Getting Carried Away!

Good morning all you there in Internet-Land! Well, as the title says, I have been having some BJD fun ~ maybe too much fun. I have been adding some gals to my small, yet growing, collection. One of the dolls has been here for quite a while, and I need to put on her face. That is the 60cm MiroDoll body with the Fairyland Feeple Nanuri event head. The next addition was the Bobobie Ophelia. My latest purchase is the 60cm white Resinsoul body with both jointed hands and stationary hands. I just love her slender sculpt! I bought a “white skin” AkagiDoll Ban head for her, but it was not white like the body ~ just a lighter natural color. I could make it work, but it doesn’t look quite as I wish, so I have purchased a DollLove Xueying head instead ~ now I’m waiting for it to arrive. I might sell the AkagiDoll head … or just wait and get another body to go with it … I mean, all these girls were UNDER $200 … but seriously, I need to stop! 🙂

KODAK Digital Still Camera

The next bit of fun news is a reminder to me that you can always find cool dolly items in not-so-expensive places. My friend came to work the other day and said, “I have something for you. I was searching through the ‘pay-by-the-pound’ bin at Goodwill and found this! Maybe you can use it for a pattern or sell it or something.” She then handed me this adorable fisherman’s vest, complete with actual pockets, zippers, and lures! It has a brand sticker, “MUSTAD,” but I’ll need to do some research on it. It looks like it will fit a third-scale BJD or American Girl size doll. It’s so cute ~ I definitely will NOT be selling it!

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Another item on my “talk about” list is that I have five new doll trunks in production. My bedroom/sewing room/work shop is getting VERY full! I will post updates when the trunks are done and ready to list on eBay. Or maybe I’ll just try selling them here on my own site. Not sure yet.

And now to something for you. As I mentioned on my facebook page, I am working on a new spring project. It’s a collection of five pastel jacket & dress sets. (This MUST be the reason I needed more dolls, right???) I even bought five pair of white sneakers for them to all wear in the photo shoots ~ so excited! I have all the jackets cut out, and have been working on the dress pattern I will be using. It’s a basic dress with a dropped front V-waistline, gathered skirt, and overlapping tulip sleeves. I decided to share the dress pattern with all of you. I will post the pdf file on my Ready To Print page, so you can hop over there to easily download it. This pattern is formatted to 8.5×11 inch paper.

I hope you enjoy the pattern and have a super great day!

Advertisements

An Awesome Day at Comic Con!

Wow, Internet-Land! I’m worn out after our adventure to Portland yesterday. We had so much fun meeting artists, cos-players, authors, & celebrities. I’ll share what I posted on facebook, and add some of the pictures. Enjoy!

Wow, Friends & Visitors! What a fun day we had at the Wizard World Comic Con 2018! It was such a great time. I didn’t have time to work on much over the weekend, but will share a few pics of our adventure.
The “Back to the Future” Time Machine DeLorean was built by this wonderful couple who travel with it raising contributions for Parkinson’s Research. Check out their page & website!
https://www.facebook.com/ToTheFuture.org/
http://www.tothefuture.org/Welcome.html
Have a wonderful week! (I’ll be resting! )

Making 1/3 BJD Pattern Pieces

Good morning, Internet-Land. I had an idea for a new project, but in order to start, I was going to need to make a new pattern set. Since I had never done a complete Basic Set for my 1/3 scale (58cm) BJD gals, I thought this would be a good day to incorporate that in as well. To see a more detailed list of steps for wrapping, taping. and marking your particular doll, you can see my earlier tutorial in the archives: Making a Fitted Pattern for Evangeline on October 1, 2017. The steps are the same for any doll you might want to use. Here I will just mention the steps and show a couple photos I took during the process. At the end I will include a picture of the finished pattern set, and if you would like, you can pop over to my Ready To Print page and download the pdf file with the pieces. These are formatted to legal size paper (8.5″x14″). Remember ~ as with my other “Basic Pattern Sets,” the pieces are an ACTUAL EXACT FIT directly from the doll used. As you draft your own cool new designs, you will need to add any fullness required along with the needed overlaps for front or back closures or pant fly openings, etc.

