Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Iplehouse BID and KID


Having ordered some of my grail dolls recently, the first two have arrived.

Bonnie - Iplehouse BID
Lonnie - Iplehouse KID

I may have to find names for them, as Bonnie and Lonnie sound like some dodgy comedy double act.

Bonnie (left) has custom eyebrows, and Lonnie on the right has a completely custom face up.  Iplehouse have done such a great job, I'm over the moon. 

Aren't they beautiful?



Of course they'll be even more lovely with wigs and something to wear.  I may get new eyes too. The default eyes are lovely, but quite dark and I can't quite make out the colour.  We shall see.

The Peach Gold skintone is a beautiful as I'd hoped.  A lovely healthy flesh tone.  I'm so looking forward to sewing for them.

I'm waiting on JID Amy and nYID Mari, both in special real skin.  Though now I want one of each in Peach Gold.  Heh.  I'd better get to saving my pennies.

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Sunday, 8 April 2018

KP-008: High waisted dress and beret knitting pattern for Kaye Wiggs girls.


After all the coats and sweaters,  something more girly was in order, so I've come up with these little high-waist dresses for our Kaye Wiggs dollies.

*Available in my Etsy shop:

*Etsy will charge EU customers VAT (This does not affect America or other non-EU countries.)  I always recommend that people look in my Craftsy store anyway, as the prices fluctuate due to the international exchange rates.

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. Free postage on orders over £30.00)

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.



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The dress is knitted in 4ply, and I've used variegated yarns for the top and plains for the skirts, and vice-versa.
Here's the first one, knitted in woolly yarn on top, and cotton yarn for the skirt. Th cotton knits up slightly longer in the skirt than a woolly yarn.  (I use the term 'woolly' not for pure wool, I mean any yarns that are not springy, like cotton yarns)

For this 18” doll purple/rainbow dress, I've used Scheepjes Catona cotton for the main colour (skirt) and Sirdar Snuggly Crofter Baby 4ply in contrast colour.

You can click on the pictures for larger versions.




Next is Gracie, my 17" girl.   She has a separate pattern.  Both dresses fit both dolls, but as the Mei Mei body is a bit bigger around the bottom, and she's shorter, I've created a slightly different pattern for her.


For this peacock greens dress, I've used Drops Delight 4 ply for the main colour (skirt) and Phildar Phil Light for the contrast colour. 

Phil Light is actually a 3 ply yarn, but it's so fluffy, it knits up well for this dress on the 3mm needles. I've brushed the yarn too, to bring up the fluffy pile. 



And finally, here's another one, shown on my lovely new Missy (Abby body)  Please excuse the lack of head, but she's with Dr Krowe for a makeover.
For this I've used an unbranded acrylic 4 ply oddment for the main colour (skirt) and King Cole zigzag 4 ply for the contrast colour.


Different yarns do knit up differently, but I've made this, and the beret in several different types to try them out, and all look lovely on the dolls.
I think I may be all knitted out for a while.  Maybe I'll sew something next, but I'm still up in the air over where to start. I think a de-cluttering of my sewing room might be in order...

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Saturday, 7 April 2018

Spring 2018 - Something extra special for Kaye Wiggs dolls



Have been taking my time with this. The colours really inspired me. They're so pretty and ideal for Spring.   I started out with the jacket and hat from the recent knitting pattern, and added lots of bits and pieces.


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Lots of extras have been added, and I've even included the boots.  I changed the laces, choosing pink ones to match the outfit.  Click on the images to see them enlarged.

I was quite pleased that the bear matches the boots.  Serendipitous.




The entire outfit will fit the 17" Mei Mei doll, and both 18" dolls, the MSD and the newer 'Abby' body.  The hat also fits different head sizes. It looks adorable on my Layla, and fits Gracie's larger head.



The undergarments were initially made to fit my 17" doll, but the fabric is so soft and stretchy, it easily fits the slightly taller girls.

I would show it on the Abby bodied doll, but her head is off for a makeover.  I have tried the entire outfit on her though, and it does fit perfectly.





Gracie, you're such a poser.



I absolutely love pretty dresses with big boots and legwarmers.  I used to wear a lot of this sort of stuff in my youth.





