Saturday, 10 November 2018

Two outfits for Effner Little Darling.


I really enjoy making these cute lil' playsuits, so I made a couple more.    As luck would have it, in my stash of shoes I found the perfect pairs to match these pretty outfits.   There were also some teeny cuddly animals in a drawer, ready for some LD sized outfits, so I've included one of those in each outfit.

Click on the pictures or the links below, to take you to the sales pages.

"Strawberry Mousse" For LD and hard body Mini Maru:
£62.00 plus shipping.   Details in my Etsy shop.


Very pretty pinks, with a dashing spot of red here and there.  The little bunny coordinates so nicely with this.  And the shoes are the right hue of pink to tie in perfectly.


The outfit also fits the new body Mini Maru, and was actually fitted to do so. the shoes are VERY tight though!  You really have to wiggle them on.  I got so absorbed in putting the shoes on my MM girls and in the end I totally forgot to take a photos. Derp.  But they will go on.  Just be gentle and patient.





"Apricot Creme" For LD and hard body Mini Maru:
SOLD





Olde-worlde shades of apricots and creams make this a lovely little ensemble.  Even the honey coloured bear tones in nicely.  I couldn't believe I actually had a pair of doll shoes to match this.



I love dollies with their toys.  :)

I'll be having a bit of an art break for a week or so.  I'm itching to paint and draw, so I'm not sure what the next doll project will be.  But it's more a case of too many ideas, rather than too few.

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Thursday, 1 November 2018

Four outfits newly listed in my Etsy shop: Little Darling and AGAT - and a painting!



After creating the "Playtime" sewing patterns, I've finished off the outfits and listed them for sale on Etsy.

Here we go...


"Playtime in Pink & Green" For Effner Little Darling:  (I love Claire's new wig)
SOLD




"Playtime in Blue" For Effner Little Darling:
SOLD



"Playtime in Pink & Cream" for A Girl for all Time dolls:
£54.00 plus shipping.




And "Playtime in Biscuit & Purple" for A Girl for all Time dolls:
£50.00 plus shipping.



And I'm putting this in my doll blog, as it's doll-related.

"Ellowyne Wilde" Mixed media painting:
£80.00 plus shipping.




Next, I think I'm going to try some lace overlay dresses. I've spent a small fortune on exotic embroidered tulle from the far east, and have a drawer full!   I'm always nervous about working with tulle, so we'll see how well I cope with it.  Just not sure which doll to sew for.  A taller girl maybe, as the lace is quite deep.

Fingers crossed.

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Monday, 29 October 2018

SSP-064: New sewing pattern for Dianna Effner Little Darling dolls.



Here's the latest, hot off the Raccoon HQ workdesk. This one is the version of "Playtime" for Little Darling.  It also fits the new Mini Maru hard-bodied dolls.   I have two of these and they both look charming in this ensemble.



*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 and may be cheaper.  I always recommend comparing prices.

My Craftsy store:

Or right here on the blog: (PayPal shopping cart)

ALSO FITS HARD-BODY MINI MARU


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There are two versions of the little play-dress.





With Bloomers:




And a petticoat:



And here are the outfits on my two hard-body Mini Maru girls.  I love this outfit on them!




Hope you enjoy this!

Not sure what's coming next.  I'll be finishing up some outfits and listing those.  I want some pretties in my Etsy shop for Christmas, so I'll probably be concentrating on outfits for a few weeks.

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Saturday, 6 October 2018

New art blog



I'm so shy of showing my art, which is why I tend to post it on Pinterest and scuttle away to hide! So I've started a new art blog.  This will contain a bit more of my thoughts on the pieces and the media used, etc.

Please check it out here:



















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Thursday, 4 October 2018

SSP-063: "Playtime" sewing pattern for A Girl for all Time



I know I'm quiet lately, but I am working away in the background, in between taking art breaks!  I hope the wait is worth it.




*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 and may be cheaper.  I always recommend comparing prices.

My Craftsy store:

Or right here on the blog: (PayPal shopping cart)



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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.   I have two paper sizes, US Letter for America, and A4 for Europe.  LET ME KNOW YOUR COUNTRY, FOR THE CORRECT PAPER FORMAT.


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It's the "Playtime" design, adapted here for our AGAT girls.  I love the style on these wee lasses.




The ubiquitous petticoat.  ( I usually feel I have to include one.  They really do improve the shape of a dolly frock.)




And we all love bloomers...




I'll be repeating this design for Little Darling next.  It will be re-drafted to fit LD perfectly.  She'll look very cute in this, along with her little Boneka sisters in matching outfits.

In the meantime, I'm feeling a bit burnt out, so am having sporadic art breaks. Yes, still.  It's sort of working out at one week of sewing, one week of painting.  I don't want to neglect my business, or my lovely customers, so am always on hand near my computer to tackle queries and try to help out.   On the other hand, I can't afford to get totally burnt out, and art is helping me switch off a bit.

So going may be a bit slower, but these patterns will keep coming!

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

New outfits for Ellowyne Wilde & A Girl for all Time.


A while ago now, I started on a very special outfit for Ellowyne, mainly because I miss sewing for her. She'll always be a firm favourite, with that beautiful face sculpt of the early dolls. .. not so keen on the latter sculpt, but I digress.

Having waited for all the bits and pieces to arrive so I could complete the outfit, I'm delighted with the results. 

Also I've finished off and listed the two Girl for all Time outfits I made whilst developing the latest sewing pattern (SSP-062.)

All are up for grabs in my Etsy shop:

First, we'll look at Ell.  Here's my lovely Saffie in her pristine white outfit. Click on the images to see them enlarged. Links are given to each sales page - where you'll find more images for each outfit.

