Thursday, 4 June 2020

SSP-076: "Summer Vibes" digital sewing pattern for Smart Doll.


At long last!   Lockdown has had my anxiety through the roof, but I have spent the whole time working on something for Smart Doll.  I hope everyone has kept safe, and is coping okay.

I wanted to make a dress to fit all bust measurements of Smart Doll, and I've not only done that, but the dress on its own will fit a number of dolls.  That said, the belt may need lengthening or shortening, and the leggings are designed only to fit Smart Doll - with the best will in the world, I can't create a leggings pattern in one package to fit every doll the dress will fit!  It's a lovely ensemble though, and I'm very happy with it.

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£9.50





The long dress is cut extra wide and is gathered onto the yoke.  So as long as the yoke sits on the doll's shoulders, and the length is okay, it will fit a lot of differnt dolls. Mostly SD size, but the shorter dress does look cute on my Kaye Wiggs MSD girls.

But of course Smart Doll is the star of this show, so here's Cass and Cali to model:



The clever little Obi style belt could be used on a number of other outfits, not just this one.





The hipster leggings look fab under the shirt dress, and could easily be made with or without the ruffles.





And here's the dess on a few of my other dolls.  I think this dress will fit a lot of different dolls. The belt is  very easy to lengthen or shorten.  My Iplehouse nYID has a bust size of 26.2cm, and the long dress is roomy on her.  The short dress is cut with even more room in it.









I just love sewing for Smart Doll.  The next pattern will probably be for her too.  I'm kind of addicted.  But fear not, I will definitely be picking up my other lovely girls in the future.

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Wednesday, 4 March 2020

SSP-075: "Boho Vibes" - Sewing pattern for default bust Smart Doll.


This is an entirely new style from the Raccoon HQ desk.  I've always found skirts for dolls that bit pesky. They ride up, they twist around so the front is at the side, hence, I've always wanted to make a skirt with combined knickers.

...And here it is.

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Both girls (for once) approve of the design.  Cass doesn't think it's too girlie, and Cali thinks it's girlie enough.



If the front lacings look a bit daunting, don't worry!  they are mock ties, and the top actually fastens in back with snaps.  You can use eyelets, or just embroider the lacings in with cross stitch.




I've made this as versatile as possible.  The top can be made without sleeves, and the knickers can be made separately from the skirt.   Knickers are a great addition to any outfit you make, not just this one.

And let's not forget the hat.  It will look cool with numerous outfits.



Here's the clever little skirt.  You can easily make it longer by cutting a deeper ruffle.



Next up... I'm not sure.  I'm adding some pieces to these outfits to list them for sale.   I may try a long summer dress next, or something for a different doll.

We'll see where the muse takes Rufus and me. (He may look happy enough, but he's a tad miffed at me for letting him get dusty and then subjecting him to an under-the-bathroom-tap shower.)



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Monday, 20 January 2020

SSP-074: for Default bust Smart Doll.



This is a favourite style of mine and I've produced similar dresses for several types of doll.  Finally I was able to sit down and make one for the default bust Smart Doll.  these girls are a lovely shape to sew for, and the resulting dress and top are very flattering and feminine.

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I was on such a roll with this one, that I created a little top as a bonus.  It shows off  Cali's sexy midriff nicely.



Here's the long version, on Cass.  She doesn't usually approve of anything too girly, but I think she likes this one.


Cali, of course, prefers the flirty one, with girlie flowers and lace.



These armlets are a great item too.  You can make them to go with different outfits, not just this one.




Next up, I'm having fun with these girls again, so it'll probably be something else for Smart Doll.


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Saturday, 4 January 2020

KP-010: Cowl neck dress & Sweater for Kaye Wiggs MSD girls.



I made this cowl neck as a test, but it was so well received on Facebook, that I was asked to produce the knitting pattern for it.  So here it is, as promised.

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This will fit all 3 of the MSD sized Kaye Wiggs bodies.





And can be knitted in a multiple of yarns, as long as it's 4ply.... or if you're in the USA sport weight yarn.








So that's that. 

Next up, I'm working on something feminine and gorgeous for Smart Doll. 

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Monday, 14 October 2019

SSP-073: "Regency" Digital sewing pattern for 13" Effner little Darling.


Having had several requests, I've re-drafted one of my popular patterns for Patience to fit Little Darling. This one is "Regency".  It takes only two simple alterations (one for the bodice and one for the armlets) to fit the bodice to the hard-body Mini Maru dolls... instructions are given for doing exactly that. Seriously, the alterations are really easy.

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Instead of making a complicated version with long sleeves, I've added these easy-to-sew armlets.  they can be made to accompany any outfit and are easy to adjust to hard-body Minu Maru.




I've put in a petticoat too, in a similar Regency shape to the dress.  And of course the little bonnet is adorable.


 I love the Holly Hobbie feel that these bonnets give a doll.



I'm not sure what's going to be coming next.  I'll be making another Regency outfit so I have two to offer for sale.  I'm quite into my LD sewing at the moment, so possibly the next pattern will be for her.

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Friday, 6 September 2019

Three stunning outfits for 13" Dianna Effner Little Darling.



Having published the pattern, I've added some lovely bits to the outfits I made, and made an extra outfit. These are now listed in my Etsy shop.

Here in my Handmade Doll Fashions section:

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"Golden Days"
£120.00 WITH FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING.


I loved making this so much, I ended up throwing in everything but the kitchen sink.   These little boots, bag and legwarmers made by Etsy seller HouseDollBoots are in gold PU leather and go with the outfit perfectly.

