Monday, January 14, 2013

The basic button up shirt

Hello everyone!

Sewing is limited this week because oh man I worked 6 days last week, and none of it was fun. It was in fact kind of sucky. Then I found another pile of UFOs during the week and here is one of them finished (at least in the machine):



Ahhh the classic long sleeved button up shirt. Everyone has at least 1. They can be very fancy, full of tucks and pleats and flares and fitted, short or long, long sleeved or short sleeved, and so forth. I guess I am just trying to get the hang of sewing these unfinished shirts so that I can see what they look like when they are done. When they are fully finished they will have these cute little buttons on them and close with snaps. Squee they will be so cute!



They can also make good pj shirts, like Betty demonstrates here. With different types of fabrics and a lot of play button up shirts will become a staple in any dolly's closet! I will have to play with Unoa size first.

In the meantime, I will go rest my head. My head is killing me the past few weeks, after Christmas really. I got food poisoning/stomach flu and then the sinus headaches came and came and no relief in sight. I already made an appointment with my doctors so they can see what is going on, but for now ugh. I just want this to end already!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

UFOs and their lessons

Hello everyone!

Winter break = finishing UFOs.

What are UFOs? Well in the art world UFOs = UnFinished Projects, and well I got TONS of them over the years from random ideas and what not!



What I used to do is sew dolly kimonos mostly by hand and some machine. I went back to that pile after hearing many different advices from my teacher and the aids because I think the dolls should be wearing them, not leaving them in a pile. My first finished UFO project of the year DOES fit and looks ok on my Unoa sist, but laying flat I would call it a disaster.

Just because you know new tricks that does not mean that you will not encounter many, many more tricks to learn. Just ask me and my book. Now I am looking at my book to avoid the awful collar and remember to make all the different "undergarments" on the dolls themselves.

Anyway, I got work to do. Hooray for weekends and my free time!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Dolly Introduction #1: the Betty Doll (Part of Blythe 365: Blythe a Day)

Hello everyone and Happy New Year!



Now that I got the sewing going it is finally time to start introducing all the dollies that are in Betty Candy. Now my husband thinks a doll is a doll and does not/should not have personalities, but I beg to differ.



The first, of course, is the Betty doll herself.



Betty is a 3rd Anniversary Blythe doll. She is not an Asian Butterfly with her hair cut into a bob. She is not a re-rooted girl with the same hair color and eye chips as Art Attack. She is the real thing. How can you tell? Well the stock 3rd Anniversary girl Art Attack has her nails painted pink and her ears pierced. In fact, she comes with a whole treasure trove of earrings and a lots of accessories, so she is well prepared. She also has the Art Attack screen saver disk, which I have in the house somewhere. I got her in Christmas 2005 actually, so that makes her around 7 years old if you count the times.



What is Betty like? She is pretty much me without the allergies. She is a realistic but cynical doctor who enjoys her job, but wishes she has more time for all the other things she is interested in. She is a dreamer who likes to cook and bake but finds herself eating out at some restaurant every night because of her schedule. So... she knows about food and knows about science but she also likes to keep her job clothes and her regular clothes separate. Her job keeps her in some kind of lab coat and clothes to meet up with patients, clients, and other people and she gets really, really sick of it. Even though she has lots of money, she is interested in collecting teddy bears, dolls, books, clothes, and jewelry. Being the only girl for a long time, the Betty doll does not like to share. Her wardrobe is separate from all the other dolly wardrobe. She has her own house and style and lives accordingly.

Does the Betty doll herself have a boyfriend or a husband? No, but she has many admirers and dates and kind of likes it that way, at least for now.

Does the Betty doll really reflect who I really am? Yes and no. If I am not allergic to so many man made chemicals, I would actually be a doctor instead of an artist/cook. I got her right as I started developing all these allergies and can no longer continue my studies, which is heartbreaking to me.

The rest, well I will leave it up to you as a reader to decide.

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So... there we have it: the Betty doll and introducing my first project of the year: 365 pictures of my Blythes. If you manage to not get bored halfway through the Betty doll's introduction: Don't worry, I have more dolls than Betty. Betty is spunky though so she will show up probably the most. I also love sewing for Blythes as well as Momokos and Unoas. It is a challenge in its own way.

Anyway, thanks for reading so far. Happy New Year to all and hope that we will have a wonderful year of growth together.