Saturday, 25 November 2017

Weekend drive-by

Very quick, just to let people know I'm alive.

As well as trying to figure out this crochet pattern, I'm developing a new design for Little Darlings.  I have like two ideas I thought I might combine into one for this, but it might turn out to be too busy, or too hard to make.

We'll see.

Here's the beginning of my toile.

Bit of a way to go yet.  But at least I'm sewing something :)

Edit:  Totes forgot. I recently watched Guardians of the Galaxy 2.   Rocket is as always my hero, he's such an a**hole I can't help adoring him.     And fell in love with baby Groot.  But who wouldn't?


Thursday, 23 November 2017

Outfits for Kaye Wiggs Tobi

Having published the new pattern, I've done the usual honours with the dress I made as illustrations, and have added fripperies to them.   I also have two more outfits that I bimbled around with when the Tobi body arrived, and when I was feeling too poorly to do much else.

All available in my Etsy shop:

First up is a short sassy little outfit.  I'e added another ruffle to the dress, teamed it up with a belt, and some cute over-knee stockings.  It also comes with a petticoat and the hair bow.

"Short & Sassy"  £55.00

And the more romantic version, which comes with all of the above, plus a picot-edged cardi:

"Long & Ladylike" £65.00

And here are the two fun outfits I put together in sekrit.  Short minidresses, tailored perfectly for Tobi, with cardis, hats and stockings:

"Sugared Almond"  £45.00

"A Sunny Heart"  £45.00

I'm just loving those ruffle-topped stockings.

So yes.  Next pattern I think will be something for KW, or maybe LD. I'm undecided yet, but am currently working on a multi-doll crochet pattern.  So we'll see what develops.


Saturday, 18 November 2017

SSP-054 for Kaye Wiggs Tobi

"Dear Tobi,

I hear you haven't a stitch to wear and your poor mama is very frustrated, so I hope you enjoy these two lovely feminine dresses.

Love, Raccoon HQ xx"

*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.

And right here on the blog: (PayPal shopping cart) 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.

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. 

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.


Oh. gosh. I love exaggeratedly lanky doll bodies, and Tobi is a dream to sew for. Nearly.  The shoulders gave me lots of trouble when designing the bodice, but I got there!  I'm pleased with this lovely feminine pattern for Tobi.  It's nice to make big doll clothing, but I think Tobi is about as large as I care to go.

 I couldn't decide to go long and ladylike, or short and sassy... so why not both?  I love my grown-up Gracie in soft monochromes.

There is scope for playing around with lengths too.  You can swap the ruffles around, or make a dress without a ruffle.  The bodice and skirt pieces will be interchangeable with any future Tobi patterns too.  Probably.  I aim to make them that way.

It's not too hard to make, either.  The skirt is unlined to keep it a bit simpler. The bodice is of course lined, because of the neck and armhole openings. They would have  to be faced and not just hemmed which makes the fabric sit wrong, so one might as well make a whole lining.

There are of course the ubiquitous petticoats in both lengths.

And a cut lil' hair bow to finish off the look.   This is made so you can slide it onto hair grips, or onto elastic or ribbon, to be tied around the doll's head.

So that's it for Tobi, for now.   I have the dresses I'm working on, adding the usual fripperies, and they'll be offered for sale soon.