It's been lovely since my benefits were reinstated. I've been able to meander through an outfit or a pattern without that sense of pressure, or stress, which is so bad for my anxiety.   Not sure what the next project will be.  I have lots of bits and pieces, garments lying around that I should really turn into full outfits.

I also want to make something stunning for Evangeline soon.  I've been squirelling away the fabrics for it.

We'll see.

Ell is sadly neglected, as is Patience.  Hmm....

TOO MANY DOLLIES!

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Friday, 30 March 2018

My work on the Chicstar website


Just a quick drive-by post.  It's always kind of exciting to see one's own work in an online store.

This butterfly print is one of mine, and seeing it on this lovely dress is a thrill. 


They've also accepted a couple of my other prints, so I'm looking forward to seeing those appear.  


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Sunday, 25 March 2018

KP-007: Knitted coat pattern for Kaye Wiggs girls


Feeling chilly lately! So I made my girls snuggly coat, jacket and hats.   The new pattern is fun to knit, and is laid out so that you can choose sleeve fittings (over thicker or thinner garments) and you can choose length. Knit a coat or a jacket with matching hat in two styles.


*Available in my Etsy shop:

*Etsy will charge EU customers VAT (This does not affect America or other non-EU countries.)  I always recommend that people look in my Craftsy store anyway, as the prices fluctuate due to the international exchange rates.

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. Free postage on orders over £30.00)

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.




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Love the two girls together.

Layla is wearing the clothing from KP-006, the capsule wardrobe under her coat.  Gracie has bare arms under her jacket.



The hat is very cute and will fit Layla's head, and Gracie's larger head.  I love hats with ear flaps, these are very easy to knit.


Knitting seems to be my passion at the moment.  I will be sewing again, but I find knitting is very restful.   Next, a dress, methinks.  If I can get it right.


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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Kaye Wiggs Layla MSD



Eeeeh!   Finally, she's all complete.

I got my Layla's head back from Krowbar today.  I love all his face ups, but each time they still seem to get more and more beautiful.

I've added eyelashes, and inserted lovely brown eyes.

The wig is a Monique Gold 'Bea', which is very pretty and wavy, but I had to trim it a bit to tame it.  I don't know how people who publish all these lovely pics of their dolls to the interwebs manage to cope with all the flyaways.  I often dip a comb into water and comb the wigs through, but putting a damp wig on a BJD with face up is really not advisable.

Dipping a finger in water and smoothing the ig a bit helps, just as long as you keep any moisture away from the doll's face.  Face up sealant does not like water.  I've learned this to my cost, so please learn from my expensive mistake and preserve your dolly's face by keeping it clean and dry.

Right. Onto the picspam.  Click on the images to see larger versions.

She's dressed in the knitwear outfit I made for KP-006, the capsule wardrobe.




At first I didn't get the eyes in right, and you can see eye putty squidged through so it was visible.   But this pic below is the best one I've got so far of the lovely artwork.



I do like slightly thicker brows.  they make the doll look more youthful, and I love the young Brooke Shields look.



Excuse all the stuff in the background.  I do need to put up a proper white backdrop and photograph her properly, but was eager to get some quick snaps.



She's perfect.  I'm so happy with her. And just in case the lady I bought her from is looking in, thank you so much! 

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Got my knit on



Since winning my appeal and having my benefits reinstated, I've been having a sort of busman's holiday.   I find it very hard to just kick back and do absolutely nothing, so I've just been puttering about for a bit.    With the backpay I received, I admit to having a little bit of a spree.  I bought some Iplehouse dolls (ZOMGYAY CAN'T WAIT) obviously, and I got one of my my Kaye Wiggs grail dolls.

And a beautiful new Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 tablet.  Which has become an extended part of me.  I adore the thing,  and frequently stroke it lovingly and tell it how clever  it is.

I just recently also blew a fair bit on knitting yarns too, and have got my knit on lately.

Wool Warehouse is FAB for knitting yarn in the UK.  They seem to be cheaper than most other sites - indeed I haven't found one cheaper (thanks Trish!)  But that doesn't mean the quality of service is sacrificed.  They phoned me to politely apologise for not having one of the yarns I ordered in stock, and usually I get my yarn next day, or within two days.  Perfect.

