12 Gifts of Christmas 2020 #5

Christmas is getting closer & closer! Today’s gift is the pattern for a cute little Make-Up Brush Caddy! I will confess, I have weakness for nice make-up brushes. Since I don’t have a large countertop to hold cosmetics, I decided to create my own storage caddy that will protect my brushes when not in use. Now you can make one, too! It’s a perfect way to make a pocketed case for those really nice, yet loose brushes that are often sold separately from each other. You can make a Velcro or tie closure, and a piece is provided for an optional front pocket. Enjoy!

12 Gifts of Christmas 2020 #4

Hello, Internet~Land! Here is Gift #4 ~ a festive Hat Pattern Set for your BJDs. When I saw this pattern in a local thrift shop, my first thought was, “I bet all my dolly friends would LOVE to have this pattern in dolly size!” I will admit, this set took quite an effort to prepare, as well as a good chunk of time! Using break times and some evenings, I was able to persevere to completion! The set includes all the pieces from the Butterick 5004 “people pattern” scaled to both 1/4 and 1/3 scale average BJD sizes: approximately 7-8 inch MSD and 8-9 inch SD heads. You may need to adjust a little for specific dolls. Basics of assembly: the tops need the edge to be tabbed, bend the tabs, then glue or sew inside the crown. Tab the inside edge of the brim, fold the tabs, and glue up into the lower edge of the crown. Various bands, bows, and flowers are included to add embellishment as desired. For dolls, I would recommend using a thick, firm felt fabric rather than building a support hat and then covering it. If you wish, however, to use a thinner and more decorative fabric, I did include the pieces for the Buckram support base. Enjoy & “Happy Hatting!”

12 Gifts of Christmas 2020 #3

Good morning, Internet~Land! We’re now at Gift #3. This one is a pattern set to fit the Tonner Matt 17″ fashion doll body. I think it will also fit a wide variety of MSD BJD bodies. I’ve used the T-Shirt and pants on my MiroDoll newer MSD Boy Body, and they fit great. I’ve also adjusted my old original pattern pieces to give you two options for sewing the Hoodie ~ both a pull-over and a front-zip style. The pants can be sewn with either an elastic or a draw-string waist. So now, as we move through the Christmas Season of 2020, your dolls can relax in some comfy clothes! Enjoy & Happy Sewing!

12 Gifts of Christmas 2020 #2

Here I am, Internet~Land, right on time! Not too bad for the first two gifts, right? This next surprise is also for the Bobobie/Resinsoul 27.5cm Girl BJD body. My little gal was irresistible in her lovely blue resin, and I just couldn’t help myself! Once I had her in my possession, I knew without a doubt she needed to be a pixie! Here she is, all completed, with the pattern for her sweet little fairy outfit! You can click on the link to access the FREE PDF file. I will also post an image of the pattern set below the doll photo. See you in a couple days!

12 Gifts of Christmas 2020 #1

Happy December, Internet~Land! It’s THAT time of year again! I still chuckle that I decide to do this to myself, but YES ~ we will be doing the Twelve Gifts of Christmas again for this absolutely horrible, yet miraculously wonderful 2020. I really debated on it this year, but I thought, “Hey! We all need some good cheer to end out what has been a very difficult time for so many people.” If you are new to my Blog/Website and YouTube channel, the Twelve Gifts is just that ~ twelve free items that I post through the month of December up until Christmas Eve. Now, you don’t need to celebrate Christmas to enjoy the surprises. They will be a variety of items: doll clothing patterns, paper doll items, people item patterns, and a few children’s coloring crafts. All will be posted as FREE PDF Files for you to click, download, then print or save. Just be sure to check in regularly to see what’s new. I try to post every other day, but once in a while life interrupts, so you may see me skip a scheduled day, then post two in a row. In any event, it WILL add up to a total of twelve by December 24th! So to begin our celebrations, I have the new Basic Set for the 1/6th scale (27-28cm) Bobobie March BJD Girl. She is such a cutie, and I know many of you have been patiently waiting for a Basic Set in this size. Even if your doll is a bit different, this pattern may be used for similar dolls with a few tweaks after comparing measurements. Remember ~ the Basic Sets are designed to help you draft your own clothing pieces. Enjoy and happy creating!

