Archive | February 2017

New service in the shop: Printing!

Pattern Printing Service now on Etsy

I’m happy to say I now offer Print Services in the shop!

For MOST people, it’s infinitely easier and faster to download and print at home. Some people don’t have easy access to a printer, and don’t live somewhere it’s easy to get to a print shop. For those people, they’d have to order printing services online to be mailed to them anyway. What an (expensive) hassle!

I’ve also been getting more and more questions about resizing–like enlarging a PS pattern 125% to make clothes for DC Super Hero Girls, for example.  I can give as much tech support as I can, but everyone’s printer is different & every program you can print from also has its own defaults and templates.  A royal headache for people who don’t (or can’t figure out) those options. 

So over the weekend I went to a local print shop and got some options.  Prints will all be in B&W because printing is .10 for B&W and .50 for color and if it’s mixed they go by the higher rate. More to print on legal sized pages.  Plus Etsy fees (around .40) and transaction fees (around .50) and gas, I should be just about breaking even on the printing part.

Let’s hope this works out well!  I hope this removes a lot of headaches for people 🙂

This entry was posted on February 27, 2017, in Patterns.

Return of the Prodigal Pullip!

Medium Slimline Basics

Gather ’round for Story Time!

Waaay back when Pullips were on Type 2 bodies and I first started making patterns to sew for my most favorite and hard to clothe dollies and nobody, even at Mattel, had even thought of Monster High, people were like “oh, awesome! Give us patterns!” and I was like “Sure, why not?” and went through the trouble of drawing up some patterns and posting them on my website and… absolutely nothing.  I was literally giving them away and nobody cared.  Apart from the Taeyang one, which you can still find the original of floating out there in the digital ether, I don’t think anyone sewed a single one. 

So when Monster High came out and everyone was like “These dolls are awesome but they have no fashion packs and can’t wear other dolls clothes without looking bad!” I was feeling the deja vu.  Again, I got asked to make patterns but this time I was like “I know how this story goes!” and put the patterns on Etsy, expecting to sell maybe 5 copies, and net $15 but that was still better than getting tricked into spending a considerable amount of time putting together a pattern & instructions that nobody was going to actually use. 

Except that time people did, so I made more.  And again the Pullip community was like “patterns are awesome make us some!” and I was like “….?  Really?  Are you sure?” and they were like “YASSSSS!” so I did, and put them in the Etsy shop and…

Pretty much the same thing as the first time. 

So I stopped making patterns for Pullip-sized dolls for the second time.  For whatever reason, the Pullip fandom just wasn’t into sewing. 

Then what the heck is this?  Well, lately I have seen a lot of people using other doll sizes I’ve made to sew patterns for Pullips.  You can sorta do it: For Medium sized dolls, if you take in the side and back seams extra they fit reasonably well (the same way you’d adjust pre-made Barbie clothes).  For the Petite Slimline dolls, from the waist up anything fits if you enlarge it 125%.  PS is much more pear shaped though, so all the pants and anything fitted to the body below the waist is a no-go.  All of the patterns in the Medium Slimline Pullip size are ones that wouldn’t convert well from the other categories, as they’re either full-body or patterns with pants/leggings.

The big obvious gap though, is that Pullip doesn’t have her own “Basics” outfit!  So I fixed that, and you can pick it up in the shop 🙂

So we’ll see!  Either this is going to be one of those “Third time’s the charm” or “three strikes and you’re out” kind of deals.  I really hope that sewing is now a thing in the Pullip fandom because they still are and will always be my favorite dolls. 

Friday Pattern! High Fashions in Slim MSD size

Slim MSD sized "High Fashions" pattern

High Fashions in Slim MSD size!  Now each of these different sizes of the same style aren’t exactly the same.  For example, in PS size I sometimes have to differentiate ‘long torso’ (Monster High type) and ‘short torso” (Ever After High, DC Super Hero Girls type) so that the clothes will perfectly fit the different body variations in THAT size.  In M Girl size, the variations I have to worry about aren’t torso length so much as shape with the very different tall and curvy body types (petite is pretty much the same as classic, just slightly smaller). 

In the Slim 1/4 size, the variations I have to accommodate are… vast.  For example, Luts Kid Delfs have small boobs and a not especially curvy torso.  I think of them as a modern, athletic body type.  Minifees are not much shorter, but much more delicately made and curvier.  I think of them as a vintage pinup body shape.  Then there’s dolls like Fashion Royalty, with body shapes that are skinny of limb and dramatically drawn in at the waist.  I think of those as ‘doll shaped’ because there is no natural equivalent.  ALL of these dolls can be clothed equally well with the Slim 1/4 size.  I build in alternate cut marks for different body types and sizes to work with the widest range of dolls possible.

Patterns =/= pre made clothes.  You can’t buy Fashion Royalty clothes and put them on Kid Delfs.  God no.  Once you sew something up to fit someone, it can only fit other someones of a similar size to the original someone.  But when you make clothes from a PATTERN, yes, totally!  I work very hard to make sure all the dollies are accounted for 🙂

Anyhoo, you can check out the new pattern in the shop.   Have a lovely weekend!


This entry was posted on February 17, 2017, in BJDs, Patterns.