Sunday, November 17, 2019

enchanted sal - gigi

Hi there! Thanks for joining us. Today marks the seventh week of the Enchanted Sew Along. A great big thank you to all who are sewing along. It truly warms my heart seeing what you make with the patterns!


We will be looking at the beautiful, Gigi in this post. She hasn't been shown yet. She remained a bit of a secret as well as four other figures. 


Before we get into the blog post, I would like to share with you one of our sponsors. Gütermann, a German thread and fabric company, kindly offered two sets of quilting thread and premium cotton fabrics for our giveawy. Two lucky participants will each receive one set. It looks like three 1/2 meter cuts in those bundles too. There are a couple more suprises lined up, so stay tuned.


Back to Gigi. She is a beautiful garden fairy with a cute little bob hairstyle and a
jewelled crown. She flies bare-footed, because she loves to feel the grass touching her toes. Gigi has large (Fairy Godmother) wings that extend to her shoulders. There are only a few critical points that need to match up when sewing her together such as the wrist, wings intersections and hair around the face.



Gigi would look exceptionally beautiful with a bun. I used the crown segment (bun) from Jael featured on the front cover of the pattern book.


Or you could add the precious halo from Babette? You can add or remove segements on the templates. Instructions are given in the pattern on how to do this.


Or you could omit the tiara altogether and add the crown segment from Agatha.


And with all of the figures from the Enchanted Paper Dolls, you can mix and match the bodices and dresses to create your own styles.

There are so many possibilties with these figures. I would really love to see what you create with the patterns. Have fun.

I decided not to link up via InLinkz. Please email your figure to me or post on Instagram Thanks for joining.

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Take a look at previous posts and see the other figures. 
Agatha | Babette | Celeste | Daphne | Eva | Fiona | Gigi | Hailey | Jael | Isabella | Katharina | Lilly

Sunday, November 10, 2019

enchanted sal - fiona

Hi everyone! Thanks for dropping by. I truly am tickled that a few are actually following the sew along posts! Thank you for your interest and support. This week we are taking a look at Fiona. This is our sixth week of figures. We are not halfway through our sew along. I have been gathering prizes for two winners and will be showing them in the next weeks.


Each week a new figure will be highlighted from the Enchanted Paper Dolls pattern book. I may even give some tips and tricks about sewing the figure as well. ; ) If you would like to purchase the entire book or just an individual PDF of one figure, you can purchase them here on Etsy or at your local quilt shop. If you shop doesn't carry it, ask them to get in touch with me. We sell wholesale to individual quilt shops as well.


I didn't shoot any in-progress photos of this one. I just worked right through the figure. Fiona comes with a bonus collar and bodice to change it up. The one I sewed, however is the original figure with a slight adjustment. I was fussy cutting most all of the pieces an realized the bodice was clashing with the skirt, so I added the purple belt to break it up. I feel it works much better. It is really simple too, to add a belt. Just add a line anywhere parallel to the bottom of the template to make the belt. Add an additional piece of fabric and sew on the line.

Fiona's collar can be a challenge, but I wanted to give her that 1960's look like Samantha from Bewitched. I also gave her a lighter skin tone than the other figures. I planned on giving two figures in this series a lighter skin tone. It can be a little problematic using such a light skin color with a white background; I prefer to give the entire block more contrast. I actually enhanced the color a bit to increase the contrast.


As you can see, Fiona is not wearing any shoes. You can use the provided template or simply skip the sewing lines on any of the other templates. It is described how in the front section of the pattern book.



I will skip adding a link up. If you want to share your figure, just send me a photo of <1MB to my email address or share on Instagram. Please tell me if I may share on social media or not. You will be included in the drawing for prizes automatically after receiving your photo. Thanks for dropping by. Enjoy your day!

Take a look at previous posts and see the other figures. 

Agatha | Babette | Celeste | Daphne | Eva | Fiona | Gigi | Hailey | Jael | Isabella | Katharina | Lilly

Sunday, November 3, 2019

enchanted sal - eva

For those of you who are following our sew along, thank you for joining us and reading this post. It tickles my heart. Today we are taking a look at Eva, a beautiful garden fairy with short wings and a knee-length dress.

Each week a new figure will be highlighted from the Enchanted Paper Dolls pattern book. I may even give some tips and tricks about sewing the figure as well. ; ) If you would like to purchase the entire book or just an individual PDF of one figure, you can purchase them here on Etsy or at your local quilt shop. If you shop doesn't carry it, ask them to get in touch with me. We sell wholesale as well.




