Friday, 19 January 2018

SSP-056 - Maxi dresses and more for Kaye Wiggs MSD and Mei Mei



After making the "Dear Tobi" pattern, I've been asked to do one for the smaller MSD girls.  So I've come up with one that works for both the MSD (18") body, and the 'Mei Mei (17") body. This one is a lovely simple frock with a ruffle, and is called "Dear Dolly".

*Available in my Etsy shop:

*Etsy will charge EU customers VAT (This does not affect America or other non-EU countries).  I always recommend people to look in my Craftsy store anyway, as the prices fluctuate, due to the international exchange rates.  I always recommend comparing prices.

My Craftsy store:

On CD disc from Ebay: (No VAT payable, and no charge for the CD itself, just  the pattern cost and the postage.)

Or right here on the blog: (PayPal shopping cart)
If you do buy from me here on the blog, and you live in the EU, the rules state that I don't have to charge you VAT as it's a direct sale. Once you have cleared checkout, I will email the pattern files to you directly. Please allow me 24 hours, because of time zones. Usually it will be far quicker than that.

You can find the sales pages at the top of the blog, in tabs for each section. I will email you the pattern PDF files directly, after you've cleared checkout. Click this link to email me, if you have any queries.


EDITED:  I have been working on my files to try and consolidate the tutorial parts and pattern template parts, to create just one document that is neater and easier to download.  There are still two paper sizes, A4 for Europe, etc, and US Letter size for the States.  You will receive the pattern in the new format.





£9.25


This is the first one I made.  I love it when it goes right first time.


I've added sizing information to each picture in the listings.




I love these girls, they're so photogenic.









Now off I go to do my thang and add fripperies, so I can list these pretty frocks.

Not sure what's next.  I have a potential three projects I want to do.  Ideas are coming so fast, I want to do all of them at the same time, but that would be dumb.

Little Mini Layla  is going off to Dr Krow for a new face-up. She's very cute, but I find her face paint too pale, so I'm having her done up again.  Can't wait. In the meantime, I should be working through my Patience patterns to see which ones work for mini Layla.

I wish there were more hours in the day....

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Mini Layla!



Well, my new girl arrived yesterday, finally!   I didn't expect her to be quite so dainty. Can't think why, but I just didn't.  And I'm delighted with her.  She's just the sweetest little thing.

As a bonus, I've found that my sewing pattern (SSP-038) for Patience Wilde fits her perfectly.

Here she is on the cover:



8.99 GBP




And here are a couple of better pictures:



The outfit she's wearing is still available in my Etsy shop: I just love the oversized flopsy bow.



She needs new wigs, as I have none to fit her, they're all a wee bit large, or so small they keep popping off.   So I've ordered some from Juju's dolly mall.   And I may get new eyes too, though I like these green ones.

I'm a tad pernicketty over my BJD faceups, and I find Layla's is a little pale. The features don't show well in pictures, and I like more defined brows and eyes, so she'll be off to Dr Krow for a fresh face soon.  I can't wait. 

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Sunday, 7 January 2018

Outfit with shoes for Effner Little Darling


The first Raccoon outfit of 2018.

The final pinafore set shown here was made to illustrate the new LD sewing pattern (SSP-055) As ever, I've added lots of pretty extras - including some  lovely shoes - to make this a gorgeous little outfit for you precious doll.

My little Claire looks adorable in this. I had a blast concocting and making the shoes.  The gloves were fun too, and I love to make hats.

The gloves are not costed out in the selling price, and have been included as free extras.

Available in my Etsy shop:
£105.00




Lots of pictures.  Most of these are in the Etsy listing.  Here's the full ensemble on the doll.

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And back views of both pinafore and dress.  The little bead fastenings on the dress are fiddly but so worth the effort, they look lovely and reduce bulk.



The dress on its own gives the doll a different look.


Here's a detail of the little bow-and-bead at the neck, and the embroidery on the gloves.


Mesh tights this time. None of my (MANY) cotton jersey fabrics looked right with the colour scheme, and this very stretchy mesh tied in much better.


