A Feathery Surprise

Greetings, my friends in Internet~Land! I hope you are well and thriving in this new year! I have embarked on a very detailed project to begin my new century, and it may just take the entire century to complete it … but I hope for the best! I have started on the peacock gown for my new BLUE MiroDoll 70cm Iris. I’ll add a photo below of the work thus far on the first sleeve. As I mention in an up-coming video (which I will link when posted), I will have a total of 14 or 15 pieces that need to be beaded on the overlay part of the gown. I wanted a new project that would be challenging and fun, so I hope it turns out to be as lovely in “real life” as it is in my head. So far, I’m very pleased.

DSCN0341

To accompany this formal gown, I thought it would be fun to have a casual, every-day look that would come from the same inspiration. That is the pattern I am posting today. It will fit the same doll, but have more of a flirty vibe to it. I envision the set to include black lace leggings and black lace long sleeves on the dress. I’m not entirely sure why I sew with so much black. … I suppose I must attribute it to the fact that I am of “Winter” coloring, and absolutely love bright jewel colors contrasted with black. In any event, I have the pattern ready, and hope you find it useful in your creative ventures!

MiroDoll 70cm Peacock Dress-Vest-Set

Start 2020 with Sewing!

Happy New Year, Internet~Land! Well, for this post, I “put my money where my mouth is.” I have the new outfit finished from The Twelve Gifts of Christmas, and have finished the video for the pleated top. The pattern view & free PDF are already posted on the Free Stuff & Ready To Print pages. Next, I want to try my hand at making some wing-tip shoes. I’ll keep you all posted on the progress. In the  meantime ~ here is how to put together the shirt. Happy Sewing!

Last Post of 2019!

Hello, hello, Internet~Land. I hope your holiday season is going well. We had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year. This past year has been a fantastic ride, and I wanted to thank you for all the nice comments, emails, and encouragement. I hope my little site has been a help and encouragement to you. For this last post of 2019, I am adding a link to my latest BJD box opening video along with a new Basic Pattern Set for the new girl in the video. I also have a diagram showing how I wire my BJDs to give them better stability and poseability (probably not a real word). The picture will show the latest change I’ve added when wiring a doll with a three part torso. I have a few dolls that were still wanting to bend and kick at the waist, so I tried adding a new wire (shown in green). The wires for the arms and legs are doubled, but this new torso wire is not. I kept it as a single wire, since the hip/leg channels were already pretty crowded with the first wire and elastic. So far, even this thinner addition has been helpful for my dolls to stay upright a little easier. As always, the pattern shown & linked here will also be added to the Free Stuff page (for easy viewing) and to the Ready To Print page for easy PDF access once this post moves into the Archives. Here’s wishing you the very, very BEST for 2020 ~ Happy New Year!

MiroDoll 70cm Girl Basic Set

 

2019 Twelve Gifts of Christmas ~ #12

Happy, Happy Christmas, Internet~Land! Here in the Pacific Northwest, we have only 40 minutes left until it is officially Christmas Day. I am very pleased to be posting Gift #12 right on time. I was going to post a long dressy suit coat for my MiroDoll 66cm fella (and I actually have the pattern ready), but something in my brain shifted, and I changed my mind. Instead, I am posting a Cloak Style Coat/Robe with a detachable capelet for the Tonner/Wilde Imagination Evangeline Ghastly. I have been wanting to make her another pattern, so tonight I present it to the world. It may fit other dolls that are similar in size, such as the 50cm Obitsu, though the sleeves may need to be lengthened. I’ve often wondered if the Evangeline Ghastly might be similar to a 1/4 scale Doll Chateau BJD? Perhaps someone who knows both dolls can leave a comment. In any event, the pattern is ready for you, and I hope you all have a very joyous Christmas! Much love ~ missy

Evie Cloak Coat Set

Evie Cloak Coat Set

2019 Twelve Gifts of Christmas ~ #11

Wow, Internet~Land! Can you believe I’m posting this gift on the ACTUAL day it’s due??? Crazy, right? Well, it’s probably obvious by this point that I really like my newest fella from MiroDoll, because yes, this is another pattern for him. I made the pleated dress pants a little while back, but I also wanted a pattern to make him some white skinny jeans. Thus, the pattern for today. Though this is designed for the newer MiroDoll 66cm male body, I have a feeling it will work for similar slim fellas of other brands. Hopefully it will prove useful in your sewing endeavors. Enjoy & Happy Christmas!

Miro66 – Skinny Jeans

Skinny Jeans for MiroDoll 66cm

2019 Twelve Gifts of Christmas ~ #8

Hello, hello, and Happy Christmas, Internet~Land! Tonight I wanted to post the jolly fella who takes good care of Rudolf. He’s ready to color, cut, assemble, and decorate you favorite spot for the holidays. The arms and legs can be attached with brads for actual movement and posability … if that’s even a word …. Anyway, I  hope you are having a wonderful festive season. Enjoy, and I’ll be back soon!

Happy Santa 2019

Happy Santa Set

Let’s Do Some Sewing!

Howdy, Internet~Land! In the midst of getting the rest of the Christmas Gifts ready, I wanted to finish up a video tutorial for sewing the BJD SD size Female Suit Jacket. I was able to get it all edited and posted for anyone who has the pattern and has been patiently waiting! If you don’t have it yet, it’s available on the Ready To Print page. Enjoy!

2019 Twelve Gifts of Christmas ~ #6 & #7

Happy Holiday Greetings, Internet~Land! Today you get two-for-one! I needed to catch up on #6, but I’ll be busy on the 14th, so needed to get #7 posted early. It’s ok, though, because these two patterns can kinda go together. They are Basic Set patterns for the Tonner Antoinette and Tyler body styles. As I was going through my patterns, I discovered I had never made basic sets for these gals! Since I’m sure many of you have these models, I thought these sets may be beneficial for you. Remember ~ the Basic Sets are drafted directly from the body of the chosen doll and are intended to be a tool as you create your own unique looks. Any special modifications such as an open fly, a pointed or rounded collar, cuffed sleeves, etc. will be up to you to add as the designer. If you were to actually sew these pieces, you would just end up with a tight bodysuit! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend of happy sewing!

Antoinette Basic Set                          Tyler Basic Set

Antoinette Basic Set

Tyler Basic Set

2019 Twelve Gifts of Christmas ~ #5

Good evening, Internet~Land! I hope all is well with you! Tonight’s gift is the third piece to complete Jin’s look. First was the pleated pants, followed by the pleated shirt. Now it is time for the mock turtleneck shirt that goes underneath. This pattern includes two sleeve lengths as well as an instruction for an alternate collar style. The alternate style, using just a rectangle and stretching it “T-shirt” style is my method of choice, but the normal two piece collar pattern works, too. This pattern provides several look choices with minimal effort. The other pattern images are already on the Free Stuff page, and the PDFs are on the Ready To Print page. Be sure to get copies of all three to complete your set!

MiroDoll-66cm Jin Mock Turtleneck

MiroDoll-66cmMale-MockTurtleneck

2019 Twelve Gifts of Christmas ~ #4

Hey, hey, Internet~Land! I’m on a roll! I’ve had this idea for quite some time now. I wanted to try making a REAL BJD Paper Doll ~ you know ~ one that can really move. Well, here she is! This doll is a continued development of another one of my dolls called El. That doll was designed as a BJD type style, but her format was just like any other paper doll. Ella, however, has 16 points of moving articulation. I have one outfit ready for her, and more will be coming. I thought it might be fun for you to see her being put together, too, so I recorded a short video of her process. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

Ella Flex