New addition to the family

Please welcome Volks YoSD Nana, Vera, to the family.  Volks’ four sisters (Nana, Megu, Sara and Kira) head mold has always been one of my absolute favorites and I finally got to bring it home in YoSD size!!  IMG_2392She has such a delightful, tiny, little, precious face!  And it’s kind of interesting to see how the faces give off a feeling of completely different personalities.

IMG_2391V looks like an outgoing little girl, almost mischievous, while Vera looks shy and reserved.

IMG_2393I’m still debating whether I want to keep her default wig, which I happen to like quite a bit, or get a pink wig as I had initially intended.

I will be moving to a new apartment next month, so I am hoping all of my doll-related activities can resume by that time!

Thanks for watching!!

 

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A-line YoSD sized dress

Who would’ve imagined that the reason the bodice was not fitting was because I was making patterns that were too small?? Only me haha.

I knew I could complete an outfit in a matter of an hour or two… But with the wrong measurements I was not going to get anywhere ^^”.

But I kept at it. I persevered and although the dress did not turn out as planned. It’s still darling.

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Sorry for the bad picture. I took it early this morning but the light was bad because the sky was overcast.

What did I learn??

1. Do not give up!! No matter how frustrating the results might seem, perseverance eventually pays off far better than the immediate satisfaction of giving up.

2. A little planning could improve results . I should probably get in the habit of making sketches of how I want the dress to look so that it’s not so much of a surprise that the dress does not turn out how I wanted it.

Simple!! Perseverance and more planning!!

Stay tuned for new outfits as I am joining the next round of the sewing project on DoA!!

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Basic Sloper for YoSD sized BJD

For the last couple of days, between work and friends, I managed to make a Yo-SD sized dress form which I have used to draft my very first basic sloper.  I followed a couple of YouTube tutorials on draping and managed to work something out.

It’s a work in progress and I’m still trying to adjust it so that the fit is right, but I am very proud of myself for making my own sloper rather than borrowing somebody else’s pattern.  Turns out, I loved draping!! Now I’m wondering what other kinds of designs I can draft by draping onto the dress form.

Oh no, the toilet paper sneaked into this picture haha.

Poor V is still blind.  I hope her eyes come in the mail today.  In the mean-time, I shall continue sewing and figuring out these patterns.  I already have some cute dress designs in mind for V.

The Queen arrives — Volks YoSD Lin

She’s such a delightful, tiny little girl!!  I can’t wait until I get her new eyes and wig and sew a cute dress for her.

That face melts my heart!! She’s just so tiny I want to take her everywhere with me.

Now that I have three different doll sizes I can practice on different sewing projects.  I have also started working on my dolly-corner to resemble a bedroom inside a doll house.  BUT next, what I really need to learn how to do is how to make the most out of my poor, old, beat up Canon camera so that I can take better pictures.  That or I just need to learn how to edit them on Photoshop better.

Mori Girl event–WIP04 and Vivienne’s new look.

Vivienne looked beautiful with her old wig:

I bought her a new wig and pair of shoes through a GO in Den of Angels, and… TADA!

I just love her, Tae II is such a stunning head mold. This hairdo and the color bring out her features !! And I just absolutely love the quality of the wig. It’s so soft and shiny.

Finally, Vivienne sporting the Mori Girl outfit I’ve been working on.

So pretty :3

Mori Girl event — WIP03

Almost done with My SD-sized Mori Girl-inspired outfit. I was up until midnight sewing snaps last night so now I’m tired but it was well worth it.

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It looks like a pijama haha. But that’s Mori Girl fashion for you. I hope to have a completed outfit tomorrow.

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Finally!! I got to sew this weekend.  Although not as much as I would’ve liked–between the boyfriend, the season premiere of Breaking Bad, and my social “obligations” I was able to squeeze in about a couple of hours worth of sewing for the Mori Girl event. Not to mention that the deadline to complete the project is quickly approaching.

