Wednesday, August 9, 2017

18 inch Doll Clothes / American Girl Simplicity Sewing Pattern D0677 Review

18 inch Doll Clothes / American Girl 

Simplicity Sewing Pattern D0677 Review

18 inch Doll Clothes / American Girl Sewing Pattern Review

I haven't sewed for a long time.  Since I have 2 cute little dolls Emily (American Girl) and Lilian (hearts for hearts girls), I want to handmade some cute outfits for them.  Joann Fabrics had a sale on Simplicity Sewing Patterns, so I picked up 2 patterns - D0677 (as pic above) and D0680.

Simplicity Sewing Pattern D0677 Review:

- I think this pattern is a great value, there are 4 outfits and a bag patterns, included 2 tank tops, 3/4 sleeves top (the one I sewed), 1 pants, 1 shorts, 1 skirt (the pic below) and a dress.

- I love the style, it is very simple but trendy.  Not boring old fashion doll clothes.  They are like "real" fashion that I would wear every day.

- I sewed Top B and Skirt G (see more pics below)

Simplicity Sewing Pattern D0677 - Top B

Simplicity Sewing Pattern D0677 - Skirt D

- They are fairly easy to sew.  But there are some tricky parts.  Like the top you will need knit fabrics like interlock, jersey etc.  Sewing stretchy fabrics is a little bit more difficult than non-stretchy fabrics.  And you will need to sew "bias tape" in curve.  These 2 parts could be a little bit difficult for beginners.  Therefore, I would say that this pattern is for advanced beginners.

- About the fit, I would say it is "slim fit" style.  (See Pics).  Especially on the waist, it is tight fit.  If you have an older AG dolls, you may need to modify a little bit.

Handmade 18 inch doll clothes for American Girl Emily

Outdoor Shot of Simplicity D0677

- If you are looking for causal wear, I definitely recommend Simplicity D0677.  It is stylish and look great on Emily.

For Emily's Shoes:

I found this cute pair of sneakers at Michael's, I used 60% off coupon, so the total is only $3.  It is a Deal!!  Michael's has some nice selections of 18 inch doll clothes, shoes and accessories.  With coupon, they are super cheap.

18 inch doll shoes from Michael's

I hope you enjoy reading my blog.  I will sew more doll clothes and will do reviews for the patterns.  Please subscribe and follow me on Instagram.  My IG is @mydollside

Monday, August 7, 2017

My Newest Doll Obession - American Girl Dolls and Hearts for Hearts Girls Doll

My Newest Craft Obession - American Girl Dolls and Hearts for Hearts Girls Dolls

Emily (from American Girl Doll) and Lilian (from Hearts for Hearts Girls) 

Yes, I am into the Doll World now!!  It is my newest Craft Obession.  I always like to sew girl clothes, but I have a boy, and boy sewing patterns are boring.  lol  Then one day I saw some beautiful dolls images on Instagram.  I started to fall in love with dolls.  I did a lot of research, I found out 18-inch dolls such as American Girl Dolls, Our Generations Dolls, Journey Girls Dolls are the most popular and common in the Doll Market.  And I saw there are so many sewing patterns on Etsy and the BIG Pattern companies like Simplicity, McCall's and Butterick.  

I decided to get myself a 18-inch doll, and I also found the dolls from Hearts for Hearts (h4h) are so beautiful, even though there are not too many sewing patterns for them.  But I can't help to get myself a h4h doll.

My search for Emily:

During the search for 18-inch doll, first I didn't want to get a American Girl Doll (AG), coz it is too expensive.  I was planning to get a Journey Girls (from Toy R Us).  Journey Girls are around $30.  And AG is around $115.  But I found out that Journey Girls and AG are different body shape which mean most the sewing patterns won't fit them.  Therefore, it left me no choice to get a AG doll.

American Girl Doll Retired Historical Doll - Emily Bennet

I went to AG website, I was lost, there are so many choices.  I don't know what to get.  Then I read more and more.  I know that I would want a Historical Doll, I just like the way they look and dressed, also the beautiful stories behind them.

I looked at millions pictures online.  I was down to Emily (the pic above), Kit and Felicity.  I like them all.  But I was more draw to Emily.   And I made a decision, Emily would be my first AG doll (you heard it right, I plan to get 1 or 2 more in future)  I checked Ebay, I found that there are a lot of listing for Emily.  

