Time for a Trip!

Greetings & Salutations, Internet~Land! I hope this post finds you all happy & healthy! We are enjoying a bit of anticipation, as we are about to make a short trip up north to Seattle! We have had this planned for a long time, but I didn’t want you to be neglected while we were away. 🙂 So ~ I have a new set of paper doll outfits ready for you. These will fit my latest paper doll, Mae. Her complete collection can be viewed on the “Free Stuff” page, and I have already updated the PDF file on the “Ready To Print” page. When opened, you will find the doll and all her outfits in the file. I also recorded a video drawing this set. Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!


A “New-to-Me” Machine!

Howdy, howdy, friends in Internet~Land! This has been an interesting week. I was finally able to have my industrial sewing machine delivered to my house. Once here, it was time to clean it up and get it running. All was well until the motor decided to seize up and fill my garage with smoke! Well, no worries ~ it came with an extra motor. And as I seem to be classified as “dauntless,” I decided to switch it out myself (with a little help from my girls). So come along as we get it ready to sew!

Time for a New Pattern!

Howdy, howdy, Internet~Land. I hope you are well on this Friday afternoon … well, it’s afternoon here, anyway. Things have been really moving the last couple weeks. We had our annual Vacation Bible School, so that took a lot of preparation. If you’d like to see my “Ark,” you can scroll to the previous post for a link to the video. Then at work, I had a project booth for our “Continuous Improvement & Safety Fair.” I had some display boards to design, along with a “hands on” participation project for all the people who came by the booth! Then, of course, I wanted to have a new project done for the blog.

So, that brings me to today’s post. Since my 70cm Resinsoul arrived, I’ve been working on parts of his outfit bit by bit. First was the Doctor Who wig pattern, then the Basic Pattern Pieces Set (from which I draft all my clothing items), and then the Shirt pattern (both drafting it & sewing it). You can watch vidoes for all these on my YouTube channel. Now it’s time for the Pants pattern. The FREE PDF file is ready for you on the “Ready To Print” page, and the video link for drafting the pattern is posted below. The thumbnail photo shows what the pieces look like. Enjoy & happy sewing!

Building “Noah’s Ark”

Hello, hello, all my friends in Internet~Land! Last week was VERY busy as I planned, shopped, and built an “Ark” for our church’s Vacation Bible School! It was such a fun project, but I was definitely NOT prepared for the results of being up & down on a chair for 14 hours!!! WOW ~ was I SORE!!! Not to worry ~ it only took about four days to be back to normal 🙂

I thought I’d try a “vlog style” video to show my process, so come along with me as we build!

Progress for My Doctor Who BJD

Hello, hello, friends in Internet~Land! I’m happy to say that I’ve been able to get lots of dolly things done. The first project was my set of five Spring Outfits for my third scale gals. I am very satisfied with the results of my labors! Wow ~ ALL those buttons and snaps!!! 🙂

Once the girls were all decked out, I started on The Doctor’s ensemble. So far ~ I have his wig done, the Basic Pattern Piece Set done, the Dress Shirt Pattern done, and I just finished sewing his first shirt together. If you would like to see how I sew a shirt, I will post the link to the video below, and you can join me for a sewing spell! The next things he will need will be the suit: pants, a vest, and a jacket.

I’m also happy to report that my Resinsoul white Mi head arrived safe & sound from the company. I’m excited to get the faceup done, so her head will finally match the color of her body! I think that project may be my next video. Hmmm … suit pattern or faceup? Not quite sure yet what I will choose. I would work on it tonight, but I need to be up in the morning at 3:45am for an overtime shift. So, off to dreamland I go. Until I’m back, I wish you all very sweet dreams!

Drafting a BJD Male Shirt Pattern

Happy day to you, Internet~Land Friends! Since my custom sculpt BJD arrived & now has an appropriate wig, it is time to make him some clothing. Last time, I posted a video tutorial on drafting my set of Basic Pieces for this doll. Again, he has the Resinsoul 70cm slim male body. Today I will show how I use my basic pieces to design a dress shirt. I will show a photo of the completed pieces below the video link, and the set will, of course, be posted on both the “Free Stuff” overview page and as a PDF download on the “Ready To Print” page. Enjoy & happy sewing!

BJD SD Male 70cm SHIRT Pattern

I’m Ready To SLEEP!

Whew! Good morning & good NIGHT, Internet~Land! I’ve been up all day & all night working on a project. I’ve been striving to learn my video editing program. Not yet an expert, but having fun (and grumbles) on the journey. Here’s a new video of one method I use to draft doll patterns. I thought this might better explain than just photos, and it was fun to show the entire process from beginning to end. The finished pattern pieces are available to download from my Ready To Print page. Enjoy, and now I’m off to bed!

Time To Sew Some Wigs!

Good evening, all you in Internet~Land! Ahhh ~ the joy of a Friday night at home with no alarm scheduled for the morning. That means I can stay up late to get everything ready for posting on the blog! Tonight I’ve had a lot of fun with my new arrival, the David Tennant sculpt face on a Resinsoul body. As some of you know, he came as Shakespeare’s King Richard ~ long hair, robe, crown, & cross. Cool, but not quite the character I have in mind. So ~ tonight I went to work. I have a set of clothes to keep him dressed, but definitely not his permanent look. That will need to wait a while. No, tonight was the night to get his hair in order. I posted a video of sewing together his new wig, and will put photos of the finished product below. The black one in the video thumbnail was just to keep him from being bald! I’m very happy with how it turned out. I’ll also post photos of the steps I mentioned in the video about hand sewing the edge & adding the elastic. Finally, as a fun freebie ~ I’ve added a sheet of wig patterns to the “Ready To Print” page. Now, it will be your turn to sew up something extraordinary!

Once the pieces are sewed together, I hand-tacked the edges up about 1/8 of an inch, being careful to only catch the fabric and not stitch down the “hair.” With the “hem” in place, I sewed the ends of the elastic together and then tacked it to the wig at four points (center front, center back, and the centers of each side.) Once the elastic was secure, I stretched it out as I sewed it to the edge of the wig. I rolled up a washcloth for “bulk” to stuff inside and give assistance to my tired fingers. Continually stretching will make your hands weary. Lastly, I added the sideburns & gave him a nice haircut to add the shape I wanted.


KODAK Digital Still Camera

And now here is a picture of the wig pattern set. It contains three “Three Piece Patterns” and two “One Piece Patterns.” I’ve used all of them at one time or another. Feel free to print yourself a copy!

Doll Wig Patterns

A “Real Hello!”

Howdy, howdy, Internet~Land! So today, I received a new arrival in the mail & thought I’d post a box-opening video & chat. So, if you’re interested in seeing the “real” me ~ just home from a 10 hour work day ~ have a “click” and join me for a bit. 🙂

Smiles & Laughs

Happy Friday, friends in Internet~Land! This week I’ve had to deal with some pesky medical things, so just wanted to post something for fun. My daughters made another silly video ~ hope it gives some smiles & laughs ~ enjoy!