Sunday, 28 May 2017

Cloth dolly.

First I want to stress that this girl is not my own design.  I got the pattern for her from NilaDolss on Etsy.   She makes lovely patterns and cloth dolls, and I've really enjoyed her pattern.   I've also bought a pattern from MadebyMiculinko, also on Etsy, which is fabulously detailed, and her work is just as lovely.

I posted my doll's body parts yesterday, and once I'd assembled her, she looked like this...

I have added bits of red lace to the stocking tops, sleeve cuffs and top of the bodice.

You can see vanishing ink at the seams on her legs, but that will all disappear.

It's a new challenge making a cloth doll.   I found at first all my seams wrinkled. The secret to avoiding that is to really stuff the pieces very tightly.

Now I've added hair, and made a sort of tutu skirt,  she looks so cute.   The eyes are just pins I've stuck in temporarily,  I need to figure out what I want the face to look like. I may leave is blank, or just have eyes, like Tilda dolls.

When I used to paint and draw in the past, I've always liked to leave faces blank. It sort of feels whimsical and mysterious.   I may leave this face blank in the end.  

So that's me for this weekend.  Now I'm mostly just pottering around pretending to tidy things...


Saturday, 27 May 2017

Body parts stashed around my room...

I am the Bay Harbour Butcher.  (I wonder how many dolly people will get that one.)

Because I like  to do something fun at the weekends, and because I love dolls, I decided to have a go at making my own.  And cloth dolls seemed the thing to do, because I'm a far better sewist than I am a sculptor.

So far, all I have are these bits of body, and several practice heads.  Some of which went a bit awry, but today I'm going to try and assemble them into recognisable dollies.

I may let you know how I get on.   If it's a roaring success I like to post pictures, but dismal failures are usually swept under the carpet and I move on.   I can't decide if I like making cloth dolls from woven fabrics, or if I'd rather try using a stretchy jersey and use Waldorf doll construction techniques. Which are different again.  I'm not that crazy about Waldorf dolls, but the way they're made fascinates me.

Loving that red striped fabric, kindly given to me by my housemate, who's also a textile artist and has the most amazing stash.


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Handmade outfits for Kaye Wiggs dolls

I seem to have built up several items of clothing for KW girls lately, due to the productivity with the sewing and knitting patterns. So I've added a few bits and pieces and they're up for grabs in my Etsy store, in the handmade doll fashions section.

Raccoon's Rags at Etsy:

First off is the little pink and grey outfit I made for SSP-047.   I've devised a new hat and cardigan, which needs work, but could be a new knitting pattern at some stage.

I added bead trim to the hat, and a little pink elastic.

Gracie looks so lovely in this, it's a bit of a wrench to sell it, but if I don't sell my outfits, they just end up filling drawers and boxes, and never getting properly loved.


With extra snaps on the waistbands of the petticoat (unseen) and bloomers, it fits the MSD body too.  
I do like my Lilac Layla in greys.

Next is the shift dress I made during the production of SSP-048.   I had fun with the embroidery on the chest, and want to do loads of embroidered items now.

I added some pretty leggings, and a very cute hat.   It sits well behind Layla's elf ears, or is large enough to cover them.


I was careful to make sure the hat fits the larger Gracie head too, as I know she's a popular sculpt.  (I think Missy has quite a large head too? But I'm not dead certain of that.)

I love this hat, and want one.  Maybe I should make human sized hats too.   The crochet flower is newly-learned.  You can find anything on t'internet.  I added blue beads to the centre to tie it in. Clicking on these photos should show you larger more detailed pictures.

Bringing  up the rear is a lovely outfit I've had for a while.  It's been in my stock box dying to come out into the limelight.  the yarn is Berocco Comfort Sock 3ply, and the colours are just gorgeous.   The russet of the Italian crinkle viscose dress teams with it perfectly.


Again, these fit both MSD and Mei Mei.  the tam style beret fits my Layla head as well as the larger Gracie head too.

Okay, so I keep promising something for Ell, but the blue hat gave me an idea for a KW mini-pattern, so I may just do that first....

I should never really complain of having too much inspiration. But.


Friday, 19 May 2017

SSP-048: Ruffle Dress & Jacket for Kaye Wiggs dolls.

A rainbow of ruffles!

I've had some custom printed fabric in rainbow shades for a while now, and they were ideal for this little outfit for the Kaye Wiggs MSD and Mei Mei dolls.

