Friday, 30 December 2016

Two Kaye Wiggs handmade outfits

The two adorable outfits I made for the sewing pattern (SSP-043) are now up for grabs in my Etsy shop.  I've put links below, just above the photos.

Both outfits are very similar, so I recommend having a good look at each one before buying, just to make sure which one you want. Both outfits are tailored to fit the 43cm Mei Mei body perfectly.

Outfit 1 is this one,  Mostly pink with some spots. £52.00:

kaye wiggs tutu outfit

Outfit 2 is this one,  Mostly spots with some pink. £52.00:

kaye wiggs ooak

My first ever two Kaye Wiggs outfits!  They're both so cute on my Gracie, and I'm already working on the next couple of outfits and patterns.

That's it for today.   I hope everyone has a Happy New Year.  :)


Monday, 26 December 2016

Boxing day

We adults among my family and friends don't do a huge amount of presents for each other, but the ones I got were way fun.

Fluffy dog slippers.  Anything fluffy is good with me. The ears make them look like bunnies, but I'm fairly confident the noses are dog noses.

Choccies....  Now, you see that Toblerone?  It's a proper one. Not one of the silly new ones.  The minute the great Toblerone controversy of 2016 hit the internet, my awesome bestie went out and bought up some of the sensible ones.

(And of course, Thorntons always = epic)

And my fave, a beanie baby raccoon. He's called Bandit.  Just look at that cute lil' face.

I did get my friend's promise that this won't open up the floodgates for me getting raccoons as gifts for ever more.  I have far too many dolls and fabric stashes to accommodate a lifetime's collection of raccoons.

Hope everyone had a lovely day. We ate lots, and I kept putting amaretto in my coffee all day, so I retired for the night somewhat inebriated.   No headache today though, surprisingly, as I never usually drink.

I would sew today, but... think I'll just watch the Christmas Doctor Who in  BBC iplayer, and put my feet up for the remainder.


Friday, 23 December 2016

SSP-043: Sewing Pattern for Kaye Wiggs dolls.

As promised - and sorry it's taken a while - my first Kaye Wiggs sewing pattern!   This one is specifically for the 43cm body, also known as the Mei Mei body.

I have no idea if any of the garments will fit the 45cm MSD body - but for those of you who have dolls with both bodies - I'd welcome any feedback on that. It may help other people who ask for sizing information.

In my Etsy shop:

And right here on the blog: (Via Sellfy)

My Craftsy store: 

If you wish to buy directly from me,  I can supply a PayPal invoice and email the pattern to you within 24 hours of payment.  Usually it will be faster than that, I'm just allowing for the potential differences in time zones.  

Email for a PayPal invoice:

If you do buy from me by email, and you live in the EU, the rules state that I don't have to charge you VAT as it's a direct sale.  So I won't. Isn't that useful?

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.

kaye wiggs sewing pattern

First we have the tights. No elastic required:

kaye wiggs sewing pattern

And then the leotard.

kaye wiggs sewing pattern

This has two sleeve options. One has long regular sleeves, and with the other one, the sleeves extend into fingerless gloves.  These make it easy to slip the cardigan over the top.  (For the regular sleeves, if you hook the sleeve cuff over the thumb, and then pull on the cardi, that works too.

kaye wiggs sewing pattern

And of course, the lovely little wrap cardigan.   This is fully lined and also reversible.  I'm showing tow different cardis here, although it looks like the same one turned inside out.  You can tell they're different because the ties are different colours.

kaye wiggs sewing pattern

Last, the tutu.  I've made two here. One has six layers of tulle skirting, the other (with the dots)  has four layers.

kaye wiggs sewing pattern

This has been a blast.  I'm going to create something else for this lovely girl next, because my new patterns for KW girls page is looking a little empty.

Gracie is  so cute. I love taking pics of her.

kaye wiggs sewing pattern

In other news - Christmas seems to be happening. So all my love to the doll community. Thank you for supporting me and buying my patterns and outfits this year.  I appreciate the warmth and kindness of the dolly world people more than I can say. Have a very merry Christmas, and a fabulous New Year.

