Archive | July 2017

Qi Loli Pattern for Slim 1/4 MSD & 16″ Fashion Dolls

Slim MSD Qi Loli pattern

This week’s pattern is the Qi Loli dress in 1/4 Adult Girl size

I really like how the demo dresses in this set came out!  The prints I used were just a little to big to be used 12″ and smaller dolls, which is a shame because they look spectacular. 

PS-  Since there isn’t a week left in July, this will be the first pattern release eligible for August’s free outfit drawing 😉

This entry was posted on July 28, 2017, in BJDs, Patterns.

Vintage 50s Swing Dress Patterns for 11.5″ Fashion Dolls!

50s Swing Dresses for 11.5" Fashion dolls (including curvy, tall, petite)

This week’s pattern is one a lot of people have been waiting for! 50s Swing Dresses!

I debated doing the Meido fashion this week, but while the PS size really rocks out the loli styles, it isn’t as popular in this size.  This size, the classic, feminine dresses seem to be the most in demand, and since Qi Loli was the last one, I figured I would do something different 🙂

New design in PS Size: Meido

Meido aka Maid Cafe type Lolita uniforms

This week’s pattern is one I’ve been wanting to do, but also kind of avoiding doing for a while!  Lemme explain:

I love black and white combos.  I have to actively add color into my own wardrobe because if you present me with two dresses, one being black and white and one being color, I will almost always go for the black and white one.  I don’t know why, I just do.  I LOVE color and brightly colored things, but there’s something about black and white combos that seems so perfect.  Black by itself is boring, and white by itself is boring, but together? Perfection!  So obviously I have a thing for any kind of dress, suit, or uniform that takes advantage of this combo.  At the top of that list is the iconic, often-reinvented, classical European maid uniform!

So that’s the part about where I love it.  Here’s the part where I hate it: do a search for ‘maid outfit’ and you’re going to get results that are 98% either lingerie or sluttified Halloween costumes.  Not really the kind of thing I’m into making patterns for.

BUT I’ve been watching some anime lately, and it’s reminded me of the Japanese meido obsession which has more of a focus on cute than sleazy.  It’s like Maid x Lolita style.  In fact, structurally this is essentially a classic lolita dress pattern with a lacy underskirt, ruffled dress with poofy sleeves, and blousey/pinafore layering options.  Do it up in pastels prints and you’ll have a knockoff sweet lolita Baby the Starts Shine Bright type fashion! 

Another fun thing about the Meido pattern is that you can absolutely swap around pieces with patterns like High Fashion (sew the dress with a ruffled collar, high sleeves, and use the wide waistband instead of the narrow one for the pinafore, for example) or pop the pinafore over the Wa Loli or Qi Loli dresses for instant traditional Japanese or Chinese x maid styles (also totally a thing!).  And of course, you can use the lacy, layering-friendly bodices from the Drndl pattern under the dress instead of a blouse top, or swap pinafores with the Looking Glass Lolita pattern for a slightly more ruffly Alice type lolita dress. 

 

Check it out in the shop and enjoy! 

 

The Doll (Pattern) Evolves! Fashions for the new Fashionistas

Usually, I have a ‘to do’ list as long as my arm and never feel that I’ve gotten quite enough done, but this week I’m pretty happy with myself!

Last week, I got the new Slim, Original, and Broad Fashionista Ken dolls.  This week, they all have patterns.  Nice.

All the Mattel-made dolls that share a sizeOk, maybe some of the new sizes aren’t all that new.  The ‘Original’ Ken is pretty much a less articulated, slightly enlarged (except for the hands/feet) version of the EAH doll.  And Slim is almost the same, but with slightly more slender arms/legs, and less sculpted muscle definition (and smaller hands/feet).

Medium Boy Basics

First is the new Medium Boy Basics.  Slim Ken isn’t a cover doll, but that’s because people always ask me about Taeyang clothes (also the same size!) so for now at least, I’ll have the most popular medium guys on the cover.  (This size is also the same size as rebooted MH boys, by the way.)  This is a pattern that’s been in the shop for a while, but I went through and updated the pattern, changed the cover, and rewrote the instructions. 

"Original" Basics

So if the new Original Ken size can wear any Medium pattern enlarged 108%, why does he get his own pattern?  Easy!  Printing at different sizes is the #1 thing I get people asking for help with, and the ‘Basics’ patterns are designed to be as easy-as-possible for newbie sewers since this is the style most people make their first pattern.  Original just joins the Super Hero Gals with their 125% pre-resized Basics pattern and the 17″ giant doll 150% pre-resized Basics patterns in the PS size (as well as all the Yo-SD resizes in Tiny size!). 

Broad Fashionista Ken BasicsFinally, here’s this week’s totally new, not revamped or resized pattern: Broad BasicsAnd now that I’ve photographed him in his new custom size clothes, I can totally try giving him a beard to complete his manbun hipster-lumberjack look.  (Oh yes I am.  Of course I am.  How could I not?)

3 new patterns in a week!  And in a week with a holiday in it! 

What does the future hold for the new boy bods?  No idea 🙂  With the addition of two new bods to clothe, Medium might just become popular enough to escape the boy-pattern curse!  Since the new Broad guy is also a rectangular torso shape, just thicker to what I’ll now be calling “Classic” ken instead of “Modern” Ken, I might be able to manage future patterns so that Broad is a variation included in Large patterns the way I do with Curvy Barbies in most Medium Girl patterns.  But again, more patterns is contingent on people buying existing patterns, which has always been a hurdle for boy dolls  ^^;