I'm Megan! Tea-drinker-in-chief at Dolly Henry! Here on my blog, I share my adventures as a seamstress, designer and life as a creative. I own a little fabric shop + sell my handmade pieces and patterns at I hope you enjoy reading and please do pop by the contact page and introduce yourself, share your blog or your favourite cake recipe! The kettle is on!


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

My own fabric design, slow stitching and a cardi for Hazel

Lately I've been stopping to do a little more slow stitching. I usually machine stitch the eyes and cheeks onto my dolls, but the other day when I decided I needed to make a pink linen Hazel, in order to showcase the pink linen supply kits, I decided to sit down and enjoy the relaxing pace of hand-stitching. 

Not only did was it a peaceful task, it gave me time to reflect on what kind of character this pink Hazel would be. While stitching, I decided she would have a headwrap instead of the bonnet that features in the pattern, and that her personality would be a little out there.

So here she is, Hazel's short(er) statured sister. 
I haven't come up with a name for her yet, she is currently affectionately known as 'Pink Hazel'

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Tips On Having A Market Stall

It's been a little while since I've posted, as a few things have kept me quite busy so the blog has taken a back seat. It's not possible to get everything done all the time, and while I have a few projects I want to blog about, I know that it's silly to drive myself crazy trying to do too much. I've found in the past when I have done it all I don't get to stop and smell the roses. And if there is one thing I hope to achieve in 2017, it is taking things a little more slowly and enjoying the journey and process of things.

One of the things that has occupied a fair bit of my time in late February and early March, was preparing to hold a stall at the Mareeba Markets, with Sarah from Say! Little Hen. It took a lot of preparation time, as neither of us has been to the markets since 2013/14, so there was a lot to sort, label and organise.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Gingham and Tigers I wears - oh MY!

While I may still be relatively new to making *my* own clothing, I've discovered some surprising side-effects of me-made fashion already.

The first being, that making my own clothes has resulted in instant conversation starters when I'm out and about. "I love your dress." "Oh thank-you! I *made* it."

This small exchange results in an instant mini-conversation about sewing, whether the other party sews or not etc. It's quite fun! And if I get any funny looks, I prefer to think they are gobsmacked by my amazing sense of style, rather than thinking "What IS she wearing?" and shaking their heads. I'm thinking positive though, because every time I go out, someone likes my dress or like a five year old, I bask in their admiration.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Bunnies, Bags and Bonnets

February has been a flurry of pattern making and plans. 
Today I finally pressed 'publish' on the Pixie Pocket pattern, a sweet little woodland bunny that I designed to be friends with Hazel. There is a lot of work in pattern making, especially as my doll patterns have step-by-step photograph guides. It's the way I learn best so I figured maybe other people do too!

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

The Marvelous Maxi

It's been on my 'to make list' for awhile.
A long, swishy, full skirt that would have made my five-year old self swoon.
(You see at five, a long skirt or dress must mean one is a princess)

With fabric that I bought a few years ago for a fifties style dress that I somehow never got around to, I thought this beautiful Joel Dewberry Voile would make a rather marvelous maxi.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Crochet Hearts, Mr. Spool and Gold Glitter Pegs

January has been a little bit of a catch-up month for me in some ways, December being a bit of an odd month in 2016, where I launched my first ever pattern and the buzz of the holidays can make your head spin. January is to December, like boxing day is to Christmas day. A little. 

A lot of the craziness is done and dusted, you've got leftovers in the fridge from the day before so you can take it a bit more slowly. That is before February looms ahead and you realize it's no longer plausible to plead the 'but I'm on holidays' excuse in your mind...

This weekend I've had to step back and take a little break, as I realised I have been going full steam ahead since Hazel's launch, and even though I feel like I haven't done much at all, I've scarcely let my mind rest. I find I can creatively burn out just thinking too much sometimes. The new website has been launched, and like some kind of Mrs. Bennet-like regency debut (I'm reading too many books right now!) I've been making sure Hazel has been properly introduced to the world. When the flu came knocking at my door, I realised I might have been unintentionally running myself into the ground. 

I've had a few blog posts to catch up on this month, and this is one of them. A little gift bundle that was made as a Christmas gift, so wasn't able to be shared until after December 25. Though I've left it so long to post, it's probably up there with the rebellious Christmas trees I am sure are still lingering in some people's living rooms...

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