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Medium Girl Bikinis & Underwear

Curvy Bikinis & Underwear

Two patterns this week!  This wasn’t a terribly hard pattern to make because I could go from cutting the fabric for a test pattern to finished piece in 15 minutes or less, which is nice.  Sewing a test pattern for something with gathering and asymmetric seams, ugh, hours wasted just to see what I need to tweak.  But 15 minutes?  I barely care if I haven’t gotten it right yet! 

You can get the Medium Tall/Classic/Petite version Here, and the curvy version Here.

I often refer to ‘fabric physics’ and how things change subtly from one size to the next.  For example, the PS size pattern triangle top didn’t need darts to fit.  At just 1″ taller, the M girl size does!  Even between the regular M pattern and the curvy edition, there were some things that were very close to not working, like non-stretch panties.  When I get to a 1/4 scale version of this pattern, things are going to start looking a LOT different.  Why is this? 

Simple trick: Take a piece of paper and put it over something curved.  To keep the paper smooth over the curve, folds will have to be made in the paper (like darts in fabric).  Now the interesting thing is, the darts don’t start to form at the top of the curve.  There’s an area where the flat, non-stretchy paper can fit over a curve just fine–but it’s not a very big area.  This is why tiny dolls like MH that have a butt less than an inch wide can wear non-stretch fabric as panties just fine when people definitely cannot.  That’s fabric physics.  At different sizes, the same materials behave differently, so the design has to be adjusted. 

 

Looking Glass Lolita pattern for 11.5″ Fashion Dolls

Looking Glass Lolita pattern on Etsy!

I apologize to those of you hoping for a Mother of Dragons pattern in this size this week, but PS size is my ‘experimental’ size.  If I get a lot of requests for a pattern, I’ll usually make it in that size and see how it does before trying it in other sizes.  I’ve learned over the years that just because something is highly requested doesn’t equate to actual popularity. Mother of Dragons is still very much in the ‘we’ll see’ phase. 

And there’s a whole bunch of patterns that haven’t been made in larger sizes yet that are well loved in the smaller sizes!  Like this one.  I really though I had this pattern in practically every size.  It’s THE Lolita fashion pattern, one of those rare simple, fast-sewing patterns that makes a lovely, very un-simple result!

So if you like this type of dress and are new to sewing for dolls?  This is the one you want.   Even better, you can sew the core dress and leave off the trickiest parts parts (collar, sleeves, or both!), and you have an excellent babydoll dress you can pair with a necklace and boots for an edgy modern style. 

Shalwar Kameez/Salwar Suit & Angarkha/Angrakha

Given my luck, the official accepted Anglicized spellings of Shalwar and Angarkha will be none of the above ^^; 

But here’s this week’s pattern, a day late:

Medium Salwar & Angarkha

Curvy Girl Shalwar & Angrakha

For 11.5″ Classic, Tall, and Petite or Curvy Barbie dolls

Another two pattern week!  I can’t keep this up, so don’t expect two more next week ^^;  Ok, so this week I knew pretty early on that Curvy dolls would have to have their own pattern, but I did it anyway because I didn’t want to leave them out.  Since I did the original Salwar & Angarkha patterns in PS size, I’ve gotten a lot of really touching messages about how happy people are are to have that pattern exist, and I didn’t want to exclude the curvy gals.

Despite that, I’m half expecting to get flamed for putting Jasmine in a non-middle-eastern outfit anyway.  Which will be hilarious, because in the original Arabian Nights, Aladdin took place in China.

Related topic: wow is it hard to find dolls that look even vaguely Indian!  Mattel finally started to make AA dolls that don’t look utterly Anglo except for a slightly flatter nose, but they still have a LONG way to go to include more diverse facial features.  Jasmine is the only doll I’ve ever seen with a downturned nose. Which should be a crime.  I <3 downturned noses.  I’m a big fan of noses in general.  I think they add a ton of character to a face.  Athena would not look nearly as regal and badass if she had a little upturned snub thing.

But back to the pattern!  Here are some of my favorite outfits from my fashion research, if you want some inspiration.  All of them use either a solid colored, or simple geometric pattern base with embroidery and trim and would be pretty easy to make something similar with stuff you can find at your local fabric store.  I don’t have a sewing machine that embroiders, and I didn’t have time to do any by hand, but I did pick up some metallic thread and used some of the ornamental stitches on my machine. 

 

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 🙂

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  ^^;