First, I wrap the doll in plastic kitchen wrap. Then I tape over the wrap with the frosted style of adhesive tape. I only need to wrap one side of her. Once wrapped & taped, I draw my pattern lines on the tape.

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Second, I carefully cut the pieces off the doll, being careful not to scratch her. I carefully remove excess wrap from the backside of the pieces, so they will lay a little easier on the paper. These pieces are then traced with pencil onto clean paper.

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Third, I add between one-sixteenth and one-eighth inch to the outside of the lines to smooth out the pieces (except for the inside of the arm-holes and neck-line, these I keep the same).

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Fourth, I add a .25″ seam allowance to all pieces.

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Remember, these are only the exact fitted pieces. The rest is up to your own great creativity! Enjoy & thanx for stopping by!

BJD FEMALE 58m Basic Pieces

WOW! Good To Be Back!

Howdy, howdy, Internet-Land! I’m glad to be typing again. I’ve had a very busy month, but I suppose that’s a good thing. Last weekend was my bi-annual Doll Show at the Polk County Fairgrounds here in western Oregon. I was very busy sewing in preparation for the event, so that took most of my free time. I had a really good day, meeting with friends and collectors. (That’s my daughter in the photo ~ she’s my helper.) I had made a couple doll cases with a new layout design, but they sold early, so will show one after the picture of my table. This post is full of photos, so sit back for a fund read with a surprise for you at the end!

0324181106

0216181227_Burst01

One of the highlights was seeing a young collector friend and connecting her with a new addition to her collection, my custom Hinata (from the anime series, Naruto Shippuden). This doll was made using an Obitsu head & magnetic footed body. I also got her an extra set of hands. Then I did her face-up and created her outfit. I was so glad to see her move to her new home where she will be very much loved!

102_0887

Another fun part of the show is getting to see all the other vendors and looking for treasures to add to my own collection. I don’t generally shop a lot, as I am there to sell ~ not buy, but sometimes I can’t resist. Such was the case when I saw this lovely little hand-smocked dress that is perfect for my resin Tiny Betsy McCall! I have adored this lady’s work for quite a while now, so decided to acquire some of her craftsmanship. It is truly a piece of art!

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Most of my sewing time for the show was dedicated to the fellas. I felt they had been a bit neglected recently, so took some time to restock my male apparel stash. I had fun creating some new looks for the Tonner men. I am particularly happy with the cammo puffy vest, sporting a real zipper and inset pockets. The display also included a new trench coat, flannel shirt, and pleated pants (also having real inset front pockets).

And now for your surprise! A new project was this Kimono/Yakata Set for my 1/3 scale MirroDoll Rain (65cm). I am posting the pattern for the Kimono Set here on the website through the end of April. These are the actual pattern pieces I used to make the set, and I also added a piece to make a long skirt. (Some pieces will need to be assembled before pinning to & cutting fabric.) You can pop over to the “Ready To Print” page to download this pattern. It is formatted to legal size paper (8.5″x14″).

The last addition to my show was the purchase of some great colored furs to make wigs. Sold a few, too!

Well, that’s about it for now. I do have some ideas for a new paper doll series, but that is still in the works, so will wait for another day. Thanx for coming by to spend some time with me. Enjoy and have a super great weekend! ~ missy

New L&N Outfits & Video

Happy Evening, Internet-Land. Today I have been working on some new outfits for my Lavender & Nanette Paper Dolls. I wanted to make another video of the set being drawn, but was having lots of trouble trying to record with my new camera. I don’t know, maybe it’s because this camera uses so much battery, and the ones I had were losing juice. In any event, I tried twice with the new camera to no avail. That means I had two sets of new outfits, but no video. So, I went back to my old little freebie camera (an amazing story in itself ~ maybe I’ll share it later), and filmed yet another set of outfits. It’s all good, however, because it means THREE new sets for YOU! I’ll post images of the new sets below the video link, and they are now included in the Lavender & Nanette pdf file on my Ready To Print page. Enjoy!

