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.
Ok, 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).
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.
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!).
Finally, here’s this week’s totally new, not revamped or resized pattern: Broad Basics! And 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 ^^;