It also comes in beautiful large organza bags, so I can keep it clean and dust free, and it looks so nice.

Here are some plain cottons, in mouthwatering colours:



And I'm a sucker for variegated yarns.  Compared to years back when did a pile of knitting projects for art college, the selection is huge.



This is the same bag, just photographed from the other side...


So I've kind of been relaxing, and doing a lot of knitting, and working out patterns. Here's a sneak preview of a coat and hat set, which will be released soon-ish.



And a little knitted dress, which I think Layla wants to keep. It'll look great with necklaces and tights. Those eyelets around the waist will have belt/ties, eventually.



Despite the overspend, I have kept some of the dosh safe and sound in my savings account for a rainy day.   I now need to stop spending, mostly because I'm running out of space in my tiny, tiny room.   I can't seem to knit or sew fast enough...

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Thursday, 15 March 2018

New Knitting pattern for Kaye Wiggs dolls. KP-006, capsule wardrobe.



I'll start by saying that I personally prefer very fine weights of yarn for dolls. I feel 1, 2, and 3 plys fit in better with the scale of the doll.  However!  (and there always is a however) Many dolly knitters don't feel confident to tackle work on such small needles - which is absolutely fair enough.  Hence,  I've been asked lots of times for a knitting pattern for Kaye Wiggs girls in 4 ply.

So here it is.


*Available in my Etsy shop:

*Etsy will charge EU customers VAT (This does not affect America or other non-EU countries.)  I always recommend that people look in my Craftsy store anyway, as the prices fluctuate due to the international exchange rates.

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. Free postage on orders over £30.00)

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.




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This started out to be simply a cardigan that can be worn as a sweater, in two lengths.  Only I go so into enjoying my knitting, that it ended up with legwarmers, gloves, a neat turban hat and a mini skirt.  Rather than keep these goodies to myself, I decided to throw them all into the pattern.

for those of you who are not familiar with my knitting patterns, you do get a bit more than most standard knitting patterns. I provide a few pictures for key steps, and I explain a lot more than is usually explained in a knitting patter.  Thus these are pretty good for beginners and experts alike.  A little knowledge it assumed, like a couple of different methods of casting on, and the stitches, etc.  but I think people will find this easy and fun to use.


Two lengths of top - which can be worn as a cardigan, or turned around as a sweater.  This is the short length, in the aqua colour.




Lots of bits and pieces to add together for an outfit.  All of the garments fit 17" AND 18" dolls, over leotard and tights, or without.





This is the longer top, worn as a sweater over the skirt.




The turban hat will stretch to fit Gracie's larger head too, and looks just as good on the smaller Layla head.  My Layla has elf ears, and the hat can be tucked behind her ears, or pulled over them.  I think it looks cutest tucked behind.




So that's that for now.

Having had my benefits reinstated, and having been awarded backpay for a horribly stressful year of waiting, I've found I can afford to take a bit of a break.  this doesn't mean I will, seeing as I'm addicted to making doll stuff, but it does mean the patterns will be a bit slower coming.

I need the rest, so am taking it slowly for a while, and I may even make some outfits for myself to actually keep, so my own dolls don't have to go nekkid.

Having a bit of cash in my account for a change, I've also indulged myself.  I bought the grail sunkissed Layla doll, who has been a painted by Krowbar for me - pictures will be forthcoming.  Then I went to the Iplehouse website and ordered some dolls I thought I could only ever dream of owning.  On the list are a BID, a KID, a JID - and I've been brave on size and bought myself a nYID with SID head.  I'm so excited!  I bought new shoes for the nYID, which have no owner yet, but as I love shoes.... well.

The girls will be BID Bonnie,  KID Lonnie, JID Amy (with special faceup) and nYID with SID Mari head.  I fell head over heels with Mari, she's so beautiful.   The SID and EID bodies are a bit big for me.  I just don't enjoy sewing for dolls over a certain size.  So I'm hoping the nYID body won't be too daunting.

Now comes the looooong wait...
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Monday, 19 February 2018

SSP-057 New sewing pattern for Kaye Wiggs dolls.


