Medium Boy Suit Pattern

Suits for Medium Boys (EAH, Taeyang, Ken)

This week’s pattern was a sponsored pattern (if someone has a desperate need for a pattern, they can commission one for exclusive use or sponsor one for much less but it also goes into the shop for general purchase).  Medium Boy dolls can now show off their style with this suit pattern, which also works as a EAH backgrounder type pattern!

This pattern is both similar and different to the School Uniform pattern, but the only pattern that is shared between them is socks.  Clothes in the suit pattern are a bit more detailed  (there’s 3 pages of pattern pieces in this pattern compared to 1.5 pages of pattern pieces in the school uniform pattern) while clothes in the school uniform are simplified for ease of sewing.  Even the tie patterns are different: the tie pattern in school uniform is like a clip on tie while the suit pattern is an actual tie you have to knot around the doll’s neck! 

If you have both you can certainly swap pieces between them, like if you want to add a blazer to your school uniform, or if you have a material you want to make into a shirt for a suit that’s a little on the thick side or hard to work with the school uniform shirt would be easier to sew. 

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! 


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!