This is Vivienne’s dress.  I have used and edited the pattern I keep going back to from Adams-Harris Pattern Company.  I lengthened the blouse so that it would be more of a dress/tunic, shortened the sleeves, added a facing, and am hoping to successfully turn the turtle-neck collar into a shirt collar.  And this is exactly where I’m stuck.

I added the facing because I want to have a clean finish when I sew the collar on.  But I have yet to find out how this is going to turn out.  If you have any suggestions feel free to let me know!!

With Mori Girl project I have realized one more facet about sewing that I was unaware of as of yet because I was pretty much using other people’s patterns and following their construction instructions.  Granted I am using someone else’s pattern here, and due credit is given to Adam’s-Harris Co. for this beautiful blouse that I have made time-and-time-again, but when it comes to changing the pattern is when I started facing the fact that I haven’t the slightest idea about pattern construction.

Thus, I have realized that pattern-making and construction is all about problem solving!!  I am going to start looking for sewing classes around me, or a seamstress mentor at the least who can help me with minor problems like these.  Fortunately I am a fast learner 🙂

Practice makes perfect

When I first got Valentine six years ago I was still a college student. Thus as you can imagine money was tight and financing my BJD habit hobby was not exactly the easiest. If I remember correctly, Valentine did not have a face up for a couple of months until I had enough funds to send her off to Sakuli all the way in Spain. Then there was the issue of a new wig and new glass eyes, which she probably did not get right away either. What about her clothes?? Well, let’s just say she’s worn that same old white dress that’s featured in previous posts for years!!

Well, thanks to my new sewing machine, Valentine’s fate has changed!!  An earlier post referred to finally putting a new wig on her as well as eyelashes.  Unfortunately, the eyelashes all came off little by little.  Fortunately, the wig stayed on!!  Now, she gets to wear a new outfit that I have almost completed today!!

Look how beautiful she looks!!  She looks like a completely different Valentine!!

As for the dress itself… well, all I can say is practice makes perfect.  I really, really love the outcome!!  I feel so proud of myself.  A feeling I don’t know I’ve had for myself… ever?  I did not use enough fabric for the skirt, and thus makes for an awkward fit; but I love the dress non the less.

I spent six hours on this particular dress and I am just amused at how much time goes by without me noticing because I am so consumed in the act and process of sewing.

We are the time that we dedicate towards working on our dreams” — Paulo Neo.

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Here are the dress sketches for the Mori project as well as some pictures of the materials I will be using.  Enjoy and do share your opinion!!

The sketch on the left is completed, but I’m still trying to come up with ideas on how to layer up Vivienne’s outfit (on the right).  Maybe some bloomers?  Or maybe a free-flowing skirt beneath the dress?

More importantly, I have no idea how I’m going to make a belt or a headband!!! BUT, where there’s a will, there’s a way!!

I bought this tiny, travel iron because I’ve been using a hair iron to press my clothes!!

My tiny work space.  I really need a bigger table/desk and more storage space.

I purchased this set of cute fabrics at Hobby Lobby about a month ago, and I feel like a couple of them are perfect for this project.  I still have to go shopping for more fabric but one of the yellow fabrics is a good start for Valentine’s dress.  The lace in the background is a beautiful lace blouse that I just loved wearing (I LOVE lace), but alas, I’ve gained weight in the last few months so my BJD’s get to wear it now.

Mori Girl event on DoA!

I decided to join a sewing event on DoA! Everyone has created such cute outfits for the first round and I really wanted to join in as this is a group of BJD lovers who are also into sewing clothes for their BJDs. The theme for this second round is Mori Girl. I want to sew a cute dress, so I went pinterest-crazy and downloaded all these cute pictures for ideas on what to work on.

Kawaii!! My princesses ♚ would totally rock the Mori Girl style!

Vivienne is finally wearing the semi-completed outfit from the previous post !!