Monday, 9 July 2018

Outfits for Little Darling and Iplehouse BID



Welp, the Boneka Posh Frock' sold before I had a chance to list it, but the BID and the Little Draling versions are available now in my Etsy shop.

First up is the LD version:
£85.00

I love fresh aqua for summer wear. And this looks so pretty, with lots of little accessories.


And as ever, the shoulder ruffle can be worn as dress straps when it's too hot for armlets:





You get six pieces in this set, including the handmade shoes, which I had a ball making.  Pretty sandals, with heel supports, so they don't keep slipping off the dolly's feets.




Next is the same outfit, in different colours for Iplehouse BID:

In my Etsy shop:
£75.00 with shoes
If you don't want the shoes, let me know after buying, and I'll refund £15.00, and send the outfit without them.





Very princess-y and pretty.


Just a note. The shoes are a little bit large on BID, but I've included them because they tone in nicely with the salmon pinks o the outfit.  You don't have to have them if you don't want them.



It's been really hot here these past couple of days and much as I hate to complain about the sun, I don't do well in this sweltering heat.  It means I can't work very well, so things will be a bot slow until it cools down.

But then there's always Wimbles, this week. :)


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Thursday, 5 July 2018

SSP-060: Sewing pattern for Effner Little Darling.



Here we go.  This looked so beautiful on my Bonekas, that I had to make one for LD.  Now you can make matching dresses for your LD and their little sisters.

*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:


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. 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 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.  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.



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As with the Boneka/BID pattern, this includes Dress, petticoat, and armlets.  (Click on images to see them enlarged.)



It looks lovely without armlets, and the shoulder ruffle can be worn as dress straps.




Or worn as a more princess-y dress.



Here's the petticoat and armlets:



And a better one of the armlets:



This is one of my favourite dresses to make, and I want to create one for Iple JID, and KW Tobi. Possibly even my nYID, but that would be a big make!

Not sure what's coming next.  I'm just letting my fabrics inspire me at the moment.

In other news, I had a tooth out today, and was brave.  I told the dentist "That was a doddle", and he laughed at me. In a nice way. 

I've also lost nearly 2 stone now.  I'm slogging away to shave it down.  In fact now I'm losing the weight, the depression is lifting a tad. I've bought some new clothes, some lovely scarves and some earrings.  It may seem commonplace, but I've had only 2 drawers full of clothes and no jewellery for years now.  So buying lovely new stuff is a big step forward for me. 


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Wednesday, 27 June 2018

SSP-059: "My Posh Frock, sewing pattern for 10/5" Boneka and Iplehouse BID.


Slight panic in having discovered that Monday's Child and Tuesday's child by Boneka are actually different sizes.    This pattern is made to fit 10.5" Monday's child, but I'm awaiting a Tuesday's child doll as I type, and will update listing as to the fit.

This is a favourite of mine, "My Posh Frock" which I've makde for Patience and Blythe in the past. It's also the child version of the "Gypsy" dress patterns for Ellowyne Wilde and Deja Vu.


*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:


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. 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 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.  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.




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As with the other similar patterns, the shoulder ruffle can be worn off the shoulder, which looks great with the armlets, because it looks like an all-in one dress with sleeves... or the shoulder ruffle can be worn on the shoulders, like straps:




There is a petticoat:


And armlets:



There are bodice pieces for each doll, and armlet pieces.  All the rest of the pattern pieces are for both dolls.

This is so pretty and summery in flowery fabrics.  I loved making it,m and now want to make versions for Little Darling and Iplehouse KID.  Not to mention Tobi and JID!  It's just such a romantic look and every doll should have one.

Enjoy!

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Sunday, 24 June 2018

Bijou tutotialette: How to do decorative fraying.



I love the shabby chic and Boho looks on dollies.  These both benefit from a few frayed edges, which is something I really enjoy doing. It's quite rewarding, but I understand people's frustrations on getting an evenly frayed edge.

First, the best fabrics I find for this, are the more loosely woven cottons.  Standard quilters weight cottons, like the kind you get from Andover and Moda, are a dream to fray.  Most not-too-tightly woven cotton lawns are good too. Although I've had lovely results with Liberty Tana Lawn, which has a high thread count.

The one I really dislike is poplin.  It can be frayed, and I have managed it, but I have a grudge against poplin.  I know lots of people love it, and I do have poplins in my stash - if the prints are too beautiful to not buy.  But I loathe working with it and avoid it if I possibly can. It's stiff, and hard to get the damned needle through when hand sewing.  It isn't soft, and doesn't style nearly as well as the lovely soft standard cottons.  I'd truly advise beginners to avoid it if they can.

I'll climb off this soapbox now.

The first important thing when fraying, is to remove the weft threads, which is why cutting your patterns on the grain is important.  What is this warp and weft? I hear you ask, well...


If your piece of fabric doesn't have selvages, then the slightly stretchy direction is the weft.  Warp is always more rigid, I find, when it comes to dolly-weight cottons.

If you've cut across the grain, and are trying to remove warp threads to fray a piece, it's a lot less attractive, and is much harder.

The main problem with fraying skirt hems and the like, is that no matter how carefully you cut your piece out of the fabric, there is often a slant in the weft.  This is particularly true of very long pieces like skirt ruffles.

This is what you end up with.  Click on the image to see it larger and more clearly.

On the right the threads are deep, but on the left, they are too  shallow.



My remedy for this is the following.  First, fray as best you can, until the deeper threads are the the desired length.

