This week we have the shirt for last week’s costume.
Have you heard the term “grail” doll? Mamachapp Moko-chan, specifically this pigtail one, was one of my grail dolls and eventually did arrive and then got hidden to be a present for some special occasion. I found her while cleaning the doll room because DH is apparently not a good hider of dolls 😉 He is good at taking pix of them though, as you can see from Moko-chan’s first photo shoot: https://www.flickr.com/photos/67465307@N08/albums/72157697316555690
I recently got another version of Moko-chan, who came in a kimono. You might recall from some previous posts the difference between kimono and yukata, but to avoid linking here, I’ll mention one main difference, which is lining.
Many tiny doll clothes sell for exorbitant prices, and Azone/Obitsu are some of the higher-end ones of these. You can get this 21cm Obitsu body for around $20, and maybe another $20for a head with rooted hair, so what you’re really paying the high price for with the Mamachapps is basically the eyes, styling of hair, and clothing. The pictures of this doll in her promotional photos made it look like she was wearing a lined kimono, so I was startled to take it off and find out that it was not only unlined, but the seams weren’t even finished on the inside! I did love the effect of the fake “lining” though, for a couple of reasons. First, it’s definitely easier and takes less fabric than lining the whole garment, and secondly, it avoids the dreaded“bulk” I’m always going on about with doll clothes. Something I found very interesting though,and wouldn’t have come up with on my own is using fabric on the BIAS for this purpose. This is a great idea that really improves the drape of the pieces, especially the lining for the body itself, helping it to curve nicely around the body rather than sticking out stiffly. Fabrics cut on the bias don’t fray the same way as those cut on the straight grain, so I can even before giving of the sleeve “lining,” although I still would have preferred it to be at least pinked.
Of course, I needed to make a kimono for my original Moko-chan too, so the pattern here is based on the one her sister came with. It fits an Obitsu 21-23cm body or anyone else with similar measurements such as Dal, Tiny Betsy (shorten arms and bottom hem), or even Licca and Blythe bodies. Don’t have any of those? The tutorial for fake lining can be used with any yukata/kimono pattern on the blog but is probably most useful for the small doll ones like Ten Ping or Little Darling.
There are more kimono patterns to use with this “lining” technique here:
https://jenwrenne.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/free-pattern-for-february-kimono-geta-obi.pdf (this fits AGAT and Kidz n Cats)
Hello everyone! Here’s my first post from Japan! We are living in Mie prefecture with the Hasegawa family while mom helps them get certified as an organic tea farm. Just like our family, the Hasegawas also have two daughters near the ages of my sister Della and I and also one older brother. Tomorrow I’ll be starting school with Yuki. She writes it like this: 雪 isn’t that pretty? Maybe I’ll learn a new way to write my name too?
Skirt shown is from this costume, although I plan to make it again in plaid.
Reminder: Today is the last day to get your entries in for last week’s Ramble costume and the boot pattern will be emailed tomorrow. Scroll to the bottom of this post for the links!
Oh my goodness…you did SUCH a nice job on the last two weeks of costumes!
I urge you to go see everyone’s work here, I’ll just link a few examples:
The safari hat is just perfect! This is by Juliette Auckland
The contrasting fabrics are such a nice touch here in this costume by sewbig
Check out the amazing pleats on the skirt here by slpslee
It seems to have resized just fine for smaller dolls too:
(By Helen Webb)
There were so many beautiful things from the first week too:
like this modernized version by Alison Moreton
This one by quickdrawannie
and beautiful lace on this one by catknapp
This week is an Edwardian Seaside Costume!
After last week’s challenge, you’ll be happy to know this one is pretty quick and easy! I had every intention of taking the dolls to what passes for a “seaside” here in Colorado, but long story short, it didn’t happen. I know lots of beaches near the actual oceans are rocky, so maybe we can imagine they’re not in my backyard, they’re climbing on rocks to get down to the water? 🙂
Get the pattern here today only
The resized ramble from last week is not quite ready for AG size yet…next week for sure!
If you want more info about the sew-along in general, please check the first week’s post.
To participate in the sew-along:
- Step 1: post pic of what you made each week here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2825314@N20/
- Step 2: enter your email and the link to your pic here by next Thursday: https://goo.gl/forms/iA85Pu6rpSlCMxW62
- Step 3: Receive your accessory pattern by email next Friday.
If you’re wondering where I’ve been, it hasn’t been online, because Microsoft broke my hard drive.
Beginning of rant, scroll down to skip 🙂
Yep, I’m totally serious. The latest updates led to my computer getting stuck in a reboot loop that literally broke my hard drive. I do back up my data on a regular basis, but of course, the most recent is often the most important, so we had to get someone to remove the hard drive and retrieve all the data (I’m pretty tech-savvy but that was beyond my capabilities) and then struggle with whether to just buy a new computer or replace the broken hard drive, and then whether to just switch to Linux…which I wish we had done, but there aren’t a lot of machine embroidery options available for it. Then came the waiting and waiting for the new HD to arrive and be installed and all the fun of reinstalling windows and being terrified the updates would break the new HD.
So I had to temporarily close my etsy shop, since while all that was going on I no longer could access all my files, and every sewing project I had been in the middle of (summer sew-along, some resizing, a new AGAT collection) got disrupted. After many hours (about 8 so far) of re installation, all the software we had is not completely reinstalled, and some that is isn’t still fully functional, and some has been updated to new versions that are messing other things up. Yay.
And THEN I got the email that Bex and Elinor, who had been scheduled to arrive sometime in late March/early April (AKA in time for pix for the SSA) were not leaving China until April 18th and that slow boat from China would take 3 WEEKS (May 9th) and then they have to clear customs (another week? month?) and THEN get processed through their warehouse and THEN get actually shipped (at least another week…?)
