My Emily

Emily's ShortallsReally, isn’t my Emily is the prettiest little girl? I never really think of her as a doll. She is so life-like. I finished this short-all outfit for her a few weeks ago, but just haven’t gotten around to setting up the kitchen photo studio. It is really an all-day project and I like to have a few outfits to work with before I go to all that work.

I mentioned on Facebook that I just got a Patsy/Anne Estelle doll off Ebay. As a few people told me she is close in size to my Iplehouse BID but not all the clothes I tried on her, fit well. She also could wear some outfits that I made for Leeann/Petite Ai, but not all. So I guess I will also be going thru all my outfits to see what fits her and take some pictures at the same time as I do my picture for Emily.

I really think Emily reminds me of a child from the 50’s and Pasty is from the 30’s or at least that is how I envision them. I have a great book by Dover of spot prints and there are little girl’s dresses pictured that I have always wanted to make so I have picked out 3 that I will be doing for Patsy, and maybe see how they work on BID.

I guess I picture Emily in a Dan River plaid dress with full petticoat or a pleated skirt and white blouse with knit vest and tame. Maybe I can work on those ideas soon. I would love it if you have some suggestions as to what  you would like to see me work on. Sometimes I get designers block and it seems like I have been suffering from it for the last month or two. Guess I had better get back to work now.

I love to Illustrate!

Finished with the new pattern illustrations! I really do love the process of illustration. I enjoy painting but find more and more that I am drawing and then using Adobe Photoshop to color the drawings. I like the fact that you don’t have to worry about making a mistake emily's pink surprise cover blogbecause  you can always undo your last few strokes. On this illustration of Emily’s Pink Surprise I also imported the fabric prints, which is so much easier than trying to paint them.

I learned to paint in school but we also used markers because it was faster.  I don’t use markers much now,  they are so expensive and the colors are limited. In the long run I usually use markers when the garment colors are basic or primary. Pink and orange are always difficult to match with markers.

I did most of my designing with markers until my company got us computers. Buster was a late adopter of computer art. We had a staff of talented artists and it was so much fun,  with all the art supplies and drawing tables in the art department. So much nicer than the grey cubicles we ended up in later. Today I have a very crowded workroom with only one small window which does make painting a challenge. Natural lighting is so important, something I don’t think I realized until I didn’t have much of it.

I’m working on getting some more of the sewing photos ready to put on Pinterest.

Venice Beach

This was a pattern I did for Marley Wentworth maybe 7 years ago. MarleyI took all my old patterns down when I rewrote my website and started over. I was more interested in my new BJD’s than my old fashion dolls. It’s taken a while but I have come around again to the fashion dolls. I reviewed a lot of the old Tyler patterns and put them up last year. I’m also working on my American Model patterns. Then I had a few requests for Marley, so I have been reviewing her old patterns and that’s when I redid Venice Beach for her. You can see her there on the right with the orange Georgette top and white linen capris.

LonnieThat was a really cute pattern but I didn’t have any cute pictures of it, so I had to remake the outfit. I don’t know what happened to the original one. This time I took the photos on Alice and not Marley. I guess I have always liked her face better. Anyway, while I was at it I made the same outfit for my Iplehouse KID, Lonnie doll. She looks precious in the blue and white stripe cotton top and denim capris. Then I thought BID also needed the outfit in her size. Well you know how it goes, BID Elin isn’t that much smaller than Leeann so she got the outfit in her size. Once I did that I realized that Narsha was almost the same size as Lonnie so why not make the pattern for her. I love how Narsha’s turned out in the red and white. She looks pretty wild in matching red hair. Narsha

So in the end, I made the pattern for 5 dolls. You’ll have to go to the website to see Leeann and BID.

I know Betsy is just giving me the cold stare  because she isn’t that much bigger than Narsha, and thinks every time I make Narsha a new outfit she gets one too!

My Little Darling

Marsha libertyShe is a little darling in her seventies styled baby doll dress with it’s balloon sleeves and platter collar. You will have fun putting your own touches on these outfits. Just to prove the point on how even the same pattern will look different depending on what fabric and trims are used, I made the Marsha pattern twice. Once in a red silk and once in a Liberty print. Both are just stunning and it is hard to decide which one is the best, or at least it was for me. I really could have made a few more I enjoyed putting the trims and fabrics together so much.

While I was working with Dianna Effner’s Little Darling doll, I also made her a coat in baby cord with braid trim. The pattern is named Little Miss. I was on a roll designing for Emily (Little Darling), she reminds me so much of Shirley Temple. Marsha RedOne of these days I would like to do some 1930’s style dresses for her. I did do another dress for Emily, which I do think is more 40’s or 50’s in styling, called Cherry Lane.

I wonder who your Little Darling is? What sort of clothes does she wear? I really love the fact that she is a child doll and doesn’t look mature. I’m not sure what I’ll make her next so if you have a suggestion please let me know.