Then, just to the narrower end of the good threads, make a tiny snip in the fabric, in between your frayed threads. Only cut about 2 or 3 threads when you do this. Sharp quality scissors are best.


Don't worry.  This won't show on the finished garment, especially if you damp-style your skirts, which thickens the f(See my tute on damp styling here:)
ringing and fluffs out the threads to make them look less deliberate. 


Pull out 2 or 3 threads and fray the rest of the edge.



You may need to repeat the process, if your strip of fabric is long.



I like to tease out my threads with a sharp pin.



Keep going until your 'shallow' end of threads is the same depth as your 'deep' end.



And you have an evenly frayed edge. (Again click on this picture to see it large and clear)



This is how I fray all my edges.   It's quite fun, and gives lovely shabby chic results.




Sometimes you'll find your deeper or shallower threads are in the centre of your ruffle, don't worry, you can still use this technique. Just make the snips at either side of the deep or shallow threads, and pull out the extra threads in the direction of the shallowest ones.

If anyone wants to ask anything, I'm happy to reply in the comments :)

I hope this is of use to someone.

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Drive-by Sunday



The new sewing pattern is shaping up nicely!



I quite like using my stash shelves as a backdrop. The scale makes it look like a fabric shop, or Tailor's. 

Next, I need to make this outfit for my BID, then I can get to publishing.  This is one of my favourite designs.  I wasn't sure if it was appropriate for very young child dolls, but I think it looks sweet. It would make a great Miss Muffet or Bo-Peep outfit.

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

2 "Playtime" outfits for Effner Boneka, and Iplehouse BID



After the pattern, yes there are usually outfits!

Here are the latest two offerings from Raccoon HQ.  Each is a 4-piece set, lavishly trimmed with lace, and very cute.

First up is the Boneka outfit "Playtime in Pink"
In my Etsy shop
£39.00




I haven't added whistles and bells to these, so they're not as pricey as some of my outfits.  I did make a pretty bow for each one though. I like some kind of head wear, just to finish an outfit.

It's a pretty 4-piece set.  Generous with the lace.



The bows are attached to clips, which can be removed if you want to thread elastic through instead.



Next the BID outfit, "Playtime in Lilac".
Also in my Etsy shop
Also £39.00



I think My Bonnie looks cute in anything I put her in!






What's next?  Hmm. I do want to make something for my nYID, but she's so big, I still feel a little timid about her. So I'll make a party frock for each of these little ones next, including a sewing pattern.

Then we'll see....

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Sunday, 17 June 2018

SSP-058 for Effner Boneka AND Iplehouse BID.



It's been a while.  I'm sorry, I know, but I've been forced to take a break and develop things slowly for a while due to burnout.  But what better way to ease myself back into it than with a delightfully simple little pattern for two similar dolls?

I love the size of both of these girls, they're  fun to sew for.

*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.

My Craftsy store:


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. 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 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.  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.




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There are two separate bodices, one for each doll.  I have tried the BID bodice on the Boneka, but it is a bit baggy for her.  And vice-versa, the Boneka bodice won't fasten up at the back when tried on the BID.



The other pieces are the same for both dolls, and the fit is really good.




The two dolls have different proportions.  BID has a longer body and short legs. Boneka has a shorter body and longer legs.   So the bloomers will look a little shorter on Boneka, but are very easy to lengthen by about 1/2"



To make things easier for beginners, I've used elasticated waists for the petticoats and bloomers.  I find on this scale of doll, elasticated waistbands are good, as the petticoat will stay firmly put, and won't slide around.






That's that for now.  I may make another pattern for these two girls next. Maybe a longer party dress.  I'm looking at my hugs fabric stash and feeling spoilt for choice.

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Sunday, 10 June 2018

Patchwork Perfection - a WOW outfit for Iplehouse JID girls



As promised yesterday, here's the latest offering from Raccoon HQ. 

This one is a beautifully fitted outfit for Iplehouse JID girls.  Fits small and large bust (but not Glamour size)

Now for sale in my Etsy shop:
£150.00


Making a bodice to fit both Small and Large bust sizes proved impossible in woven fabrics, so I needed a workaround. These two bodysuits are the solution.   the buyer will receive both of these, so the outfit will fit both sizes of bust. 

Alas it won't fit the Glamour bust, as I don't have a doll with this size boobage.  I'm not fond of enormous boobs on a doll, and won't be getting one... sorry!

These girls are so pretty.  I'm sad my Rachel (on the right) has yellowed a bit, but I still love her.

(Click on the images for larger versions)


The skirt and hat were ambitious.  I've had these gorgeous coordinating fabrics in my stash for years now. Literally.  I decided it was high time I made that patchwork splendour I'd always promised myself.  But as luck would have it, I found the same set of fabrics again, and have bought myself larger pieces.  So there will be more to come.

I digress.   Back to the garments.  The skirt took LOTS of work.  I had to arrange all the pieces so they looked right, and then hand sew everything.   The skirt took me 4 days to make!  So I know this outfit is expensive, but would you take a job that pays less than £20 a day?






I had some fabric printed in a matching colour at Contrado.  It's an exquisite powder blue.  Very pretty in this stretch mesh fabric.  I even had enough for gloves.



And from the back...



I love these sorbet pastels.







Lots of bits and pieces as usual.


So that's it for now.

Next up, I've already started a sewing pattern for dress and bloomers for Iplehouse BID and Boneka dolls.  The dolls are so similar, that both can be accommodated in the same pattern.  It's a lot simpler than this last project!

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