Accessories:



I'm so glad I made these lasts (from previous posts) Here's a pair of shoes I made that didn't go right.


But this pair included with the outfit are a veritable success.



The whole kit and caboodle:




As I type, I'm working on a version of "Dear Tobi" (SSP-054) for the MSD and Mei Mei sized Kaye Wiggs gals.

After that, I've been seduced by both Chinese kimonos and bohemian layers.  I have so many ideas my head may explode...

That's the way it goes. Either I'm sitting in my room wailing about how I have no inspiration, or my head is stuffed with ideas, full to bursting.  I much refer the latter.


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Saturday, 6 January 2018

Little Darlings shoes!



Having applied myself to the task in hand, I've finally made a really beautiful little pair of shoes.  These are so darned cute.  What is it about teeny tiny shoes?

I made the lasts a tad bigger than the doll's feet, so they'd slip on over tights, and it works like a charm.



And because the feet are protected by the mesh tights,  I was able to use a pretty fabric for the lining.




The doll stands so well  in them. 

We has success. 

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Friday, 5 January 2018

Shoe lasts/shoes for Effner Little Darlings



Finally got down to making some shoe lasts for Little Darlings.   I've used Jesmonite water based resin as outlined in this post.  I find is as easy to use as plaster - which it sort of is, when you're mixing.

The shoes might look cute, but they are in fact an unmitigated disaster.

It seems I'm rubbish with a glue gun. 

Usually I use Copydex and Aleene's. The latter is especially Strong once hardened and allows plenty of what I call 'wiggle time'.   Hot glue does not.   Aleene's may not set quite as hard as hot glue, but it is amazing stuff, and does strengthen any structure you're gluing, rather marvellously.

So yeah.  No more messing with my housemate's hot glue gun for me. 



There will be shoes along with some outfits, but they take a long time to make, despite being enormous fun and I have a hat to make yet. Then I can embark on the next sewing pattern which is something for Kaye Wiggs SD sizes.

So its millinery and cobbling for me, over the next few days :)

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Monday, 1 January 2018

Saturday, 30 December 2017

SSP-055 - Pinafore set for 13" Dianna Effner Little Darlings


Having made four variations of this charming little pattern, I settled on the one with the most ruffles.  My girl looks adorable in it, and having tried it on some of my other dolls, it fits quite well.

*Available in my Etsy shop:

*Etsy will charge EU customers VAT (This does not affect America or other non-EU countries).  I always recommend people to look in my Craftsy store anyway, as the prices fluctuate, due to the international exchange rates.  I always recommend comparing prices.

My Craftsy store:

On CD disc from Ebay: (No VAT payable, and no charge for the CD itself, just  the pattern cost and the postage.)

Or right here on the blog: (PayPal shopping cart)
If you do buy from me here on the blog, and you live in the EU, the rules state that I don't have to charge you VAT as it's a direct sale. Once you have cleared checkout, I will email the pattern files to you directly. Please allow me 24 hours, because of time zones. Usually it will be far quicker than that.

You can find the sales pages at the top of the blog, in tabs for each section. I will email you the pattern PDF files directly, after you've cleared checkout. Click this link to email me, if you have any queries.


EDITED:  I have been working on my files to try and consolidate the tutorial parts and pattern template parts, to create just one document that is neater and easier to download.  this is the first pattern in the new format.  There are still two paper sizes, A4 for Europe, etc, and US Letter size for the States.  You will receive the pattern in the new format.





£8.99



The dress is maxi length, and I've used buttonhole loops with seed bead buttons to faten it at the back. Just to eliminate some of the bulk.  But you can always use snaps if preferred by following the back closure instructions for the pinafore.




The pinafore has straightforward snaps.



This fits Ellowyne very nicely with no alterations. Just make sure when you come to attaching the back closures, you slip the dress on the doll and mark out your guides accordingly.




Also fits my Tobi body (from Kaye Wiggs) The sleeves will just slip over Tobi's large hands, but I'd recommend widening the sleeves by about 1/4".   You could also lengthen them by about 1/2".


