit worked out fine. I only had to add a couple of rows for extra length to each dress (I crochet very tightly!). The main yarn is Sirdar Snuggly Tiny Tots DK in shade 0987 (little duck) – the bluish one – and shade 0916 (peaches). The yarn is quite knobbly and was much trickier to crochet with than to knit.

For the contrast frill I used Bergere de France Sirene shade 230 60 Nenuphar (white). This is a lovely shiny yarn that I was nervous to use at first, but actually was very easy to crochet with.

I designed the headband and scrunchy myself and am quite pleased with them, particularly Annie’s scrunchy. The hair of these Les Cheries dolls is really fun to play with.

The shoes are adapted from another of Odile’s patterns. I had to make them with fewer stitiches as the yarn was a bit thick, but I am pleased with the separate detail on each pair.

It was nice to get back to making matching oufits again and the dolls seem to suit the dresses well.

I hope you like them. J’espère que vous les aimez.

À bientôt, bonne journée!

Vero’s Dress – Variations sur un Même Thème

2 Nov

Bonjour, mes amies!

I love this simple, but beautifully fitted, dress by Vero of ‘Le Petit Monde de Vero’. It is a clever pattern and is very well designed for the Cheries’ body shape.

However, my first attempt here was with this DK wool and size 3 mm needles and to be honest it is way too tight. Annie is wearing this version made with Sirdar Kisses DK shade 0756 (pale blues).

Jeannie’s version is much more successful and slips on and off easily – a far better fit!

I made Jeannie’s dress with size 3.25 mm knitting needles (once again bigger than Vero suggests) and some lovely soft yarn by Sublime. Extra fine merino wool 4 ply in shade 087 (beige). This knitted up very well and the dress looks so stylish.

Unfortunately I was not able to make the matching hat from Vero’s pattern as I have now used up this whole ball of yarn.

The matching shoes are from a cool pattern from lagrandemaisonsurleplateau.hautetfort.com. Love ’em!

And here too is Jeannie wearing her matching cross over cardigan (lovely pattern from Les Cheries de Vaniline). So now you know where most of the yarn went!

And finally, both girls together…

Cute Granny Border – Jeannie in Lilac

1 Nov

Happy November!! I wish you a lovely month of knitting, crocheting and sewing for our beautful dolls.

And here is another outfit I completed a couple of weeks ago when I was on holiday and crocheted at 4 or 5 in the morning. I loved the look of this beautiful dress, generously offered by the immensely talented Odile at Passion Poupees. I decided to make it in this gorgeous lilac shade.

Jeannie’s granny outfit is crocheted with a 3.5 mm crochet hook and uses Sublime extra fine merino wool 4 ply in shade 0166 Mellow (dark lilac). The accent yarn is the same – Sublime extra fine merino wool 4 ply in shade 0287 Souffle (beige). Here is a photo of Jeannie trying on the outfit while we were away on holiday. (The traditional lack of a button is masked by her beautiful long hair.)

Here are some more photos I took this morning.

The wee ballet pumps were also crocheted with one of Odile’s patterns.

A Good Witch – Jeannie Dresses Up for Halloween

31 Oct

Knowing I was going to be spending several hours at a Gymnastics Competition with both my daughters recently, I looked for a crochet pattern that could keep me amused for a few hours (it took me several days to complete it in the end!) I chose Odile’s gorgeous dance outfit at Passion Poupees.

I had already made this beautiful pattern for Jeannie, but I couldn’t resist this beautiful yarn and it suited Jeannie’s complexion far better than Annie’s. So Jeannie gets the new version and Annie is wearing my original pink version.

Here they are together in their ballet tutus.

This very pretty, slightly sparkly white yarn is from Wendy. It is Peter Pan 4 ply in shade 3000 (white with a strand of glitter yarn through it). I used a 3.50 mm hook and spent a few days completing the outfit (I kept getting distracted by other beautiful patterns and finishing them first.) There is an extraordinary number of stitches by the time you get to the last row, to give the tutu its lovely, voluminous frill.

But today is Halloween and Jeannie wanted to take the wee ones out guising round the neighbours’ houses. As the wee rascals were dressing up as naughty witches, Jeannie decided to be a Good Witch.

