Thursday, January 28, 2010


Okay... this isn't perfected yet but I couldn't wait to show it to you because the tester turn out so cute!
The fit is right on and works with all the body types and both the tippy toe dolls and the flat footed ones. My model is a flat-footed doll.

The front opens with a zipper making the dressing of the doll easy. Elastic in the back creates more shape and the pleat on the heel gives the foot a perfect pocket. I am happy with this for the most part but I will improve the ribbed collar and maybe add a placket. I'm going to have some fun with this one!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Purple Passion

It amazes me how clever knitting is. As long as you stay consistent, the neatest patterns develope. This is made with bamboo yarn and, oh my goodness, it is exquisitely soft. I wish I had enough to make a sweater for me!! Some day maybe.

My model is wearing a pair of gray skinny pants that work well with the royal purple sweater, and is perfect for the crisp foggy morning.

I wanted to created an open pattern to play up the feminine qualities even though it is over-sized and not form fitted. Extra long cuffs give the sleeve fullness and the scoop neckline has a crochet edge.

I've started another with the same yarn. It will be done soon...

Red Hot and Romantic

This one is very detailed. The camisole top has a built in bra that keeps the top in place. The straps are true spaghetti straps, turn with a darning needle ( boy! that was hard but so worth it ), Under the half slip is a perfect pair of bikini panties.

She is a sexy seductress. My model was a bit nervous of the edge and had some trouble posing for the last few shots. She was upset that I took these but the angle showed off a few important things.... come on! Get your mind out of the gutter! I'm talking about the ease of fit and the hugging quality of the built in bra. What were you thinking?

More to come but first let me show off my latest sweater...


This is a hot little number. Red and white lacy bra and panties with a sheer jacket cover, what Ken wouldn't go wild over this one.

My little model was so brave to face the cold foggy morning. A real trouper she is. I asked her to be a bit creative and while she was working out something I snap a couple of awkward positions, but in the end, (no pun intended), the shots aided in showing off the perfect fit of the bikini.
But wait... there's more......

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New Arrival!

I have to show off my newest family member. She came all the way from Australia, sent to me by a dear friend, Courtney. This is a Pullip Doll. I can honestly say I never heard of them before a couple months ago. They are very collectible and have a huge fan base. Courtney wanted one for a long time and it wasn't long ago she received this one. So how did I get her? Well...

Courtney found me through Etsy when she ordered a Barbie wardrobe closet for her new Pullip doll. I customized it for her and she was very happy. We became fast friends. She also wanted me to make clothes for her new doll but we found that hard because the size is quite different from the dolls I'm use to designing for. She did send me measurements, to the best of her ability but before I could start anything, she bought her first Barbie! Bella from the Twilight movie and fell in love. Then she bought Edward and decided to send me her beautiful Pullip doll. I think we made a good trade as I will make her a couple of outfits for her newest dolls and customize another wardrobe. It's a win win for us both. Now I can design a line of cloths, "Dollyknickers" style, for this interesting and beautiful doll.

Thank you so much Courtney!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Second Color

Okay, here 's the latest. Second color begins. Dori and I worked on the cutting in and James followed with the roller. He's taller and doesn't need a ladder. The secoand coat was left to the two of them to do and Isaac and I played games.
Isaac took the picture of the door because he thought it looked nice and I have to aggree. The two colors are warm and comfortable together. The last picture is Isaac, my grandson, posing with the finished wall. Next week will be the ceiling and the little bathroom in the next lightest color.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Insane Project

I know...and you're right, I am a little nutty. Really, this is all a result of getting new needles. I found a set in the smallest sizes they make, (#1, #0, #00 and #000 double-pointed, 5 of each), usually used for lace making. I've been looking for a set because of the perfect gauge they make in scale with the dolls. One thing lead to another as I was practicing and well, here you see the results. They have a real turned heel and gusset just like the big boys. I don't know if they can be worn with shoes yet, probably not many of the plastic ones made but I think some of the boots that are very loose would work well. I will probably make more pairs just for the novelty of them, maybe with smaller yarn!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

It's a start!

Here are the before and after shots of the wall behind the bed in the Master Bedroom. I wanted a rich dark chocolate brown, and other then having the word "Hershey" written across it, this is as chocolate as you can get! It looks velvety and has such depth. Yummy.

Sorry about the spots, they are not on the wall. My camera is acting funny. Anyway, we took the color around the corner and around the door and that was a good decision as it seemed to frame the area nicely. When the other walls get painted it will be very warm and romantic. A new quilt is in the plan too.

My daughter, Dori, was an immense help. She did all the rolling, two coats, and I did the cut-in work. I think we made a pretty good team. I have to mention that Dori's husband, James, helped too. ♥ My kitties seem to like it. I'll update the progress as she goes. Our plan is to tackle the adjacent walls on Friday. Stay tuned!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Sucessful Cargo

I only had to trash about 5 trial pairs but I think I got it this time! YEAH! I swear this doll has no butt! I added a little bit of elastic to the back waist band in hopes to give more of an illusion of a tushy but I think I better start thinking padded undies. LOL

All in all, this turned out to be a decent pair. I added the pockets on the leg for a more cargo style, added the waist pockets and omitted the back pockets all together. In my opinion, the back pockets just drew more attention to the none existent booty.

The pictures above are the back and side view, (notice the "no butt" problem). I think the wider leg is a much better look as it gives more balance overall.

The crotch, (pardon me), is well fitted. That is the biggest beef I have had with commercial patterns as they do not make a well fitted pair of pants for the Ken type dolls. The waist is always so high and the crotch so low it never looked good. Anyway, this is a start.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Ken's New Cords

Okay, here we have a first attempt at fitting the Ken dolls' body with a decent pair of pants. There a two different styles here, skinny leg and a wider leg. Both do not have all the bells and whistles yet like pockets and belt loops, I'm just going for the fit at this time. The skinny legged pair has darts to help fit the shape of that doll, which has a total different shape then the other one. The wide legged pair has no darts at all. I can't decide which I like better.

They both look good on the respected doll, but you can not exchange as the dolls are so different in shape. I think I will try to rectify this by designing an elastic back waist so there is a better chance of the pants fitting a variety of bodies. Then on to adding the pockets and loops. It sure would be easier if the doll had a butt!

The fabric is the tinest baby cord I have ever seen, perfect for scale with the dolls.