A Little Black Dress

So, Internet~Land, today we’re putting together a fashion classic ~ the little black dress for an SD BJD. I posted the pattern last week, so you can find it by scrolling down to the previous post or by looking at the photo on my “Free Stuff” page. If you decide to give it a try, just go to the “Ready To Print” page to download the free PDF file. I had fun sewing the new pattern today, and it turned out just as I envisioned it in my head. I’m quite happy that it was easy to put together and fits my doll well. Hopefully it will be a new staple addition to your doll’s wardrobe as well. Enjoy & happy sewing!

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Hello Again!

Pleasant greetings to all my friends in Internet~Land! I hope you are well and happy this fine August evening. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we are coming into the hotter part of our summer. It’s still bearable with a fan in the window, so I have not had to insert the air conditioner unit yet. We’re fortunate to enjoy the Pacific Coast breeze in the evenings, so it cools down our house and makes the nights more comfortable. Though I really miss having my summers at home (as I used to when I was teaching), I’m still enjoying the nice weather and looking forward to an up-coming camping trip with family.

To prepare for some time away from the internet, I’m working on some new patterns for you. Today I have a fun pattern for making doll clothing hangers as well as a sewing pattern for an SD size BJD “Little Black Dress.” I hope you will find these two projects inspiring and fun. I will post the photo views of the patterns after the video link. Enjoy!

Doll Hanger Pattern

BJD SD Little Black Dress

Showin’ a Mom Some Love!

Hey there, Internet~Land! Just popping in for a quick update. My wonderful daughters treated me to a surprise ~ a new & upgraded camera! Two years ago, they bought me a very nice camera for Christmas. A couple weeks ago, it totally froze. Even with brand new batteries, it would not turn on long enough for the lens to go back into the mount. Fortunately, they included an extended protection plan which covered the original purchase amount. Well, instead of just replacing the current one, they added to it in order to get a different camera. Here’s my happy box opening!

Gum Box Video Complete!

Hi, everybody in Internet~Land! I have now completed & posted the “how to” video for making the cute little dolly cases. I’ll include the pattern link in this post, as well as a link to the video. Wishing you tons of fun as you craft & sew!

Gum Case

DECEMBER 2018 ~ Gift #4

Happy Sunday, Internet~Land! Tonight we have another new pattern for you! If Santa’s helpers are going to be putting in overtime at the Workshop, they’ll need some new overalls to stay comfortable and functional! Yep ~ it’s a BJD SD Female pattern for some bib-overalls and a button up shirt! Feel free to enlarge or reduce the size according to your needs. The PDF file will be posted both here (after the video link) and on the “Ready To Print” page. The video this week is sewing together the Christmas Splendor pattern for Evangeline and 50cm Obitsu (also available on the “Ready To Print” page). Enjoy and have a very happy week!

BJD SD Overalls-Top Pattern

BJD SD Overalls Set

DECEMBER 2018 ~ Gift #3

Hello, hello, Internet~Land! Tonight’s surprise is something for the youngsters! Here we have a Color-Cut-and-Glue Craft. It’s all the pieces to create a cute little girl & boy all dressed and ready to play in the snow. I always recommended my students color before they cut. That way, going outside lines won’t wrinkle the pieces. Once cut, the pieces can be glued or taped together, but I always liked to assemble them with brads, so the arms and legs can move and be posed. Have fun hanging them on the frig or a window! Just click on the link to open the PDF file so you can save or print it!

Snow Buddies

Snow Buddies

Sewing a New Idea

Greetings, Internet~Land. Today I tried something new. I saw a great idea for a “people size” outfit, and decided to scale it down to fit my Evangeline dolls by Wilde Imagination. I was very happy that it fit perfectly the first time! The idea came from a gal on YouTube. Her channel name is: Angela Clayton. She has all kinds of fantastic ideas and tutorials. The one I decided to make is a flower skirt. I loved the way the tulle covered the flowers and gave it kind of a misty look. I did make some small adjustments in how I put it together, since dolls have much less room for bulkiness in the seam allowances. Still, I was very pleased with my results. This week will not have a new pattern, because as you’ll see in the video, the pieces are simply a circle and a waistband. That’s it. Super easy and super fast. I hope it can inspire you to create something beautiful as well. Happy sewing!

Drafting a BJD Male Shirt Pattern

Happy day to you, Internet~Land Friends! Since my custom sculpt BJD arrived & now has an appropriate wig, it is time to make him some clothing. Last time, I posted a video tutorial on drafting my set of Basic Pieces for this doll. Again, he has the Resinsoul 70cm slim male body. Today I will show how I use my basic pieces to design a dress shirt. I will show a photo of the completed pieces below the video link, and the set will, of course, be posted on both the “Free Stuff” overview page and as a PDF download on the “Ready To Print” page. Enjoy & happy sewing!

BJD SD Male 70cm SHIRT Pattern

Time To Sew Some Wigs!

Good evening, all you in Internet~Land! Ahhh ~ the joy of a Friday night at home with no alarm scheduled for the morning. That means I can stay up late to get everything ready for posting on the blog! Tonight I’ve had a lot of fun with my new arrival, the David Tennant sculpt face on a Resinsoul body. As some of you know, he came as Shakespeare’s King Richard ~ long hair, robe, crown, & cross. Cool, but not quite the character I have in mind. So ~ tonight I went to work. I have a set of clothes to keep him dressed, but definitely not his permanent look. That will need to wait a while. No, tonight was the night to get his hair in order. I posted a video of sewing together his new wig, and will put photos of the finished product below. The black one in the video thumbnail was just to keep him from being bald! I’m very happy with how it turned out. I’ll also post photos of the steps I mentioned in the video about hand sewing the edge & adding the elastic. Finally, as a fun freebie ~ I’ve added a sheet of wig patterns to the “Ready To Print” page. Now, it will be your turn to sew up something extraordinary!

Once the pieces are sewed together, I hand-tacked the edges up about 1/8 of an inch, being careful to only catch the fabric and not stitch down the “hair.” With the “hem” in place, I sewed the ends of the elastic together and then tacked it to the wig at four points (center front, center back, and the centers of each side.) Once the elastic was secure, I stretched it out as I sewed it to the edge of the wig. I rolled up a washcloth for “bulk” to stuff inside and give assistance to my tired fingers. Continually stretching will make your hands weary. Lastly, I added the sideburns & gave him a nice haircut to add the shape I wanted.

TA~DAH!!!

KODAK Digital Still Camera

And now here is a picture of the wig pattern set. It contains three “Three Piece Patterns” and two “One Piece Patterns.” I’ve used all of them at one time or another. Feel free to print yourself a copy!

Doll Wig Patterns