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.
I am super psyched over this week’s pattern! It’s one I’ve been working on for a while:
(Link to shop listing)
The fun thing about Lolita style is it’s like fashion ad-lib. Country western Lolita? Sure, that’s a thing. Military lolita? Huge thing. Punk lolita? Of course. You even had to ask? Pretty much everything in the world can be lolita-fied with lots of ruffles and a big poofy skirt.
Qi-loli style is like traditional Chinese wear x Lolita. It isn’t quite as popular as Wa-loli (traditional Japanese wear x Lolita), probably because Loli fashion is such a huge thing in Japan and it’s where most of the big Loli designers are. But that’s not a bad thing! Since it isn’t as mainstream a style, there’s a ton more diversity in the styles that could be considered Qi-loli. I kind of felt like Goldilocks trying to figure out what my final design would look like and being like “Nah, too frumpy” or “Dude, that’s just a regular Lolita dress with a cute Mandarin-collared jacket” or “I love it, but it doesn’t really look loli to me. Not enough layers.” I really liked these and this one, but without the fabric choices and decoration, I think they would have looked like regular cute lolita dresses. Since small-scale Chinese prints are *SO* hard to find, I really wanted a dress that would still look Qi-loli even if it was made with plain solids, or not with Chinese prints at all.
It took a while and a lot of experimentation, but my final design incorporates almost all of my favorite aspects of the different styles and makes them look elegant and properly-to-scale on a tiny doll. I couldn’t be happier! I hope you all love it as much as I do 😀
This week’s pattern comes in 2 flavors!
Why 2 sizes? Because the base dress is very fitted and is a 1-part dress in non-stretch material. If you get both patterns and look at them side by side, you’ll be like “Oh wow” by how different they are, vs a simple dress that is free at the hips where all you need to adjust is the waist.
Both patterns have all the same fun options to swap around between the dresses and are super fast to sew! No sleeves or collars, so really easy and beginner friendly, too. You can check both out now in the shop
(And don’t forget about this month’s giveaway and contest!)
I wanted to announce these at the beginning of the month, but for some reason no one believes anything when you post it on April 1st haha 🙂
Remember Pattern Subscriptions? I’ve offered them in a couple of different sizes before, but for a while I’ve only had them in PS size. Since the beginning of 2017 I’ve pretty consistently released PS, Medium Girl Fashion Doll, and 1/4 Slim MSD/16″ Fashion Doll patterns at a rate of at least 1x month, so I feel pretty confident in offering these sizes as subscriptions now.
BUT WAIT THERE’s MORE! You can also get a pattern subscription with mail service. It’s more expensive because I have to go to the shop and get them printed out and then mail them individually as they’re released, which costs about 5.50/pattern (more than the cost of the actual pattern!) but for people who like the new print service and want a surprise coming in the mail every month, this should be fun 🙂
And then there’s this:
As long as this doesn’t go horribly wrong, this will be a new monthly thing. I make a ton of doll clothes as I develop my patterns, and for the most part my dolls never use them again. So I figured, why not give them away?
Every pattern that has at least 1 week of release in a month (so April’s giveaway patterns will start with last week’s Pullip Pattern) will be included in that month. Then I do a drawing at the end of the month and the winner gets a free outfit mailed to her/him!
If you buy a pattern on the first day it’s released, you get 3 entries
If you buy a pattern within a week of it’s release, you get 2 entries
If you buy a pattern within that pattern’s giveaway month, you get 1 entry
If you are a pattern subscriber, you automatically get 3 entries for each pattern released in the size you are subscribed to!
Winners will pay for shipping. Partly because this could get expensive (esp. if there are a lot of international winners) and partly so that if someone doesn’t really want the outfit they won they will decline it and it will go to someone who does. If someone declines a pattern, I’ll give them a 10 entries to be used on any pattern/patterns of their choice in the next month’s drawing.
I hope this is going to be as much fun for all of you as I think it will be 🙂
New banner! I could only fit around half the dolls I make patterns for ^^; But that’s a good thing, right?
You may have also noticed a new dolly up there: Fashion Royalty! Let’s get a nice closer look:
Oh la la! I’ve been getting a lot of questions about 16″ American type fashion dolls. I have a Tonner Ellowyne Wilde body, which is about the same size and shape as a Fairyland Minifee. Tonner also makes some other doll sizes, as does Fashion Royalty (which are a match for some of the other Tonner doll bodies I don’t have), so I figured I’d pick up a FR gal. Poppy Parker 16″ Silver Shine caught my eye, so here she is!
While she has a slightly narrower waist/hips and skinnier limbs, she is surprisingly similar to the other dolls in this size. Close enough that this dress fit without any over/underlap of the already fitted velcro back closure! Fitted pants and sleeves will need to be taken in a smidge, but most patterns don’t involve pants, tights, or fitted sleeves. For her to turn out to be close enough that pre-sewn clothes for another doll from one of my patterns fit so incredibly well was a lovely surprise!
I *am* working on getting more dolls in other brands, but I have to be restrained and wait for sales/secondhand dolls. These dolls aren’t as expensive as BJDs, but they’re still plenty costly enough to eat most of my shop sales ^^;