Saturday, June 28, 2014

Commission: 3 Norfolk suits for 2 Volks and 1 Delf boy for Teddy.

Once again, I swipe, because I can not draw:

The fabric has arrived, and I'm waiting on the deposit.  I need to sort out Paypal billing. This is an order for July.  I need to round up LOTS of buttons for this one, buckles and lining, too but the important parts are here!  The measurements and the fabric, which is just wonderfully in proportion!  I need to get some more information but I'm really looking forward to this one.  The details, the time period, very fun!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Just A Bit of Change

What with all the constant re-organizing going on since the move, and I don't anticipate it to end before our first year anniversary in this flat, it's time again to change the blog about.  I've deleted my people sewing blog because it's pretty much only been there for links to more people sewing-y things. I've transferred the best of that blog roll over here.

We're sorting through more stuff, and my hubby will be entertaining himself, and trying to make some extra cash, with a non-doll related Etsy Shop, which we opened after he came home, but has had nothing in it since.  Now that we have a bit of time for me to show him how to work a scanner, and stuff that's either going into potentially eternal storage, or we wise up and just let go of, the shop is open with his first lesson in Etsy-fying: a book on pattern grading (technical for 'sizing').  

Tama's Place at Etsy
He'll be loading it up with stuff that I can't put on my shop because Den of Angels prefers (or once did, I can never keep up with them) that you don't have non-doll items on your signature links.  Besides, this is his project, even if it will be our stuff being flogged.

I'm clearing out paper dolls, sewing and quilting books, random things, and just--stuff--we've had that was inherited, collected, or survived child hood.  For instance, a WWI pair of binoculars in a battered pig skin case, a three part walking stick with a 'flask' in the top part, and a battenburg lace parasol in aged patina off white that would go over nicely with the steam punk crowd.  Antique car magazines with some fabulous images in them for decoupage and so forth.  Sci-fi models that were opened up at Christmas and birthdays, and checked for missing parts, then boxed up and taped up 'for later' that never got assembled.  Like a huge Millennium Falcon with little lights in it.  That's going to be a brute to ship. 

I have far too many sewing books, hoarded Threads Magazines, and some recent patterns I don't know what the heck I was thinking when I bought them. O_o  And I've lost three sizes, so---yeah.....they should go.  Basically it's an on going working class 'estate' sale; the sort of stuff you'd see in one of those little 'antique mall' shops where they have booths for dealers. And he's sort of looking forward to when he can get out and raid other yard sales for 'good stuff' later.  

I'm just living for the doctor's office tomorrow.  >.<;;

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Sharing Some Pretty Fabulous Blog Post Finds

First of all, OMG, I want to see this exhibit if it ever gets over here, I'm even willing to *gasp* go to Los Angeles to see it (in full daytime, safe areas only, and as alert as a cat in a rocking chair factory). You have to see the Dior Doll Exhibit  post at Fashion Doll Chronicles!

I have been plotting an SD size Dior gown myself for a year and a half now, with the idea of doing it absolutely from the Dior POV/haute couture ethic.

My do it yourself, some assembly required Dior dress kit. 
Now I'm even more inspired to actually do it!  BTW, you can nab the Met Museum's PDF book on Dior here, along with other cool fashion history publications, like the Ceaseless Century: 300 years of 18th Cent costume. O_o And almost all of the new Charles James: Beyond Fashion book is available for preview on line now, but might disappear when it goes to print, so check it out now.  All those tiny details in hand stitching, and the colors on the cover make me want to EAT IT!  (Okay so it's almost lunch time...)

I want to call your attention yet again to Special Toy Box, who makes fabulously detailed and very in scale clothing for la Momoko, who is tinier than a Barbie, mind you.  I love her her little sewing room and all the details that go into it.  Her most recent item offered is a tiny corset with incredible details.

Petit Main Sauvage has a post on escaping bridal sewing that pretty much covers it.  This post published the very day I needed peer guidance with a pending decision that I realize now would have been a very poor one on my part, even though we sort of could use the money.  I can't go through that sort of thing again, not as fragile as my grasp on sanity has been the past six months.  I still sometimes have nightmares.  I don't think I've ever met one SANE bride.  (I laughed so hard at the absurdity of the situation at my wedding, the official threatened to throw us both out of the little civil chapel.)

Jitterbug Doll cracked me up with a post on designing from the buttons up.  So, I'm not the only one who does this! LOL!  (Yes, yes, that is the reincarnation of Betty Grable.)  She writes from a sewing customer POV, and is a good source on the growing vintage clothing couture market.  I find a lot of very useful and doll-applicable information on sewing, couture and hair styling on the vintage/retro blogs.....

As well as frustrating myself with fantastic vintage knitting patterns I can't seem to get to come out right.  Even if I do live in California where acrylic gunk is the only way to survive wearing a sweater in the pathetic mockery this state makes of Winter. >.>;;  Subversive Femme has almost weekly freebie knitting patterns, and patterns for sale.

Finally, a vintage/sewing/life/photo/just everything blog that the writer is saying good-bye to. Oh Mimmi.  I'll miss her updates, (and cakes!) -_-.  I hope it stays up for a long time, because I want to read through again when I have time.  (And save cake recipes!)  (did I mention CAKE?)

And now for lunch and back to work! O_o 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Commission: Formal Hakama Set for D.V.D's Dollshe David Kunnci

   For July, a haori, kimono, hakama set for D.V.D's Dollshe David.  Partial payment made and customer sending kimono fabric.  To be completed in July 2014.
June 10th, added a further long formal kimono with hem padding and further pair of hakama to the order.

Putting clothes on a work of art.  ~_^
Thank you, Dollshe for just tossing it ALL out the window. (drools)
The customer, and artist, sent me photos and his work is amazing! the jewelry and everything was all designed by the customer for this doll.  

Friday, June 6, 2014

My Den of Angels Profile Page

Up dated June 6, 2014

I had been getting some annoying attempted sales spam through the Etsy 'conversation' system, implying that it was from a member of DoA. It occurred to me that it might be a good thing to prove I am a member of DoA.

I've screen capped my profile page.

As you can see by opening the image in another window to it's full size, I'm currently in good standing, as any member can check and see, and can be found under my nickname there as well as many other dolly forums (some not so active now).

If for any reason this should change, I will change this post.  I'll update my screen cap every few months or so.  I don't know if non-members can see the DoA member profiles, I know they can't see the Feed Back pages, but here are the links for members:

My profile

My Den of Angels Feedback Thread

I do not randomly hand out invites to people I don't know.  As a small business, my reputation on Den of Angels is very important to me and I narrowly missed banning by accidentally inviting a banned member back in my enthusiasm.  Enthusiasm: curbed. Thanks to that person for their honesty in telling me that they had been banned and why, but it taught me a good lesson.