The Doll Clothes & Patterns section of the blog has been redone. Now each pattern is listed with who fits that pattern, as well as where you can find that pattern.
I DID put some ‘Choose 5 pattern pack’ listings on Ebay last night. I am not/will not be listing patterns separately there. People can either buy in bulk and get patterns shipped to them via a trackable method or buy on Etsy and download. For now.
I am looking into adding a Presta Shop to my website, which should theoretically support digital downloads AND mailable items. Tried yesterday, but got too many errors. Read up on the software bugs and will try again.
March goal: Expanding shop options
Web store: still working on it!
Pattern is now live on Etsy!
I used Robecca as the cover ghoul for this pattern because… well duh. Steampunk. Except she doesn’t look good in Brown. Or red. Or cream. She mostly just looks good in blue and black, and I couldn’t find any good designs for steampunky outfits in that combo. Draculaura, however, looks good in EVERYTHING. Ah well, she can be my next cover ghoul.
Will this fit Maddie’s body? (‘cause I’m doing a custom and this would be basically perfect)
Unfortunately, no. The waist is in different locations on MH and EAH dolls, also the sleeve cuffs are too narrow for EAH arms. :/ But don’t worry, I will be releasing a pattern that fits EAH girls.
gothabillyglamcub said: Did you try a blue and white stripe fabric for a puffed dress with truss and bustle?
A) I would if I could find some! The red/cream was the only fine stripe in the whole darn store. Most striped fabric is too broad-striped for dolly prints. That’s like a 2mm wide stripe ;)
midnightmagicalrose asked: Do you have any tips for sewing doll clothes? I'm having trouble sewing the hems and such with my machine and I'm curious as to what types of fabric would be the best. Thank you so much! I love your patterns!
It depends on the type of clothing. Stiff fabrics it helps to iron the hem first, if you’re machine sewing. For really soft, stretchy types of clothes, a zigzag stitch keeps the hem from getting stretched out.
Pinning also helps, but with a really narrow seam allowance, you might want to extend the seam allowance to something easier to handle, and THEN trim it back to 1/8”
In general, doll clothes involve lots of fiddly sewing. I usually keep my sewing machine on the slowest setting for maximum control, and on seams that the sewing machine just can’t seem to handle (shoulders and collars are my weakness) I just sew it by hand. It doesn’t take that much longer, and sometimes takes less time, if I factor in the extra time spent pinning, seam-ripping, and re-sewing on a machine.
Ok, so in January and February, I ran shop contests. It was fun, and I like to think by doing so I got a few new people interested in sewing for dolls who wouldn’t have tried it otherwise.
Now it’s March, and I need to work on another goal. This month, I’m going to work on expanding my web presence by trying to offer patterns somewhere other than Etsy, which most non-crafty people have never heard of, and a lot of crafty people don’t use.
I would love to build a simple e-delivery shop for my website where people don’t have to sign up with usernames and passwords and can just click “Buy”, pay, and be able to download their patterns. I love Etsy’s e-delivery’s system’s ability to recognize when a pattern is downloaded so people can’t pretend they never got them. While my coding ability would allow me to set up a shop, the e-delivery thing is a bit out of my experience (for now) so I am looking into alternatives.
So far, the best option seems to be Ebay. I don’t really like Ebay. In fact, I rather despise it.
- Ebay does NOT allow digital sales, so sales would have to be at least somewhat print-based with delivery confirmation
- When I’m doing 12-14 hour work days, I can’t be running to the post office. I also can’t anticipate my work schedule, so I don’t know when those days will be
- Ebay is full of assholes
- Ebay is full of scammers
- Ebay offers next to no protection from the two above issues
- Ebay’s new international shipping thing
- Lack of delivery confirmation options below priority with international shipping
Benefits of using Ebay:
- Wide audience
- Viable solution to people who want printed patterns instead of digital ones
- …there’s got to be something else, and I just can’t think of it.
So in the next few days, I’m going to set up an Ebay shop. I’m not sure if I will be able to offer international options, and patterns WILL be slightly more expensive, to cover printing costs (I’m thinking 3.50-4.00, but I need to run calculations on my printer’s cost-per-page as most pattern packs are between 3-5 pages long).
But if anyone has any other suggestions about websites or digital sales services, I would love to hear about them!