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Happy 2018!

All the items in the shop have been reset.  Time to start a new horse race!

The most popular individual pattern this year was… Slim 1/4 Regency!  Woah, total upset!  PS has lost the crown!  But that’s OK because the most popular pattern (including copies sold with multi packs) was PS Rococo & Hime Lolita

Here are the top (individual) patterns by size:
PS: High Fashion
P: Regency
MS: Basics
M Girl: High Fashion
T: Overalls
Slim 1/4: Regency
Curvy 1/3: Basics 2
Chibi:Simply Cute
S Boy: School Uniform
M Boy: School Uniform
L Boy: Basics
1/12 Action Figure: Trench Coats

And the least popular pattern is…
Tied between Petite Cocktail Dresses and 1/12 Action Figure Leather Jackets & Lab Coats  (Sad trombone sound)

Given that the difference between the most/least popular Action Figure pattern was 3, it’s not that much of a surprise.  It’s a new size, and I was not sure how willing dudes who customize would be to pick up a needle and thread (turns out not very!)  Come on, it’s the 21st century.

The P pattern isn’t that big of a surprise either.  While there has been an increase in people sewing for Disney Descendants dolls since the decline of Ever After High releases, this is still the least popular established girl size and the people who sew for it usually sew for Blythes.  I have probably seen Blythe in more clown costumes than I’ve seen her in cocktail dresses.  So why did I make that pattern?  Because I hadn’t seen Blythes in cocktail dresses, and I figured they needed some 😛

It’s taken a while to have enough patterns to notice, but tastes of doll collectors varies hugely between sizes.

PS collectors love nichey fashion, especially anything X Lolita, probably because that’s how Monster High and Ever After High are designed: they’re the first doll lines where each doll has a specific fashion style. 
P is more vintage/period costume
M is more mainstream girly and fancy dresses
T is cute kid stuff
Slim 1/4 is elaborate dresses

The other sizes I haven’t done enough patterns to notice trends.

My most pleasant surprise was how well the “High Fashion” pattern set did across the sizes!  Just about every other pattern I’ve done because of requests or current fashion trends, but High Fashion was the only pattern that was all me.  If you want to know what my personal ‘perfect outfit’ looks like, that’s it!

So…Happy New Year everyone! 

 

Cold Shoulder for Slim MSDs!

I like this pattern.  Developing it has been fun, because when I make the demo outfits I’m creatively trying to figure out how to position them to cut out of old sweaters for the most appealing results.

Cold Shoulder for Slim MSD/16" Fashion Dolls

Like that pink one!  It used to be a cardigan that I picked up because I like that color and had already tried it on in another color and it looked great.  Except somehow the pink one looked nothing like the other one despite being the same size/style/on the same table at the same store (let this be a lesson: always try it on!) and was too small/too big at the same time.  Yerk. 

So when I tried making doll clothes out of it and the doll clothes all came out so beautifully, it was very rewarding!  Almost totally made up for how awful it looked on me.  Almost.  

I know a lot of people who use my patterns do a lot with recycled clothes, but since I can’t reliably give fabric recommendations from thrift stores, I try to use cut-from-bolt stuff.  This has been an exception because you really can’t find coordinated ribbing/knits at fabric stores, and it’s an easy enough pattern that just about any light-medium weight knit shirt or thin sweater will work just fine. 

Go check it out on Etsy if you want to turn your disappointing old tops into beautiful, stylish dolly clothes in the hottest style trend out now 🙂 

Tiny BJD Underwear!

Tiny BJD Undies

It’s been a while since I did a tiny BJD pattern!  No particular reason: they have a lot of patterns already, and most of the patterns I’ve done this year have been on the elaborate side, which doesn’t work so great in 4″ dollies. 

But underwear?  Sure!  It’s quite a bit different from the bigger sizes.  But I didn’t know what to do with it.  I mean, I wasn’t going to make a toddler bra/panty pack, and they sure as heck don’t need string bikinis.  Eventually I decided on:

  • Tank tops (v neck, round neck, waist and hip lengths)
  • Camisole (waist and hip lengths)
  • Basic Panty
  • Boyshort Panty
  • Leggings

Pretty good! 

Now one thing this pack doesn’t have is a non-stretch panty.  Two reasons for that: first, tiny BJDs have ridiculously curvy butts.  Non-stretch wouldn’t work so great in that situation.  Second, they have such tiny butts that if I had a panty with a back closure instead of one that just slid up over the hips, the back closure would take up roughly 50% of the butt width.  Even under a little skirt/dress, that would look a bit weird!

Like the other patterns, this is a really good one for beginners and newbies because you can hand sew everything (not that you have to, but it goes almost as fast as machine sewing) in 15 minutes or less.  VERY easy, very simple.  Just the sort of thing you can sneak in easily between all those other holiday chores!

This entry was posted on December 1, 2017, in BJDs and tagged .

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!

 

This entry was posted on November 24, 2017, in BJDs, Patterns.

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 😛