After finding some amazing designs on Pinterest, I've been dying to make something in mixed prints.  So here's the first idea. It's a tunic over a skirt... or is it?   Nope, it's an all in one dress. 


*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.


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.  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 usual, this will fit both the 17" and 18" MSD sized dolls.

Here's my inspiration pic. I LOVE Nadir Positano.  So inspiring.




I designed my own fabrics around it, had them printed by Prinfab, and made up the initial design.  Modelled here by the lovely Gracie. 

 

Yes, it's a bit different, I didn't actually want an exact copy.   I like the way the dress combines both layers of skirt and tunic.  I find sometimes that a skirt under a dress on these dolls slides about a bit. 

This looks fab with the bloomers from pattern SSP-047 playsuit.  (Pictures will be forthcoming.)




I then made up another version from my brand new stash.  I'm loving these prints together.  I want to do a ton of mixed-print outfits, I find them so bohemian and fun.



There are also pattern pieces for a plain centre panel on the bodice.  For those who find the bead-buttons a bit daunting.  You can also use the V2 bodice lining fronts to make a very plain bodice.



Here's a close-up of those hand-stitched buttonhole loops and beads.


And from the back.



I published shots of an impromptu hat I made, with a large bow, on Facebook recently, and several people asked me for the pattern, so it's included in the pattern.



So that's it for now.  I'll be having a bit of a break, now my benefits have been reinstated.  Not a complete break, but patterns will be a bit slower in coming, as I'm doing a couple of collaborations with the wonderful Dr Krowe.  

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Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Kaye Wiggs Mini Layla - Face up by Krowbar



No sooner did I get my long-awaited Mini Layla, than I sent her off to Dr Krowe for a brand new face.

I find some of the factory face ups can be a bit insipid... I hope that's not sacrilege, but they seldom resemble the photos of the dolls you order from any BJD site.  Here's a pic of the doll's original face:


My doll's lower eyelashes are very sparse, and I felt that they made the eyes look a bit.. 'puffy', and the brows hardly show up against the darker wigs. So off she went to Krowbar (Dr Krowe) and returned transformed. 

You can click on the pics to see larger versions.

This one was a quick snap on my workdesk, with one of the new wigs I bought especially for her.  I've bought some 5-6" Monique wigs, and they fit well, and seem to stay put when I comb them.



Isn't she JUST ADORABLE?

I took a few shots, moving my light around a bit to try and capture just what lovely work Krowbar has done.  It's difficult to capture, and she looks even better in real life.




I'm loving those eyebrows, and the light scatter of freckles.


I took stacks of pics, but have posted just a few here.






This wig looks gorgeous on her. It's a 'pretty girl' wig from Monique. I've also got her a 'Doris' A 'Jojo' And and a 'Cici'.   I like the Pretty Girl and the Cic best. I find wigs with fringes (bangs)  hide my doll's eyebrows, and I do love to see beautiful brows.





Obviously I'll be making her some pretty clothing.  Once I've finished my current project, I'll start working through my Patience sewing patterns to see which fit her.  And when I make new patterns for this doll, I'll do my best to make them so they fit Patience as well.

I'm still awaiting my sunkissed Missy, but I think Jpop are shipping them out gradually.

Also... I had some amazing news last week.   Some of my disability benefits had been cut two years ago.  This meant that the working  benefit that I'm still getting was cut in half.   That year, I was too ill and stressed to take it to appeal, but last year, I reapplied, and I did manage to take it to appeal. Luckily, the appeal can be heard without the appellant (moi) present, which is really lucky, due to my high anxiety and agoraphobia.

Welp, it took nearly a year, but I had the letter on Friday, that said  my appeal had been upheld!  Yay!  I mean, I'm so relieved, but the stress has caught up with me a bit, so I'm taking dolly work easy for a bit.  My benefits will all be reinstated, but it takes a few weeks for the DWP to pull their fingers out and get on with the paperwork.  So I'm not celebrating quite yet,  but I DID use my savings to buy myself a grail doll... sunkissed Human Layla, in MSD size!

She's my favourite sculpt by Kaye I think, even including Hope, Nyssa, Laryssa, and Missy. Nettle is my all time fave, but she's as rare as hen's teeth, so I'm delighted to get the Layla.  

I'm so naughty.



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