The New Ken dolls: Slim, Original, and Broad

…or as I refer to them in my head, Twink, Twunk, and Beefy. 

New Kens size chart

I like the variety.  I always will applaud variety.  Is this groundbreaking variety?  Nah.  If anything, the ‘broad’ male to be the ‘plus size’ counterpart to the new Curvy Barbie is even less of a stretch into the edgy than Curvy was.  Look at those flat abs and total lack of love handles! 

The body that annoys me the most is the new “Original” body, which is not the same as any previous Ken and just messes with the terminology.  Not just because of that, but because I don’t think that the exaggerated V torso ideal in men is any healthier than the Classic Original Barbie bod was for women. Men aren’t built that way.  The closest I can think of is a swimmer’s physique, and even they don’t have hips narrower than their rib cages.  If the point of this is to promote healthy body images, the new Original body is less realistic than Classic. 

Apart from the complaint that 1 of the 3 new body types is more of a step back than a step forward, my other major problem with these guys is the articulation.  It’s crap.  And I don’t just mean that it’s 5 point crap: the widest stance Broad Ken can have spaces his feet only 2 inches apart.  His foot moves back about 1 inch and forward 5 (not enough to sit).  It is worse than the alt sized Barbies. 

So will I be making clothes for them?  Sure!  All dolls need clothes.  You can read the breakdown of sizes here, in the measurements section. 



Loli, Loli everywhere

I was really surprised by how well Qi-Lolita went over in PS size last week! The QiPao pattern is nowhere near as popular as the Kimono pattern, so I assumed that the Qi-Loli pattern would be somewhat less popular than the Wa-Loli pattern. Seems like the opposite is true! At least from a first week perspective. So here it is, in M Girl size:

Medium Fashion Doll Qi Loli

(Remember, you can win demo dresses from this one, too!)

Mini Dresses for Medium 11.5″ Fashion Dolls + Curvy

This week’s pattern comes in 2 flavors!

Convertible dresses for Barbie-sized gals
Convertible dresses for curvy Barbie sized gals

Why 2 sizes?  Because the base dress is very fitted and is a 1-part dress in non-stretch material.  If you get both patterns and look at them side by side, you’ll be like “Oh wow” by how different they are, vs a simple dress that is free at the hips where all you need to adjust is the waist. 

  Both patterns have all the same fun options to swap around between the dresses and are super fast to sew!  No sleeves or collars, so really easy and beginner friendly, too.  You can check both out now in the shop

(And don’t forget about this month’s giveaway and contest!)

Er, Saturday pattern! Hoodies & Raglans

Medium Girl Hoodie & Raglans on Etsy!

I screwed up my wrist on Thursday getting my office back together after the flooring was replaced so my dominant hand is going to be splinted for a while.  Fortunately I had a few patterns either done or mostly done in reserve so this shouldn’t interrupt the schedule much… yesterday it was bad enough it was pretty much impossible to work a mouse, so one day late for this week ^^; 

Anyhoo, this is a newbie friendly, versatile pattern that comes in a bunch of different cuts and lengths!  There’s 5 different animal ear shapes if you want to make it like an animal hoodie, too 🙂

This entry was posted on April 23, 2017, in Barbie.

11.5″ Fashion Doll Kimono

Medium 11.5" fashion doll Kimono

For those of you expecting a ballgowns type pattern this week… nope!  Ballgowns are BIG patterns and take a lot longer than regular patterns. Instead, I decided to usher in spring with kimono, invoking images of cherry blossoms and early spring flowers

…as I was forced to give up precious pattern time to go out and shovel snow after that damn storm this week.  This is the worst time of year: the time of year you’re just so done with winter, and you get occasional warm days and a couple of flowers starting to poke up through all the dead and you start to get your hopes up and then BAM! Blizzard, and more snowstorms yet to come 🙁 

Anyway, Spring is still coming, even if it is not here yet.  So why not get started with some lovely kimono for your dolls?  This pattern fits all the different new Barbie type bodies, and a few different variations so you can make festival-wear yukata and elegant formal furisode kimono too!