Monday, 19 February 2018

SSP-057 New sewing pattern for Kaye Wiggs dolls.

After finding some amazing designs on Pinterest, I've been dying to make something in mixed prints.  So here's the first idea. It's a tunic over a skirt... or is it?   Nope, it's an all in one dress. 

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EDITED:  I have been working on my files to try and consolidate the tutorial parts and pattern template parts, to create just one document that is neater and easier to download.  There are still two paper sizes, A4 for Europe, etc, and US Letter size for the States.  You will receive the pattern in the new format.


As usual, this will fit both the 17" and 18" MSD sized dolls.

Here's my inspiration pic. I LOVE Nadir Positano.  So inspiring.

I designed my own fabrics around it, had them printed by Prinfab, and made up the initial design.  Modelled here by the lovely Gracie. 


Yes, it's a bit different, I didn't actually want an exact copy.   I like the way the dress combines both layers of skirt and tunic.  I find sometimes that a skirt under a dress on these dolls slides about a bit. 

This looks fab with the bloomers from pattern SSP-047 playsuit.  (Pictures will be forthcoming.)

I then made up another version from my brand new stash.  I'm loving these prints together.  I want to do a ton of mixed-print outfits, I find them so bohemian and fun.

There are also pattern pieces for a plain centre panel on the bodice.  For those who find the bead-buttons a bit daunting.  You can also use the V2 bodice lining fronts to make a very plain bodice.

Here's a close-up of those hand-stitched buttonhole loops and beads.

And from the back.

I published shots of an impromptu hat I made, with a large bow, on Facebook recently, and several people asked me for the pattern, so it's included in the pattern.

So that's it for now.  I'll be having a bit of a break, now my benefits have been reinstated.  Not a complete break, but patterns will be a bit slower in coming, as I'm doing a couple of collaborations with the wonderful Dr Krowe.  


Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Kaye Wiggs Mini Layla - Face up by Krowbar

No sooner did I get my long-awaited Mini Layla, than I sent her off to Dr Krowe for a brand new face.

I find some of the factory face ups can be a bit insipid... I hope that's not sacrilege, but they seldom resemble the photos of the dolls you order from any BJD site.  Here's a pic of the doll's original face:

My doll's lower eyelashes are very sparse, and I felt that they made the eyes look a bit.. 'puffy', and the brows hardly show up against the darker wigs. So off she went to Krowbar (Dr Krowe) and returned transformed. 

You can click on the pics to see larger versions.

This one was a quick snap on my workdesk, with one of the new wigs I bought especially for her.  I've bought some 5-6" Monique wigs, and they fit well, and seem to stay put when I comb them.


I took a few shots, moving my light around a bit to try and capture just what lovely work Krowbar has done.  It's difficult to capture, and she looks even better in real life.

I'm loving those eyebrows, and the light scatter of freckles.

I took stacks of pics, but have posted just a few here.

This wig looks gorgeous on her. It's a 'pretty girl' wig from Monique. I've also got her a 'Doris' A 'Jojo' And and a 'Cici'.   I like the Pretty Girl and the Cic best. I find wigs with fringes (bangs)  hide my doll's eyebrows, and I do love to see beautiful brows.

Obviously I'll be making her some pretty clothing.  Once I've finished my current project, I'll start working through my Patience sewing patterns to see which fit her.  And when I make new patterns for this doll, I'll do my best to make them so they fit Patience as well.

I'm still awaiting my sunkissed Missy, but I think Jpop are shipping them out gradually.

Also... I had some amazing news last week.   Some of my disability benefits had been cut two years ago.  This meant that the working  benefit that I'm still getting was cut in half.   That year, I was too ill and stressed to take it to appeal, but last year, I reapplied, and I did manage to take it to appeal. Luckily, the appeal can be heard without the appellant (moi) present, which is really lucky, due to my high anxiety and agoraphobia.

Welp, it took nearly a year, but I had the letter on Friday, that said  my appeal had been upheld!  Yay!  I mean, I'm so relieved, but the stress has caught up with me a bit, so I'm taking dolly work easy for a bit.  My benefits will all be reinstated, but it takes a few weeks for the DWP to pull their fingers out and get on with the paperwork.  So I'm not celebrating quite yet,  but I DID use my savings to buy myself a grail doll... sunkissed Human Layla, in MSD size!

She's my favourite sculpt by Kaye I think, even including Hope, Nyssa, Laryssa, and Missy. Nettle is my all time fave, but she's as rare as hen's teeth, so I'm delighted to get the Layla.  

I'm so naughty.