Long story short…yes, your votes for the SSA were to start it in May, but with all of this going on we’ll just call the start date “ASAP” 🙂
Start here to skip the rant
On a happier note, I’d like to introduce you to a really nice new face mold from OG that’s currently on 2 dolls, Melina, a beekeeper and Julieta, a ballerina. If you thought you could never find a use for the flight suit from a while back, here it is! Make your doll a beekeeper outfit! Or just buy Melina, because her accessories are really nice and the new face mold is so attractive. (Note that there’s another beekeeper that has gorgeous eyes but the old face mold) To me, Melina’s face has something special about it that looks like it was designed by an artist to be completely different, and it’s just a bonus that the doll happens to be an OG and therefore inexpensive! Her freckle pattern looks realistic and her hair is nice and soft too, in comparison to my older OGs; I don’t know if the hair is a new upgrade for all their dolls from now on or specific to her, but it’s nice!
Since I never met anyone with the name Melina, I did some searching and found out it’s Greek, and related to the word for honey, how cute is that for a beekeeper doll?
Image from Target here: https://www.target.com/p/our-generation-professional-doll-beekeper/-/A-52894721
You know how you look at the OG outfits online and then go to your Target and they don’t have them? Yeah, that’s pretty much always the case for me, and it’s really hit-or-miss about which OG items they’ll ship and which are “in-store-only” kind of things. This was the latest one:
Image from: https://www.target.com/p/our-generation-deluxe-retro-outfit-beach-party/-/A-52894766
So if you wanted it too and can’t find it guess what? I pattern-ified it for you! Although OG outfits are usually a bargain since they come with cute shoes and an accessory or two, like this one!
I will caution you that I’m using some different versions of my old software and it’s been working fine so far when I compare my new, scaled printouts to old ones, but if you happen to have printed this pattern out the same way you always print my patterns (with no scaling) and it’s not correct, could you please let me know?
Is there another OG outfit you want and can’t find? Post a comment with the link! Melina needs more new clothes and we need something to do before the SSA! She’s partial to summery and retro things at the moment… 😉
There’s also, by request, a resizing of an 8” pattern for 13”-14” dolls. It was made for Little Darling, but will also fit the Wellies and others in between (H4H, Cheries, etc.)
Just like you might have done, I also lined up outside the AG store before they opened on Jan 1st! The original plan was to get Luciana, and, like, all her stuff 😉 but instead I ended up with…a boy doll! Longtime followers know that boys had a major part in the blog at the beginning when I was smitten with the Kidz n Cats, and Sasha’s Gregor and Caleb have appeared from time to time too. The opportunity to do more with boy dolls was compelling, and instead of Luciana, I ended up with the doll you see above, who has a couple of names/themes right now I’m trying to decide between.
I had actually made the coveralls you see him wearing for Luciana before I saw them in person, inspired by pix people had leaked of her flight suit, but lacking the right color zipper to make a blue one. When I finally saw it, I liked mine better, even though it was challenging to make. The AG flight suit just has fake stitching to simulate pockets and iron-on prints for patches. It seems like quality is going downhill lately, with terribly cheap shoes on the truly me dolls and a much cheaper body.
When I put the coveralls on the new boy, DH said he looked just like an air force pilot, so I put him into a pic to make it more realistic.
Yes, this pattern is kind of challenging, especially if you’re doing real pockets.
Looking for something similar but easier?
Here are some more of my free patterns that are perfect for AG boys:
This week we have the “sock” from our “sock full of gifts” series. There was a version of this stocking for dad too that had a stocking decorated with a pipe and cigarette, which might have been period correct, but seems really strange and unrelated to Christmas. Since I don’t have a doll fireplace, I attached a loop and hung mine on my tree. Although one original hope of this series was to give you a craft to do with a child, the pieces for this are really small and even I found it challenging to get the tiny felt pieces to look nice. There are some suggestions to make it easier in the pattern.
I forgot to share this version of Nanea’s jammies by firstladycpm:
They have an authentic drop seat and pocket, how cute is that? (click to see more pix)
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I also haven’t yet reviewed the 15″ Big Lots dolls that Janet told me about in October! Sad to have a backlog of stuff to do for the blog, but that’s one of the things on the list.
In case you’re wondering, yes, I got one and the bodies are pretty much identical to the Wellies in terms of measurements, although the jointing is a little different at the hips so they don’t look exactly the same when standing. For $15 the price:quality ratio is good and they currently come in 3 different versions, making them a nice, inexpensive alternative to the Wellies!
(above image from http://airbornesurfer.com/tag/3-2-1-contact/)
In other news, it’s only 18 days now until the release of the next GOTY, which could be good or bad. Jan 1 may not the best time to be considering an expensive doll purchase because Santa may have just brought you one and you will feel guilty getting a new one OR won’t appreciate the one from Santa. Oh yeah, and you’re out of cash after buying all those other presents!
Of course, if what Santa brought you was an AG gift card…there are some really cool pix floating around the internet of Luciana, should you be inclined to spoil surprises for yourself by doing searches for her dog or habitat. 🙂 The clothes I’ve seen so far though are kind of uninspiring. Luciana is in some ways very much like the girl I was at that age! In addition to dolls, I was super into space and computers (my Apple IIe!) and LOVED a magazine/TV show called 3-2-1 contact. It kind of feels like the space program was different back then and maybe made more accessible/interesting to the public by the media than it is now. It’s SO great to have a science-themed GOTY I just might have to get her, even though I already have a Truly Me who looks almost the same…