I am so excited about my new design! I love Rococo fashions and I’m thrilled with how this dress turned out. I developed this skirt shape yesterday so I don’t yet have a tutorial video for how to make this skirt.
The skirt is made using the same method as making the flared skirt only it uses two back pieces instead of one. Keeping the front straight and centered the back pieces are gathered and compressed to the back of the doll, taped in place, and the belt covers some of the tape and helps hold things in place. Careful adjustment is needed to get the back just right on the skirt. I’ll be adding a tutorial video for how to make this outfit soon but in the mean time you can look at the pictures.
I have several of the Ellowyne dolls by Wilde Imagination and I really enjoy them. They are taller and wider than Barbie dolls so my outfits don’t work for these dolls without some adjustments.
To make this dress for my Ellowyne, I cut along the top line of the top piece and left extra white along the edges so it will wrap all the way around the doll. I left the extra at the bottom as that adds stability when placing the top on the doll.
I used the front piece of the flared skirt and taped two back pieces to the edges of the front. Then I wrapped the skirt around the doll and taped the overlap in the back.
The belt piece wasn’t long enough to wrap around the doll’s waist so I took a strap piece, cut in half, and taped the edges to each side of the belt piece. I taped on the back of the belt so the tape wouldn’t show up. Then I wrapped the belt around the doll’s waist and taped in place. I used the other piece for a wrap around collar. Things do look a little messy in the back but the front looks good:)
My dolls like to have their own dolls. I like to dress them in matching outfits. To make Ellowyne’s Doll’s Dress I wrapped part of a strap around the waist of a little doll and taped in place. I used half of a prepared small circle for the circle skirt. Then I took another strap piece and cut out a triangle shaped insert and wrapped it around her shoulders and taped in place in the back.
To make these dresses I used pieces from the Heidi collection.
Recently I got three of the background scenes from American Girl. They are really fun for photography and can work for more dolls than just 18″ if you get your angles right. I got the snow scene, the park scene, and this scene which is the party room.
I had a lot of fun today taking pictures with the new backgrounds.
I’m really excited, today is is launch day! If you are here today, I’m still a bit in the process of getting everything together and linked properly, so if something feels that it is missing it probably will be in place soon.
Also, there are so many combinations that can be made with my outfit sets I haven’t yet made tutorial videos for every single item. For example, just this week I designed these new overskirts in the picture above and I have a feeling there are new combinations I haven’t even discovered yet that my outfit pieces can make. So, since there is already plenty of tutorials to begin with, I’ve decided to go ahead and launch my website then add the new tutorial videos very soon.
In case you are curious about these overskirts, here is how to make them. For each outfit I first made the top and then a circle skirt for the base skirt. Going from left to right, Ever After High Madeline Hatter has a small circle as an overskirt prepared exactly the same as a large circle skirt. Raven Queen has a straight skirt piece that is folded and prepared like a circle skirt as her overskirt. Apple White has a circle skirt that I cut along one of the fold lines until nearly at the top and folded back the edges diagonally underneath to make a split front overskirt. On top is a small circle prepared the same way. Briar Beauty has the same over skirt that Raven Queen has. However, I centered hers and angled Raven’s to be asymmetrical to give them different looks. Briar is the only one with half circle sleeves with a band around the middle and the others have the wraparound belt collar. They are modeling outfits from the Royal Birthstone collection.
I’ve now made a video that includes the tutorial for these overskirts. Here it is.