Monday, 14 January 2019

Three stunning outfits for Kaye Wiggs MSD girls






Rufus and myself have been sewing away like mad here at Raccoon HQ.   I'm happy to introduce three gorgeous new outfits for Kaye Wiggs MSD.

As it's the start of the year, we wanted to present something rather special.





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Here they are all together. Don't they look lovely together.   Though photographing dolls is not the easiest thing in the world, let alone three of them together.  Once you get one perfect... another one falls over, and you're back to square one.

Here are the girls, finally nice and still.   The picture is a link that will take you to my Etsy shop, the 'Handmade Doll Fashions' section.




Having enjoyed all of these immensely, I've been reminded that I've produced nothing for my poor Mini Layla.   I think next, I'll be making up some of my earlier Patience Wilde patterns and fitting those to my Little Layla.

Will keep you posted!

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Thursday, 3 January 2019

Happy New Year! SSP-065: "My Posh Frock" for Kaye Wiggs MSD sized dolls.


First one for 2019!   A very popular design, this time drafted to fit Kaye Wiggs MSD dolls.  This will fit the original 18" MSD body, the newer 18" Abby body, and the slightly shorter 17" Mei Mei body.


*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 and may be cheaper.  I always recommend comparing prices.

EBAY: For patterns on CD rom. No VAT, no extra charge for the CD, Just the patterns themselves, and postage.  (However many patterns you order, they will come on one CD. This keeps production and  shipping costs to a minimum, a saving which I pass on to my customers.)


Or right here on the blog: (PayPal shopping cart)

After payment, I will email the files to you directly.  Please again, allow me 24 hours to email the files.  I live in the UK, and for overseas customers, if I'm asleep there is sometimes a delay.  Usually I can email the files straight away or at least within 12 hours.



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 The petticoat is designed so that there is volume to support the dress, but not too much bulk at the hips.





The outfit can be worn with or without armlets, and the shoulder ruffle can be worn on or off-shoulder.



And here's the full ensemble, shown on each of the three doll bodies.







So that's my start to the year.  Lets hope there will be lots more sewing patterns over 2019.


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Saturday, 10 November 2018

Two outfits for Effner Little Darling.


I really enjoy making these cute lil' playsuits, so I made a couple more.    As luck would have it, in my stash of shoes I found the perfect pairs to match these pretty outfits.   There were also some teeny cuddly animals in a drawer, ready for some LD sized outfits, so I've included one of those in each outfit.

Click on the pictures or the links below, to take you to the sales pages.

"Strawberry Mousse" For LD and hard body Mini Maru:
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Very pretty pinks, with a dashing spot of red here and there.  The little bunny coordinates so nicely with this.  And the shoes are the right hue of pink to tie in perfectly.


The outfit also fits the new body Mini Maru, and was actually fitted to do so. the shoes are VERY tight though!  You really have to wiggle them on.  I got so absorbed in putting the shoes on my MM girls and in the end I totally forgot to take a photos. Derp.  But they will go on.  Just be gentle and patient.





"Apricot Creme" For LD and hard body Mini Maru:
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Olde-worlde shades of apricots and creams make this a lovely little ensemble.  Even the honey coloured bear tones in nicely.  I couldn't believe I actually had a pair of doll shoes to match this.



I love dollies with their toys.  :)

I'll be having a bit of an art break for a week or so.  I'm itching to paint and draw, so I'm not sure what the next doll project will be.  But it's more a case of too many ideas, rather than too few.

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Thursday, 1 November 2018

Four outfits newly listed in my Etsy shop: Little Darling and AGAT - and a painting!



After creating the "Playtime" sewing patterns, I've finished off the outfits and listed them for sale on Etsy.

Here we go...


"Playtime in Pink & Green" For Effner Little Darling:  (I love Claire's new wig)
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"Playtime in Blue" For Effner Little Darling:
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"Playtime in Pink & Cream" for A Girl for all Time dolls:
£54.00 plus shipping.




And "Playtime in Biscuit & Purple" for A Girl for all Time dolls:
£50.00 plus shipping.



And I'm putting this in my doll blog, as it's doll-related.

"Ellowyne Wilde" Mixed media painting:
£80.00 plus shipping.




Next, I think I'm going to try some lace overlay dresses. I've spent a small fortune on exotic embroidered tulle from the far east, and have a drawer full!   I'm always nervous about working with tulle, so we'll see how well I cope with it.  Just not sure which doll to sew for.  A taller girl maybe, as the lace is quite deep.

Fingers crossed.

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Monday, 29 October 2018

SSP-064: New sewing pattern for Dianna Effner Little Darling dolls.



Here's the latest, hot off the Raccoon HQ workdesk. This one is the version of "Playtime" for Little Darling.  It also fits the new Mini Maru hard-bodied dolls.   I have two of these and they both look charming in this ensemble.



*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 and may be cheaper.  I always recommend comparing prices.

My Craftsy store:

Or right here on the blog: (PayPal shopping cart)

ALSO FITS HARD-BODY MINI MARU


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There are two versions of the little play-dress.