Loads of love from myself...  and Rufus!


Thursday, 22 December 2016

Tutu for Kaye Wiggs Mei Mei body.

I complained about handling tulle on Facebook, but now the tutus are finished, I take it back.   It's actually not that bad, trying to wrangle it into some kind of shape, and the tutus look lovely and pink and flouffy.

(Flouffy is totally a word. It's what we call our female cat, Titch. Princess Flouff.  She's a total powder puff, but I digress.)

This tutu has six layers of tulle, in different shades of pink, and it's a great shape.   Not bad for my first ever tutu.  Ever.  It's the sort of thing one can find lots of tutorials for, but I've never actually tried one, until now.

Kaye wiggs tutu
But mum.... I'm shy.

It was lovely and easy to make - once I'd gotten the hang of wrangling tulle, which will make a nice simple addition to the new pattern.

mei mei tutu
Ohh, okay.... but I want my cardi.

Lots of layers.  The second one I've made has 4 layers and I'll upload a pic of that once I've taken some shots of the outfit in general.

The top layer of this one looks white, but it's actually pink. The second layer is a deeper pink, and the lower layer is a bright fuchsia pink.  It looks better in real life than in these pics; which are not my best, I admit.  Just quick snaps in the midst of cutting and sewing.

sewing patterns for kaye wiggs

Oi mum! Where's my cardi?

So now I have two complete outfits, and need to get on with scanning all the pattern pieces, so I can get it published.  

And then I have a dozen more ideas for outfits for this gal.  Which is way better than no ideas at all.

I've seen a couple of other Kaye Wiggs girls for sale, and I'm really taken with one of them. Soooo tempting but I really must resist, or I'll whittle my savings down to nothing.  And that would be bad.


Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Quick wrap cardi pic.

Another quick drive-by today. I'm meant to be working on that tutu, but I'm procrastinating.

I've made two of these little wraps for my Kaye Wiggs Gracie, and it only today occurred to me that they're fully reversible. So if you choose the fabric for the ties carefully, you have two cardigans in one.

(This one is taking me forever because of the distraction of Christmas. Bear with me.)

reversible wrap for kaye wiggs

But anyway, yes, another bonus from this upcoming pattern.

You're welcome.


Thursday, 15 December 2016

Wrapover cardigan for Kaye wiggs Gracie.

It took a couple of attempts, but the little cardi I wanted is now the perfect fit.   Here's my cutie patootie to model.

She's a little shy.  I'm sure that  won't last.

kaye wiggs clothes

This fabric is viscose stretch jersey from Tia Knight fabrics.  They sell this gorgeous soft and stretchy fabric, which I love to use.   It has a great 4-way stretch.  A word to the wise though, the marl fabrics in the range, charcoal, denim and the light grey marl only have 2-way stretch.  The solids have the 4-way stretch though, in abundance.    They're a little slinky to sew, but manageable.

I'll be using some Spoonflower cotton Lycra jersey for the next version. It's 4-way stretch but a little 'firmer' than the viscose I've used here.  They also do a 'modern jersey' which is polyester and has a fantastic stretch.

Here's a less obstructed view.  It's quite easy to get the cardi sleeves on over the leotard sleeves. I've left enough room, and if you hook the leotard cuff over the thumb, then put on the cardi, it slips on easily.  You do need to ease the cuff over her fingers though.

kaye wiggs cardigan

And a closer shot.  The cardigan can be tied in back for a neater look, but the ties are long and stretchy enough to tie a bow at the front.

kaye wiggs wrap

And from the back - I'm very pleased with the fit of the leotard over her bum. 

handmade kaye wiggs

Now to make the whole outfit over again.   My process is to make one outfit for a doll, and get the fit absolutely right.   Then I make another outfit, photographing each step.  then it's editing of photos. So much editing. So many photos!

After that, I write up all the instructions in a document, scan the pattern pieces and make sure they print out exactly the right size. Then I publish the pattern online as a digital download.  it's very time-consuming, but at least once a pattern is available, it's there for as long as people want to buy a copy.