It's almost as if the outfit was made specially to match them....



Next, we have a pretty lilac version:

"Lilac Days"
SOLD


Purple is a firm favourite colour for me and my lil' girls.

These small cuddly toys are just the perfect scale for LD, even if they are hard to part with.



And bringing up the rear is this pretty pink version.

"Dreamy Days"
SOLD


This one has a bunny for your dolly to cuddle.  I like the pink ears with the outfit.


Not sure what's next.  Definitely something for LD.  I may attempt this Regency style outfit I've been thinking about.

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Tuesday, 20 August 2019

SSP-072 "Clever Miss" For 13" Effner Little Darling


I've re-drafted one of my popular patterns for Kaye Wiggs and A Girl for all Time. This one is "Clever Miss"  fitted to Effner Little Darling.  Also, it takes only one simple alteration to fit the bodice to the hard-body Mini Maru dolls... instructions are given for doing exactly that. Seriously, the alteration is really easy.

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As with the other versions, this one comes with two bodice options.  V1 (version 1) has a pretty buttonhole loop and bead fastening at the bodice front:




And V2 has a plain bodice front.



V1 isn't too tricky to contend with, if you follow the careful steps given, but if you're nervous, V2 is probably the best one to try out first.


The backs are the same for both versions.



And the little hat is just adorable. It can be made to match a multitude of outfits.

Next up will be something else for LD.  I've been asked for a Regency pattern by a few people, so might tackle that one next.  We'll see how good I can get the fit, so no promises just yet!

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Sunday, 4 August 2019

Not dolly related, but fun.


A kind dolly friend put me onto Redbubble, and as I love designing patterns, and have a hard drive full of them, I've opened a shop there.   I mean I almost don't care if nothing sells. It's free, for a start, and I'm just having a blast playing shop.

I'm such a kid.  Painting, drawing, playing with dolls, playing shop...

Thanks Erica. if nothing else, I'm having so much fun making patterns!

Here's my shop:

I have a few designs listed already, with lots of attached products.  I made a mosaic of my mug designs, because it's so exciting seeing my patterns on the actual goods. 


I... may have bought myself one of them.  Heh.  I tell myself it's just to see what the quality is like.  But we all know that's an huge fib.

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Tuesday, 23 July 2019

"Bohemian Rose" - A special outfit for default bust Smart Doll.



This outfits was started a good few weeks ago, BW.  (Before Wimbledon, heh.)   I worked hard on it to make it just perfect.  there's a ton of lace in this!  I have some beautiful tulle laces and Broderie anglaise that I've been dying to use, and I love the way this turned out.  I even found the perfect main fabric to go with the lace.

Now up for grabs in my Etsy shop:


"Bohemian rose"
£100.00 GBP plus shipping (free shipping to the UK.)

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Pastel shades like this look gorgeous on the tea coloured dolls, and will also complement the milk skintones nicely.  In fact, I also love pale shades on the very dark skinned gals too. 



The snaps at the back are covered with little pearlescent cabochons.



Love the little silk flowers.  It was painstaking work to sew them on with the tiny bead centres, but the work paid off.  they're around the front of the hatband, and also at the neck of the dress.



A really soft romantic look for Smart Doll, methinks.

And now I really am going to make something for a smaller doll. I have a lovely Boneka which I will list for sale soon, she'll have all her own original stuff, plus a lovely romantic Raccoon's Rags outfit.

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Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Three Hippie Outfits for Smart Doll.



Having polished up the two outfits I made whilst publishing the recent pattern, and adding another version, I now have three fabulous Smart Doll outfits up for grabs in my Etsy shop.

In my Smart Doll section here:

First is this one:

"Lavender Chick"
£81.00 with free UK shipping.  (Europe, USA and overseas will have shipping added to this.)



5 piece set in pretty lilacs and lavenders.



The next has a more autumnal feel, but still makes for lovely summer-wear.

"Mori Chick"
£86.00 with free UK shipping.  (Europe, USA and overseas will have shipping added to this.)


5 piece set in deep autumnal shades.



And bringing up the rear, my personal favourite, complete with floral bouquet that you doll can hold:





6 piece set in fabulous pinks and oranges.  Perfect festival-wear.






I might make another Smart Doll outfit next, but I have a yearning to sew for a smaller doll for a while!  Maybe LD or Boneka.  We'll see.  

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Wednesday, 26 June 2019

SSP-071: "Hippie Chick" for Smart Doll



Gorgeously boho and hippie garments make up the latest offering from the Raccoon HQ workdesk.   Another really fun pattern.  you can go to town on the psychedelic colours, or tone it down for a more Mori girl look.


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The high waist tunic and dress are easy to alter. you can add another tier for a longer dress, or leave out the bottom tier completely for a different look.

(Yes, templates and instructions for the belt and headband are included.)



The petticoat is designed to peek out under the tunic or dress, but could be made longer, if you like, so it peeks out even more.



And the pants are fab. so easy to make, but they look so cool with the outfit.



Even Cass likes it. Despite all the pinky floweriness...



Next, I feel the need to sew for a smaller doll.  These gals are gorgeous and fun to sew for, but sewing by hand takes much longer!  Maybe something for Little Darling, or Kaye Wiggs MSD.  The dolly world is my oyster.

Why do people say that?  Who even likes oysters?

The world is my doughnut?  Does that work?  Everyone likes doughnuts.

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