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!

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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. πŸ™‚

Just for a Cool Spring Evening

Howdy, all you sewers in Internet~Land! A new friend in one of my facebook doll groups asked about a leggings pattern for a MiniFee. Well, I thought, why not just post it tonight for everyone? I made this set a while back just to have a casual outfit for shopping & stuff. I used a stretch knit for the leggings (with narrow elastic waist) and a looser sweater knit for the actual sweater. It even has a slight sparkle to it. To add a finishing touch, I strung a beaded belt on some clear stretch line. Tadah ~ the girls are ready for fun!

As always, this free pattern will be shown on the “Free Stuff” page and listed as a downloadable PDF file on the “Ready To Print” page. Enjoy & Happy Wednesday!

Ellowyne ~ BJD MSD Sweater Set

Mae as a Fairy!

Good morning & happy Friday, Internet-Land. Today I have a new look for Mae. I hadn’t done a fairy paper doll outfit for quite a while, so I decided to draw one for her. I was just in a “swirly” mood, I guess. This weekend we have some graduation activities, as well as some of my other projects that need attention, so I just wanted to hop on here real quick to say “hello” and post this set. I will also post the photo of this outfit on the “Free Stuff” page and add the updated PDF file (with doll & all her outfits) to the “Ready To Print” page for an easy download.

If you’re new to my site ~ welcome! I’m so glad to have you stop by. For those who are just now visiting, you may notice that some of the older blog posts do not show the “free items” they introduce. A while back, I did some site “house cleaning & rearranging.” Now, ALL the free items are pictured on my “Free Stuff” page, and the PDF version of each file is listed on the “Ready To Print” page. Just look over the “Free Stuff” page, see what you might like, then go to the “Ready To Print” page to click on the file & print or download. Hope that all makes sense & is not too redundant! Have a great weekend! ~ missy

Mae 4

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!

Mae 3

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?” πŸ™‚

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!

Mae 1

Mae 2

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!

BJD MSD Basic Pieces

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! πŸ™‚

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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!Β )

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.Β 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!

BJD FEMALE 58m Basic Pieces