Sewing the Mortimer T-Shirt

Good morning, Internet-Land ~ well, at least here in Oregon it’s morning. I hope all is well with you. Today I’m going to show the steps I use in sewing the T-Shirt pattern I posted earlier on February 27, 2018 (which can be easily downloaded from my “Ready To Print” page). So, without further ado, here we go. Shown is the layout of cut pieces. I use a soft knit that’s great for T-Shirts. You need to cut one of the front, one collar, two back pieces, and two sleeves.

102_1616

Step 1 – Prep-sew. Serge (or zig-zag) the center back edges to prevent ravelling or fraying. Do the same with sleeve hems, then also hem the sleeves.

102_1617

Step 2 – attach front to back at shoulders.

102_1618

Step 3 – Pin the upper edge of the sleeve shoulder to the sleeve opening, matching the center of sleeve shoulder to the shoulder seam of the shirt. Do this for both sleeves. Sew sleeves to shirt. Then open out to make sure there are no pleats in the armhole seam.

102_1619

102_1620

Step 4 – Fold collar length-ways with right sides together and stitch ends closed.

102_1622

Step 5 – Turn the collar right-side-out and fold to find center. Mark the center with a pin.

102_1623

Step 6 – Pin center of collar to center front neckline of shirt.

Step 7 – OK, this next part can seem a bit tricky, but is still pretty simple. You need to fold center back finished edge of shirt .25″ in, so that the wrong sides are together and the right side will be a nice finished edge. Then stretch the collar so the finished fold of the back center shirt edge fits with the finished end of the collar. Do this for both sides and pin the ends in place (you can also place a pin at the shoulder seams while the collar is stretched to help hold things in the right place). You will sew the shirt neckline to the collar while stretching the collar. NOTE: If you’re an experienced sewer & SUPER ambitious, you can sew the shirt to only the front side of the collar, tuck the seam into the collar, then fold the back/inside of the collar seam allowance up into the collar & hand-stitch in place.

102_1624

102_1625

Step 8 – Sew the side seams starting at the sleeve hems, sewing to the underarm, then sewing down the sides to the shirt hemline. (I use my serger for these seams.)

102_1626

Step 9 – With right sides together, now sew from the opening mark on the center back down to the shirt hemline. Be sure to back-tack at beginning and end of seam. I usually do a little extra back-tack up by the neck opening just to give a little more security, as this will get more pull when the shirt is taken on and off over the head.

102_1628

Step 10 – Now all that is left is to hem the shirt and place a snap at the back of the neck!

And there you have it ~ a nice finished T-Shirt! You can now add your own alterations to give a more fitted look or to add long sleeves. Enjoy & happy sewing!

The Best Customer Service

Good afternoon, Internet-Land! We have a saying where I work: “The best customer service is not having to call Customer Service!” How true, right? The absolute best experience is having things correct from the get-go. Well, when good things happen, I like to share it. The other day I went shopping on-line at The Fabric Depot. For me, it’s pretty local ~ being located in Portland, Oregon, US, but still ~ Portland is about 60 miles away from me. I didn’t want to drive all the way there in big city traffic just for a quarter yard of red fur. Hmmm. “Well,” I thought, “I’ll try their online store and see how it goes.” After going to the site, I found their furs were on sale, so I decided to make my time worth while. I ordered a quarter yard of four different colors: red, red/black, pink, and purple. I was a bit apprehensive as to whether or not they would even process orders containing only quarter yards. Not only did they process the order and ship it amazingly fast, but they ALSO sent MORE than I ordered! Each selection is at least 3 inches more, and one piece is almost a half yard. Now, THAT’s great customer service! I will definitely be shopping with them again! I don’t know how they are when it comes to international shipping, but it’s worth checking out. If in the states ~ go for it!

https://www.fabricdepot.com/

0302181642a

Making a T-Shirt Pattern for Mortimer

Good evening, Internet-Land. Still fighting a really bad virus has kept me stuck at home. As I’ve been going through my files and updating the site, I noticed I had all the photos done for a tutorial I NEVER posted! So, tonight’s the night. This will be pretty simple, but will hopefully inspire you to move forward with more great creations of your own. I don’t actually have a model of Mortimer, but I do have Peter Pevensie, who has the same body. He’s just not quite as popular as Mort. This pattern can also be used for 45-55cm BJDs. So, let’s start with what you need:

MATERIALS

Gather these items: Your doll,  measuring tape, pencil & eraser, paper (I like to use graph paper when making a pattern with this method.), and scissors.

