Hey there! My name is Megan and I'm the sewing, pattern making girl behind Dolly Henry. This is my blog, where I share my own creative adventures and hope to meet fellow fabric enthusiasts. I also design and sell sewing patterns through my online boutique, alongside a beautiful collection of clothing and dolls. Thank you for stopping by!


Friday, 27 May 2016

Why I Needed A Schedule

The winds of change have swept abruptly into our lives, tipping some things upside down and shaking out the cobwebs. Change is good, but it also can be a little disruptive and unpredictable. I've been wondering a bit aimlessly this week, feeling a bit adrift with the whirlwind of it all. I opened my clothing store on Etsy a little over a week ago, did over the fabric website and have had little time for creativity. Add to the list the busy and at times, unrelenting, hum of life and it's no wonder I am feeling a little scatter brained.

Without meaning to, I have slipped back into my wild, unscheduled ways that I lived before I bought this guide, and have found it an accidental experiment. I used to think schedules were for those organised types. The people who seemed to go through life with grace. The kind whose hair wasn't even disturbed by a sudden gust of wind. Not for people like me, where when the wind blows my hair would fly around and stick to my lip gloss, and whenever I have a cup of tea, I am flat out keeping the cup level while I carry it from the kitchen to the table. I was wrong.

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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Beautify Your Instagram - Basic Editing Tips


Friday, 13 May 2016

Dolly Henry - The Label

I've been working on something for a little while and I'm excited to say I have decided, after much deliberation, to start designing and making little clothing again. I could say "return to" but this phrase feels incorrect to me, as it seems to imply I am changing what I am doing. If anything I am adding to the Dolly Henry brand.

Dolly Henry has grown kind of organically, taking on a life of it's own. From a simple fabric shop that I started on Etsy, to a sweet fabric boutique {online} and now this blog, which I began just to document my new creative journey. I have missed designing my clothes since I closed, even though I could barely look at the sewing machine without shuddering for awhile {I know, right?} The recent blog hop I was delighted to participate in, helped to reawaken my love for mini-fashion.

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Amigurumi Apple

Since I first started crochet, I have wanted to try my hand at Amigurumi. There are so many cute patterns available, and I started with this little apple by Down Grapevine Lane. I added crocheted cheeks to mine and I am rather pleased with how cute and easy the project was to make! Having never made anything Amigurumi before, I first downloaded this pattern awhile back but at the time had no idea how to do a magic circle, a technique required in all Amigurumi so that the starting circle can be pulled closed and doesn't have that hole in the middle for stuffing to escape. I tried asking a few crochet pros and read a few blogs and books, but I just couldn't grasp the concept. Then a friend, who is self-taught via Youtube suggested trying a video. I am so glad she did because within seconds, I had watched this quick video and I was magic circling!

The other day when I was spring cleaning, I came across the pattern that I had printed and stashed and eyeing my crochet hook and pile of nearby yarn, I made a date with the apple pattern that afternoon. There were a few stitches such as increasing and decreasing that I had no knowledge of but with my friend google and Youtube, they weren't exactly big obstacles! In case anyone is interested, here is a great link with videos that I found!

I did in part have an ulterior motive when making this apple - and that was to see if I got along with Amigurumi because I really want to get the Sweet Crochet (Tendre Crochet) book and make that pear...and the other cute things hiding within it's pages!

Have you made any sweet Amigurumi toys or cute fruit? Share your favourite patterns!

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Monday, 9 May 2016

Here and Now 02


Sunday, 8 May 2016

Sweetly Stitched Trivet

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