In appreciation to all who are sewing along, we are offering two prizes:
  1. Cutest Figure
  2. Best Use of Mix and Match Templates
We are starting to gather up the prizes for these two special winners. I don't really want you to sew along just for the prizes, so I don't like to tell about them in the beginning. They will be very interesting though and worth the effort. We will pick the two winners in December after all figures have been introduced.

You can link up your figure for the week here at the bottom of the post. The link will be open for two weeks from the start date of the post. You can also post on Instagram. Make sure to tag me and use the hashtags: #enchantedsal #enchantedpaperdolls #eppaperdolls and/or #enchanted(figure name).

Eva is the figure of the week. She goes together rather quickly, so I chose to do a little more fussy cutting on her. I made sure the wings were going in the same direction by pinning the wing templates to the fabric then cutting them out.Since most of the figures are symmetrical, you can fussy cut one side and usually use the rest of the cut fabric for the other side of the figure and foundation paper template.


When it came to her legs, I slightly pre-cut my fabric for the angle of the sewing line to ensure my background fabric would keep its direction. It doesn't really matter with the background of my fabric, but the edges of the fabric keep their stability and I don't have  bias edges around the outside of the patches. This gives the overall block more stability. If you want to understand the cutting of this patch, please refer to the previous post for more details.


And here is Eva all layed out. The other two figures are also layed out underneath her. I made a little video of how you can mix and match the figures easily. I just have to cut the film into a real movie. The will come soon.



 Another view of the mix and match foundation papers/templates.


On this figure, I chose to use the bonus crown and hair for Eva. I love the original bodice and chose to use that instead of the bonus bodice included. If you want to make her without the crown, she will look like the figure below. I added the crown so you could mix and match with the other figures.


And here she is in all of her magnificent and glorious charm...Eva.


You can choose to omit the side panels and make a 6" x 12" block. You can do this with all of the enchanted figures with their hands down to the sides of their bodies.

Thank you for joining us today. We look forward to seeing your enchanted paper doll. Please link up here or on Instagram. Enjoy your week.


Take a look at previous posts and see the other figures. 

Agatha | Babette | Celeste | Daphne | Eva | Fiona | Gigi | Hailey | Jael | Isabella | Katharina | Lilly

Sunday, October 27, 2019

enchanted sal - daphne

Hi everyone. Thanks for joining us on another edition of the Enchanted Sew Along. This is our fourth week in and we have a very beautiful an enchanting fairy for your this week.


If you just started joining us, I will tell you a little bit about the sew along. Each week a new figure will be highlighted from the Enchanted Paper Dolls pattern book. I may even give some tips and tricks about sewing the figure as well. ; ) If you would like to purchase the entire book or just an individual PDF of one figure, you can purchase them here on Etsy or at your local quilt shop. If you shop doesn't carry it, ask them to get in touch with me. We sell wholesale as well.

In appreciation to all who are sewing along, we are offering two prizes:
  1. Cutest Figure
  2. Best Use of Mix and Match Templates
We are starting to gather up the prizes for these two special winners. I don't really want you to sew along just for the prizes, so I don't like to tell about them in the beginning. They will be very interesting though and worth the effort. We will pick the two winners in December after all figures have been introduced.

You can link up your figure for the week here at the bottom of the post. The link will be open for two weeks from the start date of the post. You can also post on Instagram. Make sure to tag me and use the hashtags: #enchantedsal #enchantedpaperdolls #eppaperdolls and/or #enchanted(figure name).

I would like to make a correction on the pattern booklet. After sending the pattern out to a few people, I was corrected on how I was classifying the pattern. I stated it was a "booklet" but it really is classified as a book if it has more than 49 pages. It doesn't matter if it is hardcover or softcover. I was reluctant to do this, because I didn't apply for and buy an ISBN number. So, I am officially calling this a "book" now.

With that information, I would like to tell you a little story. When I was in my twenties, I made a list of goals for my life, wrote them on a piece of paper and kept them in my passport wallet for safe keeping. Every now and then, I look at that piece of paper. There aren't a lot of goals on there, but this one is..."write a book and have it published." My husband had to remind me of my goal. And with that, I just self-published my own book, my first book! I am allowed to check off one of my life-long goals! What a great feeling.

Back to the sew along. Daphne is the fourth figure in our book. She is an angel or fairy, whatever you wish her to be. Since I wanted her wings to be be a solid fabric on the top portion of her wing, I decided to hack my own pattern. Take a look at the red arrows below. The first foundation paper template on the left shows the original drawing printed directly out from EQ8 - the software program I use to create FPP templates. The second template on the right is how I changed it. Actually, all you need to do is draw a pencil line and sew that portion as Step 1 in the sewing sequence. You can do this on all of the templates. You can skip over some lines especially when sewing hair extensions. I tried to include every possible scenario I could think of to help you decide what you wanted to incorporate into your design.


