Wednesday, 27 June 2018

SSP-059: "My Posh Frock, sewing pattern for 10/5" Boneka and Iplehouse BID.


Slight panic in having discovered that Monday's Child and Tuesday's child by Boneka are actually different sizes.    This pattern is made to fit 10.5" Monday's child, but I'm awaiting a Tuesday's child doll as I type, and will update listing as to the fit.

This is a favourite of mine, "My Posh Frock" which I've makde for Patience and Blythe in the past. It's also the child version of the "Gypsy" dress patterns for Ellowyne Wilde and Deja Vu.


*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:


On CD disc from Ebay: (No VAT payable, and no charge for the CD itself, just  the pattern cost and the postage.)

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

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 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.




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As with the other similar patterns, the shoulder ruffle can be worn off the shoulder, which looks great with the armlets, because it looks like an all-in one dress with sleeves... or the shoulder ruffle can be worn on the shoulders, like straps:




There is a petticoat:


And armlets:



There are bodice pieces for each doll, and armlet pieces.  All the rest of the pattern pieces are for both dolls.

This is so pretty and summery in flowery fabrics.  I loved making it,m and now want to make versions for Little Darling and Iplehouse KID.  Not to mention Tobi and JID!  It's just such a romantic look and every doll should have one.

Enjoy!

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Sunday, 24 June 2018

Bijou tutotialette: How to do decorative fraying.



I love the shabby chic and Boho looks on dollies.  These both benefit from a few frayed edges, which is something I really enjoy doing. It's quite rewarding, but I understand people's frustrations on getting an evenly frayed edge.

First, the best fabrics I find for this, are the more loosely woven cottons.  Standard quilters weight cottons, like the kind you get from Andover and Moda, are a dream to fray.  Most not-too-tightly woven cotton lawns are good too. Although I've had lovely results with Liberty Tana Lawn, which has a high thread count.

The one I really dislike is poplin.  It can be frayed, and I have managed it, but I have a grudge against poplin.  I know lots of people love it, and I do have poplins in my stash - if the prints are too beautiful to not buy.  But I loathe working with it and avoid it if I possibly can. It's stiff, and hard to get the damned needle through when hand sewing.  It isn't soft, and doesn't style nearly as well as the lovely soft standard cottons.  I'd truly advise beginners to avoid it if they can.

I'll climb off this soapbox now.

The first important thing when fraying, is to remove the weft threads, which is why cutting your patterns on the grain is important.  What is this warp and weft? I hear you ask, well...


If your piece of fabric doesn't have selvages, then the slightly stretchy direction is the weft.  Warp is always more rigid, I find, when it comes to dolly-weight cottons.

If you've cut across the grain, and are trying to remove warp threads to fray a piece, it's a lot less attractive, and is much harder.

The main problem with fraying skirt hems and the like, is that no matter how carefully you cut your piece out of the fabric, there is often a slant in the weft.  This is particularly true of very long pieces like skirt ruffles.

This is what you end up with.  Click on the image to see it larger and more clearly.

On the right the threads are deep, but on the left, they are too  shallow.



My remedy for this is the following.  First, fray as best you can, until the deeper threads are the the desired length.

Then, just to the narrower end of the good threads, make a tiny snip in the fabric, in between your frayed threads. Only cut about 2 or 3 threads when you do this. Sharp quality scissors are best.


Don't worry.  This won't show on the finished garment, especially if you damp-style your skirts, which thickens the fringing and fluffs out the threads to make them look less deliberate.  (See my tute on damp styling here:)



Pull out 2 or 3 threads and fray the rest of the edge.



You may need to repeat the process, if your strip of fabric is long.



I like to tease out my threads with a sharp pin.



Keep going until your 'shallow' end of threads is the same depth as your 'deep' end.



And you have an evenly frayed edge. (Again click on this picture to see it large and clear)



This is how I fray all my edges.   It's quite fun, and gives lovely shabby chic results.




