A New Hanbok Pattern Set

Greetings, Internet~Land! I hope this post finds you safe, well, and happy. Today I have a new BJD pattern set, and it’s actually pretty extensive. I haven’t posted a set with this many pieces in quite a while. It is designed for the MiroDoll 66cm male body, which will be modeled in the video. If you have a fella of similar size, it should work ~ just be sure to check the measurements of the pieces against your doll. The set includes pieces to make a shirt, vest, coat, pants, stockings, shoes, and two hats (though one hat pattern will need some adjusting as I mention in the video). All in all, I am very satisfied with how everything turned out, and I’m happy to be able to show you all what the finished products look like.

Let’s Sew a BJD Wig!

Yes, Internet~Land, it is finally time to address the subject of BJD wig making (or any kind of doll wig making for that matter). I have used my Third Scale Wig Pattern to make the head-cap, and then used the hair from a Halloween costume braid that I bought at Wal-Mart for $2.98. All in all, a great price for the result! I hope this will be helpful for you as you step into the realm of BJD hair design. I’ll add the link for the Wig Pattern here as well as post the new Harem Pants Pattern to fit the Mirodoll 66cm Male. I’ll also post pictures of each below the video link. Happy sewing & happy hair dressing!

Mirodoll 66cm Male Harem Pants

Doll Wig Patterns

Thoughts on Masks & a New Dress Video

Good afternoon, all you in Internet~Land! I have a new video posted showing how to sew the Resinsoul Mi Dress Pattern I posted a while back. I also spend some time showing & talking about the masks I have made, the patterns I liked, and videos that I used. The first videos I used were linked in the April 3, 2020  post where I posted my adjusted pattern. Then I found another video I really liked, and it is linked in the description of the video below. I hope the info is helpful if you’re wanting to make masks as well. Then, I thought it was time to finish up this dress that was ready to sew. Enjoy & take care of yourselves!

A Mid-Week Surprise!

Good evening, Internet-Land! I have a treat for you tonight. I’ve had quite a few requests for MSD BJD patterns, especially for the MiniFee. So this is for you. It’s a simple dress pattern designed to have a lace collar, lace sleeves, and lace that overlays the skirt. Here’s an overview picture of the pattern set, and you can download the PDF file for free from my “Ready To Print” page. Enjoy & have a great rest of the week! ~ missy

BJD MSD MiniFee Lace Overlay Dress Pattern

BJD SD Mod Outfit Pattern

Howdy, all you there in Internet-Land! This week has been a busy one for me. I was happy to just have a 40 hour work week. Then, Friday, my daughter and I enjoyed some time out at my parents’ house. Friday afternoon & evening were spent working on five more of my doll cases/trunks. I was able to get the shells of all five completely covered. I am trying out a new type of double-layer cardboard. It will definitely make the cases more sturdy, but it’s also more of a challenge to get the covering to look nice on the edges & corners. The next step is to add the grommets for the hinges, then cut, fold, glue, & cover the shelves & drawers. Still quite a bit of work, but making good progress.

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I also wanted to share another pattern today. This one is fitted to a 1/3 scale BJD SD size doll. It’s a Mod Style Outfit with bell-bottom pants, a halter top, and a long sweater. Quite a while back, I found some crocheted fabric, and I just KNEW it needed to be a long sweater. It inspired the whole outfit! Now the pattern is available for you. Just pop over to the “Ready To Print Page” for the free pdf download. The pages are formatted to 8.5″x11″ paper. Enjoy & happy sewing!

BJD SD Mod Outfit

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!

Making a T-Shirt Pattern for Mortimer

Good evening, Internet-Land. Still fighting a really bad virus has kept me stuck at home. As I’ve been going through my files and updating the site, I noticed I had all the photos done for a tutorial I NEVER posted! So, tonight’s the night. This will be pretty simple, but will hopefully inspire you to move forward with more great creations of your own. I don’t actually have a model of Mortimer, but I do have Peter Pevensie, who has the same body. He’s just not quite as popular as Mort. This pattern can also be used for 45-55cm BJDs. So, let’s start with what you need:

MATERIALS

Gather these items: Your doll,  measuring tape, pencil & eraser, paper (I like to use graph paper when making a pattern with this method.), and scissors.

