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Stretch’s Clothing Patterns – Auction Format – Christmas Sale Ending Soon – More Mermaids

The second part of the An Elf Named Stretch was published in the March 2011 issue of Soft Dolls & Animals magazine.

An Elf Named Stretch

This article includes his clothing with shirt, vest, pants, hat, and boots. Since the patterns in the magazine are printed on both sides of the paper, we have put the original clothing patterns up on the web site  so you can download them for printing on one side of the paper. You can print them on regular paper or on card stock (if your printer will take card stock) to get instant templates without having to trace patterns or paste paper printouts onto file folders. Both the Stretch body patterns and clothing patterns are in the same file that you can download by clicking Mimi’s Complete Stretch the Elf Pattern Sheet.

We expected the article on how to needle model his chest would appear before the clothing. It may appear in a future issue. If it doesn’t, we’ll publish it on the web site.


Our Christmas sale is ending on February 15, 2011.

We will be discontinuing the Mimi’s Child Interactive Video pattern. If you are a pattern collector, and you want this one, now is the time.

We need your help!

We have hundreds of out-of-print cloth doll and animal patterns by other designers and dozens of out-of-print books. I’m so busy designing my own work at this point that I will never get to any of them. We would like to auction them off to other dollmakers and pattern or book collectors.

The problem is EBAY is not a good place for this kind of thing. We are looking for a better auction site or we could do a silent auction on out own web site. We don’t know what to do. If you have any suggestions, please let us know. Here are a few examples of what we have:

Patterns:

RenaissanceMaiden

Fantasy Fashions 1981: Pattern for ADULT human for Renaissance Maiden. Includes instructions for adult, girl’s large, and girl’s medium and small variations. Includes guide for M’Lady’s Bonnet, Wizard’s Hat, Jester’s Hood, Renaissance Cap, Cindy’s Bonnet, Flat Cap, Renaissance Cap, Mob Cap, Bag Hats. Also includes 2 hand written pages by the designer on how to alter some parts of pattern to create another style.


Victorianna Petite by Elizabeth Biship, 1990: 20-inch cloth doll with ball gown, high-heeled boots, lacy undies, Gibson girl hairdo. Flexible, posable limbs with another strapless ball gown that has bouffant skirt and petticoat. Miniature satin ribbon rose trim. Color cover picture. Muslin body is embellished to look as if she is wearing Victorian underwear. She looks great just in her unmentionables seated on shelf in bathroom or bedroom. Other clothing patterns available.


Books:

MarionettesOnstage

Marionettes Onstage by Leonard Suib & Muriel Broadman 1975: Divided into three major parts. 1) The New Marionette – words, drawings and photos show how to make and manipulate a new type of figure that has cardboard as its base — lightweight and perfectly balanced. You don’t need a workshop or complicated equipment. 2) Becoming a Puppeteer – presents a full discussion of playscripts,  performing, stages, scenery, props, music, sound effects, marionette magic, multi-media, putting on the show, and safety. 3) Puppet Theater Management – useful suggestions on how to save time and money, business procedures, professional ethics and affiliations, etc.


Mold Making with Martha Armstrong-Hand 1992: The famous NIADA artist tells you in 32 pages how to make plaster molds for porcelain dolls.


We need your help!
If you can think of any way we can get these patterns and books from us to you, let us know. We don’t really have time to run a silent auction on the web or to mess with EBAY where everybody complains a lot. If you know of a better way, or want to volunteer to help us, let us know as soon as possible. Thanks.


More Mermaids

Wall Doll - Small Tail

Straight Arms with Fins

Wall Doll - "J" tail not included in pattern but easy to figure out


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Friday, January 28, 2011 - Posted by | Auction, Diary, Mimi's Elf, Mimi's Mermaid, Sale | , ,

5 Comments »

  1. Thanks for the wonderful blog (yet again).

    However, did you know that the link to Stretch’s pattern sheet gives a 404 error? I’ve tried various forms of the link (thinking maybe there was just a typo or something) and nothing works.

    Comment by Sandra | Sunday, January 30, 2011 | Reply

  2. Thanks Sandra,

    I don’t know quite what went wrong yet, but I got it fixed.

    Happy Dolling,
    Jim

    Comment by Jim | Sunday, January 30, 2011 | Reply

  3. Thanks, Jim. It worked perfectly this time.

    Mimi: I look forward to meeting you in April!

    Sandra

    Comment by Sandra | Sunday, January 30, 2011 | Reply

  4. I love your dolls, found your site looking for patterns/ ideas for a tail to add to an antique porcelain torso.

    As for an eBay alternative, Etsy is the place for you!

    Comment by Pamela | Sunday, September 25, 2011 | Reply

    • Hi Pamela,

      If the doll has a cloth body, measure it around, divide by 2, and then enlarge any of my tail patterns so that the top is that size. (The total distance will be the same as the distance around.) Stuff it and sew it on.

      If the doll has an actual porcelain body (rare), you can do the same thing and glue the cloth tail on instead of sewing it, or you can find an original porcelain artist and commission them to sculpt a tail to fit (very expensive). I have no idea what kind of glue will stick to both porcelain and cloth.

      By the way, there are 12,000 original art dolls on Etsy. I don’t know how anybody would find me there.

      Happy Dolling,

      Mimi

      Comment by Mimi | Sunday, September 25, 2011 | Reply


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