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The dress is a simple shift dress and is not fitted as tightly or exactly to the doll's body as my usual bodices.  It should go over a leotard quite well as it's designed to be slightly loose fit and quite straight.

It looks lovely on both dolls bodies, the MSD (18" or 45cm)  and teh mei Me (17" or 43cm)  but of course will be a bit longer on the shorter Mei Mei body.

With the addition of the jacket, you could use a while rainbow of fabrics, or just mix and match fabrics as you want.  

The dress and the jacket can have as many or as few ruffles as you wish.  I've provided a quick note on how to make the single ruffle dress, and once you're familiar with the pattern, it would be easy to have two ruffles or add lots of ruffles to the dress and the jacket.

You can also easily just hem the basic jacket and/or shift, to have no ruffles at all. 

Obviously you can throw as many embellishments at it as your heart desires.

I love both my girls in this, and the garments I've made while developing the pattern will be available to buy once I've added some fripperies.

That was a fun project, but I think definitely something for Evangeline, or poor neglected Ellowyne next.


Sunday, 14 May 2017

Total lack of days off.

I usually manage to force myself  to take a break from sewing at the weekends, but honestly, I've had a really quiet sales week, and when that happens I tend to panic and sew my head off.   So I haven't had my weekend this weekend.  I've had headaches though. Heh.

And I have done some embroidery.

That's something different, right?

I'm making shift dresses with ruffles for my Kay Wiggs girls. I'm hoping there will be a jacket too, but i'm having issues with the hand size.

It took me a while, but I'm pleased with this little floral motif. I picked out colours from the ruffle fabric to decorate the bodice.   It looks dead cute on Gracie, but I'm keeping the pics under wraps until the pattern is published...


(Damn, he's so sexy, even hidden behind a bit of paper.)

Here's a close up of the embroidery though.  Just simple stitches. I want to add some french knots, but am waiting for some white floss to arrive.

There will be Ellowyne and Evangeline things soon.  I just have so many ideas spring into my head that I want to make everything, right this minute. NOW.

I need a Tardis.


Saturday, 6 May 2017

OOAK outfit for Kaye Wiggs MSD - "Sugar Plum".

This one is my favourite so far, probably because it's purple...

Available now in my Etsy shop:


Outfit for Kaye Wiggs MSD (45cm/18") only.   (The petticoat and bloomers waistbands will not fit the smaller Mei Mei body.)

ooak outfit for Kaye Wiggs MSD

The shoes this time were quite an achievement.  The method of construction is a little different, and I had the perfect shade of Ultrasuede to match the dress.   I'm so glad I made the shoe lasts, they're proved vital in designing and constructing dolly shoes.

For the waistband, I made a little waist cincher that fastens in front with some matching thread.  I'll be adding a couple of spare lengths of thread to the package, but you could use anything to fasten it, narrow ribbon or thin kumihimo cord for example.

Ultrasuede is frighteningly expensive!  I invested in some last year, and have been too afraid to use it, but it's just so soft and lovely to work with, and matched the fabrics so well, that I had no excuse.

This hat fits my Gracie's head, over a wig, and is a little looser on Layla's head.  But as you can see from the pics, it still sits beautifully over a wig.

ooak outfit for Kaye Wiggs MSD

There are two petticoats, one goes above the other.  I've given each one different closures so they can be told apart. The hook end bar petticoat goes at the top.

outfit for Kaye Wiggs MSD

She's such a cutie.  I love that little face.

outfit for Kaye Wiggs

I think she's getting used to this posing lark.

outfit for Kaye Wiggs

I still have a few more outfits to list, but I'm craving something new.  Maybe another pattern, and I'm still wanting to make something for Evangeline.  I've been a bit tired lately, so inspiration is a bit slow,  but I'm on the case.

A corset for Ellowyne is in the offing... and maybe something new for Blythe.   If there were 48 hours in the day, my life would be a lot easier.


Friday, 5 May 2017

Current outfit for Kaye Wiggs MSD

Just a drive-by post. A teaser for the current outfit for KW MSDs.

Hats on dolls are lovely and I adore these little bakersboy bonnets.   The flower is ultrasuede, which is horrendously expensive, but so nice to work with.

Once I've finished the cardigan, this ensemble will be ready to list.

As you were.