Archive | November 2017

Kigurumi for Slim MSD

Slim MSD Kigurumi!

This week is Thanksgiving, for non-US folks.  That was yesterday, so I had a lot of stuff to get ready and travel for that.  Also I’ve been selling some excess dolls on Facebook, which has eaten a good bit of this week, running to get boxes, to the post office, answering questions, getting shipping quotes, etc.  So I’m kind of amazed I got this done for today! 

Because it’s a stressful week, I wanted to do something that was the sewing equivalent of comfort food: kigurumi.  They’re loose, so very easy to sew.  They’re also cute, cuddly, and fun to make in all the different styles.  This time, I cut up an old shirt to make a cheshire cat kigurumi!  I didn’t have time to make more demos (after I get the fit right, which I did, the only real options on kigurumi is animal parts and colors), but I may add more if I get time.  So check it out in the shop & enjoy!

ALSO THERE IS A SALE ON RIGHT NOW IN THE SHOP. 

Sales have become as traditional on “Black Friday” as getting together with family and friends the day before.  I’m not a big fan, especially since a lot of stores have been pushing back Black Friday sales to force stores open and employees to work on Thanksgiving itself which is one of the two freakin’ days malls aren’t open in the US. But eh, everyone’s been asking about it so I added one.  I’m such a sucker for customer requests -.-  But act fast, it ends today!

 

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 😛