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Combo Breaker: Fantasy Tops

Slim MSD Fantasy Tops

I tried REALLY hard to get the Qi-loli pattern in 1/4 size for today but it just wasn’t happening.  Some patterns take longer than others, and when you have as many variations as is in the Qi-loli pattern, you have to sew that many more test demos to make sure everything is just right, and then you have to carefully decorate them and make sure you DON’T smear the fabric paint (and then cry softly on your desk after you do, because then you get to start all over again…)  I started the Medium girl size a week and a half before it was released, and the PS size weeks and weeks before it was released, so… not a huge surprise, but still disappointed.  And pretty burned out from trying.  I’ll have it out for next month’s 1/4 size pattern.

So instead, here’s one of my reserve patterns: Fantasy Tops!

Fantasy Tops is a commissioned pattern from someone who wanted some clothes that would be friendly to the current fad of half-human dolls (satyrs, centaurs, mermaids, etc).  It’s a basic set of tops in the style you’d find at a renaissance fair with a lot of detachable options to give a more whimsical flair, from a basic all-purpose babydoll skirt (just long enough to cover a human doll to mid thigh, or just go past the hips of a centaur or mermaid!), a layered petal skirt for fairie type fashion, or a split-front, hi/low single or multiple layered skirt that looks like lingerie on a human doll or drapes elegantly across the back and front legs of a centaur. 

Saber School Uniform for 1/3 Curvy dolls!

Saber School Uniform Pattern

I wasn’t expecting to do another 1/3 scale doll pattern so soon, but someone commissioned one so you all lucked out!

The Saber School Uniform is similar to the school uniforms of smaller sizes but…also not.  Along with the 1/4″ seam allowance that I use on this size, other things that are just impractical at smaller doll sizes start to be not only doable but a good idea!  Like the blouse.  At the smaller sizes, the collar is 1 piece of fabric because more than that gets bulky and unweildy.  On this pattern, the collar is made of 4 pieces of fabric, much more like people clothes!  It’s also a front-closure pattern because a little snap, hook, or short piece of velcro isn’t going to be noticeable at this size (vs look like some kind of weird growth under the fabric on smaller doll sizes!)

So for those of you who like more realistic clothes on your dolls, you’ll love this pattern!  Lots of wardrobe staples in this pattern <3

Hoodies & Raglan pattern for Slim MSDs

Unisex raglans & hoodies

This week’s pattern is similar to last week’s pattern, but for Slim MSDs!  And instead of fitting different Barbie body shapes, it fits both boys and girls in Slim MSD size!

So why can’t I do this for Barbie, other etc sizes too, you’re probably thinking.  The answer is “Dolly Sexual Dimorphism”   Slim MSD sized boys are usually 1-2cm taller than the girls, but with less than 1 cm of difference in all other measurements (including bust!) except for maybe waist size on some doll brands.  They look a lot different, but that comes down to sculpt, not proportion (like how the DC Super Hero Girls and Ever After High girls have identical proportions even though the Super Hero Girls are all very muscular looking). 

Monster High boys/girls are the next closest.  They can’t share most clothes (in the Slim MSD size, even the dresses will fit the boys!) but they can share some, which is why I have a few unisex patterns in that size.  Ever After High changed the boy-girl difference from “sometimes” to “not at all” with boys with much broader shoulders and chests, and then by the time you get up to 11.5″ fashion dolls, the difference is even greater.  No matter how fabulous Barbie’s clothes are, Ken can’t get into them.  Which is probably why they broke up after 50 years 😉

Anyway, if you’d like you can check out this pattern in the shop!  It isn’t part of April’s giveaway because there isn’t a full week left in the month, so it will be the first to qualify for May’s giveaway. 

And, speaking of the end of the month coming up… have you made use of the Buy4Get1 coupon code yet?  Come next month, you’ll really wish you had!

 

Basics Patterns for Curvy 1/3 dolls

I get lots of requests for 1/3 doll patterns, but I have mostly resisted: they’re so BIG!  I know this is the opposite reaction of most people.  They look at anything smaller and don’t want to sew for them because they’re so SMALL! 

But Klein lent me a bunch of her 1/3 dolls to do some research with and see just how feasible it would be to make a 1/3 pattern.  Just about everything I’d read online had made it seem pretty daunting.  At the bigger sizes, there’s so much more variation, it’s much harder to share clothes between dolls.  Or so I kept reading. 

This is one of the reasons I always do my own research!

60cm BJD doll comparison chart

So many naked dollies! With my handy tape measure and a note pad I took measurement after measurement. Sure, I could have just used the measurements off of websites (and I did for dolls I don’t have) but my experience has been that my measurements don’t always match the company measurements. Sometimes it’s close, and sometimes it’s so far I wonder where the heck they could have gotten their numbers! But doing the same measurements in the same places taken by the same person is the best way to get uniform measurements. And this is what I found:

Most dolls are within 1 cm of each other in all measurements that are important.

The biggest variation is leg length. That’s all.  That’s EASY! You just shorten a skirt or pair of pants more when you’re sewing for a shorter doll. I don’t think there’s anyone who can sew from a pattern who can’t do that. Next is bust, and that can be more tricky because some of these dolls come with alternate busts with each boob as big as their head. I can’t outfit those, but the standard and even slightly larger than standard bust sizes? Totally. I’m already doing that with the 1/4 dolls!

I checked the measurements from the ‘big’ companies that do resin like Volks, Luts, and Fairyland.  There seems to be two main categories of resin: adolescent shaped and curvy shaped. Volks SDGR and Dollfie Dreams are Curvy 1/3, while volks SD10 and SD13 are more in the adolescent shape.  Fairyland only does curvy.  Luts makes dozens of different bodies in this size, and generally older bodies are more adolescent shaped while newer bodies are curvy.

It seems like the original, adolescent SD size was the fashionable size when BJDs first started being made, but curvy doll shapes are more popular now.  Of the dolls I’ve gotten requests to make clothes for, ALL have been in the ‘curvy’ size, so that’s the size I’m going with!

Curvy 1/3 BJD Basics 1

Splitting up the Basics pattern into two was very popular in the 1/4 scale, so I did it again for 1/3 scale.  Basics 1 is a as-simple-as-possible pattern that you can sew a full outfit in 30 minutes or less, even if you do it by hand.  It’s great for people new to sewing, who don’t have a lot of time to sew, or just plain hate sewing (I get a surprising amount of requests from that last group!).  The shirt is made from 1 piece of fabric, and the jeans/shorts are made from 2.  It is easier than a sock sweater and looks WAY better!

Curvy 1/3 BJD Basics 2

Basics 2 is more similar to actual people clothes.  It’s still far from hard, but this pattern delights in details and variations so you can make a lot more different looks by swapping around pieces.  This is the pattern for you if you want your dolls to actually be able to put their hands in their pockets, or thread a belt through the belt loops. 

 

I know it was a long time coming, and I hope everyone who has been sending me requests for this size is happy their persistence finally paid off 😀  And remember, if you buy it this month you get a chance of winning free clothes from the patterns mailed to you!

This entry was posted on April 7, 2017, in BJDs, Patterns.