Here we are with another plastic canvas creation for dolls! This time it is the Plastic Canvas Fashion Doll Dressing Room by Kooler Design Studio:
I love the Annie’s Attic pattern I’ve been using but wanted to change things up a bit, so I chose this pattern to create a home for two very special dolls. Of course, I changed all the colors and added my own little tweaks. Before I get into customizing though, here is a look at the materials called for in the “Dressing Room” pattern versus what I ended up using:
Plastic Canvas Fashion Doll Dressing Room:
1. 12 3/4 sheets of stiff 7-mesh plastic canvas measuring 12″ by 18″–these are not the artist size sheets used in the AA pattern, but are larger than the standard 10″ by 13″ plastic canvas sheets.
2. 1/2 sheet soft 7-mesh plastic canvas measuring 12″ by 18″
3. 2 pieces of flexible mirror, cut to 2 3/8″ by 3 9/16″
4. 10 pink heart buttons
5. 2″ of Velcro 3/4″ wide
6. Wooden dowel that is 10 3/4″ long and 1/8″ diameter
7. Tacky or craft glue
8. Worsted weight yarn in the following colors–White, Light Pink, Dark Pink, Red, Yellow, Light green, Medium green, Purple, Tan, Brown, Black.
Changes I made to the list:
1. 13 sheets of 7-count, stiff 12″ by 18″ plastic canvas–I always buy an extra sheet of plastic canvas in case I need to recut a piece.
2. 1 sheet of pink 7-count plastic canvas and 1 sheet of yellow 7-count plastic canvas for the drawers. These sheets are not stiff, but I wanted the colors so I compromised here.
3. A sheet of reflective paper from the scrapbook section at Hobby Lobby.
4. Small pink and blue beads–not sure what size though? I tend to use whatever beads or buttons I already have on hand.
5. Brown 1″ Velcro–I wanted colored Velcro so, again, I compromised and trimmed 1″ Velcro to make it 3/4 of an inch.
6. I omitted the dowel–The dowel is supposed to go on the left side of the case as a place for hanging doll clothes. However, I wanted that area to hold a doll so I left the dowel out.
7. NO GLUE! Everything is stitched in place except for the mirrors. Each mirror (reflective paper) is glued to a piece of plastic canvas.
8. Worsted weight yarn in colors of my choosing.
Here is the front of my finished trunk:
Any guesses who it’s for?
This trunk is for Anastasia and Drisella; two dolls from our “Cinderella Live Action Doll Set”. What you see here is the front of the trunk. The original Dressing Room pattern has “Rome” and “Paris” stitched on the front. However, I wanted pictures better suited for Anastasia and Drisella and I wanted them to be cute; not ugly as the sisters are sometimes portrayed. I found this pattern on Pinterest ( I think it’s another Perler bead pattern) and thought it looked kind of cute, so this is what I used.
With the exception of the girls’ pictures, all the stitches on the trunk front remained the same. The entire front is worked in continental stitches.
Here are the right and left sides of the trunk. Instead of having various cities stitched on each trunk side (like the original pattern), I stitched a simple “Cinderella” style carriage. The carriage was a little tricky because I could not find a pattern small enough to fit. If you look closely at the pictures you will see that the carriage is positioned only on the small continental, stitches and does not touch the larger, Gobelin stitches. It’s done this way because, if the carriage were to overlap the Gobelin stitches, it would interfere with stitching the inner walls in place later during the trunk’s construction.
Even though it was too big, I ended up using the carriage in the pattern above (with the Anastasia and Drisella picture) as an example and worked this carriage free-hand; moving and deleting stitches as needed to make it fit the space I had.
This is the back of the trunk. As you can see, my entire trunk is brown. The original Dressing Room pattern is a pink trunk with purple hardware. Sorry, but pink and purple just wasn’t the look I was going for. As an adult doll collector, I want my cases to look whimsical, yet mature 🙂
Instead of purple, my handles are stitched with light brown yarn. The handles are made from soft plastic canvas and are attached to the top of the trunk. When working the trunk tops you will leave two little sections unstitched. The handles are secured to the top (using continental stitches) in these unworked sections. See the small stitches on either side of the handle–that is where they are secured to the case.
Here is a close-up view of the latches. They are worked with gray yarn. Velcro is sewn to each end to hold the trunk shut. Be sure to sew the Velcro to the latches before attaching the latches to the front of the trunk. My sister made this mistake on one of her own doll cases and was able to experience the joys of removing and re-working stitches!
When Anastasia and Drisella found out that I let Cinderella do a pictorial tour of her case they begged me to let them do one of theirs.
So here they are–Anastasia, Drisella, the keyboard is all yours!
