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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! 

 

WWE Fashion Doll Review

New doll review!  It’s been a while.  These ladies were revealed at SDCC 2017, and I’ve been waiting not so patiently to get my hands on one.  They have a September release and will be exclusive to Toys R Us for the first few months.  My local TRU put their stock out about a week early, score!

WWE Becky Lynch Fashion Doll

Heeeeere’s Becky!

I’ll admit immediately I have no idea who she is.  I used to be a WWE fan, but it’s been a long time since I had cable and the guys and gals of pro wrestling don’t last very long–understandably, considering how physically demanding it is! 

I picked this doll for purely superficial reasons.   I love the steampunk outfit, good shoes, good hair, good facesculpt.  She was my favorite from the promotional photos, and after seeing all the dolls in person my opinion wasn’t changed.

(Full review/doll nudity behind the cut)

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This entry was posted on August 26, 2017, in News and tagged .

2016: A retrospective!

Happy New Year!

The first thing I did when I rolled out of bed was take the annual tallies for all the patterns in my shop and reset them.  I seriously look forward to this all year.  See, I treat all the patterns in my shop a lot like a year-long horse race.  Which filly will take the prize?  Which will come in last?  What breed did the best?  Which needs to be retired?
Yes, I’m weird.  I also really like what I do.

THE RESULTS ARE FINALLY IN!

The top size of 2016 was Petite Slimline size.  No surprise there!
The bottom size (not including categories with only 1 pattern) was Petite, which is for Blythes, Licca, Pure Neemo, Disney Descendants, and Hasbro-made Disney Princesses.  This pattern size has a lot of existing patterns out there on the Japanese market (though out of print and a pain to track down) and probably the easiest size to find pre-made clothes for, so it not being a popular sewing size isn’t a huge surprise.  However, despite the new Disney Descendants and Hasbro Disney Princesses that hit the scene in late 2015/early 2016, this size actually dropped in popularity from last year!  Weird.

The most popular pattern of 2016, individually, was Petite Slimline Basics.  Basics is usually the most popular pattern in any size, so again, no big surprise.
The most popular pattern of 2016, including combo packs (so individual sales + # sold in combo packs) was Rococo Dresses!  I guess I’ll have to make that full length version everyone always asks for.

The least popular pattern of 2016, individually, was Tiny BJD Super-Stretch with only 1 sold.  I didn’t expect that, but I guess I see it.  Costumes are niche-y, and costumes for toddler sizes especially niche-y.
The least popular pattern of 2016 including combo packs was the Slimline Boy pattern combo pack, with 0 sold.  Ouch.  This is what I’m talking about when I say boy patterns don’t sell ^^;

In Other News:

It’s the new year: all of the pattern combo value packs will be replaced I left ‘1’ in stock of each for you procrastinators, so if you were eyeing one last year, get it now because this is literally your last and only chance.

And make sure to sew something for this month’s contest!  A year of free patterns is probably the coolest prize I can do.  It’s like winning over and over again, with a new free pattern at least once a month.  Enter the contest! Srsly.

This entry was posted on January 1, 2017, in News.

So long, 2015!

Hi Everyone!

For me 2015 will be known as the Year of Moving, even though it was also the year I took the plunge and started my own business. I’m very glad to be in my new house, with nothing in a storage facility and having an office to work in that is just for the doll stuff!  Spaaaaace!

One reminder: The pattern value bundles from this year are going to disappear within 24 hours to be replaced by new ones!  They’re all on super-sale right now (over 33% off!), so if you were procrastinating on getting one, this is your LAST CHANCE.

There will be a contest next month!  I’ve only been hinting about it for the last two months 😛  More about that tomorrow, but a lot of people buy patterns in the fall/early winter planning to craft after the new year, and I like to help them get motivated 🙂  So make sure you check back in early January!

Finally: THE POLL!  One of the packs for 2016 will be the “Fan Choice” pack (if you need help remembering which pattern is which, take a look here) so vote!  Poll runs for 1 week, and I’ll put up the resulting value bundle in the shop next Friday.  FOR HALF OFF.

