…or as I refer to them in my head, Twink, Twunk, and Beefy.
I like the variety. I always will applaud variety. Is this groundbreaking variety? Nah. If anything, the ‘broad’ male to be the ‘plus size’ counterpart to the new Curvy Barbie is even less of a stretch into the edgy than Curvy was. Look at those flat abs and total lack of love handles!
The body that annoys me the most is the new “Original” body, which is not the same as any previous Ken and just messes with the terminology. Not just because of that, but because I don’t think that the exaggerated V torso ideal in men is any healthier than the Classic Original Barbie bod was for women. Men aren’t built that way. The closest I can think of is a swimmer’s physique, and even they don’t have hips narrower than their rib cages. If the point of this is to promote healthy body images, the new Original body is less realistic than Classic.
Apart from the complaint that 1 of the 3 new body types is more of a step back than a step forward, my other major problem with these guys is the articulation. It’s crap. And I don’t just mean that it’s 5 point crap: the widest stance Broad Ken can have spaces his feet only 2 inches apart. His foot moves back about 1 inch and forward 5 (not enough to sit). It is worse than the alt sized Barbies.
So will I be making clothes for them? Sure! All dolls need clothes. You can read the breakdown of sizes here, in the measurements section.
I tried REALLY hard to get the Qi-loli pattern in 1/4 size for today but it just wasn’t happening. Some patterns take longer than others, and when you have as many variations as is in the Qi-loli pattern, you have to sew that many more test demos to make sure everything is just right, and then you have to carefully decorate them and make sure you DON’T smear the fabric paint (and then cry softly on your desk after you do, because then you get to start all over again…) I started the Medium girl size a week and a half before it was released, and the PS size weeks and weeks before it was released, so… not a huge surprise, but still disappointed. And pretty burned out from trying. I’ll have it out for next month’s 1/4 size pattern.
Fantasy Tops is a commissioned pattern from someone who wanted some clothes that would be friendly to the current fad of half-human dolls (satyrs, centaurs, mermaids, etc). It’s a basic set of tops in the style you’d find at a renaissance fair with a lot of detachable options to give a more whimsical flair, from a basic all-purpose babydoll skirt (just long enough to cover a human doll to mid thigh, or just go past the hips of a centaur or mermaid!), a layered petal skirt for fairie type fashion, or a split-front, hi/low single or multiple layered skirt that looks like lingerie on a human doll or drapes elegantly across the back and front legs of a centaur.
I was really surprised by how well Qi-Lolita went over in PS size last week! The QiPao pattern is nowhere near as popular as the Kimono pattern, so I assumed that the Qi-Loli pattern would be somewhat less popular than the Wa-Loli pattern. Seems like the opposite is true! At least from a first week perspective. So here it is, in M Girl size:
(Remember, you can win demo dresses from this one, too!)
The fun thing about Lolita style is it’s like fashion ad-lib. Country western Lolita? Sure, that’s a thing. Military lolita? Huge thing. Punk lolita? Of course. You even had to ask? Pretty much everything in the world can be lolita-fied with lots of ruffles and a big poofy skirt.
Qi-loli style is like traditional Chinese wear x Lolita. It isn’t quite as popular as Wa-loli (traditional Japanese wear x Lolita), probably because Loli fashion is such a huge thing in Japan and it’s where most of the big Loli designers are. But that’s not a bad thing! Since it isn’t as mainstream a style, there’s a ton more diversity in the styles that could be considered Qi-loli. I kind of felt like Goldilocks trying to figure out what my final design would look like and being like “Nah, too frumpy” or “Dude, that’s just a regular Lolita dress with a cute Mandarin-collared jacket” or “I love it, but it doesn’t really look loli to me. Not enough layers.” I really liked these and this one, but without the fabric choices and decoration, I think they would have looked like regular cute lolita dresses. Since small-scale Chinese prints are *SO* hard to find, I really wanted a dress that would still look Qi-loli even if it was made with plain solids, or not with Chinese prints at all.
It took a while and a lot of experimentation, but my final design incorporates almost all of my favorite aspects of the different styles and makes them look elegant and properly-to-scale on a tiny doll. I couldn’t be happier! I hope you all love it as much as I do 😀
Here it is, June, and I haven’t done a single Petite sized pattern this year! Yeesh. Along with the usual, two lengths are included in this: short and tall. The Hasbro-made dolls (descendants & princesses) are a lot taller than Blythe/Licca/Skipper/Pure Neemo dolls. And this elegant long dress comes just in time for the June Brides contest, too!