With Bloomers:




And a petticoat:



And here are the outfits on my two hard-body Mini Maru girls.  I love this outfit on them!




Hope you enjoy this!

Not sure what's coming next.  I'll be finishing up some outfits and listing those.  I want some pretties in my Etsy shop for Christmas, so I'll probably be concentrating on outfits for a few weeks.

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Saturday, 6 October 2018

New art blog



I'm so shy of showing my art, which is why I tend to post it on Pinterest and scuttle away to hide! So I've started a new art blog.  This will contain a bit more of my thoughts on the pieces and the media used, etc.

Please check it out here:



















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Thursday, 4 October 2018

SSP-063: "Playtime" sewing pattern for A Girl for all Time



I know I'm quiet lately, but I am working away in the background, in between taking art breaks!  I hope the wait is worth it.




*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 and may be cheaper.  I always recommend comparing prices.

My Craftsy store:

Or right here on the blog: (PayPal shopping cart)



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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. Once you have cleared checkout, I will email the pattern files to you directly. Please allow me 24 hours, because of time zones. Usually it will be far quicker than that.

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.   I have two paper sizes, US Letter for America, and A4 for Europe.  LET ME KNOW YOUR COUNTRY, FOR THE CORRECT PAPER FORMAT.


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It's the "Playtime" design, adapted here for our AGAT girls.  I love the style on these wee lasses.




The ubiquitous petticoat.  ( I usually feel I have to include one.  They really do improve the shape of a dolly frock.)




And we all love bloomers...




I'll be repeating this design for Little Darling next.  It will be re-drafted to fit LD perfectly.  She'll look very cute in this, along with her little Boneka sisters in matching outfits.

In the meantime, I'm feeling a bit burnt out, so am having sporadic art breaks. Yes, still.  It's sort of working out at one week of sewing, one week of painting.  I don't want to neglect my business, or my lovely customers, so am always on hand near my computer to tackle queries and try to help out.   On the other hand, I can't afford to get totally burnt out, and art is helping me switch off a bit.

So going may be a bit slower, but these patterns will keep coming!

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

New outfits for Ellowyne Wilde & A Girl for all Time.


A while ago now, I started on a very special outfit for Ellowyne, mainly because I miss sewing for her. She'll always be a firm favourite, with that beautiful face sculpt of the early dolls. .. not so keen on the latter sculpt, but I digress.

Having waited for all the bits and pieces to arrive so I could complete the outfit, I'm delighted with the results.

Also I've finished off and listed the two Girl for all Time outfits I made whilst developing the latest sewing pattern (SSP-062.)

All are up for grabs in my Etsy shop:

First, we'll look at Ell.  Here's my lovely Saffie in her pristine white outfit. Click on the images to see them enlarged. Links are given to each sales page - where you'll find more images for each outfit.

(Do excuse my lack of writing in this post. I've put all the information in the photos.)

"Sweet Purity" 
£110.00 plus shipping: STILL AVAILABLE.



















Next, we have the two AGAT outfits.  I love these on the girls, and they were a blast to make.

1) "Clever in Lilac"
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Aaand briging up the rear:

2) "Clever in Blue"
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Phew.  Time for a coffee break.

Next, I'll be making a version of 'Playtime' for AGAT dolls, with a view to doing the same for LD, so she can match her little Boneka sister.

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Monday, 10 September 2018

Dolly stockings.

Quick one today.

Have spent the day making dolly stockings and knickers.  I've yet to finish the knickers but here are the stockings.  They're in Contrado's Florence Mesh, printed with my own design.  The stocking tops have different lingerie elastics.



Slightly time consuming, but they make beautiful little finishing touches to an outfit.

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Thursday, 6 September 2018

SSP-062: "Clever Miss" Sewing pattern for A Girl for all Time dolls.


There was a little two-week art holiday in the middle of developing this pattern, so I'm sorry for keeping everybody waiting.  I hope it was worth it though.  This is another of my fave designs.  I first made it for Kaye Wiggs, and now I have this lovely version for AGAT.


*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 and may be cheaper.  I always recommend comparing prices.

My Craftsy store:

Or right here on the blog: (PayPal shopping cart)


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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. Once you have cleared checkout, I will email the pattern files to you directly. Please allow me 24 hours, because of time zones. Usually it will be far quicker than that.

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.   I have two paper sizes, US Letter for America, and A4 for Europe.  LET ME KNOW YOUR COUNTRY, FOR THE CORRECT PAPER FORMAT.

As with the first version, there are two options for the centre panel in the bodice, depending on how adventurous you're feeling.  This one, V1, has three tiny seed bead buttons, which fasten with buttonhole loops.



And V2 has a simpler and much easier to sew plain centre panel.  I'm really enjoying working on ways of dividing up bodices, so hope to come up with new ideas for these soon.




I love these two together.



Next, I'll be doing a 'playtime' outfit for AGAT, the same for Little Darling too, to match the Boneka version.   Then I have ideas for some nice lace overlay dresses.  And than... well, loads of ideas, which is always good.

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