What patterns do YOU want to see in the Fan Favorites bundle? (Pick 2)

  • Princess Pack #1 (8%, 10 Votes)
  • Celestial Sailor Scouts (6%, 8 Votes)
  • Vintage/Lolita (6%, 8 Votes)
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita Dress (6%, 8 Votes)
  • Sailor School Uniforms (5%, 7 Votes)
  • Cabaret (5%, 7 Votes)
  • 90s Street Fashion (5%, 6 Votes)
  • Bubble Skirts & Dresses (5%, 6 Votes)
  • Rococo Hime Lolita (5%, 6 Votes)
  • Frock Coat (5%, 6 Votes)
  • Looking Glass Lolita (5%, 6 Votes)
  • Victorian Steampunk Dress (4%, 5 Votes)
  • Private School Uniform (3%, 4 Votes)
  • 70s Hippy & Boho (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Winter Coat & Cape (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Traditional Japanese Attire (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Ballet Pack (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Steampunk Engineer (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Pirate Princess (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Hoodies & Letter Jackets (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Hooded Cloak (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Kigurumi (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Kimono (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Pajama Party (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Corsets (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Princess Pack #2 (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Korean Hanbok (2%, 2 Votes)
  • T & Jeans Basics (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Cocktail Dresses (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Super Stretch Costumes (1%, 1 Votes)
  • 60s Mod (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Summer Dress (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 68

That’s all for now!  I hope everyone has a fun (and safe!) New Year’s Eve <3

This entry was posted on December 31, 2015, in News, Sewing.

Backdated updates!

Things have happened while the website was down.  First, patterns:

Petite Slimline Mod Pattern on Etsy
The Petite Slimline Mod Pattern is a really easy (REALLY easy) quick little pattern that can sew up a lot of different ways!  No darts, no fuss.  At its simplest version, it’s a one-piece dress you just have to hem and sew up the back in 20 minutes or less, but if you want to make it more complex with blouse inserts, fancy sleeves, pleats, stockings, etc, there are pattern pieces and options in there for that, too!

Tiny BJD Mod pattern on Etsy

Here’s the version for tiny BJDs, too.  Same options as the big dress, just tinier.  Again this is a very simple, fast-sewing pattern that you can dress up in a lot of different ways.  I noticed my patterns have been becoming more complex (coughrocococough) so I’m making an effort to do more simple patterns.

17" Conversion Pattern on Etsy!

With the release of new 17″ dolls in both the Monster High and Ever After High doll lines, lots of people have been asking me for patterns for them.  Simple answer: You don’t need new patterns for them.  All of the existing patterns work if you follow the scaling instructions in the size chart.  Basically, enlarge any of the regular sized patterns 150% and you will be good to go. 

Slightly more complex answer: There are a few things that need to be changed.  Closures, for example, are given enough overlap allowance for a narrow strip of velcro on a small doll.  On a larger doll, the overlap doesn’t need to be any bigger, so it can be reduced.  The arms and underarm areas can also be taken in because the seam allowance takes up proportionately less space on a bigger doll than it does on a doll whose arms are narrower than a pencil.  These aren’t very difficult modifications, and most people with moderate-advanced sewing skills would probably do them automatically.  But most of the people I design patterns for are not so advanced, at least when it comes to doll clothes!

Therefore I redrafted the Jeans & T Shirt Basics pattern in 17″ size with the modifications already made, along with explanations why and instructions where/how to do this on any of the other patterns.  If you want to sew for the big dolls, and you’re not quite confident enough to adjust the patterns on your own, this is a pattern + tutorial will be like training wheels.

Second, general doll stuff:

Over the past month I’ve bought/traded a few new tiny BJDs, including some in the yo-SD size.  None have faces yet, but when they do I’ll be including them in the Tiny BJD pattern examples because the tiny BJD clothes work for the larger tiny size just as well as they do for the 16cm size, just have to print the patterns out at an enlarged %.