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. 


Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Nailed the coat....

A very quick one, as I've been sewing like fury, and have another version of this to master.n I've finally got this coat right. The collar has good proportions and I've sorted all my niggles in the previous versions.

Ell looks toasty.  Despite the lack of wig.

I'll see how it looks with a different collar next, an then will probably make a longer version.

Yes. I am studiously ignoring politics today.


Sunday, 6 November 2016

Weekend wigfest

For my playtime this weekend, I finally got around to that fur fabric I have stashed away, and made some dolly wigs.

The easiest one to make them for, turned out to be Gracie, even though her head is the largest (apart from Patience)

Here's the first one,  posted on Facebook so some people have already seen it.  It went so well, once I'd made the initial wig cap and got it to fit.   Kaye Wiggs doll resin is so smooth that evena well fitting wig slips around a lot.  I've ordered her a silicone wig cap in the hope that will solve the problem.

I just adore these bunches, and the grey looks surprisingly pretty.

Spurred on by my success, I moved on to smaller sizes. One for Ell, and one for my iplehous JID, Rachel.

I think these didn't work very well...

The fringe needs work, it's a bit blunt-cut.  But the bunches look good.

And with this one for Ell, I tried to add streaks of lighter colour, but I don't like them. I don't think the hairstyle suits the dress either.

I was a bit disappointed with these.

So I went back to Gracie, having learned from my mistooks.

I made her a more straightforward wig without the bunches, but tried combining two colours of the fur fabric. It looks lovely on, and suits her.

Then I thought I'd use a similar colour fur to her eyebrows, and again added a bit of that beautiful grey, and of course bunches:

Here it is.  I love it.  The 'blonde' colour is almost exactly the same as her brows, and that grey is nice too.

Of all of them though, the first grey wig is the nicest.  But at least now my new girl has plenty of hairdos to go with the new togs she'll be getting.

And now I have to run off for dinner.


Saturday, 5 November 2016

SSP-041 at Craftsy

Craftsy have finally sorted out the issue with the website, so I've been able to upload the SSP-041 pattern for Patience.


It's been delayed, but it's finally available at that site.