Back into the Swing

Whew! Hello, Internet~Land. How are you? Has the new year started out well for you? I hope you are finding new avenues of creativity and energy. I also hope you are keeping yourself healthy. Good food, lots of water, and then there’s the other thing … exercise. Ya ~ I’ll work on that one, too, I guess … if I must. It’s been a challenge to try to get back into the routine after all our holiday activities. We also had our annual inventory event at work the first of the month, so now we’re all trying to get back into a regular rhythm. I think I will get there. I’ll just take one day at a time.

To jump into January, I have started my new planner for the year. My daughters got me some of the Happy Planner items for my birthday & Christmas. I have several pages of fun ideas for patterns, paper dolls, and videos. I also have a Doll Show coming up on January 26. Now to finish up some items to take along with me!

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This week, I have been putting together one of the patterns from The Twelve Gifts of Christmas so you can see what it looks like when finished. It’s the gown set for Annora. It actually went together really well, and was one of the “easier” things I’ve sewn in a while. I hope you have fun sewing it, too. Take good care of yourselves this week ~ and be sure to get enough rest!

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DECEMBER 2018 ~ Gift #12

Happy, Happy Christmas, Internet~Land! I hope you have had a day full of joy and relaxation! Our holiday was so lovely. We started with a visit to my parents’ home, then went on to a yummy brunch with all the fun of a gift exchange. It was so good to just visit and spend time with family. We are so very, very blessed. While at my sister’s, I was able to finish up Gift #12 to complete the series for this year. Today’s pattern was designed for the Tonner Tyler doll, but can fit a wide range of 16″ (1/4 scale) dolls. I have also included a simple pattern for a set of leggings as well as a basic T-shirt. Wishing you a wonderful week with lots of happy sewing!

Tyler Fashion Coat Set

Tyler Fashion Coat Set

DECEMBER 2018 ~ Gift #11

Hello, everyone in Internet~Land! I hope you are having a splendid day. It’s pretty quiet here. We’re just lounging around in our pajamas feeling all cozy. Our holiday festivities will occur tomorrow, so today I am finishing up these gifts for you along with a couple sewing projects. It’s nice to have almost everything done, so today I can just relax and work at a pleasant pace. Today’s gift is a pattern set for Ellowyne Wilde and similarly sized MSD BJDs. It could also work for other 16″ fashion dolls (like Tyler or Gene), but you may need to tweak it a bit to work through the bust line. The basic sheath style dress was intentionally designed with fuller hips to fit dolls like the Fairyland MiniFees, so it should be able to fit a wide range of body designs. Enjoy and Happy Christmas Eve!

Ellowyne BJD MSD Flared Coat Set

Ellowyne Flared Coat

DECEMBER 2018 ~ Gift #10

Hello and Happy Friday, Internet~Land! I have some new outfits for the Jeri Paper Doll Set as Gift #10. Last night we went to see the new “Mary Poppins Returns.” I’m SUCH a big softy when it comes to all things nostalgic. I know many will think I’m extremely sappy, and I’d have to say I quite agree! I absolutely LOVED it! So, to celebrate my continual inner child, I bring three Poppins inspired outfits along with hats, as well as a couple pair of Christmas PJs. The PDF link below has been updated to include the new designs. On a more somber note, I’m not sure when I will be able to post the last two gifts (though be sure they WILL be posted). We have a family gathering due to the loss of a loved one, so my weekend schedule will be rearranged slightly. Wishing lots of love and Christmas joy to you all ~ I will post again soon!

Jeri Paper Doll

DECEMBER 2018 ~ Gift #9

I hope you’re having a wonderful week, friends in Internet~Land! So far, mine has been good, but I’ll admit ~ I’m very tired. Have I actually ever mentioned what I do at work? I can’t remember. Well, I sew upholstery for dental furniture ~ long hours at large industrial sewing machines. I’m very thankful to work at a great place that truly values those who work there. Still, it’s good when I can get myself to bed at an early hour, as my mornings come earlier, still! So ~ before I lay down my sleepy head, I wanted to post today’s Christmas gift. This is another one for the youngsters … or those young at heart! Just click on the Christmas Bear link (underlined) below to open the PDF for saving or printing. I hope the rest of your week is truly lovely!