When I pieced certain segments, I also did a little bit of fussy cutting. Depending on what fabrics I use for wings and background, I may also change up the order of the piecing or change the lines on the papers as described above. To make sure the direction is the same on both papers, I try to lay them over the fabric and cut out a large patch that covers that area.

When making the feet and slippers on all of these figures, I prefer to omit the last sewing lines and just go for a slanted piece of fabric on both sides. It is one less step I have to worry about. However, this take a little practice. That's why I left it on most of the figures in the pattern BOOK.

Once again, this is theory without moving photos, so it may sound strange. When I want my next piece of fabric to keep it's direction, I cut out a square or rectangle, hold it up to the piece I want to attach it to, fold the patch over and crease matching with the previous piece. This will give me the angle in which my fabric patch should be cut.


I then cut either directly on that line or 1/4" away from that crease to remove the corner. This is what it looks like after it has been cut. Now you have your correct angle without a lot of hassle. Just line up the edge of fabric, right-sides-together and sew along the line drawn of the paper pattern. It should match up pretty well.


I do this for other pieces as well. Usually just start out with a square or rectangle piece of fabric cut like a normal patch. Sew it on and then trim back the 1/4" for the next piece of fabric.When foundation piecing, I trim up my fabrics BEFORE I sew on the next fabric. This way, I can use strips, square and rectangles of fabric that will always point in the same direction. It gives the overall look of the design nice symmetry.


And now for the beautiful Daphne. I find she is rather one of the easier figures in the collection with the exception of her crown. All of the figures have one element in them that makes them slightly challenging.


I have another confession to make. She has the same feet as Celeste but a different skin color. I accidentally sewed her feet on to Celeste. I noticed on the photo of Celeste after I posted it last Sunday. Needless to say, I carefully dismantled both ladies on Monday and swapped out their feet. Daphne has a slightly darker skin tone than Celeste.


Take a look at previous posts and see the other figures. 

Agatha | Babette | Celeste | Daphne | Eva | Fiona | Gigi | Hailey | Jael | Isabella | Katharina | Lilly

Do you like what you see? Are you enjoying the sew along? Please drop us a note and tell us if you do. Thanks for stopping by. Here's a little sneak peak of Eva. She will be highlighted next Sunday.



Sunday, October 20, 2019

enchanted sal - celeste

Hi again and thank you for joining us on our third week of the Enchanted Sew Along. If you are new to our sew along, let me give you a quick recap. Each week a new figure from the Enchanted Paper Dolls booklet will be introduced and highlighted. I will be giving a few tips along on how to sew it together. You can purchase the booklet here or purchase the individual PDF's of the figures here.


This week we will be introducing Celeste. She has more delicate and ornate Fairy Godmother wings that end right before her shoulder rather than at the center of her back. I think this wing style also changes the look of the entire figure. I added the accent of purple to the bottom of each wing as well to really bring out the wings.


One of the really fun things about these figures is that they are all designed to be mixed and matched with each other. Just take a look at Celeste's segments below. You can take any bodice and any dress and exchange them easily. The heads, arms and feet will take a little bit more planning when using different skin tones, wing styles and hand positions.


Here are some fun design ideas you can do to change up Celeste if you wish.


As with all of my designs and images, I used the computer software - EQ8 by the Electric Quilt Company. It allows me to design and see instantly what my quilt and quilt blocks will look like before I sew them together. You can add your own fabric to the fabric library to get the best impression possible.


Once again, it is very important to work with a good contrast to allow her beautiful, outstretched arms to stand out.

After sewing each of the enchanted figures a second time, I have realized that all of them have certain fine points that take more time to sew. There isn't one particular figure that is "easy - peasy." On Celeste, the crown is more time consuming. I find those wrist segments a bit challenging as well, but totally worth the effort. The y-seam on this figure gave me some trouble as well. I am not exactly sure why, either. 

When designing her dress, I could have designed the dress in three horizontal segments as shown below. I decided against it, because I wanted to be able to use one solid, fussy cut piece of fabric for the main dress segment. I liked the ruffles on the outer sides as well that give you the option of changing the ruffle color.


Are you sewing along too? We would love for you to link up your figures below. If the link isn't there yet, it will be there shortly. Link up any or all of your figures on the corresponding blog post.


Take a look at previous posts and see the other figures. 

Agatha | Babette | Celeste | Daphne | Eva | Fiona | Gigi | Hailey | Jael | Isabella | Katharina | Lilly


Thanks again for stopping by. Please join us next week to see Daphne.

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