This week’s pattern is “Galaxy Gowns” for 1/3 scale!
…but didn’t I do this size the week before last?
Yes, yes. See, when weeks go smoothly, I work on extra patterns to have in reserve for when things don’t go quite so smoothly. Coming into the holiday season I had 3 extra patterns saved up in anticipation of holiday stuff in various sizes so that I could slip them into the rotation seamlessly as needed. Currently I just have one pattern in reserve, this one, so it’s a little more obvious when I sneak it in. Since 1/3 is the size everyone has been asking for more of, I figure more people will be going “YAY EXTRA 1/3 pattern!” than “Boo, Barbie pattern 1 week delay!” Either way, March is a 5-friday month so I’d have an extra alt size pattern this month anyway 🙂
OK, back to Galaxy Gowns— Recently Dollfie Dream has announced a Sailor Moon doll which is absolutely adorbs. But Sailor Moon has a HUUUUUUGE cast and even if they do the main girls, that would be a lot of dolls. The chance of them doing a human version of Luna, who is a main character but only appears in human form in a few panels? Pretty slim! She also a dress, which is designed in a way that it could be very easily used for non-cosplay styles.
Essentially this is a sweeheart bustline bodice with narrow straps, a hi-low layered tulle skirt and hip flounce. Skip the tulle skirt and sew it in a summery print and you get an awesome handkerchief skirted summer dress! Skip the hip flounce and you have a timeless full length dress style that repeatedly cycles through formal dresses, prom dresses, and wedding gowns. Super versatile, not very hard to sew. The best kind of pattern!
“Mori Fashion” is the newest pattern in the shop!
It’s a fashion genre of Japanese origin that combines things that are hardest to do in miniature: draping and layering. It’s really cute, “forest girl” which is like vintage x boho done in neutral earthy tones and small scale floral prints. Google Image “Mori Girl” if you’re not familiar with it. Here it is in doll size:
I’ve gotten a few requests for this one, but it’s one of those styles I’ve let simmer on the back-brain-burner for a while. I don’t know how many other people are like this, but there are some problems I can’t figure out directly. Give them 100% of my attention is less effective than letting it sit in the periphery for a couple of days or weeks or even months. Eventually, I’ll have that “AHA” moment and I’ll be ready to go. It’s like when you wake up with a snappy comeback for a conversation that’s been over for days (or years), but slightly more useful 🙂
For mori fashion, the trick is not so much the pattern–which is pretty basic–as much as the instructions on how to fake the draping and which parts could support real layering vs fake layering. There’s a lot of real layering in this pattern! So much that I thought it would be a good idea to take a picture of the clothes off the dolls to show the bits that are covered up when they’re dressed:
Nice! If you ever find yourself at some point sewing this, thinking “would that be too much ruffles/lace?” the answer is no. Heck, I’m writing this, looking at the picture, thinking “hmm, I should have added more white lace above the green ruffle at the bottom of the dress.”
This is also a pattern that works really well with other patterns. Like the peasant blouses from the 70s Hippy pattern, the blouse from High Fashion, or the gypsy skirt from the EGL dress pattern. I also tried sticking the white skirt under the Vintage/Lolita outfit I have on Ashlynn, and it both supported her skirt structurally and the extra lace at the bottom really made it pop!
That’s all for this week! Remember, the theme for March’s Challenge is GREEN, and that’s a core color for mori girls 😉
This week’s pattern is another sponsored pattern! And a good thing too, because while I love this style I wouldn’t have chosen to do it in 1/3 size for a while yet because of the complexity. At 6 pages of pattern pieces, it took a LONG time to draft ^^;
I also tried something new with this one! Previously when I had to break up a pattern piece to fit on a page, I cut up the pattern and traced the parts out separately. This time, I used pages big enough to fit the whole pattern piece and broke it up digitally on my computer. It took a bit longer, but I think doing that will make it much easier to assemble the pattern pieces before cutting out fabric.
Check it out and enjoy! I really look forward to seeing what other folks make with this one, it’s just so cute <3
This week’s pattern was a sponsored pattern (if someone has a desperate need for a pattern, they can commission one for exclusive use or sponsor one for much less but it also goes into the shop for general purchase). Medium Boy dolls can now show off their style with this suit pattern, which also works as a EAH backgrounder type pattern!
This pattern is both similar and different to the School Uniform pattern, but the only pattern that is shared between them is socks. Clothes in the suit pattern are a bit more detailed (there’s 3 pages of pattern pieces in this pattern compared to 1.5 pages of pattern pieces in the school uniform pattern) while clothes in the school uniform are simplified for ease of sewing. Even the tie patterns are different: the tie pattern in school uniform is like a clip on tie while the suit pattern is an actual tie you have to knot around the doll’s neck!
If you have both you can certainly swap pieces between them, like if you want to add a blazer to your school uniform, or if you have a material you want to make into a shirt for a suit that’s a little on the thick side or hard to work with the school uniform shirt would be easier to sew.
Why Minifees? Why not multiple doll sizes at 1/4 scale? I’ve been able to make patterns adjustable to different sizes for all other patterns in this size before now.
See, it comes down to what a corset is and how it’s supposed to fit. On a person, a corset would shape YOU, and therefore fit as snugly as a second skin. Obviously a corset isn’t going to shape anything on a doll, but if it fits like a second skin it still looks right. Therefore, to make a good corset pattern, I have to tailor it so exactly that it fits like a second skin.
Below is a comparison of how much the pattern changes for two dolls with almost the exact same measurements:
Once we get up to dolls that have 2-3cm in difference at the waist, hip, or bust… nope. A simple tweak on one or two pattern pieces won’t do it. But don’t worry: If I get a lot of requests for other sized dolls, I will happily make this pattern in other sizes as well!