I found my Emily on Ebay, it was $60, the seller claimed the doll in good condition.  But once I received it, it is not.  So $60, I think it is over-priced.  I am not really happy with the seller, I messaged about that, he didn't mention anything about the big scratches on her nose and cheek, marks on her legs.  It has been 3 days, I still haven't heard from the seller.  :(

My Search for Lilan:

Hearts for Hearts Girl Retired Doll - Lilan


I also found Lilian on Ebay.  I originally plan to get Bell.  But I saw Lilian, I really love her blue eyes and her clothes.  But she is retired doll, h4h didn't make her anymore.  She is kind of rare, it is hard to find.  I found only few eBay listings for her.  I was lucky to get for a little over $20 (include shipping).  She comes with a pants for 18-inch dolls and no shoes.  So I sewed her a shorts and a pair of red shoes real quick. The new shorts and shoes look good on her, don't you think so?

Handmade Doll Shoes for Hearts for Hearts Girls Doll

More pics of Lilian and Emily:

American Girl Doll - Emily Bennet

Hearts for Hearts Girl Doll - Lilian


I just sewed Emily a top and skirt with Simplicity Sewing Pattern D0677.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

DIY Shimmering Ink Tutorial For Copperplate Calligraphy/ Modern Calligraphy

DIY Shimmering Ink For Copperplate Calligraphy/ Modern Calligraphy

I love Shimmering Ink for my Copperplate Calligraphy practice.  Dr Ph Martin's offers a large selection of Iridescent Calligraphy Inks.  But it can be pricey if you want to try all the colors.  That's why I love to mix my own Shimmering Ink.

Here is my DIY Shimmering Ink recipe:

You will need:

Dr Ph Martin's Iridescent Silver Ink

Dr Ph Martin's Hydrus Watercolor Set

(Dr Ph Martin's Radiant Watercolor will work, or you can use your own watercolor set)

How to:

I usually use ratio 6:1 or 3:1 (Silver ink: watercolor)

then dip the watercolor brush in a water and then mix the ink together.

And now you get the beautiful Shimmering Ink!

Here is the tutorial video:


Here are some examples that I used my DIY shimmering ink:

You will get a better look at this video, it is pretty shimmering!  In this video, I used 2:1 ratio (Silver ink : watercolor)

Hope you enjoy my DIY Shimmering Ink Tutorial!

Click here to see my Favorite Calligraphy Supplies.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Calligraphy Alternative for Finetec Gold Watercolor set - Kuretake Tambi Starry Colors

Calligraphy Alternative for Finetec Gold watercolor Set - Kuretake Tambi Starry Colors Set

I love using gold ink for my calligraphy.   I already have Dr Ph Martin's Iridescent Copperplate ink which I love.   And I know a lot of calligraphers using Finetec Gold Watercolor Set.  As crafty junkie, I always love to try new stuff.  However, Finetec is out of my budget.   Then I saw Kuretake Tambi Starry Color Set on Amazon, I decided to try them out.  It is selling $12.97 right now (as today 3/28/17).  I think i paid around $15 when I bought mine.  

Here is the link

Good Alternative? 

The answer is Yes! 
I love it.   The colors are beautiful.   It writes beautifully.   The ink flows well, I am able to get my hairline.  And they are very shimmering,  you can see the video below.   I haven't tried Finetec, so I can't really compare to.   But if you are in budget like me, I definitely will try them out. 

Kuretake Tambi Starry Colors Set in action

Have you tried both Finetec and Kuretake Tambi Starry Color?  What is your opinion?

Thanks for visiting my blog. 
Happy Calligraphy

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Review Dr Ph Martin's Iridescent Copperplate Gold Calligraphy Ink - Modern Calligraphy

Review: Dr Ph Martin's Iridescent Copperplate Gold Ink


Modern Calligraphy


I am new to Modern Calligraphy, I just started about 3 months ago.  I have been really enjoying my new hobby!  It really therapeutic and calming!  It is a good way to relax before I go to bed.  I love to practice my drills right before I go to bed.  I think I sleep better after the practice!  lol

I am not a "Gold" or "Blink Blink" type girl, but for calligraphy, I love how my letters in gold.  I heard a lot of good and bad reviews about Dr Ph Martin's Iridescent Copperplate Gold Ink.  So I decided to get a bottle and tried it by myself.


You can order your Dr Ph Martin's Iridescent via Amazon


My Experience:


The Good:

First of all, I love the color!  It is very vibrant!  It is real Gold, not yellowish!  It is kind of sparkling!  And I love the texture, after the ink dried, I love to feel my writing!  lol


Secondly, it dries super fast!  And the color doesn't change much after it dried up!  It stays as same as it is wet.  


Thirdly, the price is pretty reasonable.  It is about $10 per bottle.  I have been writing a lot with this ink, I used less than 1/4 bottle.  I think this bottle will last me for a long time.