(Do excuse my lack of writing in this post. I've put all the information in the photos.)

"Sweet Purity" 
£110.00 plus shipping:



















Next, we have the two AGAT outfits.  I love these on the girls, and they were a blast to make.

1) "Clever in Lilac"
£60.00 plus shipping:














Aaand briging up the rear:

2) "Clever in Blue"
£65.00 plus shipping:



















Phew.  Time for a coffee break. 

Next, I'll be making a version of 'Playtime' for AGAT dolls, with a view to doing the same for LD, so she can match her little Boneka sister.

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Monday, 10 September 2018

Dolly stockings.

Quick one today.

Have spent the day making dolly stockings and knickers.  I've yet to finish the knickers but here are the stockings.  They're in Contrado's Florence Mesh, printed with my own design.  The stocking tops have different lingerie elastics.



Slightly time consuming, but they make beautiful little finishing touches to an outfit.

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Thursday, 6 September 2018

SSP-062: "Clever Miss" Sewing pattern for A Girl for all Time dolls.


There was a little two-week art holiday in the middle of developing this pattern, so I'm sorry for keeping everybody waiting.  I hope it was worth it though.  This is another of my fave designs.  I first made it for Kaye Wiggs, and now I have this lovely version for AGAT.


*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 and may be cheaper.  I always recommend comparing prices.

My Craftsy store:

Or right here on the blog: (PayPal shopping cart)


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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.   I have two paper sizes, US Letter for America, and A4 for Europe.  LET ME KNOW YOUR COUNTRY, FOR THE CORRECT PAPER FORMAT.

As with the first version, there are two options for the centre panel in the bodice, depending on how adventurous you're feeling.  This one, V1, has three tiny seed bead buttons, which fasten with buttonhole loops.



And V2 has a simpler and much easier to sew plain centre panel.  I'm really enjoying working on ways of dividing up bodices, so hope to come up with new ideas for these soon.




I love these two together.



Next, I'll be doing a 'playtime' outfit for AGAT, the same for Little Darling too, to match the Boneka version.   Then I have ideas for some nice lace overlay dresses.  And than... well, loads of ideas, which is always good.

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Saturday, 11 August 2018

A Girl For All Time test bodice.



Just a quick shot of my first toile for the next sewing pattern.

It almost went right first time, but the neck, shoulders and back closure need tiny tweaks.  I'm happy with how it's going though. No gaping armholes or anything.




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Wednesday, 8 August 2018

SSP-061: "My Posh Frock" ~~~ A Girl For All Time.


At first I wasn't sure about buying one of these lovely ladies. I thought they'd be too huge to sew for, after having made the same mistake with a couple of 18" dolls.  But they're lovely!  the same height as my fave MSD size dolls, only wider in measurement, which wasn't too much of a leap.

I was asked for "My Posh Frock" by a few different dolly folks, 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 people to look in my Craftsy store anyway, as the prices fluctuate, due to the international exchange rates and may be cheaper.  I always recommend comparing prices.

My Craftsy store:


Or right here on the blog: (PayPal shopping cart)


raccoons rags a girl for all time


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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.   I have two paper sizes, US Letter for America, and A4 for Europe.  LET ME KNOW YOUR COUNTRY, FOR THE CORRECT PAPER FORMAT.

Here's the full ensemble, with armlets. Nisha has been re-wigged, and has a tiny bit of face-up enhancement:

sewing pattern for a girl for all time



Or the dress can be worn without the armlets, and the shoulder ruffle can be moved to create a different neckline:



The petticoat is important.  Strapless garments on dolls can slip down the torso. The petticoat is designed to fit tightly around the doll's waist, and sits just under the dress bodice, supporting the dress in its correct position.



And here's the back view.  The armlets have elastic inserts, to make it easy to push them over the doll's elbow joints. (As usual, click on the images to see them enlarged.)



So next, I'm making something else for these lovely dolls.  I now actually have two, Nisha and Lydia.  I'm quite smitten by them. They're like the 'big dolly' I always wished I had as a kid.  People kept buying me baby dolls, and big dolls that I found - frankly - a bit repulsive.  I always wanted a pretty doll, but back in the 70's the only cute ones were like Barbie, Sindy and Pippa.  Not the larger ones.  And as I never had a maternal bone in my body - unless my 'child' happens to be a puppy/kitten /tortoise/guinea pig - I frequently tortured the few baby dolls I owned.

Yes, I could be quite an unpleasant child. Heh.

These are the perfect balance of size and facial sculpt though.  The sort that will sit on my bed, like teddy bears and such.

Isn't it nice to enjoy one's second childhood?


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Thursday, 26 July 2018

"Country Bride" Special outfit for Ellowyne Wilde



Sometimes I like to just let the fabric inspire me, and see what direction I end up going in.   for this lovely ensemble it was the Michael Miller dotted swiss lawn that I just had to use.

I didn't envision this going bridal, but it did, so I made the pretty tiara and bouquet to match.


Now in my Etsy shop
£90.00



I think my painted-eyes Ellowyne makes a lovely bride.



There had to be fripperies, so I've made some pretty stockings, and some very cute bloomers to match.


The bouquet is wired to fit Ell's hand, and doesn't slip off.

All that beading!   I've done the back of the bodice as well as the front.  It's fiddly work, but once I start beading, I never want to stop.












During the making of this, I ran out of fabric and had to order some more. While I waited, I started a new corset outfit for our Ell, so I'll be finishing that next, and listing it.  So that's what's going to be next.

Then I think maybe a new sewing pattern for Ell. Seeing as she hasn't had anything new for a while.

Some might think I'm procrastinating because beginning something for my HUGE new Iplehouse nYID girl is too scary.

You may say that. I couldn't possibly comment.  ;)

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