(Anastasia’s words will be in red and Drisella’s will be blue).
EEEE! Hi internet peeps, I’m Anastasia! Welcome to my…um, I mean our house. I can’t wait to show you my side—it’s the best! Why? Because it’s PINK!!
Hello..um…readers (Drisella, don’t call them readers. It’s too…stiff.) uh, okay…hello, I’m Drisella and……..
That’s it I’m taking over!
This here is my side of the trunk. Isn’t it beautiful–it’s pink! I love pink!! The flowers on the back wall are stitched exactly how the original Dressing Room pattern calls for. We just changed the yarn colors to light, medium and dark pink. Drisella’s side is….
Wait, I’m ready now…I can do it.
*Sigh* Okay, here’s Drisella. Let’s see if she can do this–
Hello again, um…my side of the trunk is yellow with blue and green flowers. The original pattern also has a yellow back, but it is a bright yellow with white and pink flowers. I prefer this softer yellow color.
Okay, okay, I’m not finished with my side of the trunk!
Check this out!
It’s a storage cupboard to hold extra things! Besides my gorgeous ball gown, I only have one dress, but Miss Mandy has promised to sew lots of dresses for me…and maybe some hats…and shoes too. So, this cupboard won’t be bare for long.
Oh! and look at this….
It’s a drawer!
I know, I know—you’re thinking, “What’s so special about a drawer?” Well, for me it means more storage which means more dresses, gloves, hats, shoes, etc…you know, the basic necessities of life. Plus, look at those cute little knobs….they’re pink!
So, want to know what I keep in my drawers?
In this drawer are my comb, hairdryer, mirror, and scissors. All super high quality and purchased from a fancy department store no doubt.
*Fact check* Those are buttons I got at Hobby Lobby for $2.99. See the picture below….sorry Anastasia.
Okay, fine so they’re mediocre quality. But, guess what else!…
….Wait, what about my drawers?
*Sigh* Fine. Show us your drawers.
These are my drawers. They’re just like Anastasia’s except that they have blue beads for knobs. The other difference is that they are yellow inside instead of pink.
Drisella! You have baking equipment inside your drawers!
I like baking.
*Sigh* Sorry about my sister guys–apparently she doesn’t realize that kitchen ware doesn’t belong in a dressing room.
But you know what does belong in a dressing room….
I love mirrors!
Anastasia, you forgot to show them the table.
So, the trunk comes with a fold-out table.
We added this lace to the table edge to make it a little fancier.
In my opinion, the table could be better. There’s a wave in the center where the table sides are stitched together. Miss Mandy mentioned that attaching the table and inner front walls was a bit difficult. But still, why settle for a wonky table? I’m petitioning her to fix it!
The Dressing Room also has patterns for a few extra accessories–like this seat.
We actually made two of these little benches, one for me and one for Anastasia. They are worked using the same yarn colors as our walls. Mine is yellow, blue and green and Anastasia’s is….
I got a little…distracted. Where were we?
Right. Benches. Well, here is my pink bench:
And not just because it’s pink. The top lifts up so you have even more storage! Now, when your cupboards and drawers are overflowing….no worries! The bench can hold more.
Just like the table, the carpet folds down when the trunk is opened.
Yeah, the carpet is nice, it’s not pink though.
But take a look at this!
It’s a changing screen!
I think it should be pink, however, Miss Mandy wanted the screen to work for all the dolls so that when she is sewing new clothes for us we don’t just stand there on her table all…exposed. She stitched the screen with colors she felt we would all approve of.
The screen is made of three sections and folds up for easy storage. The only accessory we didn’t make is the fainting couch. There just wasn’t enough room for both of us, the changing screen and a fainting couch.
Well, I think we have shown them everything. I hope you liked our trunk tour! See you guys later!
Yes, it was nice talking…er…typing…um…(just say blogging)…okay, blogging with you. Goodbye!
Thank you, girls. I hope everyone enjoyed Anastasia and Drisella’s tour. As you can tell Anastasia is a bit–eccentric.
To wrap this post up I thought I would show you a comparison of my doll cases. This way you can see some of the differences between the two patterns.
The case on the left is the Plastic Canvas Fashion Doll Dressing Room and the case on the left is the Fashion Doll Travel Trunk.
And here are the two cases again, but this time open.
In the end, I would say that the Dressing Room has more storage and detail than the Travel Trunk, but the Travel Trunk pattern is easier to follow. It definitely took me longer to make the Dressing Room than the Travel Trunk. I was able to make the Travel Trunk in about a week. The Dressing Room probably took about a month, working on it off and on.
We also have a video tour of the Dressing Room on our YouTube channel, so be sure to check it out:
Thanks for reading!