Medium Girl Winter Coats

Did you know I have THREE winter coat patterns in PS size and NONE for Medium?  OMG!  That had to be fixed! 

So here’s fix #1: Winter Coats.  Because it’s November, and because this is probably the best coat pattern.  Frock Coats are niche-y, and while the leather jacket pattern is spectacular, sewing with vinyl or thin pleather isn’t for someone who just started sewing.  This one you can sew up in a half hour or so, is newbie friendly, and has a ton of different collar/hood/cape options.

It also is fully compatible with the animal bits from the Hoodie pattern, should you want to make a pink catgirl lolita coat with fluffy white trim, ears, a tail, and bell fastening at the collar. 
….Why yes, that was oddly specific 😉

(also, Happy Thanksgiving to all the Americans–I’ll be celebrating too, but there will still be a pattern on Friday!)

New size variant: Strong! & Undies for 1/3 BJDs

"Strong Girls" doll size pattern up

First pattern is the “Strong Girl” size!  When Wonder Woman dolls came out, everyone was like “Oh, they’re slightly less articulated DC Super Hero girls” so I didn’t pick one up.  Nope, that is also a new body that is almost identical to the new WWE dolls.  I suspect that these dolls were designed by the same people who did the DC Super Hero girls because the aesthetic is the same, but THE PROPORTIONS ARE NOT.

As I was putting together a size chart, I was like “hey, these look familiar”.  Turns out… she’s very similar to Barbie.  For the measurements that matter most in the torso, they’re almost the same.  She has a slightly deeper uh… panty? Crotch? whatever that makes Barbie pants slightly too tight in the seat/hips, and super muscular thighs/calves that make them way too tight in the legs unless they’re loose or flared.  Also, the shoulders and biceps are huge so non-stretch sleeves don’t work.  Otherwise, stuff works. 

If you’re reading that last bit and thinking “….so nothing works” nope!  Not at all.  Here’s the patterns that should work great for the new gals with zero mods: QiPao, Kimono, Looking Glass Lolita, 50s Swing, Simply Cute, Super Stretch, Convertible mini dresses, Summer dresses, 80s Punk, Private School Uniforms, Rompers, Convertible mini dresses. (Some of these patterns have sleeves, but they are loose sleeves)

Here’s the list of patterns that work perfectly with zero mods if you use the sleeveless version of the pattern, or if you widen the sleeves (or sleeve cuff, for puffy sleeve dresses): Vintage suits, Salwar/Angarkha, Rococo, Renaissance, 60s Mod, High Fashion, Regency, Hoodies, QiLoli, Princess dresses.

Here’s the list of patterns that won’t work: Basics (deeper seat/fitted through leg& arm), Bikini/Underwear (because of deeper seat for panties), Layerables (big feet won’t work with tights)

In addition to this Basics pattern being just right on Strong ladies, it also outlines the differences, what kind of clothes will work and what kind won’t. and how to tweak patterns to fit. (Should you be eyeballing any patterns other than mine for your dolls, the same tweaks will fit)

Going forward, “Strong” will be a variation that Medium sized patterns will have alternate cut lines for if needed, just like the Curvy, Petite, and Tall sizes.

 

1/3 BJD DD Smart Doll undies

Second pattern is Curvy 1/3 girls Bikini & Underwear.  This was slightly more popular in the facebook poll I ran, but I’ve been doing a lot of these so I was going to do the other pattern and do this one next month.  Then I realized the Strong Girl size wasn’t going to take nearly as much work, so I did both!

Yeah yeah, take advantage of it, the holidays will be here soon and I’ll be late with everything 😛

1/4 Bikinis & Underwear

 

This week in dolly patterns: 1/4 undies!

1/4 Lingerie!  I liked the previous smaller sizes, but I like this one even more.  It was a little tougher to figure out, but I learned some new techniques for stabilizing stretchy materials (as in, keeping little bikini tops from riding up over the boobs…) so that some parts stretch while others fit snugly.  And of COURSE that’s all incorporated into the pattern, so you can learn it too and apply it to any other projects it might help! Check it out in ze shop now

There are no tights in this one, but there’s more cut options in the bras/panties.  I think it works out.  The tights problem is a logistical one, because see those 3 dolls on the cover?  Their feet range from nubs less than an inch to properly proportionate feet around 2″ in length, and some dolls are significantly longer/curvier in the legs than others.  They cannot share the same tights.  Definitely no, not even with the stretchiest fabric. It’s a pity, but I’m sure I’ll develop a workaround in the future.  It might just take a couple of pages of variations ^^;

Have a good weekend and an especially fun Halloween!

 

Medium Girl Underwear & Bikinis Pattern

Medium Girl Bikinis & Underwear

Curvy Bikinis & Underwear

Two patterns this week!  This wasn’t a terribly hard pattern to make because I could go from cutting the fabric for a test pattern to finished piece in 15 minutes or less, which is nice.  Sewing a test pattern for something with gathering and asymmetric seams, ugh, hours wasted just to see what I need to tweak.  But 15 minutes?  I barely care if I haven’t gotten it right yet! 

You can get the Medium Tall/Classic/Petite version Here, and the curvy version Here.

I often refer to ‘fabric physics’ and how things change subtly from one size to the next.  For example, the PS size pattern triangle top didn’t need darts to fit.  At just 1″ taller, the M girl size does!  Even between the regular M pattern and the curvy edition, there were some things that were very close to not working, like non-stretch panties.  When I get to a 1/4 scale version of this pattern, things are going to start looking a LOT different.  Why is this? 

Simple trick: Take a piece of paper and put it over something curved.  To keep the paper smooth over the curve, folds will have to be made in the paper (like darts in fabric).  Now the interesting thing is, the darts don’t start to form at the top of the curve.  There’s an area where the flat, non-stretchy paper can fit over a curve just fine–but it’s not a very big area.  This is why tiny dolls like MH that have a butt less than an inch wide can wear non-stretch fabric as panties just fine when people definitely cannot.  That’s fabric physics.  At different sizes, the same materials behave differently, so the design has to be adjusted. 

 

PS Bikinis & Underwear

PS Bikinis & Underwear

This week’s pattern has been long requested!  While I’ve done elaborate lingerie in the Cabaret pack, a lot of people wanted more styles with a focus on casual underwear styles… which coincidentally are about the same as beach styles, depending on the fabric you use. 

Therefore, in this pack, you can find 7 different styles of top, 3 different styles of panty, as well as leggings and tights.  AND, if that wasn’t enough variety, I also included stretch and non-stretch pattern pieces so you can do all the different top and panty styles in whatever kind of fabric you want! 

I also tried something new in this pattern that I may or may not keep doing depending on feedback: I included two sets of the pattern, at 100% and 125% size to help out the folks who have trouble resizing at home.  So if you find this unnecessary or totally awesome, let me know 😉