Updates on a Spring Project

Howdy, howdy, Internet-Land. I’m back after a lovely Mother’s Day weekend. I love being a mom! I have had time to work on the spring projects I mentioned in earlier posts. I was able to be home most of the weekend, so got the main dividers all cut, covered, and placed into the five doll cases I’m currently constructing. Once that was done (and the glue was curing), I sat myself at my sewing machine and began to work! I have two of the jackets done (except for the hand work of snaps & buttons), and have good progress on the remaining three. The cute little white sneakers also arrived, so are patiently waiting for me to get done & place them in the photo shoot. Other news is my soon-to-arrive BJD purchases and some new outfits for my Mae paper doll. So enjoy the photos and new paper doll fun!

First up ~ for Mother’s Day, my daughter bought me the CUTEST miniature dolly size tea set! I absolutely LOVE this set ~ complete with gold plating and pedestal design! We just love shopping at thrift stores!

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Second, I have pictures to update you on my sewing progress. I’m so excited to get this one finished! Here are some pics of the jackets.

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These will be the five dresses & sneakers to go with the coats.

Third are my BJD purchases. Yes, I know I was “done buying,” but a Resinsoul male doll I’ve been watching for MONTHS with a DAVID TENNANT face sculpt was offered at an irresistible price! Once he arrives, he will be turned back into Doctor Who with great hair & a snappy suit! I also ordered a Resinsoul Mi head in white to fit onto Elliece’s body to perfect the skin-tone match. (The picture of Mi with a floral crown is a stock photo from Resinsoul.)

And finally, I have a new set of outfits for Mae. As always, you can also view all images for the set on the “Free Stuff” page and then download the free pdf file from my “Ready To Print” page. I hope you enjoy coloring any & all of my free paper doll sets! Have a GREAT week and I’ll “chat” again later!

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Mae ~ A New Paper Doll

Good evening, Internet-Land. I hope it’s been a good weekend for you. Mine was very good. Friday, we went up to a Ladies’ Conference in the Portland area. It was fun to connect with friends and enjoy fellowship & encouragement. Then on Saturday, I had some overdue projects here at home. It was time to cash in a bunch of soda bottle returns, and the grass was finally dry enough to mow my jungle of a yard. My daughter helped with the bottle return job by removing ALL the lids for me ~ VERY helpful! Then when I came home, it was time to fire up the mower. I was dreading this job, because my hands have been in pretty bad shape lately. Nevertheless, I dove in with determination. As I was rounding the side of the house, I caught something in my peripheral vision. It was the neighbor boy from next door. He came over to see if I wanted help with the lawn. I asked how much he charged, and he questioningly answered, “Five dollars?” I surveyed the remaining work and replied, “How ’bout fifteen?” 🙂

My sewing is kind of on the back burner for a while until my hands are feeling better, but I was able to work on the new paper doll. She is now ready to meet the world, and I have five outfits and two wigs ready for her. So, without further ado ~ here is Mae! The current outfits will show on my “Free Stuff” overview page, and the pdf can be found on the “Ready To Print” page. I’ll update the pdf as I add new outfits. Enjoy!

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Free BJD MSD Basic Pattern Pieces

Good evening to you, Internet-Land! Well, after all my good intentions last week of slowing down the buying trend, it only took a couple days to fall off my own wagon. I saw and purchased one more doll … and now I’m done … I think. I joined some great BJD groups on facebook, and found a Resinsoul Long for sale. I think I am right that he was needed here to pair up with the lovely white lady I purchased earlier. Now I will have my tall couple and the five pastel girls for my current project. I’m hoping not to be further tempted! As to the pastel project, I was able to get two of my face-ups done. I posted pics in the groups, but thought I’d share them here as well. The first two pics are the before & after shots of the Bobobie Ophelia (she needed some pizzaz), and the third is the Fairyland Nanuri. Then, after the face-up photos, I have some new patterns for you.

In my conversations this week, I was asked if I have any MSD size patterns. Most of the clothing I’ve made for this size was more specific to the Wilde Imagination Ellowyne. Today I actually worked on drafting patterns for both the MSD JID body and the MSD MiniFee body. Both of mine have the smaller bust line, so you made need to make alterations according to your own dolls.

REMEMBER! My “Basic Pattern Piece” sets are drafted directly from the doll, and do not have any extra fullness. If sewn “as is,” you would get a very tight body suit. You will need to add the overlap for closures and any fullness you want in your look. I do, however, include a 0.25″ seam allowance. Now the designing is totally up to you! Here is a view of the patterns, and the free PDF files are ready to download on my “Ready To Print” page. Enjoy!

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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! 🙂

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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!

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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!

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.

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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.

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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).

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

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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Step 2 – attach front to back at shoulders.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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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/

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