Sunday, 29 January 2017

SSP-045: Sewing pattern for Kaye Wiggs dolls.



As promised - and I know it's taken me a while - here's a dress pattern for Kaye Wiggs girls.  this is fitted to the 43cm Mei Mei body, and is beautifully modelled by my lovely Gracie.

Again - if anyone has the 45cm MSD body as well as the Mei Mei, I'd love to know which bits will fit that other body.


In my Etsy shop:

My Craftsy store: 

And right here on the blog: (Via Sellfy) I may be changing to Gumroad soon, as they deal with all the VAT, and I can sell to EU customers.

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


Email for a PayPal invoice:
£8.50
Please state which pattern(s) you require, and which paper size you print on, A4 or U.S. Letter (USL.)


If you do buy from me by email, and you live in the EU, the rules state that I don't have to charge you VAT as it's a direct sale.  So I won't. Isn't that useful?

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.





These are lovely soft feminine dresses, similar to the Patience sewing pattern (SSP-041.)  They're so much fun to make and look lovely when finished.








And I've added a petticoat option for both dresses. You know me and my layers.   The petticoat uses the lining pieces for the dresses.   In fact, if the skirts seem a bit daunting, or if you want a quick and easy pattern, you can easily use the lining pieces as the skirt panels and make much simpler dresses.



The bodice and shoulder straps are generous enough that the dress can be fitted over a leotard too, as a pinafore.

As I produce more patterns, most of them will be compatible with each other.  That is the bodices should fit skirts from other patterns, and vice versa.

This is my first Kaye Wiggs dress, and I have lots of other ideas.  I do feel the need to make something for Ell again next, and for Blythe.  I'm asked for more Blythe patterns all the time and really need to start responding to requests a bit.

It's hard to accept requests, as making items to order really plays up my anxiety and I just get too stressed/ill to produce anything.  I do take people's requests on board though, and while I make no promises, I will endeavour to eventually publish the items I've been asked for.

In other news, I'm really enjoying the knitting, and I've actually made my first crochet cardigan for a doll!   I love crochet, but it's not a strong skill of mine.   I've only ever crocheted one people-sized item that's more than a rectangle, and now, three doll-sized items. (I made a dress and hat for Ell years back. They look nice but contain too many mistakes to be saleable.)  Most of my crochet in the past has just been samples of stitches and scarves.

This could be good for the customer though.  If I have to make my first crochet patterns nice and easy - they'll be very simple to follow, and will be of benefit to the beginner.

Do forgive my musings.  Although if you can't muse on your blog, then where can you?

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Candy sweater outfit for Kaye Wiggs dolls.


I have embarked on a dress for the Kaye Wiggs girls, but in the meantime, I've added some pretties to the sweater outfit I made for the recent pattern (SSP-044.)

Gracie is looking very cute in these colours.

Up for grabs now in my Etsy shop:

£65.00

I was delighted that the colours in the stripey sock fabric matches some of my soft viscose jerseys. The pinks and the aqua have been picked out in the skirt, leggings, scarf and tights.  This gives the whole ensemble a coordinated look.



Also, I've been lurking on Facebook, and I notice that some dolly peeps want to see the backs of outfits offered for sale, so I'm going to include those in this and future listings.





I usually include what the undergarments look like, as that's a useful thing to see as well.



I've added tights to this ensemble because 1) Whilst the aqua leggings are pale and shouldn't stain, I'm a tad paranoid about staining, so I've put even paler tights underneath; and 2) It's easier to get the legwarmers on as the leggings don't slide up the doll's legs with tights underneath.



There are 8 pieces in all. This has been a lovely outfit to make, and now I've started my first KW dress, I'm really looking forward to how it turns out.

I've been up to my neck in fabrics trying to pick some for the new project.  It's fun, but my desk is littered with STUFF at the moment, so a tidying spree would probably be a wise first step...



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Saturday, 14 January 2017

Knitting pattern for Kaye Wiggs dolls.


Whew.  I'm a busy, busy bee.

This has been hinted at in previous posts, but I play my cards close to my chest, just in case I fail miserably at something.  But! I'm happy to announce my very first in what will hopefully be a new line of knitting patterns.