WHAT TO DO

First, you’ll need to measure your doll. Take measurements for the center front and back from the base of the neck to the length you want your shirt. Also measure the widest girth around the chest.

Then measure from the top edge of the shoulder down the front and down the outside of the sleeve. Sleeve measurement can be for long or short sleeve, but in this tutorial we will be making a short sleeve.

Now with your measurements, you are ready to start drawing your pieces. I always work out from the center. Draw a 9″ center front line down the page. Make a mark 7″ up from the hem. This will be the front of the neckline. Measure 2.75″ inches out to the side, and draw a line parallel to the center line. This is the side seam. The next part may sound a little tricky, but it’s not that bad. On your side seam line, measure up from the hem using the shoulder measurement. Draw a 1 5/8″ perpendicular line back towards the center line. I used graph paper, so just followed that point back to the center. Then I marked down the side .25″ from that line to create a sloped shoulder line. Once that was done, I drew a 2″ curved neckline from the center front mark to the top of the shoulder as shown. Don’t forget to add .25″ to the neck, shoulder, side, and hem for a seam allowance. Fold the paper on the center, and cut out your front piece.

Now you will keep this folded front and use it as a guide to make the back piece. On a new sheet of paper, make another line down the page that will be the center back. Be sure to allow room for a seam allowance down the center back, as the center back will have a seam. Trace all around the front, then raise the neckline as shown. When you cut the back, you will cut it as half of the back, and will use two pieces for sewing. I also show where I mark the pattern back to show how far up the sewn seam will go from the hemline. This allows for a wider head opening (which is especially helpful if making for a BJD, since they can often have larger heads).

Next is the sleeve. Again, I start with a center line for the sleeve, marking the finished length. The widest part of the sleeve is 2.5″ from the center. The hemline is 2.25″ from the center. The 2″ diagonal line from the underarm to the hem keeps a more natural looking sleeve that does not flare way out at the hem when finished. Then I make a gentle curve from the underarm point to the top of the shoulder point. This measures 3″.  Be sure to once again add .25″ seam allowance to all the outside edges as shown. Now, fold on the center line and cut out your sleeve.

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The final piece you will need to make is the collar for the neckline. Make a rectangle that is 1.25″x7.” You will cut one front, one collar, two backs, and two sleeves. All your finished pieces will look like this:

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And there you have it. You’ve just made a T-shirt pattern for your Mortimer/Peter Pevensie doll! I will be adding this new pattern set image to my Free Stuff page and a pdf version to my Ready To Print page. Hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial ~ thanks for coming!

 

Easy Access!

Hello, hello, Internet-Land. This has been an interesting weekend. I started to come down with a really icky virus on Thursday. It just kept getting worse and worse. Friday it hit without mercy! As I was lying around trying to breathe, I was also thinking, “What can I do for the blog today? I feel so bad; I can’t really create right now.” Then it occurred to me – why not revamp something I’ve already done to make things easier for the wonderful people who visit my site? So, that’s what I did. I have added a new page to my site called, “Ready To Print.” Right now, the page has all my sewing patterns in pdf file collections. Each file holds a complete pattern set. I will continue to work on the conversions, adding the paper dolls and coloring crafts. I will leave the “Free Stuff” page, because it shows all the images. You can look for what you want, then just pop over to “Ready To Print” for an easy download! Enjoy!

Hello Again

Greetings to you, Internet-Land. Well, I must say, after some difficult weeks, it is good to be posting again. Today will probably be shorter, but I do have some fun news, as well as a new set of El paper doll outfits. First ~ the news ~ a friend of mine has just purchased a building, “lock, stock, & barrel.” And what do you suppose was IN the building??? Sewing machines! Lots and LOTS of SEWING MACHINES!!! Today I was so happy to become the owner of a 1940 Vintage Singer 201 electric machine (which sews great!), as well as a Brother industrial machine ~ complete with table, foot pedal, knee lift, spool stand, and an extra motor. I’m so excited! (I did not purchase the blue machine that is also on the table with the industrial machine, but who knows ~ tomorrow is a new day!) I will also post a link to the facebook page with info about the liquidation sale after the photos. As always, I hope your weekend is filled with joy! Enjoy the pictures, and I’ll post again soon. Bye!

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And here are some new looks for El ~ Go to my “Free Stuff” page for the doll & more!

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