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.
This week’s pattern has been long requested! While I’ve done elaborate lingerie in the Cabaret pack, a lot of people wanted more styles with a focus on casual underwear styles… which coincidentally are about the same as beach styles, depending on the fabric you use.
Therefore, in this pack, you can find 7 different styles of top, 3 different styles of panty, as well as leggings and tights. AND, if that wasn’t enough variety, I also included stretch and non-stretch pattern pieces so you can do all the different top and panty styles in whatever kind of fabric you want!
I also tried something new in this pattern that I may or may not keep doing depending on feedback: I included two sets of the pattern, at 100% and 125% size to help out the folks who have trouble resizing at home. So if you find this unnecessary or totally awesome, let me know 😉
Down to the wire this week! I was going to do something else, but had to come up with something last minute when plan #1 turned out to be way, way more complicated than I expected. I went into Thursday barely closer to a finished pattern than I was on Monday ^^;
That’s the problem with the big dolls: at this size fabric physics do a shift so things that don’t work in ALL THE OTHER SIZES I sew for start to work (like linings) so patterns that are already tricky in tiny size become exponentially more difficult.
…But not this one! That’s why it’s called “Simply Cute”. Friend came over with her daughter and I made her daughter’s Wellie Wisher (a size I don’t sew for) one of these dresses in 15 minutes after she picked out fabric–and that includes taking the measurements and doing the math for a new doll! Whenever people ask what to start with, if they want casual clothes I point them towards “Basics” and when they want girly stuff I point them to “Simply Cute”
Check it out in the shop & enjoy!
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.
I love costuming. It’s way more fun than sewing casual clothes, and one of the main benefits of sewing for dolls. Super cool fabric $30 or more a yard? Hard to justify for a one-off outfit for me, but when you only need 1/8 yard to make a whole dress (or several) for your dolls… Yes, please!
So just in time for Halloween sewing, I’m giving in to the biggest costuming request I get: GOT fashions. This set is based off of Dani’s dragon-riding styles. Like all of my patterns, super versatile: you can sew the keyhole cutout on the peaked-shoulder, high-collar option or any other combination of sleeves, necklines, and hemlines you can think of. The front skirt opening is also completely optional, if you want a more traditional dress with these options.