Heads up: I still own Puddles

Doll Shoes: Puddles!Puddles was originally made as a donation to PUDDLE, the US Pullip convention. She was raffled off and won by a gal I know, who had her for a couple of years and then when she was planning to sell her, I bought her back because I love this little gal!  She is one of 2 dolls out of my entire collection that has the honor of sitting on my desk. 

And she’s still there!

If this seems like a kind of random post, well, yeah, it is.  That’s because her head is also up for sale in a custom lot on Ebay.  Except it isn’t, because that’s not her.  It’s a copy someone else made.  And it’s not exactly cool that someone made a copy of the doll, but since it’s only showing up now on Ebay as a head (when I made the original like 7 years ago), I think it’s pretty safe to assume it’s a copy someone made and cherished for a long time.  It’s a bit different than someone making a copy to sell.  One’s an act of love, and the other’s just greed. 

I contacted the seller and asked her to clarify that she is not me and the head is not Puddles, so as long as she does that I’m cool with it. 

This entry was posted on August 1, 2017, in Pullips.

Return of the Prodigal Pullip!

Medium Slimline Basics

Gather ’round for Story Time!

Waaay back when Pullips were on Type 2 bodies and I first started making patterns to sew for my most favorite and hard to clothe dollies and nobody, even at Mattel, had even thought of Monster High, people were like “oh, awesome! Give us patterns!” and I was like “Sure, why not?” and went through the trouble of drawing up some patterns and posting them on my website and… absolutely nothing.  I was literally giving them away and nobody cared.  Apart from the Taeyang one, which you can still find the original of floating out there in the digital ether, I don’t think anyone sewed a single one. 

So when Monster High came out and everyone was like “These dolls are awesome but they have no fashion packs and can’t wear other dolls clothes without looking bad!” I was feeling the deja vu.  Again, I got asked to make patterns but this time I was like “I know how this story goes!” and put the patterns on Etsy, expecting to sell maybe 5 copies, and net $15 but that was still better than getting tricked into spending a considerable amount of time putting together a pattern & instructions that nobody was going to actually use. 

Except that time people did, so I made more.  And again the Pullip community was like “patterns are awesome make us some!” and I was like “….?  Really?  Are you sure?” and they were like “YASSSSS!” so I did, and put them in the Etsy shop and…

Pretty much the same thing as the first time. 

So I stopped making patterns for Pullip-sized dolls for the second time.  For whatever reason, the Pullip fandom just wasn’t into sewing. 

Then what the heck is this?  Well, lately I have seen a lot of people using other doll sizes I’ve made to sew patterns for Pullips.  You can sorta do it: For Medium sized dolls, if you take in the side and back seams extra they fit reasonably well (the same way you’d adjust pre-made Barbie clothes).  For the Petite Slimline dolls, from the waist up anything fits if you enlarge it 125%.  PS is much more pear shaped though, so all the pants and anything fitted to the body below the waist is a no-go.  All of the patterns in the Medium Slimline Pullip size are ones that wouldn’t convert well from the other categories, as they’re either full-body or patterns with pants/leggings.

The big obvious gap though, is that Pullip doesn’t have her own “Basics” outfit!  So I fixed that, and you can pick it up in the shop 🙂

So we’ll see!  Either this is going to be one of those “Third time’s the charm” or “three strikes and you’re out” kind of deals.  I really hope that sewing is now a thing in the Pullip fandom because they still are and will always be my favorite dolls. 

Dolly Clean-Out!

You know how they say if you’re not sure if you need something, to pack it away and see if you miss it?  I’ve had some dolls packed up from the moves last year, and yeah, it’s time to sell some of them.

Dolls on the list:

Noir (Original, not Regeneration!)
Haute LAPrunella

Primadolly Ashletina Blythe

For all the piccies and details, check out the Requiem Art Designs Facebook page!


Amelia Update!

The official release date for Amelia is the end of August.  She is (currently) available for preorders at PullipStyle, HERE.

Now, the original amount of dolls set aside for preorders already sold out last night (she went up for preorder last night) and PS opened up more dolls for preorder reservation.  If she sells out again, that does not mean she’s sold out for good!  PS is a responsible shop and doesn’t put their full run up for reservation so that they can do things like check over boxes and make sure all the dolls are pristine before they send them out.  Because of that, more dolls will open up when she arrives in August and they know exactly how many good dolls they have to sell!

TLDR: If you need to save up and miss the preorder, don’t despair, you’ll get another chance at the end of August 🙂

This entry was posted on July 6, 2016, in Pullips.

OMG I got to design a doll!

I’m so happy to finally be able to talk about Amelia!  Amelia is the recently announced PullipStyle Exclusive.  She isn’t up for orders yet, but will be soon.  Amelia is a “Creators Label” doll, in that she was designed by fans instead of the company.  In this case, she was designed by Klein aka Pullip Junk and myself!  Klein had been encouraging PullipStyle to do another store exclusive, so when they asked her what kind of doll she’d like she gave them a bunch of ideas (but I’ll let her talk about that)  But Klein isn’t a customizer, so when she asked me if I wanted to bring her concept to life, well duh.  Of course I did!  We’ve made lots of awesome dolls together before, just not for mass production, heh.

PullipStyle Exclusive Amelia

Of the designs Klein came up with were two that were most loved by PullipStyle.  One was a steampunk type desert rabbit girl, which was pretty awesome but understandably kind of risky from a “do we want to try and sell 400 of these” point of view, and another was an adorable lolita bunny girl that was safer, but not quite as unique since lolita style is something that has been done a lot.  So Klein combined the designs into something that made everyone in both camps pretty happy.  This is her ‘final’ design:

Klein's concept sketch

Still pretty far from the eventual Amelia, right?  Well I don’t have copies of her original sketches, but some things were swapped out for logistic reasons–like skirt was swapped for pumpkin pants (from the desert bunny prototype) and the hoodie became a cape (from the lolita bunny prototype) and the corset because… well who doesn’t love a nice removable corset in their wardrobe? Continue reading

This entry was posted on July 2, 2016, in Pullips.