Last night a friend messaged me to catch up and to let me know he’s read this blog and...”crikey, dolls creep me out!” Accurate. My humor thrives on discomfort. I’m a cuddly creep, it’s how I get past your guard. “I was looking and thinking ‘fuck, that’s creepy. Very, very good. But very creepy.’” And … Continue reading Alice could be living….anywhere.
Today I don't just mean restorative to indicate fixing up a damaged or sub-par doll. I also mean crafting to put your heart and mind back together. Sometimes the hyperfocus of making something with your hands is a way of stepping back from the horrors filling your life. Today I'm not going to get into … Continue reading Restorative Crafting: Jack Skellington and the Scammer.
I'm taking my Sunday to make a free tutorial. Why am I working for free? I've benefited from SO many online free tutorials that I'd like to give back. Please don't hesitate to give me feedback on what needs to be tweeked...or show me pictures if you use this. Disclaimer: No one wants to read … Continue reading Moana Wrap Dress Tutorial
The first thing that hint you as you scurry into my apartment from the cold is the scent of Flair. Each bottle of fabric softener smells like a garden crime scene in which roses have been massacred. Such carnage. Much Flair. So ow my eyes and senses. I avoid scented products...but doll wigs and doll … Continue reading Spa day
I woke up this Sunday morning with no plans, except to maybe clean my apartment. It's a little chilly out, not good for spraying fixative on doll faces, so I thought I'd put things in order. While I was having my first coffee of the day my father ambushed me via FB video chat. His … Continue reading A doll for every sink.
Now we're going to make an obi sash for the yukata. 22cm x 12cm fabric for bow 3cm x 6cm fabric for bow center 32cm x 15cm fabric for body. Fuseable batting 28cm x 5.5cm. Obi Body With a 2cm margin on the sides and a 4.5cm margin from the top and bottom, fuse batting … Continue reading Obi Sash Tutorial.
Ok, here's my second take on making the yukata/kimono. First version is here. I smoothed out the curve on the first pattern I made. I also made the area where the front joins the back (a the shoulders) a little smaller by shaving .5cm off it. I should have added a centimeter to the bottom … Continue reading Doll Kimono: take two!
I hesitate to call this a tutorial because I'm still figuring out ways to make this. This is a a loose guide as to what I'm doing at best. Disclaimer: I just realized that in most of the yellow yukata pictures in here I have the right side folded over the left. I should have … Continue reading A very very loose play by play: Kimono
My continued adventures bloging through the 1915 children's sewing book "The Mary Frances sewing book; or, Adventures among the thimble people." The next pattern to tackle was the dressing sack (lounging jacket being a much nicerterm). This was the final, 4th, outfit to be made with this single pattern. Because all four of the garments … Continue reading Chapter XX: Part two
This chapter begins with Presentation Party. As far as I can tell, a presentation party involves each Thimble Person we’ve met this far performing a formal self-introduction. It’s like your first day in a new language class.... but with forced rhymes. As.Fun.As.It.Sounds. “We're going to give a party; And we will evermore be true, And … Continue reading Chapter XX, Ma Chine (Part one: Kimono)