The first one is for Kaye Wiggs 43cm girls. I couldn't find a really basic sweater when surfing around for dolly sewing patterns, so I've created my own.

Available in my Etsy shop:


And right here on the blog: (Via Sellfy)

My Craftsy store: 

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

Email for a PayPal invoice:

If you do buy from me by email, and you live in the EU, the rules state that I don't have to charge you VAT as it's a direct sale.  So I won't. 
Price without VAT is £5.99.

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.

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Here's the tale.  Before I ever dreamed of starting to sew for dolls, back in my teens and twenties, I was a knitwear designer.   I've always been able to knit my own jumpers and hats and bits and pieces. I also crochet ... competently.

Thus far though, I've felt intimidated by the tiny fiddly scale of dolly knitting and crochet.  Recently, I've been drooling over some of the doll knitwear on Pinterest, and for slightly larger dolls such as Kaye Wiggs (and yes, Ellowyne fans, she too) knitting seemed a bit less daunting.  So I picked up some yarn from my stash and started faffing around with something for Ell.

It was far too big for her!  But, it did almost fit my Gracie.  So I re-knitted, and came up with my first sweater, then I made a cardigan, then I bought some new yarn.... and long story short. I'm hooked. That's totally not a pun, this is knitting, not crochet.  Although I'm not ruling out crochet in the future.

The knitting patterns take longer to develop than the sewing ones, especially as I only knit at weekends, but hopefully my new page on this blog will slowly fill with pretty things for people knit for their dollies.

Okay, you've sussed me.  Any excuse to photograph Gracie.


I must get her more of these acrylic eyes I like them even more than the glass ones.


So that's that for now.   I have a big bag of new yarn bursting to have something else made from it.  I think Ellowyne is looking neglected, so she's next!

And now I really can take the rest of my weekend off.

Sorta. I'm dying to knit some more.

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Friday, 13 January 2017

SSP-044: New sewing pattern for Kaye Wiggs dolls.



Blimey, I'm on a roll. I hadn't expected to finish the publishing the new Kaye Wiggs  sewing pattern today, but as I have, I may as well go for it.

This one is an adorable cosy winter ensemble for Kaye Wiggs girls with the Mei Mei (43cm) body. It has two lengths of sweater, leggings, skirt, and legwarmers.   You can put the outfit over the leotard and tights of pattern SSP-043, or use it without.   The leotard and tights are not included in this pattern, but the two patterns have so many separates, that they can be mixed and matched to your hearts content.

Again - if anyone has the 45cm MSD body as well as the Mei Mei, I'd love to know which bits will fit that other body.

In my Etsy shop:

And right here on the blog: (Via Sellfy)

My Craftsy store: 

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

Email for a PayPal invoice:

If you do buy from me by email, and you live in the EU, the rules state that I don't have to charge you VAT as it's a direct sale.  So I won't. Isn't that useful?

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.


kaye wiggs sewing pattern

I seem to have more socks in my stash than in my actual sock drawer. I love buying socks specifically for my stash... and seem to have rather a lot now...


The sweater patterns use the sock welts for collar and cuffs, but the collar and cuffs can easily be cut from the same 4-way stretchy jersey as the leggings. One is tunic length, and the other is a regular sweater length.  This shorter sweater is cut wide towards the hem end, so that the waistband of the skirt isn't prominent.

sewing pattern for kaye wiggs


The leggings.  They look cute with any outfit.


kaye wiggs leggings


For the skirt here, I've made two skirts and am using one as a petticoat.  I do like my layers.

kaye wiggs sewing pattern

Although the leotard is not included in the pattern, if you do have pattern SSP-043, you can use the collar piece of the sweater to add a collar to the leotard.  This is useful if you're using a dark fabric for the sweater collar and want to protect your doll from staining. I've included a short passage telling you how to do it.

Here's the leotard from SSP-043, with the collar from the sweater in this new pattern, SSP-044.

kaye wiggs sewing pattern


So that's it for now.  Next, I'm planning a dress for Gracie, and after that, I feel something for either Patience, Ellowyne, or Evangeline.  I have something in mind for Evie actually... hmm...


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Teaser


Quick post, mostly because I've changed Gracie's eyes and wig.  I love these dolls.  Every time I change her a bit, it's like having a new dolly!

