I have more sewing to do because this outfit is a dress but it’s also a separate top and bottom, and I want to make proper examples before I put it up. Be forewarned, this pattern takes a while…
Ok, so in January and February, I ran shop contests. It was fun, and I like to think by doing so I got a few new people interested in sewing for dolls who wouldn’t have tried it otherwise.
Now it’s March, and I need to work on another goal. This month, I’m going to work on expanding my web presence by trying to offer patterns somewhere other than Etsy, which most non-crafty people have never heard of, and a lot of crafty people don’t use.
I would love to build a simple e-delivery shop for my website where people don’t have to sign up with usernames and passwords and can just click “Buy”, pay, and be able to download their patterns. I love Etsy’s e-delivery’s system’s ability to recognize when a pattern is downloaded so people can’t pretend they never got them. While my coding ability would allow me to set up a shop, the e-delivery thing is a bit out of my experience (for now) so I am looking into alternatives.
So far, the best option seems to be Ebay. I don’t really like Ebay. In fact, I rather despise it.
- Ebay does NOT allow digital sales, so sales would have to be at least somewhat print-based with delivery confirmation
- When I’m doing 12-14 hour work days, I can’t be running to the post office. I also can’t anticipate my work schedule, so I don’t know when those days will be
- Ebay is full of assholes
- Ebay is full of scammers
- Ebay offers next to no protection from the two above issues
- Ebay’s new international shipping thing
- Lack of delivery confirmation options below priority with international shipping
Benefits of using Ebay:
- Wide audience
- Viable solution to people who want printed patterns instead of digital ones
- …there’s got to be something else, and I just can’t think of it.
So in the next few days, I’m going to set up an Ebay shop. I’m not sure if I will be able to offer international options, and patterns WILL be slightly more expensive, to cover printing costs (I’m thinking 3.50-4.00, but I need to run calculations on my printer’s cost-per-page as most pattern packs are between 3-5 pages long).
But if anyone has any other suggestions about websites or digital sales services, I would love to hear about them!
February’s fantasy contest winner is:
…whom I believe is a Pullip fan. I did notice an upswing in Pullip-type patterns this month, so if there was an organized or unorganized push by Pullip fans to get more doll patterns, it totally paid off :)
Stay tuned for the release of the mystery pattern!
Hi everyone. Sorry I’ve been pretty silent this month, I’ve been doing some 12-14 hour work days, which does not leave me with much energy or creativity for anything else.
But anyhoo, today is the last day of the Fashion Fantasy contest! If you were planning to buy a pattern from the Etsy shop, remember, February is only 28 days! There were about 1/3 fewer sales this month than last month, which means the odds are 1/3 BETTER for anyone entering this month :)
Now hopefully I’ll have a nice, relaxing, creative weekend and finally finish that steampunk pattern I’ve been working on!
Five new dolls up on Etsy!
Next, an experimental Frankie, who unfortunately was the most troublesome to photograph. I tried giving her 2-tone eyelashes to go with her black/white hair, but the camera either washed out, increased the contrast, or both at the same time to her eyelashes, and I’m not good enough at photography to figure out how to fix it. Oh well. Whoever buys her will be more pleasantly surprised than usual by how good she looks in person!
Anyhoo, all are now available in my Etsy Shop, and buying them does enter you into the “Fantasy Fashion” contest going on this month :)
I’ve had a few days off this week a la my work’s use it or lose it policy, so I’ve mostly been customizing. I’ve finished up the faceups of most of the dolls in the sealing box, but some still need clothes/hair/other. Sometime tomorrow the nude dolls will go up on Etsy (I’ll post when they do).
Until then, though, here’s a shot of one of my in-need-of-clothes dolls, Frankie Antionette:
Any guesses as to what kind of clothes she’ll be getting? :D
“How do you customize?”
I think it’s the customizer’s equivalent of “Where do your ideas come from?” or something. I get it a lot. Normally I just kind of blink a bit, and say something about paint and brushes. Sometimes, though, I do have specific methods, like that thing I do to draw lines of symmetry to get eyebrows on straight.
Here’s another quirk: Winter sealing.
Mr. Super Clear is best used between the temperatures of 62-80 degrees, in non-humid situations, or it might go crazy and turn milky on you. Now, I’m sure in SOME parts of the world, that’s a pretty reasonable temperature/humidity range. Not so much where I live. That might be 30 days of the year in total.
So how do I seal? On those nice days, I run outside, do a quick spray while I hold my breath with the breeze at my back, run inside, come out ten minutes later, and pick up my doll parts. I don’t wear a mask because it’s a 10-20 second job and I’m holding my breath. I do it with the wind at my back because I don’t really want to smell like Mr. Super Clear. It’s pretty nasty.
The rest of the year, indoors is it. To do this, I will fill a deep box with whatever doll bits need spraying until the box is at capacity. Turn on the vents in my bathroom on full blast, hold my breath, spray, and get the fuck out of there, leaving the vents running for 5 or more hours because that’s how long it takes the smell to go away. Just before work or bed time, usually. Filling up the box before I spray makes the sealant go further, and means that there is usually weeks between sprays.
Thus, when I do customs, they tend to come out in clusters. Now, when this batch of Monster High dolls is finished, faceups-wise, some of them will go directly on Etsy, and some of them will sit around waiting to get new hair and clothes. Hairing and sewing are also things done in batches because they create huge messes, so this mega group of dolls will be further sub divided, and come out in smaller clusters of 2-4 at a time.
And that’s how I customize.
I got a question about this, and figured it’s good info to post, so here goes:
This is Pullip wearing one of the Isul Basics patterns. Groove often models their outfit packs on both Pullip and Isul, so the two dolls are known to be able to share clothes, but here’s the info you need to know about how Pullip (type 4) wears the patterns specifically:
Pants are short. Not by a lot, by about .5cm. They also do not fit snugly at the waist. They fit perfectly through the hips and legs, though. If you want to use the Isul pattern to fit Pullip better, extend the length of the pants by .5cm and do not use the waist band. Instead, just hem the top of the pants.
Tops fit, but are not fitted like they are on Isul. To use these patterns on Pullip, instead of using a 1/8″ seam allowance on the pattern pieces, use a 1/4″ seam allowance and trim the seams back after you sew.
This will work on both the Basic and Fancy pattern pack outfit pieces. Eventually I’ll probably put together a basics set that perfectly fits Pullip, but I wouldn’t expect it for a few more months. Until then, this works in a pinch :)
I customized my Ashlynn Ella Ever After High doll. She has a new faceup, and I’m liking her much better this way. I wanted to keep her matching the other dolls, just better. And now she looks more like her card version, too
And speak of which… you know who else looks nothing like her card? CUPID. I bought her after I finally found a good one in the store, but she doesn’t look right. I’m trying to think of how to fix her, but I think I’d be better off making one from scratch and just dressing the custom in the real one’s clothes/accessories.
Let’s face it: because Isul patterns are such an incredibly narrow niche market, I probably won’t be making any more of them. But that is NO REASON to make a shoddy product! Quite the opposite, I have crammed both of the Isul pattern sets to the max with as many pattern pieces and variations as I can think of. The first pattern set crammed in two different shirts with 2 sleeve variations each, a simple and detailed pair of pants.
THIS one has a pair of skinny jeans, a vest, and a shirt with 2 torso variations, 3 sleeve variations, and 3 different collars. Not quite endless variations, but you’ll be able to go pretty far before you start repeating yourself, especially if you start adding frills and buttons.
(The next pattern set is totally going to be a Monster High/EAH Girl pattern)