It may fit Kaye Wiggs MSD and Mei Mei too, but the sleeves are very tight over the large hand, so widening them by 1/4" or a smidge more would be best.   The bodice backs might need to be extended by about 1/8" too.  I tried  it on my girls, but it was tight.



And I thought this might work with my Luts Kid Delf, and it did! With both the romantic (adult) bust and the immature bust.




It's tailored especially to fit our Little Darlings though, and looks so very cute on my lovely Claire.




Styling tips are given, and the pattern is in my new format of just one PDF file, instead of two.

You can easily make the dress sleeveless by using the dress bodice pattern piece, and following the instructions for the pinafore bodice.

So that's the last pattern of 2017.  I had planned it would be the first of 2018 but I really am a workaholic and have been sewing like a nutter all through my 'week off', which has to be written in inverted commas because the very idea of me sticking to my designated time off is hilarious....

I shall close by wishing everyone a happy and peaceful New Year.  Every year I hope for humankind to get their crap together, finally.  For beings that can make the deserts flower, produce incredible technology that can actually be used by our minds (it exists, in its infancy) and bring into being stunning works of art and music.  For beings that can come together and create the most amazing performances, like flash mobs bringing classical music to the streets, or sporting events and opening ceremonies, and the fabulous rock concert for Manchester...  we really do suck at being kind to our planet. And each other.

So my only resolution is - to first climb off this soapbox for now - and try to be kinder, more tolerant, and to spread as much love as this old heart can possibly generate.

Happy New Year guys.  xxx

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Thursday, 21 December 2017

Four outfits for 13" Effner Little Darlings


Lord knows why I decided to sit and make four outfits, but I did.   I guess I had to test out this new pattern, and liked it so much, I couldn't stop sewing?

That happens a LOT.

But they are gorgeous, and in such lovely fabrics.   Of course, they all needed hats and tights to finish them off, so I had to develop a tights pattern too.

Here we go, these are posted in the order I made them:

First up is the dress set.  I'm partial to this fabric. It's such a pretty print, and is a lovely soft cotton lawn.  Love these sleeves, and the ruffles at the hem.  I added a Peter Pan collar to this one.  It's my first ever attempt and went like a dream.

I just want to say - if any of these are purchased before Christmas itself, I won't be able to ship them until afterwards.   You may have to wait over a week before I can get to the local Post Office.

Christmas is always a tricky time to get into town, as my kind friend who gives me lifts is tied up with lots of family stuffs.


SOLD



 This has a full body petticoat, instead of my usual skirt-petticoats. This one fastens with seed bead buttons and tiny hand-sewn buttonhole loops.  This fastening is less bulky than snaps, and sits under the dress nicely.


Hats are such fun to make.  I taught myself how to make organza ribbon flowers just for this batch.  The hand-cut bias binding at the edge and used for the hatband adds a touch of elegance too.




Next, I wanted to see how a quilters-weight cotton would work, so I've used a Spoonflower basic cotton Ultra, printed with my own design.  It works beautifully.  The pinafore is denim-effect chambray.

Etsy shop link - £90.00




The fabric trim on the hat is also my own design.  Available at Spoonflower.



Next, I made two outfits in tandem. It really does save a little time, but when hand sewing EVERYTHING. it still takes forever.  Totally worth it though, for the workmanship and the luxury.

This one has a soft 4oz denim pinafore.  I left out the ruffles for a different look, and made a bakersboy bonnet for an olde worlde feel.

Etsy shop link - £85.00



Liberty Tana lawn is so beautiful.  The dress looks perfect in it.








And bringing up the rear, is this one.   I've long wanted to try out some baby cord, and this is a dream to sew. It's a very forgiving fabric, and looks so charming over the dress.

Etsy shop link - £90.00


This very soft lawn was crying out to be used too.  It looks lovely on my girl.






So that's it.  I'll be working on publishing a pattern for this last dress and pinny next. It should be the first of 2018.

I hope everyone has a happy and peaceful festive season.   Loads of love from Raccoon HQ.  xxx




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