WHAT TO DO

First, you’ll need to measure your doll. Take measurements for the center front and back from the base of the neck to the length you want your shirt. Also measure the widest girth around the chest.

Then measure from the top edge of the shoulder down the front and down the outside of the sleeve. Sleeve measurement can be for long or short sleeve, but in this tutorial we will be making a short sleeve.

Now with your measurements, you are ready to start drawing your pieces. I always work out from the center. Draw a 9″ center front line down the page. Make a mark 7″ up from the hem. This will be the front of the neckline. Measure 2.75″ inches out to the side, and draw a line parallel to the center line. This is the side seam. The next part may sound a little tricky, but it’s not that bad. On your side seam line, measure up from the hem using the shoulder measurement. Draw a 1 5/8″ perpendicular line back towards the center line. I used graph paper, so just followed that point back to the center. Then I marked down the side .25″ from that line to create a sloped shoulder line. Once that was done, I drew a 2″ curved neckline from the center front mark to the top of the shoulder as shown. Don’t forget to add .25″ to the neck, shoulder, side, and hem for a seam allowance. Fold the paper on the center, and cut out your front piece.

Now you will keep this folded front and use it as a guide to make the back piece. On a new sheet of paper, make another line down the page that will be the center back. Be sure to allow room for a seam allowance down the center back, as the center back will have a seam. Trace all around the front, then raise the neckline as shown. When you cut the back, you will cut it as half of the back, and will use two pieces for sewing. I also show where I mark the pattern back to show how far up the sewn seam will go from the hemline. This allows for a wider head opening (which is especially helpful if making for a BJD, since they can often have larger heads).

Next is the sleeve. Again, I start with a center line for the sleeve, marking the finished length. The widest part of the sleeve is 2.5″ from the center. The hemline is 2.25″ from the center. The 2″ diagonal line from the underarm to the hem keeps a more natural looking sleeve that does not flare way out at the hem when finished. Then I make a gentle curve from the underarm point to the top of the shoulder point. This measures 3″.  Be sure to once again add .25″ seam allowance to all the outside edges as shown. Now, fold on the center line and cut out your sleeve.

102_1615

The final piece you will need to make is the collar for the neckline. Make a rectangle that is 1.25″x7.” You will cut one front, one collar, two backs, and two sleeves. All your finished pieces will look like this:

102_1616

And there you have it. You’ve just made a T-shirt pattern for your Mortimer/Peter Pevensie doll! I will be adding this new pattern set image to my Free Stuff page and a pdf version to my Ready To Print page. Hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial ~ thanks for coming!

 

Easy Access!

Hello, hello, Internet-Land. This has been an interesting weekend. I started to come down with a really icky virus on Thursday. It just kept getting worse and worse. Friday it hit without mercy! As I was lying around trying to breathe, I was also thinking, “What can I do for the blog today? I feel so bad; I can’t really create right now.” Then it occurred to me – why not revamp something I’ve already done to make things easier for the wonderful people who visit my site? So, that’s what I did. I have added a new page to my site called, “Ready To Print.” Right now, the page has all my sewing patterns in pdf file collections. Each file holds a complete pattern set. I will continue to work on the conversions, adding the paper dolls and coloring crafts. I will leave the “Free Stuff” page, because it shows all the images. You can look for what you want, then just pop over to “Ready To Print” for an easy download! Enjoy!

Daylight Shimmer Doll Pattern

Good evening, Internet-Land. I hope this post finds you well and happy. Tonight I have a new dolly sewing pattern for you. This was drafted to fit the Wilde Imagination Evangeline, but I was tickled to find that it can also fit the Phyn & Aero Annora, though a little long in the pants. It’s actually designed to have two layers of chiffon for the neck yoke and as the drape part of the top, but to my dismay, I didn’t have any on hand. Thus, the use of the sequined fabric in the photos. This pattern will be available for free through the end of this month (February 2018). After that, it will be available by purchase only, so don’t miss out! 🙂