On Friday (August 21st, 2015) we'll have one of the following patterns available for free from Kristin Rutten in celebration of her one-year Anniversary on aleksandrajones! Be sure to leave a comment and join us in congratulating her and let her know which pattern you think should be free.
More About Kristin Rutten: Kristin Rutten is the creator, owner and operator of Matilda Jo Originals, which includes patterns sold under the Matilda’s Closet and AptOne8 labels. Born and raised in Montana, she first learned to sew on her grandmother's antique Singer Featherweight sewing machine by cutting out and stitching a simple nine-square pillow. Other projects soon followed and she has been crafting and sewing ever since. She makes her home in Central Montana with her husband and four children.
Update: The Inspired By Zooey Dress Won!
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Inspired By Zooey Dress: Express your doll's playful, offbeat, quirky or creative side with this fitted, lined dress inspired by actress Zooey Deschanel! Modeled after the Ahoy dress from the "To Tommy from Zooey" line by Tommy Hilfiger, this PDF pattern allows you to express your doll's own individual style through your choice of accent fabric for the mock pockets and cute faux skirt peeking from underneath, as well as optional piping at the neckline and armholes. A back zipper closure adds to its authenticity. Whether you choose a red, white and blue sailor-type combo like Zooey, a denim cowgirl style like Matilda Jo, or your own original combination of fabrics and patterns, your doll is sure to feel special in her new fun and flirty dress!
Happy Campers Sleeping Bags: If your doll is going to host a great slumber party, backyard camp out, or adventure in the woods, a comfy and cute sleeping bag is an accessory you'll want to be sure to have on hand! Your adventurers will indeed be happy campers when you create their favorite type of sleeping bag ... the perfect accessory to the Happy Campers Dome Tent. This PDFpattern includes options for two main types of sleeping bags: a traditional bag and a mummy bag with optional attached stuff sack. Suitable for an intermediate seamstress, the traditional bag features the familiar rectangular shape with curved head area and a side zipper, plus built-in elastic bands for easy storage. Just roll it up, slip the bands over the ends, and you're good to go. Finished size is approximately 19.5x8.5 inches. The mummy bag has a more contoured shape and offers two options for closure - one with Velcro(TM) strips and another with a pair of zippers. Both have the option of an attached stuff sack, which allows you to do just as it suggests... stuff the bag into the sack, cinch up the cord and you're done... just like the real thing! The Velcro(TM) version is appropriate for an intermediate level seamstress, while the zippered version is a bit more advanced because of the complexity of the construction and materials used. Finished size is approximately 20x8 inches.
Sew Better Together Pillow & Pillowcase: Sew up a basic pillow and then personalize it by adding a custom-designed pillowcase using one of the five included design templates along with fabric crayons and/or permanent markers ... or create your own unique design! This is a Sew Better Together project, which is designed to support those new to sewing in the creation of clothing and other items for their 18-inch friends. This includes hands-on participation in the construction of the items, as well as a variety of opportunities to add a personal touch and develop true ownership in the finished product. This PDF pattern uses only basic sewing techniques with ample instructions and photos. All that is needed is at least one participant familiar with the basic use of a sewing machine, including threading the machine and completing basic straight and zigzag stitches. This person should also be mature enough to know how to handle tools safely, such as a hot iron or sharp needles.
Att-Girl Long-Distance Running Outfit: Nearly anyone can be a runner ... even your 18-inch friend! Start her on the right foot with a cute running outfit, including an all-in-one running skirt with attached leggings. Top it off with a matching pullover singlet. You can even use the bonus tutorial to make a detachable running bib so she'll be race-ready! This PDF pattern includes cutting lines for four legging lengths so you can make exactly the type of outfit you need, ranging from no-show shorts to full-length footless tights. In fact, there are even instructions for making a skirt without the leggings or leggings without the skirt, which means your options are limited only by your imagination. All pieces in this intermediate-level pattern are fully lined, including the pullover singlet which requires no fasteners ... simply pull it up over your doll's hips and she'll be ready to go!
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Don't forget - we'd love to hear your opinion - which one of these fun patterns should be free? Leave a comment below and congratulate Kristin on her one-year anniversary!