A friend suggested a tutu to go with this look... I'm not sure I have any net, but I could always use some of my favourite cotton voile.  It would look quite cute with this, I think.  I'm not a fan of tutus, but I know a lot of people like them, and they're a very easy garment to make for a doll. So expect to see one, at some point.  :)


Saturday, 10 December 2016

Kaye Wiggs clothing - my Gracie.

It's been lovely to be able to settle down and start creating something for this beautiful doll to wear.  I can't get over how well thought out the body is, and how lovely the resin is finished.   Still, I've raved over Gracie in other posts, this time the clothes are the thing.

I like to start with basics.  Things like tights and leotards.  Mostly because when I'm using dark or bright dyed fabrics, I like to protect the doll from potential staining with some pale undergarments. This is such and expensive doll, I'm a bit more precious with her than I am even with my other resin dolls.

I went for pale candy pink, as it looks so good with her grey wig.

Cuddly soft viscose jersey with Lycra, the fabric is super-stretchy and can be bought easily online from Tia Knight, or even Ebay.

Everything here is sewn by hand with back stitch, which is naturally a really good stretch stitch.

ooak kaye wiggs clothes

Usually, it takes many attempts to get dolly tights right.  I often have to make five or six pairs, tweaking each time.  This time, I was dead chuffed to get them right only on the second attempt.  Yay me.

I find these even harder than shaped bodices and sleeves.  Every single stretch jersey varies from the next, so making a pattern that fits feet, length of legs, and roundness of bottom all at once, in potentially different fabrics is HARD.  

These are looking pretty cute though. You can see where the waist lies under the leotard.  These don't actually need waist elastic, especially if the leotard is worn over them,  but a couple of strands of shirring elastic could easily be run around the waist casing if desired.

kaye wiggs tights

And the leotard I was able to adapt easily from my Iplehouse JID girl leotard pattern.  I got it right first time.  Huzzah.

It's a lovely fit in this extra stretchy soft jersey, even over the tights. Sorry about the moire effect in this photo, it's hard to get rid of when editing photos.

kaye wiggs leotard

And another shot, just because she's so adorable. In my view, those eyes are a little googly, I'm having trouble getting them in exactly right. They're actually grey glass eyes, but look a little green when worn with the grey wig.

kaye wiggs sewing patterns

I think to make this an outfit, and publish it as my first Kaye Wiggs sewing pattern, I'll make a little wrap-around cardigan, like dancers wear, and maybe some legwarmers.   It'll be a nice cosy winter set for the doll, that can also be worn in summer.


Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Evangeline Ghastly outfit, "Romance".

I've had this ensemble in my head for ages now, and having the fabric sitting in my stash looking sad finally got the better of me.    I wanted something soft and feminine - and olde worlde - for Evangeline, so I set about making this lovely outfit.

We all know I adore cotton lawn, so I've used some of Spoonflower's retired cotton lawn in my own print designs to bring this idea to life.


evangeline outfit

Once I'd made the dress and petticoat, I kept adding bits and pieces. I love how it all turned out.

Below - the picture in the lower right hand corner shows the dress still under construction. You can see traces of vanishing ink on the shoulder ruffle. These all disappear very quickly and are now gone.

evangeline ghastly outfit

These armlets - dear lord, these armlets!

I can hand-sew pretty swiftly, and still be very neat, but these took a whole day to make.  All those tiny buttonhole loops!  I was very much cross-eyed by the end of the day.  And had a headache.

Totally worth it.

ooak evangeline ghastly

I like to include tights.  One may as well do a job properly.

And I love me a hat.  I was chuffed to find exactly the right pinks in my felt stash.  The binding around the edge of the brim is hand-cut and applied, as is the hatband.

The ribbon can be played with and tied in different ways too.

ooak evangeline ghastly

The little necklace is lovely too. With it's extension chain, it's easy to fasten.

ooak evangeline ghastly

Whew. So tomorrow I may actually hoover my room (shock horror) and spend the day tidying... but next!  I'm so excited to finally start sewing for my new Kaye Wiggs  Gracie.   She's been especially patient, poor wee lassie, so she really does deserve something to wear...