So I made her a witch’s hat and she is all ready to go. I adapted my hat pattern for the Corollines, by using a slightly bigger crochet hook (size 3.50 mm) and adding some extra increase rows and extra rows for length and it is the perfect size for Jeannie.

This time I added a gusset to the tutu so the leotard and pants are all-in-one. This was to make sure that the pants were not obvious underneath.

I think they all look very sweet together.

Ps: both my girls won gold medals, so I am very proud.

Katie’s First Frock – Spotty Too …

26 Oct

Here is Katie’s first dress. I am very proud of this as I am starting to be able to adapt patterns to suit my own doll.

The basis for this pattern was the cute wee baby dress by Sylvie at Poupees de Syl called Robe de Lola. I used the lace pattern provided, but stopped after just one row of eyelets and decreased the stitches there so that there was a deep frill. The rest of the pattern mostly follows Sylvie’s pattern from then on.

The sleeves were very finicky to sew in but make the dress look really sweet.

I used Patons Fairytale 4 ply in shade 04381 and size 3 knitting needles. The dress fastens at the back with one button.

I thought it would be nice to have some pictures of Jeannie and Katie together in their spotty dresses. They look lovely together.


Dress and Cardigan – Jeannie Goes Spotty

25 Oct

Here is a very cute dress by Nathalie at the ‘Les Creas de Nathalie’ site. The photo series that Nathalie creates are very detailed, fun and pretty. This outfit was posted back in July, so is a bit unseasonal for Autumn! Nevertheless it is so pretty, that as soon as I discovered it, I knew I had to knit it.

For the main part I used some bargain wool acquired from E Kemp (my favourite online yarn stockist) – Patons Fairytale 4 ply shade 04383. I used Nathalie’s recommended needle size of 3 mm, but the outfit may have fitted more comfortably with slightly larger needles (maybe I am a tighter knitter than Nathalie, or it may be that the pattern is designed for a Paola Reina doll). The white borders were knitted with an old white 4 ply I had in my stash.

I adapted the shoulder straps slightly to make it a halter neck.

As a concession to the fact it is autumn, I knitted Jeannie this lovely little crossover cardigan by Vaniline from my favourite site ‘Les Cheries de Vaniline’.

I used Sublime extra fine merino wool 4 ply in shade 087 (beige). I tried to anticipate making it too tight by using size 3.25 mm knitting needles instead of the size 3 that she recommends.

Fabulous Fairisle (2) – Jeannie Gets in on the Act!

20 Oct

So I knitted another dress based on Sylvie’s pattern ‘Abigail’s Tunic’ at Poupeesdesyl, but this time it was for Jeannie.

During a trip to Linlithgow I managed to buy another ball of Sirdar Crofter DK that was reduced because it had been discontinued (from the shop Nifty Needles). This one is shade 54 ‘Fairisle’ (pale blue/petrol green).

Once again I used size 3 mm knitting needles and I lengthened this one even more and made the straps narrower. I then reduced the number of neck stiches from 54 to 40 to make the neck a little tighter. I am very pleased with the result!

Here are both Jeannie and Annie showing off their new dresses.

Wonders never cease! A close-up of the proof that I have actually finished off the outfits with buttons.

Pretty in Pink – Another Exquisite Pattern from Passion Poupees

19 Oct

Here is an absolutely gorgeous top by Odile at Passion Poupees that I made very soon after Jeannie arrived. I haven’t posted it till now as (obviously) I still hadn’t sewn on the button at the back (I have now!)

The yarn was my first use of ‘mercerised’ cotton for crocheting and I was very pleased with the professional looking result. I used Rowan Siena shade 655 Aurora (pale pink), but now cannot remember which size of crochet hook I used.

Another reason I was unable to post a picture earlier was that I hadn’t yet come up with the rest of the outfit, but yesterday I made a lovely pair of black trousers based on one of Odile’s patterns for a Christmas theme.  I omitted the flare and lace at the bottom of the trousers in her pattern and narrowed the waistband and I think they look fine.  Well, to be honest, they look closer to fishnet tights than a pair of trousers!

Jeannie is wearing Annie’s Corolle riding boots.