This week’s pattern is “Galaxy Gowns” for 1/3 scale!
…but didn’t I do this size the week before last?
Yes, yes. See, when weeks go smoothly, I work on extra patterns to have in reserve for when things don’t go quite so smoothly. Coming into the holiday season I had 3 extra patterns saved up in anticipation of holiday stuff in various sizes so that I could slip them into the rotation seamlessly as needed. Currently I just have one pattern in reserve, this one, so it’s a little more obvious when I sneak it in. Since 1/3 is the size everyone has been asking for more of, I figure more people will be going “YAY EXTRA 1/3 pattern!” than “Boo, Barbie pattern 1 week delay!” Either way, March is a 5-friday month so I’d have an extra alt size pattern this month anyway 🙂
OK, back to Galaxy Gowns— Recently Dollfie Dream has announced a Sailor Moon doll which is absolutely adorbs. But Sailor Moon has a HUUUUUUGE cast and even if they do the main girls, that would be a lot of dolls. The chance of them doing a human version of Luna, who is a main character but only appears in human form in a few panels? Pretty slim! She also a dress, which is designed in a way that it could be very easily used for non-cosplay styles.
Essentially this is a sweeheart bustline bodice with narrow straps, a hi-low layered tulle skirt and hip flounce. Skip the tulle skirt and sew it in a summery print and you get an awesome handkerchief skirted summer dress! Skip the hip flounce and you have a timeless full length dress style that repeatedly cycles through formal dresses, prom dresses, and wedding gowns. Super versatile, not very hard to sew. The best kind of pattern!
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!
This week’s pattern is Convertible Mini Dresses for the curvy 1/3 dolls: DD, Smart Doll, and a bunch of BJDs with more curvy proportions like the lovely Fairyland F60 pictured above!
This pattern has been pretty popular in the other sizes I’ve done it in: It’s quick, it’s versatile, and it’s a lot of fun. There’s something about being able to mix and match looks, and the fact that you don’t have to make a whole new dress for each look is a huge time saver!
Variations for size in this pattern include bust size (self explanatory) and thigh gap (!?!!) Yeah, I was pretty surprised too! But look at the comparison chart I did:
See, the Dollfie Dream Sister? Her thighs are wider apart than her hips for some reason. Not the kind of measurement a girl usually takes, you know? They can pivot inward so the knees get slightly closer together, but those upper thighs man, they are just super wide and stay that way >.< So to make sure clothes fit her, a variation was included that makes the skirt part below the hips a little wider. I want clothes made from my patterns to fit ALL THE DOLLS! (or at least as many as possible)
I hope you enjoy it! The core dress only takes about 15 minutes to sew up: about as fast and easy as a sock dress, but infinitely classier 🙂
I have a Smart Doll on loan from Pullip Junk, so I’m using the opportunity to try out some 1/3 scale patterns for the bigger dolls! While you can get some incredibly elaborate detail on a 1/3 outfit, I know that when it comes to Dollfie Dreams and Smart Dolls, the population is skewed more towards anime/figure fans than doll fans, who are even less familiar with sewing. Aprons look cute, and they’re almost impossible to screw up, even for a newbie sewer! Check it out now on Etsy!
I assume that this pattern works equally well on the less-curvy 1/3 dolls out there because on people an apron will fit just as well on a size 2 as a size 10 and there’s a lot less variation than that between the vinyl and resin BJD proportions, but I don’t have any 1/3 resin dolls to test it on.
If sewing isn’t your thing but you want some cute apron action, I put the demo outfits from the pattern up for sale in the shop as well!