I have so many ideas for her.  :)


Friday, 2 December 2016

Evangeline outfit

Another drive by for today.

Am making something purty for Evangeline and friends.   the bodice is done... it's SO hard to sew around the large bosom of these 18" girls.

Excuse my appalling photography, do.  My hands are a bit shakier than usual today.

evangeline ghastly patterns

Here's a better shot.   The frill around the bottom of the petticoat is the same fabric as the bodice. It looks darker because I've damp-styled the petticoat.

evangeline sewing patterns

Once the dress is made and the shoulder ruffle has been added, I'm hoping it will divert the eyes from the boobage - which really sorta screams at you...

I have no idea why Wilde decided to make the bust so large on this body.  I don't think any other Evangeline body has such enormous knockers. Still, I love the body on these dolls, so I'll just go about my business and make them look fabulous.  This will eventually be a new Evangeline Ghastly sewing pattern, but I want to work out the best way to make the dress, and create a great fit, before I start photographing and publishing.


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

New outfits for Patience and Ellowyne Wilde.

Needed to sew!  Sew, sew, nothing but sew, for the last week or... sew.

I've made some new outfits for Patience, and added some pretties to a lovely dress I've had for Ell sitting in my stock box for some time now.

These are all up for grabs in my Etsy store.

First up, a cute little number for Patience.  As featured in the cute raccoon photo I've done, with the filter.


ooak patience wilde

Here's the artwork - not my own drawing, just a filtered photograph, with the lovely raccoon from The Enchanted Cupboard. Just thought I'd throw it in here. It's been doing the rounds on my Facebook page.

I made the jacket purple in the filter.  Because purple. I should probably make a purple version of this set actually.  Never enough purple fabric when you want some....

raccoons rags

And next Patience outfit,  This one with more frills and fripperies, and a little flannelette coat.


ooak patience wilde

And a little outfit I've had in the stock box for aaages.   It seems sad to keep it there when it could go to a good home.  I love dungarees, and keep meaning to make some more for Patience.


handmade doll clothes

Finally this gorgeous little puff-sleeve dress, used for one of my sewing patterns.... so it's sort of famous. Sort of.

I added bloomers (love bloomers) and a sweet little hat.   It's possibly a little too summery for the time of year, but then I'm terrible at making the appropriate things for the appropriate seasons.  It's still a cute outfit for Ellowyne.


ellowyne wilde outfit

As always, everything is sewn entirely by hand, and made with love and attention to detail.

Now. What to do next?   I want to get a new thing for Evangeline made... but I also want to make something for Gracie.   I have discovered a JID leotard I made a long time ago fits Gracie quite well, so I have a few patterns already that won't take much adapting.

But I'll probably end up doing the Evangeline thing.  As it will nag at me if I get on with Gracie's stuff.

Best have a coffee and think it over...


Monday, 28 November 2016

Introducing Rufus

I did a squee this morning.

Recently, I commissioned UK polymer clay artist, Gem Bethany Pricey to make me a lil' raccoon mascot for Raccoon HQ.   He arrived this morning and I absolutely love him!

Gem makes the most amazing and adorable little figures,  and I can't recommend her highly enough.   A look through her facebook page will reveal dragons, kitties, puppies, hippos, gorgeous little Christmas teddy bears, and so many more creative ideas that I don't have room to list them all.

Check out the artist here:

I've long wanted to generate a good raccoon logo for  my teeny business, and was dead chuffed to find a UK artist who could make me one.

Here he is...  a little tailor threading a needle ready to get down to work.

raccoons rags

I've called him Rufus, because I've always liked the name, and because of the red thread. (Love his little face.)

raccoons rags

And one with Patience, who has stolen Gracie's grey wig because she thinks its Raccoon-y.

patience sewing patterns
Okay... I'm gonna need new bloomers, a dress, pants, tights, another jacket.... oh, and a hat... wait, make that two hats... and matching shoes...

