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Looking-Glass Lolita Dress patterns for Petite Slimline and Tiny BJD

Petite Slimline Looking Glass Lolita Pattern
Tiny BJD Looking Glass Lolita Pattern

Two new patterns in the Etsy Shop!

I tried something new.  I have done some patterns across multiple sizes, but when I do, I write the instructions from scratch because the patterns usually have slight differences, like on one I write sew in the collar first, and on the other I write sew in the sleeves first. It doesn’t really matter, but if writing instructions, you have to make sure the diagrams match up to the written part!

Anyhoo, this is a fun pattern that isn’t very difficult.  You can leave off the sleeves, collar, pinafore, and make very simple sun dresses, or you can sew all the pieces and add as many ruffles, bows, and trim as you can fit on there!

Celestial Sailor Petite Slimline Doll Pattern on Etsy!

Now live on Etsy!

Yaaaay!  I finally put the pattern up.  I also listed all 6 of the demo outfits I sewed from this pattern too (what possessed me to do it on a broken sewing machine NO IDEA) so for the first time you can also buy outfits as well!  This is probably going to be  a rare event, and the sailor outfits are definitely a 1-off thing.  I don’t really enjoy sewing the same thing over again, I like new exciting sewing challenges!

I was thinking about making this a double pack with a Japanese School uniform alternate outfit, but I decided against it.  Instead, I’ll be making a school uniform pack that has more school uniform pieces, which I’m hoping to put together so that the pieces can be combined to make the Evangelion school uniform and the Shibooya school uniform.  There won’t be any overlap between the patterns, but I will make them combinable with each other as well as with the catholic school uniform set so sleeve styles and skirt styles can be swapped around to create just about any uniform you can think of :)

Quick update

I was going to sew up a few more demo outfits, take pictures, and put the Celestial Sailor outfit pattern online yesterday.

Replacement sewing machine #2 showed up on Saturday (Replacement #1 arrived broken). Replacement #2 was not broken, technically, it’s just that the factory-set tension was so ridiculously bad that adjusting the setting manually wasn’t enough to make a straight stitch straight. Or tight.

So replacement machine #2 is going back too. I’ll be trying a different brand/model with #3, so hopefully that will work better.

I WILL be finishing up a couple of demo outfits and the pattern WILL be going up in the Etsy shop later today, it’s just going a lot slower because I’m working on my original machine, which still sews a straight stitch, but every other function, including reverse, is broken >.<

Kitty Cheshire Ever After High Review

Today’s doll is Kitty Cheshire:
Kitty Cheshire
Kitty is one of those dolls that everyone seems to love but me ^^;

I’ve been trying to review the dolls on an as-made basis, instead of bringing up things like changes from initial design to release and things like missing accessories. Kitty did not come with her forearm designs and fur cuffs. Ginger did not come with her bracelet and ring. These things were originally shown in the prototypes, but cut as a cost-cutting measure by Mattel. Yeah, companies do this, and yep, it sucks. But as long as the rest of the doll that is released is well made, I’ll still give it a pretty good review.

So again, first the good, and for Kitty, that’s a lot: Read more »

Ginger Breadhouse Ever After High Doll Review

I was really excited to get Ginger. I loved her design, and after Duchess, my expectations were high.
Ginger Breadhouse
Too high.

But first the good: Read more »

(Sorta) New Slimline Boy clothes pattern for Monster High, Isul, Boyz, etc.

Ok, this isn’t a ‘new’ pattern, exactly, but since I took the other MH boy patterns out of the shop, I figured I’d announce this one:

Slimline Boy Basics

This pattern combines pieces from the shirts and pants patterns, so if you bought those patterns, don’t buy this one. If you didn’t, this one combines pieces from both so that you get 1 complete outfit. It does not have all of the variations from the tops/bottoms packs that are no longer for sale. Those pieces will reappear into other upcoming patterns.

This is also the first of the ‘slimline boy patterns’ so expect that the Isul patterns will be disappearing shortly as they will be absorbed into this category.

Duchess Swan Review

I ordered Duchess Swan through Amazon (Kitty sold out while I was being indecisive about the risk of unseen doll eye wonk) and she arrived! So here’s my review:

Duchess Swan

Here she is!  And not a bit of eye wonk!  Ever After High dolls seem to be a lot less susceptible to facial misprints than Monster High dolls, so it seems to be safer to buy them online.

This is pretty much how she was out of the box.  I did her hair, but nothing fancy, just pulled half of it back into a loose ponytail and then pinned the elastic against the head to cause the ‘pouf’.  Nothing complicated, because when it comes to hair I’m not really capable of anything complicated ^^;

I’m pretty happy with her :)  There was a lot of anxiety about this doll because of the pretty major differences between the show character and the doll, and yeah, they’re there.  However, they’re not nearly as bad as anticipated, and the good things, IMO, outweigh the bad things.

So first the good: Read more »

Ballet pattern Mega Pack is up!

The Ballet pack is now online!

Subscribers got the pattern a day ahead of time. They all found the shoe instructions very easy to follow, so yay :) You can go check out the pattern listing here.

This is a double pack. It has two complete outfits (performance ballet outfit and practice ballet outfit) and shoes. If you’ve never done shoes before, ballet shoes are probably the easiest shoe to make for dolls. The sole molds itself to the foot, and you don’t need to worry about heels. Since the arched feet look like they’re on point already, they look really natural on.

Almost there!

It's coming....

I’ve finished everything for the simple ballet outfit, but I really want to be able to include a ‘pancake’ style tutu, and I’m having a little bit of difficulty with that.  Real pancake tutus have wire in them and glue and all kinds of things that just don’t work in doll scale ^^;

Free Petite Slimline Pattern for Monster High, Ever After High, Dal, etc.

One of the things I was going to do when I revised the shop patterns was to add free patterns in different sizes for people to try.  The first one has been completed:

Simple Tee for Petite Slimline Dolls

I wanted to do a pattern that literally EVERYONE could do.  It’s simplified, includes even more non-sewing shortcuts, and even if you hand sew it shouldn’t take more than 15-20 minutes.

It isn’t the same pattern (or as perfectly fitting) as the Girls Basics pattern because it’s only 1 piece, but as far as a my-first-pattern type thing goes, you’ll get really good results with this :)

 

PS-  THIS WILL NOT COUNT AS A PATTERN FOR PATTERN SUBSCRIBERS!  I’ll probably send this pattern out to everyone who subscribed as a test to make sure all the emails they sent me work, but that’s it.