Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Where Have I been?

Wow, it's been quite some time since I last posted. Opps... But I have a excuse. Yesterday and the day before, my internet was down so I was unable to work on my blog post. I apologize for the lack of posting

About my next few posts, I hope to have a type of how to tutorial for a recent dress I sewed (which I will be showing you at the end of this post). I always forget how long it can take me to design and draft an outfit. Truly that is the toughest part for me especially since I have to scale it down to an 18 inch size. But it's quite an adventure and somthing I enjoy doing.

Now, I have a couple sketches I drew recently that I wanted to share with you all. I mainly sketch as a way of brainstorming for ideas however I hardly ever actually use them as designs for doll clothes. Also, over the couple year I have been drawing I have seen huge improvment (trust me, I used to be far worse).

 I don't know what I did but I love the hair on this one. About the outfit, I like the peasant style under blouse. Maybe I'll try making it someday as it would easily match with many corsets and tops.

Interesting corset design. But mainly the whole outfit is untranslatable to doll clothes. The top is too detailed for such a small doll and simply wouldn't look good since the doll has absolutely no figure. The boots are cool but I'm not sure if they will be helpful in designing new boots.

 Believe it or not, I originally tried to make this outfit water themed. Clearly that idea quickly got lost. Although the top neck intertwining things might work on human clothes, you cannot do that in the same way for doll clothes, trust me, I tried.

Another corset? Really I'm so uncreative. Overall, I just love the loose flowy look of this. Like I said earlier, you can't really recreate this for doll clothes but it's fun to draw.

Okay, I've been designing and sewing a new doll dress this past week. I have a couple of (lame) pictures to give you an idea of what I've been working on. 

So have a nice week and if you have anything you would like to say, ask, or request just leave it below in the comments. Thanks for reading.


  1. I love the detail on the sleeves, how did you make that?

    1. Good question! This was the first time making these sleeves so it was a bit of an experiment. I actually cut three separate sleeves and attached them all together. Thankfully the fabric was thin enough because otherwise it probably would be too bulky. Hopefully in a couple days I'll have a tutorial up and then I can better explain how I made it.

  2. Haha, I have WAY too many corset-y designs. I mean, we have the full body corset dress, the strapless corset, the built in corset, the strapless heart shape corset, etc. That, and fairy designs, mainly flowery.
    Also, I have a question. I draft my own patterns and have for almost a year, and am feeling confident enough with the fit and everything to possibly try selling. Would you be interested in possibly being a tester? I think you are a more advanced sewer than any of my friends with dolls, so it would be good to have your insight. It would still be in a while, probably about a month, before I could have my first pattern drafted and perfected with the instructions and all, but it would be a pdf file, fyi. If you don't want to answer in the comments, you can email me at kathleen@dollsanddance.com.


  3. EEEK GOOD JOB YOU WON THE SUMMER FDC! AND THEY ARE ADDING MORE TIME TO THE WINTER! I don't know if I've ever told you how much I love your entry! Amazing job and congrats!

    1. Thanks so much for the nice comment! I must admit, the entry turned out nicer than I expected. It was a lot of work but totally worth it! So are you going to enter the Winter FDC? If you are, best of luck to you!