Sewing an SD BJD Bustier

Good evening & happy Saturday, Internet~Land! This afternoon, I have a new video ready for you. It’s been a little while since we sewed together, so grab a coffee, tea, or juice and sit back for a spell. I had a question regarding the assembly of the HuaRong SD Basic Set Bustier pieces, so that’s our project for today. If you scroll down through the last few posts, you should come across the links to the patterns mentioned in the video. You can also see the images on the Free Stuff page and then access them from a list on the Ready To Print page. Just use the menu at the top of my site to go to the desired page/s. Enjoy & happy sewing!

….now I’ll finish putting up blue Christmas lights in my room!

SNIPPET – Light Table Plans

Howdy, Internet~Land! I know you’ll be surprised at a second post in the same weekend, but my next couple weeks might be pretty full. I’ve had quite a few comments asking about my light table, so I thought I’d share the measurements in case you might like to try building your own. They’re shown in a photo below the video link. In the video, I also share a couple other options for light table designs. Enjoy & happy creating!

One of My Favorite Patterns

Greetings, Internet~Land! I’m still using my shorter breaks for some extra rest, but wanted to have something to share with you. This weekend, I decided to prepare and post one of my older pattern sets. I’ve always loved the way this one turned out. It’s a GIANT set with seven different pieces of clothing, so you’ll have lots of options for customizing your own looks. I adjusted the pieces to allow more room in the hips & bust for my new HuaRong, so just compare the piece measurements to your own dolls when getting ready to cut your fabrics. Come along in the video as I get the pattern ready!

SNIPPET BJD Stringing Video and a Pattern

Hello, hello, Internet~Land! I hope you’re having a good weekend … or week ~ whatever day it might be for you. I have thoroughly enjoyed my Saturday. I was able to take a BUNCH of old, dead electronics to the recycling center, pay my house payment, restock the cat food, buy the complete series DVD set of Quantum Leap, and spend the day (& have lunch) with my mom! All in all, a very enjoyable day! After Mom headed home, I edited my new video and finished preparing the new pattern set for today. Now I can sleep well knowing I got a lot accomplished.

YouTube has lots and lots of BJD stringing videos, but I kinda do it a little differently. I like to keep all the elastic knots in the torso rather than in the head. This makes it easier for me to reposition or change out eyes because the head is no longer filled with knots and excess cord. I found that if I want to tighten the elastic, I usually ended up taking the doll all apart anyway, so this method suits my purposes. I hope it’s helpful.

The new pattern set is a Kimono Set for my new Angell Studio HuaRong. Since her figure is fuller and more defined than my other 1/3 scale gals, I needed to make a new dress bodice that would fit her waist and hips. I’m not sure, but it may also work for the curvier Ipplehouse girls. As always, lots of love, and Happy Sewing!

My “Grail” and a New Basic Pattern Set for Her!

Welcome, my dear Internet~Land! I have missed posting, though I was also in need of the break. We suddenly lost my dad early in September after losing my brother-in-law five months earlier to the day. It was very difficult, and it has taken a while to adjust. I have still posted a few projects, because making them gave me something to do with my hands and mind. Then, we have had a crazy turn of events at work resulting in a tremendous amount of overtime. I am very thankful to still be working, but also very tired after some 50+ hour weeks. The combo of events led to my decision to go ahead and purchase my new Angell Studio HuaRong! She is absolutely stunning! If you enjoy watching box openings, click on the video below for the Welcome of my new favorite BJD. The Basic Pattern Set for her is linked below the video, and will show on the “Free Stuff” and “Ready To Print” pages as well for easy access. Lots of love to you all and happy sewing!