Sometimes you'll find your deeper or shallower threads are in the centre of your ruffle, don't worry, you can still use this technique. Just make the snips at either side of the deep or shallow threads, and pull out the extra threads in the direction of the shallowest ones.

If anyone wants to ask anything, I'm happy to reply in the comments :)

I hope this is of use to someone.

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Drive-by Sunday



The new sewing pattern is shaping up nicely!



I quite like using my stash shelves as a backdrop. The scale makes it look like a fabric shop, or Tailor's. 

Next, I need to make this outfit for my BID, then I can get to publishing.  This is one of my favourite designs.  I wasn't sure if it was appropriate for very young child dolls, but I think it looks sweet. It would make a great Miss Muffet or Bo-Peep outfit.

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

2 "Playtime" outfits for Effner Boneka, and Iplehouse BID



After the pattern, yes there are usually outfits!

Here are the latest two offerings from Raccoon HQ.  Each is a 4-piece set, lavishly trimmed with lace, and very cute.

First up is the Boneka outfit "Playtime in Pink"
In my Etsy shop
£39.00




I haven't added whistles and bells to these, so they're not as pricey as some of my outfits.  I did make a pretty bow for each one though. I like some kind of head wear, just to finish an outfit.

It's a pretty 4-piece set.  Generous with the lace.



The bows are attached to clips, which can be removed if you want to thread elastic through instead.



Next the BID outfit, "Playtime in Lilac".
Also in my Etsy shop
Also £39.00



I think My Bonnie looks cute in anything I put her in!






What's next?  Hmm. I do want to make something for my nYID, but she's so big, I still feel a little timid about her. So I'll make a party frock for each of these little ones next, including a sewing pattern.

Then we'll see....

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Sunday, 17 June 2018

SSP-058 for Effner Boneka AND Iplehouse BID.



It's been a while.  I'm sorry, I know, but I've been forced to take a break and develop things slowly for a while due to burnout.  But what better way to ease myself back into it than with a delightfully simple little pattern for two similar dolls?

I love the size of both of these girls, they're  fun to sew for.

*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.  I always recommend comparing prices.

My Craftsy store:


On CD disc from Ebay: (No VAT payable, and no charge for the CD itself, just  the pattern cost and the postage.)

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

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 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.




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There are two separate bodices, one for each doll.  I have tried the BID bodice on the Boneka, but it is a bit baggy for her.  And vice-versa, the Boneka bodice won't fasten up at the back when tried on the BID.



The other pieces are the same for both dolls, and the fit is really good.




The two dolls have different proportions.  BID has a longer body and short legs. Boneka has a shorter body and longer legs.   So the bloomers will look a little shorter on Boneka, but are very easy to lengthen by about 1/2"



To make things easier for beginners, I've used elasticated waists for the petticoats and bloomers.  I find on this scale of doll, elasticated waistbands are good, as the petticoat will stay firmly put, and won't slide around.






That's that for now.  I may make another pattern for these two girls next. Maybe a longer party dress.  I'm looking at my hugs fabric stash and feeling spoilt for choice.

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Sunday, 10 June 2018

Patchwork Perfection - a WOW outfit for Iplehouse JID girls



As promised yesterday, here's the latest offering from Raccoon HQ. 

This one is a beautifully fitted outfit for Iplehouse JID girls.  Fits small and large bust (but not Glamour size)

Now for sale in my Etsy shop:
£150.00


Making a bodice to fit both Small and Large bust sizes proved impossible in woven fabrics, so I needed a workaround. These two bodysuits are the solution.   the buyer will receive both of these, so the outfit will fit both sizes of bust. 

Alas it won't fit the Glamour bust, as I don't have a doll with this size boobage.  I'm not fond of enormous boobs on a doll, and won't be getting one... sorry!

These girls are so pretty.  I'm sad my Rachel (on the right) has yellowed a bit, but I still love her.

(Click on the images for larger versions)


The skirt and hat were ambitious.  I've had these gorgeous coordinating fabrics in my stash for years now. Literally.  I decided it was high time I made that patchwork splendour I'd always promised myself.  But as luck would have it, I found the same set of fabrics again, and have bought myself larger pieces.  So there will be more to come.

