Thursday, 22 October 2015

Two steampunk outfits for Ellowyne Wilde.

I've been beavering away at these two very special outfits for weeks!   It took time for all my embellishments to arrive, and I've meticulously made every item.    The results are lovely, and I'm sorely tempted to keep on, or both, but no.  I must be strong!

They can both be found in my Etsy store: (Section: Handmade doll fashions)

Individual links:

Sugarplum flavoured steampunk: 

Chocolate flavoured steampunk:

To make the dress, underskirt and leotard (not the accessories) Here's a link to the pattern SSP-029.
For the tights, I used SSP-019.

Here come  the piccies.

First the sugarplum outfit.  Dripping with embellishments.

I'm not sure what my favourite part of this is.  Love the goggles, so much fun  to make; but the gauntlets worked so well, I really want to use them again and again.

I embellished the leotard too.  With its bow, it could be worn with just the skirt for the doll's everyday outfit. The leotard fabric is my own design, printed by Spoonflower.

The tights are just to be extra-sure the doll's legs and feet don't get stained.  I've used this leather on my own dolls without a problem, but I'm even more careful when it comes to other people's dolls. Stretch mesh is surprisingly easy to sew by hand.  And I've been avoiding it all these years.

Making boots kills my fingers, but they're so rewarding.  These are loose enough to fit the doll's foot, and over the tights too, and the strap is used to cinch them in to the shape of the calf and ankle.

And here's what the sale is for.   Lots of pieces of goodness to play with.

Now for the chocolate.   This fabric is Lacuna Press cotton ultra percale, printed with my own pattern.

Again,, lots of lovely embellishments.   And the bodice has a mock lace-up front.

Leotard, again my own print from Spoonflower:

With the same tights.


And all the pieces included in the sale:

Now I need to clear up my tip of a desk, and move on to the next sewing pattern.   Maybe something for Evangeline, but I'm undecided.


Friday, 16 October 2015


The recent Edwardian-flavoured sewing pattern got me all fired up about steampunk.  So I ordered some bits and pieces, and have been working out how to make steampunk-flavoured accessories, to go with the two dresses I made whilst creating the pattern.

Here's a teaser of how things are going.

I managed to find a bunch of things in brass and antique brass finish.   The outfits are coming along nicely, but dear lord - the work involved!    Well worth the effort, I feel.  But it's taking longer than I thought, and I want to get cracking on the next sewing pattern.

Here's one of a pair of gauntlets I designed.   The dress has some lovely embellishment, so I decided the leotard needed a little enhancement too.

It's going well. My desk is a tip.  But I'm really enjoying making these outfits.


Sunday, 11 October 2015

Ellowyne sewing pattern SSP-029

Yes I has been quiet of late, but that doesn't mean I'm not beavering away at the dolly sewing patterns.   Here's the latest fro Raccoon HQ - an outfit with an Edwardian flavour.   To me, this also has a bit of a steampunk feel.

It's available now in my Etsy shop:

My Craftsy store:

And here on the blog: (Via Sellfy.)

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 suggest comparing prices.

This is an adaptation of an outfit I made a good few years ago now.  I was looking through the pictures on my hard drive, and rediscovered it.    I still have the leotard pattern I devised, but the bodice of my original dress needed a bit of tweaking.   

Here's the leotard on its own:

For both leotards, I've used Spoonflower modern jersey in a print I designed. 

And the girls in the underskirts.  I quite like this look even without the dress.  It would look good maybe with a bow or some ruffles at the neck:

And another snap of the completed outfits: (Ells head looks so small next to Pru's!)

I've included some ruffles in the pattern, which can be switched around to create the longer or shorter dress and skirt.    It would be quite easy to have a short-sleeved leotard too, with just a puff, if you run some shirring elastic around the cuff hem.

That's it for now.  I'm off to discover the next project.   I have a couple of ideas for Ell, but I'm taken with my new Evangeline friend, Angelique... so I'm a bit torn.   This style would look fab on Evangeline dolls, methinks.