Monday, 29 August 2016

Three romper & hat sets for Patience.



I've listed the romper outfits I made whilst publishing the recent sewing pattern (SSP-039)


Here in my Etsy store:  The link will take you to the 'handmade doll fashions' section.  The links above each individual photo will take you to the sales page for that photo.

My items are listed originally in £GBP, so the prices for overseas customers vary slightly according to exchange rates - but with the pound relatively weak at the moment, you can pick them up for less these days!




I've made hats to go with all the rompers,  They're so cute on Patience. This first one is £25.



This second one I love, because the fabric is my own design, and it came out beautifully on the cotton lawn.  £25.




But the third is my favourite. Lots of sewing in the leg ruffles, but it paid off.  I do like frothy ruffles.  £30.



Next, I have plans for something gorgeous and bohemian for Evangeline.  I have a folder full of shabby chic/bohemian inspiration pictures and I was looking through is the other day - and this one outfit just jumped out at me.

It'll be lovely to sew, and will look fabulous on our Evie.

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Thursday, 25 August 2016

SSP-039: Rompers and hat: Patience sewing pattern


I've been inspired lately,  Patience is definitely my muse.  I've come up with this adorable baggy romper and hat.  There are three versions of the romper, and the hat is so cute.  I tried it on one of my Blythe dolls and it fits!   The romper does not though,  Patience's body is far bigger than Blythe's but I do want to make something similar for Blythe in the future.

Also, a lot of my patterns are interchangeable, so you could use this bodice and make a dress, if you have any of my other patterns knocking around.  Though a simple dirndl skirt would be so easy to attach to the bodice.  (For the novices among you, a dirndl is simply a rectangle of fabric sewn into a tube for a skirt and gathered up at the waist edge.)

The Patience sewing pattern is now available to buy:

In my Etsy shop:

My Craftsy store:

And right 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.


Patience sewing pattern

Version 1 has elasticated legs and is in my favourite bloomers style.  The legs are far fuller than the other two versions.  I've styled mine damp on the doll.  It makes for a better shape where the elastic lies.  

The bodice is the same for all versions, and looks great with the mock-buttoned shoulders.


Patience sewing pattern


Version 2 has less full legs, but they're still nice and loose, and have just a simple ruffle around the bottom edge.  I love the kind of Huckleberry feel this little outfit has.

Patience sewing pattern


And version 3, whilst not horribly complicated or tailored, and fairly easy to grasp, does have a fair bit of sewing in those many ruffles! But the result is gorgeous. So frothy and shabby-chic looking. This version is a bit more of a challenge, but I found the effort very worthwhile.


Patience sewing pattern


And the hat - because I love me a hat -  is super-cute too.   A simple-to-sew crown, with a ruffled brim.   It looks pretty adorable on Blythe too. So if you have Blythe dolls as well, you can fit your girls out with new headgear.




In other news, I'm planning to make and sell some other craft items that are for people, not dollies (sorry girls and boys... I have all these disappointed faces looking at me from shelves now.)    But now I'm working at this as a full time job, I need my weekends  off.  And as I love to sew and craft - I've devised a few items that I'm sort of in love with and are so much fun to make.

(See, this is why I hate people who call people on invalidity benefits lazy.  If I'm well enough, I'm a workaholic.  No joke, I get twitchy if I'm not producing something. Not that I'm on any invalidity benefits any more, but it's inappropriate to voice my opinions on the Tory government here. So I'll just sit here rolling my eyes...)

But now I've gone off on a tangent.  More on those new thingummies later. Quite possibly I'll be unveiling more in October .  I just can't decide whether to offer them in my current Etsy shop, or open a new one.  You can have more than one shop under Etsy rules, as long as the items sold in each one are unrelated - which they are.  But I'm not sure if running two shops might be a bit much to handle.  Plus, I have loads of great reviews in my existing shop.  I can always link people to the sister shop, but I'm dithering, and can't decide. 

If anyone has any thoughts or experience on that, let me know!  

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Friday, 12 August 2016

Three outfits listed in my Etsy shop.



I love these three.   Two for Patience, and one (my very first) for Deja Vu.

They're the outfits that resulted from my recent sewing patterns, and are now available to buy.


DEJA VU "GYPSY" OUTFIT.

PATIENCE PLAYSUIT (Pink & green)

PATIENCE PLAYSUIT (blue & cream)


DV looks lovely in this.  I've added some embellishments, and I particularly enjoy the detachable waist trimming.  Perhaps she needs a name. I keep calling her DV though, and it's kind of stuck...









And both the Patience outfits are so CUTE.   She's especially happy with the new wig.  It's a fur wig that I purchased, and happened to have the same fur fabric in my stash, so I made little pigtails for her and attached them.

It took a lot of brushing, trimming and styling, but I think it looks fab.








And lastly, the blue outfit.  This features the Raccoon's Shell Hem, for which tere is a free tutorial. you can find this on my 'tutorials' page, at the bottom.








I've been ill for a few days now, tummy trouble, so it's nice to just sit and embellish outfits, rather than having to brain too hard.   But I have a pile of new ideas for patterns, so they'll keep coming.

A day off though, I think is in order.   With maybe some crafting or painting thrown in, and then up and at 'em on Monday.  :)   I tend to be a workaholic when it comes to the dolly stuff, so I find forcing myself to do some kind of non-dolly craft at weekends really helps with the creative flow.  It's nice to walk away sometimes, and just come back to it a couple of days later.

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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

SSP-038: Play-suit for Patience... and a small freebie.


I've been getting lots of inspiration by looking at children's sewing patterns, and I've come up with this lovely little design for our favourite gal, Patience.   For one of these adorable dresses, I've devised my own shell hem, for which there is a tutorial section in the pattern, and as I'm feeling generous, I'm publishing the 'Raccoon's Shell Hem' as a stand-alone and free tutorial.


The pattern is now available to buy:

In my Etsy shop:

My Craftsy store:

And right 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.

The freebie can be accessed through my 'tutorials page here on the blog, which takes your to the Crafty download, but here's the direct link for a freebie:


But back to the pattern:



I've seen lots of these little outfits with the ruffled bloomers around on Etsy and on various sewing sites, I just love bloomers, so I had to make some.  There are two versions included in the pattern:




And two different dresses. The blue one has little armhole ruffles, which I thought would be complicated, but found them quite easy to sew.

I've included a little petticoat for the blue dress too, but you can also make one for the pink/green version.  You can add ruffles and alter the lengths easily. This is quite a versatile little pattern, and should be interchangeable with skirts and bodices from my other Patience patterns.




I have loads of ideas for Patience running through my head right now, so there will be more for this lil' girl coming soon.  As well as Ellowyne ideas, Evangeline ideas, Deja Vu ideas....

Sometimes I worry I'll run out of inspiration, but it looks like that's not going to happen any time soon.

Lastly, I know some of you have asked me to keep you informed about the benefits situation.  I have definitely lost over 70% of my benefits. Fortunately I have a little bit coming in from Working Tax Credit, but I'm pretty much having to support myself on the patterns and outfits now.  SCARY.  I'm not actually well enough to work, but luckily for me this is something I can manage, with lots of rest, and absolutely minimal stress.  

So, wish me lots of luck.  I love doing this kind of work, and never stop thanking my lucky stars that it's possible.  The doll community has been so amazing and kind.  I truly appreciate you. <3

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