A Little Black Dress

So, Internet~Land, today we’re putting together a fashion classic ~ the little black dress for an SD BJD. I posted the pattern last week, so you can find it by scrolling down to the previous post or by looking at the photo on my “Free Stuff” page. If you decide to give it a try, just go to the “Ready To Print” page to download the free PDF file. I had fun sewing the new pattern today, and it turned out just as I envisioned it in my head. I’m quite happy that it was easy to put together and fits my doll well. Hopefully it will be a new staple addition to your doll’s wardrobe as well. Enjoy & happy sewing!

Hello Again!

Pleasant greetings to all my friends in Internet~Land! I hope you are well and happy this fine August evening. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we are coming into the hotter part of our summer. It’s still bearable with a fan in the window, so I have not had to insert the air conditioner unit yet. We’re fortunate to enjoy the Pacific Coast breeze in the evenings, so it cools down our house and makes the nights more comfortable. Though I really miss having my summers at home (as I used to when I was teaching), I’m still enjoying the nice weather and looking forward to an up-coming camping trip with family.

To prepare for some time away from the internet, I’m working on some new patterns for you. Today I have a fun pattern for making doll clothing hangers as well as a sewing pattern for an SD size BJD “Little Black Dress.” I hope you will find these two projects inspiring and fun. I will post the photo views of the patterns after the video link. Enjoy!

Doll Hanger Pattern

BJD SD Little Black Dress

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zzzzzz ~ oh, hi, internet~land

I’m not sure why my videos & posts always seem to be finished so late, when I really should have been in bed sleeping HOURS ago. I actually do work on things during the day. Maybe it’s just because I don’t want to wait another full day before I can post it. So, here I am, saying both “hello” & “good night” as I add a new pattern & video for your sewing enjoyment. Sleep sweet!

BJD SD Kimono Set

BJD SD Girl Kimono Pattern Set

BJD SD Turtleneck Shirt

Hi, everybody in Internet~Land. Now that I’m happy with my ninja pants pattern, I thought I needed to add a nice casual top to go with them. This is a pretty easy pattern with lots of ways to “change it up.” You can make the collar more narrow, lengthen or shorten the sleeves, keep the back open or sew it up, or add more length to the hem. It’s a good base pattern from which you can create your own special look. The dolls I’ve tried it on are a 70cm Resinsoul Long and a 68cm Mirodoll Rain. The pattern should be easily adapted to dolls that are both smaller and larger. Hope it’s helpful in your designing endeavours!

Pattern – BJD SD Turtleneck

BJD SD Turtleneck

Having Fun with Dolly Corsets

Here in the U.S., we are about to enjoy our Independence Day holiday on July 4th. I am so excited to have a wonderful mini vacation ~ FIVE days off! It’s not that I have a lot of mighty events planned, but I just LOVE being home! We will spend some time with family on Thursday, but the other days, I will just get to relax and have some fun working in my yard … or sleeping. To celebrate the occasion, I have a different kind of video & pattern set ready for you. Usually, each pattern I post is for one particular type of doll at a time. Today, we’re blowing out all the stops! This set features THREE kinds of corset patterns, each designed for THREE different dolls! That means NINE patterns in one set! In my video, we will put together four corsets. So, strap on your wrist-wrap-pin-cushion, because it’s time to get sewing!

Corset Basics Pattern Set

Corset Basics

Making Something “Good” “Better!”

Hello, hello, friends in Internet~Land. I’m not sure why my posts and videos always end up being finished way too late on a Sunday evening. I think it’s because my subconscious is trying to avoid the knowledge that the sooner I go to bed & go to sleep, the sooner I will have to wake up and go back to work. I just LOVE being home!

Oh, well, in any event, I have a new updated pattern & video for you. I was wandering through some of my facebook groups this week and came across an excellent idea for a waistband on the BJD SD Ninja Pants. I thought, “I just have to give this a try!” Low and behold, I love how it worked. Improvements are always a good thing. Soooo ~ I drafted up a pretty version of my brown paper pattern so I can post it here for you to try. Enjoy & happy sewing!

Pattern – BJD SD Waistbanded Ninja Pants

BJD SD Waistbanded Ninja Pants

Showin’ a Mom Some Love!

Hey there, Internet~Land! Just popping in for a quick update. My wonderful daughters treated me to a surprise ~ a new & upgraded camera! Two years ago, they bought me a very nice camera for Christmas. A couple weeks ago, it totally froze. Even with brand new batteries, it would not turn on long enough for the lens to go back into the mount. Fortunately, they included an extended protection plan which covered the original purchase amount. Well, instead of just replacing the current one, they added to it in order to get a different camera. Here’s my happy box opening!

Gum Box Video Complete!

Hi, everybody in Internet~Land! I have now completed & posted the “how to” video for making the cute little dolly cases. I’ll include the pattern link in this post, as well as a link to the video. Wishing you tons of fun as you craft & sew!

Gum Case

Gum Case Re-Imagined

Good morning all you wonderful people out there in Internet~Land! Here in the U.S., it’s Memorial Day weekend. I’m enjoying the knowledge that Monday will be spent at home. Today I slept until 6:30am, which was delightful compared to my usual 3:30am alarm! Upon awaking, I sorted the laundry for the wash-house (since my own washer died), and have finished up theĀ  formatting for this new little pattern. It’s a fun way to use those empty chewing gum cases for delightful dolly accessories! Now your dolls will have a new type of case/purse/attache’ to carry their most valuable treasures. I’ve only finished the prototype thus-far (pictured on the right), but I am still going to make more. I’ll play with it and tweak it as I go if needed. The pattern is designed to have some edges turned over/hemmed (shown by dotted lines), but if you want the edges to be flat and smooth, you could skip this part (trimming off those edges as long as your fabric/leather does not ravel). In any event, it’s just a place for your own creativity to begin! I’m working on a video to walk through the assembly steps. I’m in the process of replacing my good camera which suddenly died last week, so hopefully that can be done this weekend. If not, I’ll try using one of my older cameras to get that ready for you. In the meantime, here’s the pattern so you can start building!

Gum Case