(I really want more KW girls, but SO expensive. Must ...resist...)

Isn't she cute?

This is also a teaser for the new Kaye Wiggs sewing pattern, which I hope to publish in the next few days.

Kaye Wiggs sewing pattern


Are you teased?

Good. My work is done.

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Monday, 9 January 2017

Tunic sweater outfit for Kaye Wiggs MSD (43cm)



I've been having fun developing and fitting garments to Gracie.  Soon she'll have a whole wardrobe.

This cosy and colourful outfit is ideal for these winter months.. especially with all the snow forecast later in the week.

Up for grabs in my Etsy shop:

I do love legwarmers with boots, so I put a pair on the dolly to see how it looks.  I love it! And it's kind of hard to sell this outfit, but there it is.



Without the boots, you can see the tights.  the leotard and tights are included, and make extra sure your doll is protected from any potential staining.

This outfit doesn't show the hat and scarf, but they are included. Unlike the boots.... don't ask me to sell the boots.




Here's a closer picture of the leotard.  I made a turtle collar to protect the doll's neck from any risk of the purple fabric staining anything.  it shouldn't anyway, because it's all commercially fixed, but I'm always uber-careful since I inadvertently got a couple of my Ellowyne's stained. Eeek.




And a view of the leggings with legwarmers, and of just the leggings.  These stretch fabrics are nice and thin, so look great layered on the doll. The sweater/legwarmers fabric is a bit thicker, but I think the scale works beautifully. It looks like proper dolly-sized knitwear.




So that's that for now.

I return to my pattern-drafting for the new Kaye Wiggs pattern, so watch this space.  It's so cold here in January, I can't think about doing pretty frocks just yet.

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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

OOAK winter set for Ellowyne Wilde



Lets start off 2017 with a stunner shall we?

This fabulous outfit took a lot of work, but as always for me it's a labour of love.  This dress is the gem of the collection IMO.  I'm just so in love with the fabric.  The print fell just right on all the pattern pieces and looks so pretty on the doll, that I didn't want to add a waist trim and break up the flow.

In my Etsy shop:

Here she is looking fabulous, as ever:


ooak ellowyne outfit


It's so sad that Ellowyne is being discontinued.  She's one of my favourite dolls ever, and I love just how versatile she is.  She can wear anything.   I keep threatening to make a dress out of a binliner and duck tape to prove the point.  but never quite get around to it...


ellowyne coat set


It's a six piece outfit, recorded here for posterity.  I'm fond of all the pieces, not just the dress. those gloves are so cute. The dress looks longer in the pics than it actually is. I couldn't get the camera angle right.  The picture of the petticoat below gives a better idea.  The hem is just below the calf and above the ankles.


ellowyne wilde

And when summer comes around again,  She'll still look great.

dress for ellowyne wilde


I want a hat like this.



And one more, because she looks so pretty in this blonde wig.



So. Next, I'll be going back to the next Kaye Wiggs pattern.  I'm still working on it.   Because I have to draft all the garments from scratch, it does take a bit of time. Then I have to make a couple of different variations, just to see which works best.  After I've made a couple of successful outfits (not counting all my working toiles) I then have to make yet another one, so I can methodically photograph every step.

I ...also have a new idea for 2017.    I might tease you with it for a bit. I'm not sure if I can pull it off yet, but hopefully....  hopefully...


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Sunday, 1 January 2017

A dress for Ellowyne Wilde



Another Sunday drive-by.   I needed to make a dress to go with a coat and hat I've made for our lovely Ell, so I bought some fabric from one of my favourite Spoonflower designers Joan McLemore. I've used this print before and it's so lovely for 16" dolls, even with its slightly large scale, I had to use it again.

The fabric is Spoonflower's retired cotton lawn, and the print is "Cool Garden". As the cotton lawn is not available, the basic combed cotton makes a good substitute, and is a slightly lighter weight than standard quilters cottons.


OOAK ellowyne wilde dress


I love this lady's artistry, and wish I had half her skill when it comes to creating fabric design.



The dress is almost complete. I need to make a petticoat and tights, and maybe some gloves, and then I'm done.

This is my first post of 2017, so a very Happy New Year to all.  :)

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