Victoria DiPietro's Profile

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I learned how to sew my own clothes, way back (well, way, way, way back) in seventh grade Home Ec class. I liked the idea of being able to make whatever my heart desired so much so, that I continued to take a Home Ec class every year, right through high school graduation day. Back then, there were real economic advantages to making your own clothes; which is always a plus in my book.

In 1985, I gave birth to a beautiful little girl. My son was nine at the time she was born and I made him all sorts of playthings all the years he was growing up, but the lure of ruffles and lace and poofy little girl dresses ... well, what can you say? I upgraded my sewing machine to a New Home Memorycraft 6000 and it's been humming ever since.

When my daughter was four years old, she developed a hernia and needed surgery. I felt fairly helpless, so I made…

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  • Female
  • Born on October 10
  • Joined April 19, 2012

Favorite materials

Cotton Fabrics, Silk Fabrics, Craft Velour, Creative Paperclay, Ribbons, Vintage Lace, Leather, Acrylic Paints, Mod Podge, Tibetan Lamb, English Mohair, Felt

About

I learned how to sew my own clothes, way back (well, way, way, way back) in seventh grade Home Ec class. I liked the idea of being able to make whatever my heart desired so much so, that I continued to take a Home Ec class every year, right through high school graduation day. Back then, there were real economic advantages to making your own clothes; which is always a plus in my book.

In 1985, I gave birth to a beautiful little girl. My son was nine at the time she was born and I made him all sorts of playthings all the years he was growing up, but the lure of ruffles and lace and poofy little girl dresses ... well, what can you say? I upgraded my sewing machine to a New Home Memorycraft 6000 and it's been humming ever since.

When my daughter was four years old, she developed a hernia and needed surgery. I felt fairly helpless, so I made her a doll with matching hernia scar, blankie and pj's. That's how my very first doll was born. I've been making dolls between day jobs ever since.

On December 30, 2008, I was laid off my last day job as an administrative assistant, customer service and accounting person. I lost count of how many resumes I sent out actually, but I can tell you that it's pretty tough to convince companies to hire you when you're 50+ years old. So, I went to Plan B; and I am proud to say that my new day job is Doll Artist and Doll Pattern Designer.

There are so many wonderful doll patterns in the marketplace, but generally one can only make the doll shown on the cover. There are many talented doll artists who have workshops. Personally, I have never been able to take a doll workshop because I have never been able to afford the travel. I feel there must be more people out there who are just like me; wanting more from a pattern, but unable to attend workshops.

So, Dear Visitor, if you purchase one of my pattern tutorials, you will be purchasing a one-on-one workshop with me; and I will share with you every single thing I've learned along the way to making a really beautiful doll.

Sincerely yours,

Victoria DiPietro

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