And I had to just throw in this last pic, because her eyes went straight purely by accident.  Whenever this happens,  I feel duty-bound to take a picture.  She does look a bit shell shocked though.

patience wilde

I'm going to be playing with this new little guy a bit, experimenting with filters to make a little graphic.   Thanks again Gem,  I couldn't be more pleased!


Wednesday, 23 November 2016

"Languishing in Layers" A special ensemble for Ellowyne Wilde.

I've been sewing solid for four days now, working on this special outfit.  I made three versions of the leotard before I got it right!

Now listed in my Etsy Shop:

I'm so happy with the result though.

The coat and hat are from the latest Raccoon's Rags pattern, SSP-042. I've added a hatband, but the coat needed no fripperies.   I'm loving her in this.  It's so feminine and so cosy - I wish I had something like it.

Like the steampunk outfits I've made in the past, it has a sort of Edwardian feel, but this time I've made the leotard sleeves without the puffs, to fit better under the coat.  The tights are soft and snuggly, and the petticoat under the dress gives it even more volume.

It's a mass of frothy layers under the skirt, because it has a nice full lining as well as the petticoat. Three layers in all. (I am slightly crazy about layers.)  I quite like the leotard with just the petticoat too, as a mini outfit in itself.

There is sooo much fabric in this ensemble, and it's all sewn by hand.

The coat lapels sit nicely around the decolletage too.

All in all I'm delighted with it, especially the way the coat sits over those full skirts.

So yes.  Lots of being busy.  Talking of which, I'm now in a creative quandary... just one of those 'so much to sew, so little time' things.   I have my Kaye Wiggs Girl who I'm aching to design for, but creatively, I'm feeling the pull towards making some smaller outfits for Patience and Blythe to put in the Etsy shop.  I have lots of smaller pieces of beautiful fabrics crying out to be loved and used.

AND, I also want to make something for Evangeline.

Because I've got all these ideas... I'm dithering over what to do next.  Maybe I should take the evening off and just tidy the bomb site that is my room....


Wednesday, 16 November 2016

SSP-042: Coat and hat sewing pattern for Ellowyne

Managed to get the coat just right!   And I've added a second collar option, as well as a hat.  This is a fairly straightforward coat to sew, no darts or seaming, and I've made the instructions as comprehensive as possible, with lots of pictures, to walk you through the process.

The hat is very cute, and is quite a nice quick project, so you can make hats to match any outfit.

In my Etsy shop:

And right here on the blog: (Via Sellfy)

My Craftsy store: Craftsy's website issues seem to be resolved now, and the new-look website is easier to use.

If you wish to buy directly from me,  I can supply a PayPal invoice and email the pattern to you within 24 hours of payment.  Usually it will be faster than that, I'm just allowing for the potential differences in time zones.  

If you do buy from me by email, and you live in the EU, the rules state that I don't have to charge you VAT as it's a direct sale.  So I won't. Isn't that useful?

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.

ellowyne wilde sewing pattern

In my research, I cut out a coat from another pattern available online - just out of interest - and found it would end up so huge on the doll that it would drown her. So I've made mine a bit closer fitting. It does however, have room to go over this toile dress I sewed up quickly.

This is version 1 with the revere collar. It's made from soft brushed cotton, which resembles wool on the doll.

I didn't want the sleeves too huge either, but made sure they fit nicely over the long leotard sleeves.

For the shawl collar coat, version 2, I used a tie-dyed denim, and added my own colour with a little fabric dye to the shoulders and upper sleeves.  It blends nicely down the coat and I'm pleased with the effect.  It doesn't show as well in the photo as it does in real life.

Everything is lined, because I'm a bit obsessive over that!

Next, I need a little break from producing patterns, so will be sewing up a few outfits to offer in my Etsy store.  I have a couple in mind for Ell, based on these coats, a couple for Patience, and possibly one for Evangeline. Fear not though, I don't intend to stop making sewing patterns.  

I'm really dying to get cracking on sewing for my lovely new Kaye Wiggs girl! But I keep getting new ideas and end up delaying my gratification.  Poor naked little Gracie, dressed only in her bandage.  

I should probably be shot, but at least she has some great wigs.  I've also received some new fur fabric samples in the post, so I'll be making even more.