Sunday, 22 January 2017

Tiny Knitting

 This week has been mostly about 'tiny' knitting - making things for the small dolls.  

Poppy (My Heartstrings Jackie) has been the lucky recipient of several new items.

This apricot dress which the white cardigan I made last week should go with nicely.

A blue dress, cardigan and hat.

A pastel stripes dress

A cotton cardigan.  

Thomas got a hat to go with his sweater.  

Kit got a dress and hat.

Melody got a little hat to go with her outfit knitted last year.

Sindy got a new blue dress.

Anka, my Polish girl, who I am going to be making a wardrobe for, received a new skirt, sweater and hat.

Madeline had a hat made to match her jacket.

Plus a new dress, using leftovers of my NZ Merino, alpaca, possom mix wool.

Pixie got a dress with 'fancy' hem which is what she wanted.

On to the slightly bigger dolls.

I finished the charity outfits for the Corolle Les Cheries.

I teamed the little top and cardigan with a pair of trousers.

Plus the dress already made last week.

I've also included an outfit that consists of a top, skirt and cardigan (these were actually made last year)

As I now have to started doing other things in preparation of my trip home to NZ I will stop at these three little sets, unless I get a chance to whip up anything else in the next week.

Peggy Sue wanted a pink hat in the same style as the little ones hats.  So her wish was my command!

I also made this dress, which is now listed in my Etsy Shop 'Muriel Makes

Monday, 16 January 2017

What have I made in the last fortnight?

I belong to several knitting groups on Ravelry and one of them holds a yearly KAL for the Charity Stitchin for Kids.  You can knit or sew items and I have been doing a combination of both.

So far I have knitted this little dress.


A little top

Which of course needs a little cardigan to go over it.

I plan to make a pair of trousers/pants or a skirt to go with this and several other items to make up the package I will be sending.

I have also done some knitting for my Etsy Shop.

A pretty little dress that fits Corolle Les Cheries, as well as Hearts for Hearts and Wellie Wishers dolls.

The back does up with a couple of buttons.

Candy Floss - this dress is now sold.

I have knitted some sweaters for my Sasha and Gregor dolls.

Rory loves his new sweater.

This was knitted with some of my lovely 100% NZ Merino wool and as a delight to knit with.

Everlee is pretty pleased with her 'hoodie' as she calls it.

I've also knitted some clothes for the tinies.

A little cardigan for Poppy.

A sweater for Thomas.

This was knitted with a lovely soft mix of NZ Merino, Possom and Alpaca yarn.

Plus a dress for Madeline.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Revisiting...Tressy Clothing

Some clothing I made for my Tressy dolls way back when - probably late nineties early 2000s now...I can't quite remember.  The photos were taken then, so not the best quality.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Sunday Summary

My final sewing and knitted items finished before the New Year

Christmas dress for Sasha Toddler.

A Christmas Dress for Wellie Wisher  Dolls - I made two of these, so this one will be going in my Etsy shop.

A pair of pyjamas for A Girl for All Time

A pink, (not that you would believe it looking at the photo!) sparkly party dress for Noelle (Wellie Wisher)

For my girl who loves purple - a purple sparkly sweater which she will team with her purple jeans in due course.

Sunday, 1 January 2017


Welcome to Muriel Makes, (also know as 'Sewing for Sasha') 

 Muriel is the name of my wonderful vintage 201 Singer Sewing Machine.  

Needing to find a new creative outlet eight years ago, I rekindled my love of sewing and knitting.  I enjoy all sorts of crafting and have enjoyed taking part in craft shows in the past, but now focus mainly on making doll clothes.  I love dressmaking for dolls such as Sasha, Schoenhut Miss Dolly, American Girl Dolls, Makies, Tressy, Barbie, Sindy and others. 

I am inspired by nature and my love of New Zealand and where possible I try to use New Zealand fabrics and yarns.  However, I also enjoy up-cycling and using vintage fabrics, especially those with some meaning and memories.

Many will already know me from my 'Sewing for Sasha' and 'How Many Dolls' blogs, but now is the time for change as I try to 'refine and refocus' the way I do things.  Hence finally publishing this blog after it sitting waiting for me to do so for rather a long time!