Thursday, 30 June 2016

Two new outfits for Evangeline.


It's taken a while to finish off the outfits, and embellish, but I've finally finished them to my satisfaction.   (I'm so picky)

These are the two outfits I produced when publishing the Evangeline Ghastly Edwardian style outfit (SSP-030)  And I've added bakersboy bonnets, with tights.   I've also painstakingly added metal studs, and embellishments.  They look gorgeous. :)  I'm so pleased with them.

Red outfit in my Etsy shop:

Black outfit in my Etsy shop:

The black one is floor length, and accommodates a stand.  It also has the mock lace-up front detailing.




 The red version has the plain front, and is ankle length. It looks longer in my photos, I still haven't mastered the right angle to photograph dollies.  Especially the tall ones.
 


And some of the detailing:





They also look good without the overdress.  As a top and skirt set.


I.

Love.

Bakersboy.

Hats.  <3




And the tights go under the leotard, to complete the look.   I like to include tights, they just finish off an outfit.





And that's it.  In other stuff,  I've finished my first letter to the DWP about my benefit, so that's the first stage of asking for a reconsideration.  If they still say no,  I'll have to take it to appeal.

Blech.

But I'm distracting myself by working, so I'm still thinking of making something for Deja Vu. Although sometimes lots of ideas come at the same time, and I have ho idea which to go for first.  It's better than no ideas at all though!

_________________-





Sunday, 26 June 2016

1950's dresses are up for sale.



I put the long gown on Amber today and she looks so lovely in it, and insisted on being the model.  So who am I to disagree with the uppity miss Stanhope?

I've listed both the dress I made whilst publishing the 1950's Chic pattern (SSP-035) in my Etsy shop.  They look lovely  on the girls and I'm so reluctant to part with them, because those skirts! So much fabric.  Lots of swishy petticoats.


Etsy listing for the gown:

Etsy listing for the dress:



https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/462496089/ooak-ellowyne-wilde-outfit-50s-summer



For the calf-length dress, I mad a shoulder wrap and added trim.  It's such a pretty fabric, and I love the look.




Both dolls look proper girlie.  :)








I've added skintone tights, because a girl can never have too many of those, and they do finish the outfits nicely.

Floor length petticoat:


Calf-length petticoat:



For my next trick, I'm planning my first ever pattern for Deja-Vu dolls by Tonner.   I've had a few enquiries as to whether I will be sewing for those pretty girls, so I bought the most inexpensive nude one that I could find, on eBay, and I'm rather taken with her. Her scale and size makes me look forward to drafting something fabulous.

So yes. I will be sewing for Deja Vu.   :)

But first, I have a leotard to make for Evangeline, so I can get the Edwardian style outfits listed for sale.

______________

Friday, 24 June 2016

SSP-035: Fifties chic for Ellowyne


1950s!  When dresses were full and pretty, and used SO MUCH fabric.   I've made this fifties dress for Ell and her pals. The skirts are humongously full.  They are cut so nicely to give the classic fifties shape, and there are FOUR layers of skirt.   The dress has two layers, outer and lining; the petticoat has two layers also.

And I topped it off with this lovely and so easy-to-make shoulder wrap.

In my Etsy shop:

My Craftsy store:

And here on the blog: (via Sellfy)


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 suggest comparing prices.

If you wish to buy directly from me, I can supply a PayPal invoice and email the pattern to you within 24 hours.  Usually it will be faster than that, I'm just allowing for the potential differences in time zones.



Two lengths are included in the pattern. Calf-length and floor-length.


And the long dress looks lovely and contemporary without the petticoats.



Here are the petticoats:



So many frothy layers!  I love to see lots of petticoats, filling out a dress shape:



In other news:

The Benefits office, in their infinite wisdom, have decided not to award me a benefit that I've been getting for five years now.  Which has the knock-on effect of halving the benefit I am still allowed to receive.

I am of course appealing, but it's a long, stressful and drawn-out process that can take up to a year.  So I need to support myself in the meantime.

Scary.  Like - it's made me physically ill scary.  I feel dreadful today.  But if  can maintain my modest income from the sewing patterns and outfits, I should be okay.

I work as hard as I can with mental disability that affects me physically. I live very frugally,  I don't buy clothes and make up, I don't go out.  I don't drink. My social life is with the close friends I live with, and on my computer.   So I hope people - wonderful people, I really do appreciate you all in the doll community - will continue to buy and enjoy my sewing patterns, and the outfits.

You guys are actually paying a solid lump of my rent from this day on. And you've helped me pay off a massive credit card debt, so at least I don't  have that hanging over me now.

So thank you! All of you in the doll community, not just for the custom, but for the kind words and just being a wonderful collection of people. From the bottom of my heart.  <3


________

Friday, 3 June 2016

SSP-034 "Bollywood Style" For Ellowyne.


I love Indian/Asian fashion, so when I bought my 'Dream of marigold and cinnamon' Ellowyne, I was really inspired to create a Bollywood/Indian princess outfit.   I had some gorgeous fabric which I cut from a brand new skirt and blouse that a friend donated, so I've made something lovely and vibrant to illustrate the pattern.

I need to add lots of bling to the outfit, and then I'll list it for sale in my Etsy store.

In the meantime, here's the pattern itself:

In my Etsy shop:

My Craftsy store:

And here on the blog: (via Sellfy)

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 suggest comparing prices.

If you wish to buy directly from me, I can supply a PayPal invoice and email the pattern to you within 24 hours.  Usually it will be faster than that, I'm just allowing for the potential differences in time zones.






Both top and skirt are fully lined, so that you can use really brightly-dyed fabrics with no danger of your precious doll getting stained.



I've added a beaded string to my skirt, to hold the shawl.




I do love Lizette's pretty face.



A shawl like this is so easy to make,  but is so versatile.


And I'm going to end this post with a gripe.   Is there a new Ellowyne head-sculpt?  I hate it.  They've made her face so much fatter around the lower jaw.  When I got my marigold & cinnamon, I noticed it, and I went to the Wilde site to see if it was just that particular doll, but ALL the new Ells seem to have a new face shape.

If you compare a new doll with an old doll, as I did, there is definitely a difference in the faces.

What the hell were Wilde thinking?  The old face is so much prettier.  I won't be buying any more Ells as long as they continue to use this sculpt. 


__________________