Here are the videos of me writing with Dr Ph Martin's Iridescent Copperplate Gold Ink.


This one I was using Zebra G Nib:


This video I recorded this morning with Tachikawa G nib:


The Bad:

I have a hard time to get the ink flow right with my Nikko G nib, but it works perfectly with my Zebra G nib and Tachikawa G nib.  Also, I noticed that if the weather is cold, I would have the ink flow issue.  So you will have to play around with different nibs to find the sweet spot.


It is the only bad about this ink.  I highly recommended Dr Ph Martin's Iridescent Copper Plate Gold to all calligraphers.


You can order the ink via Amazon


Supplies List:


Zebra G Nib

(I love this nib, it is more flexible than Nikko G, but not too flexible for beginners like me)

Tachikawa G Nib

(I love this nib as well, it is also more flexible than Nikko G, Zebra is slightly more flexible than this Tachikawa nib.  And this nib holds more ink than Zebra G and Nikko G, so you don't need to dip your pen as often)

What is your experience with Dr Ph Martin's Iridescent Copperplate Gold Ink?  Do you like it?  Please share your experience with us!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!! Handmade Thanksgiving Cards

Happy Thanksgiving!

Handmade Thanksgiving Cards

Handmade Thanksgiving Card

I can't believe that this Thursday will be Thanksgiving!  This year just flies by!  I have so much fun making these Thanksgiving Cards for my November Card Swap Buddy.  These two are so simple but elegant! 

Design One:

Handmade Thanksgiving Card with Grateful Hearts Stamp Set

I used Fun Stampers Journey Grateful Hearts Stamp Set AT-0159, then I colored the berries with MozArt Brush Pen Set.  By the way, I love the MozArt Brush Pen Set, I will probably write a review after Thanksgiving.  I wrapped the card with some fingerweight yarn.  Then I added my handmade felt bow that I made it with Fun Stampers Journey Mini Bow Die.   At last, I splashed some of Fun Stampers Journey Silver Silk for the ink splash effect.  This card takes less than 30 mins to make.   

Design Two:

Fun Stampers Journey Grateful Heart Stamp Set

I love heat embossing, so the 2nd card, I used Gold Embossing Powder for the Stamp Image.  This card looks a lot prettier in person!  I really don't like the Gold Embossing Powder (Recollection from Michael's) I have, it doesn't adhesive on the card too well, I will have to try different brand.   

Supplies List:

Stamp Set - Fun Stampers Journey Grateful Heart Stamp Set AT-0159 

Brush Set - MozArt Brush Pen Set

Bow - Fun Stampers Journey Mini Bow Die

Ink Splash - Fun Stampers Journey Silver Silk

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

My Fun Stampers Journey Traveler's Planner (made by Webster's Pages)

My Fun Stamper Journey Traveler's Planner

Made by Webster's Pages

Fun Stampers Journey Traveler's Planner

I am so excited to receive my Fun Stampers Journey Traveler's Planner/ Traveler's Notebook Planner (aka Bronze Traveler).  I originally wanted to order Midori Traveler's Notebook Planner, I like that I can add different refill notebooks.  However, I don't like that it doesn't have any compartment, you have to buy their zip pocket or business card holders.  

Then I found out that Fun Stampers Journey Traveler's Planner, and it is made by Webster's Pages, I know that the quality will be superior!  And there are compartment for things.  And the color is beautiful BRONZE!    Also, I love the price!  lol  FSJ Traveler's Planner is only $31.95, but the Midori Traveler's Notebook Planner is a lot more expensive, depends on which website do you order, it is from $38 to $60. 

I love my Handmade Alice in Wonderland Planner Charm

Side view of the Traveler's Planner

The other reason I bought FSJ Planner is that I can use Japanese Traveler's Notebook refills!!  YEAH!!  You can order the refill from Amazon.  I bought the Midori (#019) 28 Weeks Diary.  It fits perfectly as you see the pic below.  Here is the link for the refill: Midori (#019)

I definitely love Midori refills, it is a very good quality paper, I can write with my favourite Pilot Petit 1 Fountain Pen, no bleeding.  If you love writing with Fountain Pens, you would love Midori Refills.

The planner comes with a sketch book (the one with Kraft Cover).

Inside of the planner:

Midori #019 Refill with my Fun Stampers Journey Bronze Traveler Planner

Click here to order your Fun Stampers Journey Traveler's Planner.


Here is the unboxing video for my Fun Stampers Journey Traveler's Planner:

You can see how does the planner look.