Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Getting to grips with Blythe hats.

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I've measured all my bigheaded dollies heads as follows

Blythe (over hair) = 26.5cm.
Patience (over hair) = 25cm.
Pullip (bald) = 24cm. So with hair I would imagine Pullip is very close to Patience.

The Blythe hats are too big for Patience, the sailor hat slips down over her eyes, the bakersboy hat can be made to look nice, because I always cut them large so that the band can go across the doll's forehead and the back of the band can be pushed down towards the nape of the neck. The problem with my Patience is her ponytails/bunches get in the way of hat fitting.


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Blythe dolls have huge heads, so I had to draft new patterns pretty much from scratch.

To ease myself into it, I adapted my Bakersboy hat for Ellowyne Wilde to fit the Blythe head. Here's  pic of my new Basaak girl, already slightly customised.  I don't want to spend a fortune on Blythe dolls, I just want to sew for them and for that I need a couple of cute models, so Basaak it is.

She has the most brilliant red hair I've ever seen on a doll, so she's not matching the current sky blue collection I'm sewing, but hey, at least she has a head.

I used some white cotton jersey for this hat, which I hand-dyed to match her outfit.  (I'll show it at some point, promise!)  And it fits really well. These hats are deliberately cut large, so they can be pulled right down at the back to give a bonnet feel.




And from the side and back: this is such a gorgeous bright canary yellow. Very sunshine-y.



Next, I looked at a hat I make for Ellowyne which is from a MSD Designs pattern.  It wouldn't work on Blythe if I just scaled it up.  So I completely redrafted it and after a couple of teething troubles, I managed a perfectly serviceable hat.



Very cute with the upturned brim. I want to make another one that's more of a cloche. But this is a very adorable little sailors hat and I'll make more of these.



And now my fingers are actually bleeding from swing, I'm going to take a break and carry on with the actual outfits for this headgear. I've had a couple of days where everything just went horribly wrong. Attempts to crochet hats turned out poorly so I went back to sewing - which is much more my forte.

I pricked my finger and bled all over the white fabric I was using for the yellow hat; then managed to wash it all out, and then when I pressed it I scorched it badly with the iron.  Argh.   I did start over with the white fabric and it dyed beautifully.  I was tempted to try Turmeric to see how well it dues cotton, but having plenty of bright yellow procion MX dye at my disposal, I decided to play it safe. Things are working out better today.  Fewer disasters all round.

Tidying my workspace would probably help matters....

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6 comments :

  1. Okay! Now my question is: will you be making PATTERNS for these fabulous hats?! I'm interested in sewing for Blythe again after having spent ages on Monster High dolls and then turning to the larger vintage dolls. The hats are great, Tess!

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    1. Hi Stacey :) Well, the bakersboy one I probably will eventually. But I'm not sure if the sailor hat is mine to sell as a pattern. I did draft it from start to finish, but I did base the shape of the brim on a very similar design from Magalie Dawson. So where I will probably sell the made hats, I don't think I can sell the pattern. The bakersboy is all my own though. :)

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  2. Love both those hats! I'm going to have to try more hats for Patience - I really do need to stop thinking about and see if I can upscale my crochet hats for them! Are these hats too big for Patience - I'm never sure whether she got a bigger head than Blythe or not lol!!!

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    1. Righty, I've measured all my bigheaded dollies heads as follows Blythe (over hair) = 26.5cm. Patience (over hair) = 25cm. Pullip (bald) = 24cm. So with hair I would imagine Pullip is very close to Patience.

      The Blythe hats are too big for Patience, the sailor hat slips down over her eyes, the bakersboy hat can be made to look nice, because I always cut them large so that the band can go across the doll's forehead and the back of the band can be pushed down towards the nape of the neck. The problem with my Patience is her ponytails get in the way of hat fitting, which makes me want to scalp her and buy wigs instead. Poor girl.

      I'm feeling pubic-spirited now and want to post these findings somewhere useful, lol.

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    2. Thank you for that - very helpful!! At least if I did get a Blythe crochet hat pattern I can probably downscale it quite easily... I know I can make my own pattern but sometimes it's just nice to follow the instructions lol!! Oh dear poor Patience..... still you can get some very nice wigs!!!

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    3. You're most welcome. :) And yes, it's not a huge difference really, not like Blythe compared to Ell! I've added the measurements to this post now, so it's there for people to see.

      You can get nice wigs which is why I'm so tempted!

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