Looking Glass Lolita pattern for 11.5″ Fashion Dolls

Looking Glass Lolita pattern on Etsy!

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. 

Mother of Dragons Pattern

PS Mother of Dragons

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.

Enjoy! 

Hascon 2017 (Part 1)

I took a crapton of photos, so I’ll be splitting this up into a few posts!

Hascon 2017

I was pretty excited about HASCON.  I’m not a big con person, but I liked the idea of this because if Hasbro has its own convention, giving each of its properties space, then in theory, they each have a lot more creativity than if they were all crammed into a Hasbro booth at another convention like SDCC.  And they totally did.  My favorite part by far was the Marvel Legends booth, where they had some gorgeous resin 3D printers going live as they printed up stuff on them.  The resin printers look like something out of an 80s evil scientist B horror movie, with beds of liquid resin being constantly swished around figures that are slowly emerging from the gooey depths.  I <3 them.  But more about that later! Continue reading

This entry was posted on September 9, 2017, in IRL.

Chibi Sized Looking Glass Lolita pattern!

Looking Glass Lolita in Chibi size!

Being a 5-Friday month, there is one extra alt-size pattern this month and this is it!  Looking Glass Lolita for Chibi Dolls

Chibi dolls being Kinoko Juice, Kikipop, and Fairyland’s Realfee with or without animal legs/tails. 

I also went to Hascon today!  Hascon is the convention Hasbro started for all of their toylines.  It was pretty big, and it was pretty awesome.  I have lots of pictures, and will post them and do a con writeup later.

New patterns & SALE!

This weekend!

Couple a things this week!  First, everyone’s favorite build-your-own pattern bundle is back!  Use Buy4Get1 code to get 5 patterns for the price of 4/ aka 20% off! 

And next, I have this week’s patterns:
1/12 jacket and lab coat

1/12 Trench Coat

You can find ’em both Here

While these days I’m mostly known for making patterns, I still like to customize.  I get bored easily, so I always like to try new things.  In the past couple of years I’ve picked up some action figures (aka dolls without brushable hair, often packaged using colors that aren’t pink.)

And lemme tell ya, some of the customs I’ve seen in those communities have been pretty kickass.  But it’s also funny because while they’re generally doing the same thing as girl customizers: taking figure A and turning it into figure B, the skill arrays of HOW they get there are way different. 

One of those skills is sewing.  I make a figure with vinyl belts and it blows people away.  I get 3-4 people asking how I sculpted those soft, thin, flat belts that flex with the figure.  And I’m like, no, just cut some fabric strips and sculpted buckles.

Now it’s not that guys can’t sew.  In the grade school I went to, ALL the kids were required to take Home ec (sewing, cooking) classes and shop (wood & metal working) classes.  When everybody has to do it, nobody gets made fun of for doing a girl/boy thing they might be interested in.  Guys were just as good at and enthusiastic about making cookies and sewing quilts as I was with saws and molten aluminum casting.  It’s bullshit.  If you want to try it, try it.

Detailed sculpting is awesome, but there are definitely situations where fabric is the superior material.  Consider:

  • Fabric won’t impede articulation.  You give a character a long sculpted trench coat and even if it’s made out of rubbery plastic that flexes, it will never be able to do THIS
  • Fabric doesn’t cause paint rubs.  Where are paint rubs the most common?  Shoulders!  What does a jacket cover?  Oh yeah.
  • Fabric is light, so even if you make a bulky accessory (like a cape or long coat) with it, it won’t be heavy enough to tip the figure over or make it hard to balance.
  • Use something non-fraying like vinyl, and you can make belts and straps more thin and pliable than any plastic or apoxie
  • It’s SO MUCH FASTER than sculpting.
  • It’s much easier to get to a point where you sew something that looks good vs can sculpt something that looks good.
  • You can take it off the figure, instead of having to have multiple figures, one for each look
  • You can share them between figures.  Do you know how many comic book characters have had long black trench coats over the years?
  • More durable! Clays and apoxies snap.  Fabric doesn’t.  It also doesn’t chip, or get the paint scraped off.

So these patterns were written with action figure customizers in mind.  I got some brave volunteers to test the pattern on before I released it to make sure a random action figure customizer with 0 sewing experience would be able to figure it out, and they all could. 

If you can sew a straight stitch, by hand or machine, you can make these.  There are simplified versions and alternate steps that will let you get a good result with 3 seams.  If you DO want to sew, you can use the same pattern and follow tips for adding detail and get little jackets that are just as detailed as sculpted ones, except way more flexible and removable. 

Enjoy!  I hope this helps out anyone who wants to try sewing for customizing, but is put off because of a lack of patterns or tutorials.  (Psst: free tutorial for miniature sewing here)