Christmas Bear

Christmas Bear

DECEMBER 2018 ~ Gift #8

Hello, Hello, Internet~Land! It’s time for another Christmas surprise. Tonight’s gift is a new set of outfits for the Jeri Paper Doll Set. Now she will be ready to hit the malls in style! My video link below shows the “markers in action” and gives some sneak peaks to video ideas that will be coming soon. Wishing you an awesome week!

Jeri Paper Doll

Jeri Overview

DECEMBER 2018 ~ Gift #7

Hello, hello, Internet~Land! Today’s gift is in response to a request. The new Annora resin BJD by Phyn & Aero is so lovely, but still does not have many fashion choices. I decided to make one of my El Paper Doll gowns into a real pattern for Annora. This couture look was designed from the Basic Pattern Set drafted directly from that doll. When finished, it is a four piece outfit consisting of: 1. Top Dress of sheer fabric with a lined bodice and skirted flounce, and lace embellishments, 2. Decorative Skirt to hang directly underneath the top, 3. Full length Under Skirt, and 4. Tulled Pettycoat. The Basic Set used for drafting can be viewed on my “Free Stuff” page, and that pattern is also available on the “Ready To Print” page as a PDF download. Just click & print!

 

Annora Couture Gown Pattern

 

DECEMBER 2018 ~ Gift #6

Happy December 12th, Internet~Land! Today was a very productive day at both work and home. At my job, I was working on standardized work instructions and some documents for a training program we’re drafting. During my breaks, I finished up another surprise for the blog! Today’s gift is none other than Doctor Who’s Suit Coat! So far on my YouTube channel, missysimaginings (what else, right?), we’ve sewn the Doctor’s shirt, pants, vest, shoes, and wig. Now it’s time to finish up his look with the last item for his three-piece-suit. Enjoy, and Happy Christmas!

REVISED – BJD 70cm Male Suit Coat

REVISED BJD SD Male Suit Coat

DECEMBER 2018 ~ Gift #2

Good evening, Internet~Land! It’s time for the second gift of Christmas! This is the Basic Pattern Set for the 56cm Male Vinyl BJD type doll. I’m posting his picture beside the pattern set, so you will have an idea of what kind of doll he is. I really liked his face. I’ve been debating whether or not I will turn him into Naruto. Still undecided. In the mean time, here are some basic pieces for you to come up with your own very cool designs! The FREE PDF Download is already posted on my “Ready To Print” page, so all you have to do is click on that page in the menu tabs at the top, click on the pattern name to open, then print or save. Enjoy & I’ll be back in a couple days with the next surprise!

DECEMBER 2018 ~ Gift #1

Welcome, Internet~Land friends, to The Twelve Gifts of Christmas!

Yes, it’s that time of year again, and today we’re starting off the fun with a new Basic Pattern Set! This set is for the 50cm Obitsu vinyl/plastic doll. She is wonderfully poseable, and holds a stance on her metal plate stand with magnets in her feet. With all the pattern sets that have been done for the resin BJDs, I though she was a bit neglected. I do not have a Smart Doll or Dolfie Dream, so I’m not sure about comparing them for sizing. I think they are a bit larger than this gal of mine, so maybe you could simply print out this pattern and then enlarge it a bit to get the pieces to fit. The Obitsu also has a unique figure ~ with a very small bust & waist, and then larger hips and thighs. Be sure to test the pieces on a scrap fabric to see where alterations might be needed for your particular doll. The PDF File is available for you on my “Ready To Print” page, and I’ll add the photo of the pattern after the video link. Happy December and Happy Sewing!

50cm Obitsu Basic Set