Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Iplehouse BID and KID

Having ordered some of my grail dolls recently, the first two have arrived.

Bonnie - Iplehouse BID
Lonnie - Iplehouse KID

I may have to find names for them, as Bonnie and Lonnie sound like some dodgy comedy double act.

Bonnie (left) has custom eyebrows, and Lonnie on the right has a completely custom face up.  Iplehouse have done such a great job, I'm over the moon. 

Aren't they beautiful?

Of course they'll be even more lovely with wigs and something to wear.  I may get new eyes too. The default eyes are lovely, but quite dark and I can't quite make out the colour.  We shall see.

The Peach Gold skintone is a beautiful as I'd hoped.  A lovely healthy flesh tone.  I'm so looking forward to sewing for them.

I'm waiting on JID Amy and nYID Mari, both in special real skin.  Though now I want one of each in Peach Gold.  Heh.  I'd better get to saving my pennies.


Sunday, 8 April 2018

KP-008: High waisted dress and beret knitting pattern for Kaye Wiggs girls.

After all the coats and sweaters,  something more girly was in order, so I've come up with these little high-waist dresses for our Kaye Wiggs dollies.

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The dress is knitted in 4ply, and I've used variegated yarns for the top and plains for the skirts, and vice-versa.
Here's the first one, knitted in woolly yarn on top, and cotton yarn for the skirt. Th cotton knits up slightly longer in the skirt than a woolly yarn.  (I use the term 'woolly' not for pure wool, I mean any yarns that are not springy, like cotton yarns)

For this 18” doll purple/rainbow dress, I've used Scheepjes Catona cotton for the main colour (skirt) and Sirdar Snuggly Crofter Baby 4ply in contrast colour.

You can click on the pictures for larger versions.

Next is Gracie, my 17" girl.   She has a separate pattern.  Both dresses fit both dolls, but as the Mei Mei body is a bit bigger around the bottom, and she's shorter, I've created a slightly different pattern for her.

For this peacock greens dress, I've used Drops Delight 4 ply for the main colour (skirt) and Phildar Phil Light for the contrast colour. 

Phil Light is actually a 3 ply yarn, but it's so fluffy, it knits up well for this dress on the 3mm needles. I've brushed the yarn too, to bring up the fluffy pile. 

And finally, here's another one, shown on my lovely new Missy (Abby body)  Please excuse the lack of head, but she's with Dr Krowe for a makeover.
For this I've used an unbranded acrylic 4 ply oddment for the main colour (skirt) and King Cole zigzag 4 ply for the contrast colour.

Different yarns do knit up differently, but I've made this, and the beret in several different types to try them out, and all look lovely on the dolls.
I think I may be all knitted out for a while.  Maybe I'll sew something next, but I'm still up in the air over where to start. I think a de-cluttering of my sewing room might be in order...


Saturday, 7 April 2018

Spring 2018 - Something extra special for Kaye Wiggs dolls

Have been taking my time with this. The colours really inspired me. They're so pretty and ideal for Spring.   I started out with the jacket and hat from the recent knitting pattern, and added lots of bits and pieces.


Lots of extras have been added, and I've even included the boots.  I changed the laces, choosing pink ones to match the outfit.  Click on the images to see them enlarged.

I was quite pleased that the bear matches the boots.  Serendipitous.

The entire outfit will fit the 17" Mei Mei doll, and both 18" dolls, the MSD and the newer 'Abby' body.  The hat also fits different head sizes. It looks adorable on my Layla, and fits Gracie's larger head.

The undergarments were initially made to fit my 17" doll, but the fabric is so soft and stretchy, it easily fits the slightly taller girls.

I would show it on the Abby bodied doll, but her head is off for a makeover.  I have tried the entire outfit on her though, and it does fit perfectly.

Gracie, you're such a poser.

I absolutely love pretty dresses with big boots and legwarmers.  I used to wear a lot of this sort of stuff in my youth.

It's been lovely since my benefits were reinstated. I've been able to meander through an outfit or a pattern without that sense of pressure, or stress, which is so bad for my anxiety.   Not sure what the next project will be.  I have lots of bits and pieces, garments lying around that I should really turn into full outfits.

I also want to make something stunning for Evangeline soon.  I've been squirelling away the fabrics for it.

We'll see.

Ell is sadly neglected, as is Patience.  Hmm....