Let’s Design SLEEVES!

Hello, my dear ones in Internet~Land. It’s been a while, so I hope you are well and happy. My world has been busy and changing. Some of you may already know that last September we lost our dad. After a very, VERY long “covid” winter, my mom made the decision to sell their property out in the country. It’s been her home for nearly fifty years, and was a wonderful place for my sisters and me to grow up. We have now moved her completely out and are preparing to move her into a brand new home in town. I must say, it was a very surreal experience to drive away, down that long gravel lane for the last time. We’ve also still been working lots of overtime ~ which I suppose is a good sign, in spite of how tiring it is.

With all this going on, I have been away from our little corner of the internet here at missysimaginings. I wanted to check in with you to say “hello” and send a little inspiration your way. I recently posted a SNIPPET video for creating sleeves on your dolly projects. I will post that below along with a free PDF that contains the “cleaned up” images we discussed in the tutorial. You can choose to use them as brainstorm ideas or as actual pattern pieces ~ whichever is most helpful. I’ll also post an image that shows all the pages in the PDF below the video link. Please take care of yourself this week and know that I appreciate you so much! Wishing you a great day, and as always ~ Happy Sewing!

A Pattern “Up-Grade” for Bobobie Apollo

Hello, hello, Internet~Land! Recently, I made a purchase of a Distant Memory Jaeii head, but not a DM body. Instead, I currently have him on a Bobobie Apollo body, and have actually ordered a standard 1/3 body from Resinsoul (due to arrive some time in July). While waiting for his new body to arrive, I was looking at a suit I made for Apollo, and I think it needs to be revised. The fit is a little more snug than I would like. Soooooo ~ I have added pleats to the pants, did a general “enlargement” for a looser fit, and changed up the two-tone design on the jacket sleeves. Here’s the new version, and I hope it will work for the Resinsoul when he arrives! Enjoy!

Choosing Fabrics for the Mori Style Set

Hello, hello, Internet~Land! This week, I am continuing with the Mori Fashion design for the SD BJDs. In this video I talk about how to assemble some of the pattern pieces and what I look for when choosing fabrics for this type of style. I also mentioned that I’d be happy to post the picture I sketched out in order to fill in different color combinations, so I linked the PDF below. I hope it’s helpful as you plan your project!

A New BJD Clothing Style

Hello, dear ones in Internet~Land! Today’s post features as new SD (1/3 scale) size BJD Pattern Set in the Japanese Mori fashion style. I heard about this look, and wanted to check it out. When I saw what it was, I just fell in love! It reminds me of a “vintage, less fitted, softer, shabby~chic” version of the old Gunne Sax style we had when I was a young teen. MUCH more comfortable, though! Well, after looking over lots of inspirational pictures, I decided to draft up a pattern set for my Angell Studio Hua Rong BJD. Here are the results of my efforts. I’m posting this right away, because I hope you’ll be as excited to try it out as I am! I’ll be sure to post pictures when my set is complete. Wishing you all the best ~ Happy Sewing!

Enjoy the Moment

Hello, dear Internet~Land. Earlier this week while I was driving home from work, I rounded a corner, looked into the sky, and saw something in the clouds that was amazing. Now, often when I see something cool like this (like the cool noctilucent clouds I’ll show below), I grab my phone and snap a photo. On this particular day however, I thought, no ~ I just want to enjoy this. Directly above me, the clouds formed two gigantic humpback whales gently gliding across the lower sky. What was amazing is that they pretty much kept their shape until I was directly underneath them. It was so serene. Wide spreading fields on either side, a straight road with unusually little traffic, and the Coast Range in the distance ahead. It was beautiful. So I just enjoyed it. I just rested in the moment and allowed it to surround me. I hope you can find some time like that this week. I hope you will be able to enjoy a beautiful moment and let it envelope you for just a little while. In this busy life of non-stop comings and goings, I think I need to look for more times like this. It was so peaceful and quiet. My brain was able to pause for a bit. It’s like everything just slowed down for a few minutes. I hope you can find that peaceful moment for yourself this week.

Ellowyne & MSD Ready for Rain

Those common “May Showers” won’t dampen your dolly’s spirits with this cute little Raincoat Pattern! I’ve been thinking of this design for quite a while and finally got it all finished for you. I just love a clear raincoat, and decided it was time to get one together for our dear Ellowyne and her MSD size friends. Now you can download your free copy of the pattern and sew along with me as we put it together. Happy Spring and Happy Sewing!

Finishing the Yellow Coat Outfit

Greetings, all you fine folks in Internet~Land! I know it’s been a bit sparce on here as of late. Long hours at work and life events have had me a bit preoccupied, and my limited free time has been used for rest. But, hey ~ I got all my information to my tax guy BEFORE the deadline. That’s certain to count for some good points! I’ve also finished up the last pieces of the Ellowyne Ruffle Hem Coat Set. All in all, I guess it’s ok. Now I think I will try some grey faux leather boots to use with the granite-look high heel soles. I’ll be sure to keep you posted as to how they turn out. I’m also putting together a new raincoat pattern for Ellowyne/MSD size dolls. I know the 1/4 scale dolls have had a bit more attention, but I thought they needed it, since I have spent so much more time on the 1/3 scale sizes. It seemed like the smaller ones were a bit neglected. Hopefully our MSD friends are feeling more loved! Well, I guess I’ve been rambling long enough ~ so now for the video! (I’ll post the new raincoat pattern soon)

A New Experiment in Shoes

Hello, hello, Internet~Land! My goodness, it’s been a little while, hasn’t it? Well, sometimes life is just that way. Be assured, I am well, and have been navigating what life sends my way. The last project I posted was a lovely little coat for the Tonner Wilde Imagination Ellowyne. Now I’ve been working on making some shoe soles, so I can try making the cute black boots that go with the look. I haven’t done a lot of sculpting, but still, this was a fun project to try. I hope the video will be helpful if you decide to give it a go as well. Enjoy!

Making a Pattern More Versatile

Good morning, Internet~Land! I hope your February is going well. We are still very busy, and I am looking forward to a much needed vacation! In the meantime, I thought I would spend some time changing up a pattern and showing a simple trick to use it for multiple SD dolls. I started with the triple pleated pants from the Tartan Pattern Set. You can scroll down through the posts to find it ~ #12 of the “Twelve Gifts of Christmas 2020.” I wanted to add both length and width to the legs. Then when we sew the pants, I will show how you can adjust them to fit dolls other than the Resinsoul Long. Now all your SD fellas can have a good pair of pants with a minimal amount of work adjusting patterns. For your MSD guys, you can grab a Tonner Matt pants pattern from the Ready To Print page and use the same process to correctly fit them to your own dolls. Enjoy & Happy Sewing!

A Cozy Coat for a Rainy Day

Greetings and warmest wishes, Internet~Land! I hope you are well here in the beginning of February. I am continuing to plug right along. Work has been very, VERY BUSY, so I have tried to make the most of my shorter weekends with added rest. Last week, however, I decided to be a bit more productive. A while back I was doodling some new designs, and sketched out a cute little coat with lots of gathers. Next, I set to work to draw out the pattern pieces. Using my break times at work, I got everything cut out so I could sew it together for you. I’m very happy with the results!

Then came the job of putting all the video footage together and getting it edited ~ you know, taking out all my bloopers and such. All was going well until the video failed to render. Evidently, there was some kind of corruption in the Intro video file. Oh, bother. Well, it took a few extra days to get it done, but now I have the tutorial ready to go with this pattern. I hope your dollies will enjoy wearing a new winter look!