Saturday, 16 February 2019

Moar Shooz. For Kaye Wiggs and A Girl for all Time.

I've posted some of these on Facebook, but here are what I call the holy grail of shoe projects.  I've long wanted to make my own lace-up boots, and finally, having drafted a pattern entirely on my own, I've found the perfect fabric to use for MSD size doll shoes.


Let me tell you about fleece.  (I use anti pill polar fleece, purely because it's all I could find.) 

It's easy to work with.  It hides all your stitches (okay, so my stitches are perfect, yes I do brag.  But you still can't see them if you sew badly.) 

It is very easy to 'ease' the pieces together whilst sewing.

It doesn't need a hem.  Yay.

It's stretchy, so one pair of shoes or boots will easily slip onto the doll, and will probably even fit more than one of your different dolls. 

Here are my lace-up desert boots:

These are modelled by my KW MSD Missy.  Alas, they don't fit A Girl for All Time dolls. AGAT's feet are too wide.  But that doesn't mean I won't make her a pair.

And the UGGs I posted yesterday on FB.   These do actually fit AGAT perfectly.

I did the seams on the inside, but Myself and everyone who expressed an opinion preferred the seams on the outside. More like real UGGs.  But they're still quite nice.

Here's the single prototype boot.  I need to make another to match, seeing as how perfect this one turned out.

I have a few colours of fleece, so may spend a few days just playing with boot ideas.


Thursday, 14 February 2019

Three new outfits: Kaye Wiggs mini, and Iplehouse KID.

Here are the little outfits resulting from my latest sewing pattern.  I love the flopsy pinafore and bonnet look on dolls. Very Holly Hobbie.

In my Etsy shop:  This link will take you to my Handmade Doll Fashions section.

 "Sweet Pea" for 14" Kaye Wiggs mini
£60.00 plus shipping.

"Strawberries 'n' Dreams" for Iplehouse KID
£60.00 plus shipping

"Sunny Disposition" for Iplehouse KID
£48.00 plus shipping

Not sure where I'm going next.   I'll have to flip through all my patterns and see what grabs my attention.  Though I do have a yearning to try to make sherpa boots....


Monday, 11 February 2019

Raccoon's red hot tips: Seven steps to precision sewing.

Here are some of the most useful tips I have.  I always use these methods, as it makes for very precise cutting.  Invaluable when sewing on a very small scale, like doll's clothing.  All the equipment I've mentioned below, I buy on Ebay, just so you know.

You can click on the pictures to enlarge them.

1)  Glue your paper pattern pieces to card stock.

This way, you can draw around the pattern pieces directly onto the fabric.  I then cut just inside the lines, and hold up my fabric piece against the pattern piece, to check it's exact.  Recycled greetings cards are good, or you can buy larger pieces cheaply on Ebay.

2) Draw around your card pieces directly onto the back of the fabric.

This beats using paper pieces pinned to fabric.  It's a nightmare cutting out tiny shapes this way.  I use standard black gel pens, because they don't smudge when  I apply the fray check.

3) Apply fray check before cutting out.

It makes life a lot easier!  I use Fray Stopper because it's cheaper then Fray Check, and dries much faster, but the nozzles are a bit rubbish.  So,  I transfer my stuff to a fine-nozzle bottle, so it doesn't blob, and I keep a rag in my hand for wiping the tip.  Fray-checking on old bits of card mean you won't wreck your sewing table or desk.

4) Cut away the pen lines.

I cut just inside my pen lines, to remove the ink - it shows through on sheer fabrics, and can run when damp-styling.  Then I hold  the fabric piece against the card template to make sure it's exact.

5) Cutting on the fold.  Don't just fold the fabric in half to cut out your piece.

I find this is very hit and miss when pieces need to be precise.  For example, hats, where the crown needs to fit exactly on the brim.  Or for bodice pieces that need to be exactly the same size as their linings.

I draw around my half-piece, making registration marks (red pointers)  Then I flip my piece over, matching it up carefully, and draw around it again. 

6) Mark out seam lines.

I mark every piece of fabric before I start to sew.  Standard purple vanishing ink pens are great, they can be damped away, or disappear after a few days.  But I also use Pilot Frixion pens, which can be removed by a burst of steam, or a quick press.

7) Make it a habit.

Some of this prep may seem a bit tedious, but I use these methods whenever I sew anything.  It makes for great confidence when making something worthwhile for a very expensive doll.  :)


Sunday, 10 February 2019

SSP-066: For Iplehouse KID. Puff sleeve dress and pinafore.

My first pattern for Iplehouse KID!   I picked an old favourite, seeing as I've been revisiting it to fit Mini Kaye Wiggs gals.  My Lonnie and Paige look adorable in these outfits.

*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.

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


The dresses on their own.

The pinafore is open at the sides.  you can use ribbon for the mock ties, but the instructions on how to sew fabric mock-ties are very clear.

And the pinafore can be made with skirt backs, or no skirt backs, as a sort of apron-style garment.

There are also tips on page 20 on how to make a sleeveless dress.

Next, I'm still going through my Patience patterns to fit them to Mini Kaye Wiggs.  Not sure which one it will be yet,  Maybe the dungarees... hmm... sometimes, there's too much choice...