I digress.   Back to the garments.  The skirt took LOTS of work.  I had to arrange all the pieces so they looked right, and then hand sew everything.   The skirt took me 4 days to make!  So I know this outfit is expensive, but would you take a job that pays less than £20 a day?






I had some fabric printed in a matching colour at Contrado.  It's an exquisite powder blue.  Very pretty in this stretch mesh fabric.  I even had enough for gloves.



And from the back...



I love these sorbet pastels.







Lots of bits and pieces as usual.


So that's it for now.

Next up, I've already started a sewing pattern for dress and bloomers for Iplehouse BID and Boneka dolls.  The dolls are so similar, that both can be accommodated in the same pattern.  It's a lot simpler than this last project!

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Saturday, 9 June 2018

Drive-by Saturday



Having taken moulds of my JID girl's feets and casting them in lovely Jesmonite, I've made some cute summer pumps to match the patchwork skirt outfit.



I will be tweaking them a little, but I'm so happy with the way they fit.  Very pretty!  I wish I could buy some of these for me.



The outfit is pretty much ready now. I had to wait for the fabric to make the stockings and gloves; but it's all done now.  Pictures will be forthcoming this week.

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Sunday, 3 June 2018

Proof I have no life (part 1)



'Tis true.  Am spending the entire weekend organising my trimmings.  They were all stuffed into griplock bags in drawers, so I've wound them onto cards and pinned them all in place.

This is what happens when you look at Pinterest for sewing room inspiration.  You end up wanting all that perfect neatness and order.

Even when, in your heart of hearts, you know your own room will never stay that way...

Still, it looks pretty!



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Saturday, 2 June 2018

Teal Ragamuffin outfit for Iplehouse KID



A beautiful little ensemble, perfectly tailored to Iplehouse KID.  Shabby-chic/boho style, with lots of bits and pieces. Nine in all.

As usual, click on the images to see larger versions.

Available now in my Etsy shop
SOLD




I'm trying to include shoes in most of my outfits these days. It saves the buyer having to shop around for something suitable.  I love these little Mary Janes.




I get carried away making little accessories, but it's lots of fun and really enhances the outfit.  There's a full run down of each item in the Etsy listing.


I'm still working on a bohemian style outfit for JID.  Some of the things I need to finish it haven't arrived yet.  Hence the Spring-cleaning and reorganising my room.  It's hard to start a new project with one already on my desk, mostly because of lack of space.  So I end up finding things to do.

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Friday, 1 June 2018

Evolving my Environment



"Evolving my Environment" Is a phrase used by an artist many years ago on a TV programme I was watching with my darling late mother.  We both burst into fits of giggles at what was a really pretentious statement that just meant re-arranging a room. 

Every Spring I get this bug.  It's a mix between spring cleaning, the desire to nest, and the agoraphobic's need to really control their living space.  I'm adding little shelving units, storage ideas I've found on Pinterest, and have given the room a thorough vacuuming.  My back is in bits. My butt and thighs hurt.  I feel like I've gone three rounds with Frank Bruno.  But! It's all good. Once the final little shelving units arrive, I'll be able to fold and stash fabrics to my hearts delight.

The largest addition is this tall CD tower.  Having seen lots of these housing rainbows of fat quarters on Pinterest, I though I'd get one.  I'd like more, but the space I have is so restricted.

I discovered that it houses my gorgeous new Iplehouse nYID perfectly.  I may leave here there for a few days. It's best to tuck her into a satin bag though to keep her out of the light.  My room has a daylight light bulb and two lamps with UV bulbs, and these have already turned my poor JID Rachel slightly green, so.

For now she looks good though. She's out of the light from the window at least and I can sit on my bed and lovingly gaze at her.

Do excuse the rubbish photos.






I may post a few more pics, once it's all neat and sorted. Being halfway through a project though, the workdesk is a tip, as well as the rest of the room.

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