Self Publishing My Books

In an attempt to describe how I currently self publish my books I wrote this to help someone out and realized it might make a good page here. I self published first in hard copy using a local print shop to color copy my book double-sided and then spiral bind it. Yup, I have the copyright on both my books and 2 copies each are in the Library of Congress! Snail mailing it was a pain and my hunt for a way to self publish digitally began back in 2003 or 2004-ish. I found a way to do it using Corel Draw and because I had a LOT of diagrams that worked for me.

IF you’re going the PDF route I’d do it up in Word and save it as a PDF. OR if you have the $ get a full version of Adobe Acrobat and build it in there with all the features of protection etc. Personally I wrote my book for fun and to share what I know not for profit… that was a side benefit. 😉

There are more options out there to make a e-book secure and work on many platforms such as Kindles etc… in fact I think Amazon has a PDF to Kindle format converter even so you can sell on Amazon.

My other headache after I self published to PDF was delivery of the book. At first it was on CD with the headache still being snail mailing it. I then tried e-mail but back then e-mail accounts did not do large attachments. So I started to look for an automated system for delivery and by buying an MP3 album for my sweetie discovered Payloads. A little bit of research later and Paypal and Payloadz were on their way to shaking hands and running my site for me. That was in 2005 and I spent that summer putting up all my patterns and digital goods for sale. Good thing I did cause I went back to school, had knee surgery, yadda yadda. Basically life hit me like a freight train for 4 years.

It is now 2012 and once again I have converted my site to a simpler method of delivery. I now use WordPress for the website and a plugin called MarketPress Lite. I was able to create a simple spreadsheet, upload everything and *POOF* it runs like a top. I am now focused on moving some posts from the blog to the main site and once more contemplating drafting, sewing and creative technical writing for the site! I also plan to update the drafting books, Crash Course and possibly convert to Kindle & Nook formats soon!

Another update folks, no I do not do any of the above anymore. I have a simple system that lets PayPal digitally deliver a link where the items are downloaded. It’s now 2018 and I’m once more looking at publishing via Kindle but also plan to keep going with the PDF versions. I have long since bundled my patterns to reduce the workload but if anyone wanted just one pattern I am very happy to oblige! Simply let me know and we can get it all setup!

Pattern Drafting Crash Course – Measuring Your Miniature Dolls

**NEW for 2018**

Click on the following links for a copy of the Measurement Chart in Google Documents or Word Document format.

Please right click and save the Word Document to your PC/Mac or save a copy of the Google Doc to your Google Drive for your own use.

Since most dolls are evenly made on both sides, the measurements are taken on the half or in the case of an arc the quarter. The exception is circumference measurements, which are all the way around the body. It is advisable that you mark somehow, either with scotch tape on the body and a pencil mark or however you are comfortable, the center front and back along with where your doll’s bust, waist and hip fall. Deciding this before you start measuring will make a big difference in how your patterns will turn out and how accurate they will be. For scale and 1/2 scale miniatures use metrics, as a millimeter is more accurate than rounding to the nearest fraction. When working with dolls this tiny it is imperative that your measurements be accurate.

Please note that after 9 years  this tutorial has been updated to reflect several minor errors that were made during the original writing.

Measurement Chart

This is a master list of all the measurements needed for all dolls. Copy the entire list and fill in the ones you need for whatever doll you are going to be currently using. Following will be explanations of how to do these measurements for each type of doll.
Permission granted by author to copy this page.


Key: A= All Dolls L= Lady dolls only C = Child dolls B = Babies M = ManKEY
1) Full HeightA
2) Bust/ChestA
3) WaistA
4) Hip/Hip With DiaperA, B
5) Center LengthFrontBackA
6) Full LengthFrontBackA
7) Across ShoulderFrontBackA
8) Side Seam LengthA
9) Shoulder LengthA
10) Shoulder SlopeFrontBackA
11) Bust DepthL
12) Side Seam To FloorL, M, C
13) Back Waist To FloorL, M, C
14) Crotch DepthA
15) Hip DepthA
16) Side Hip DepthA
17) Finger SpanA
18) WristA
19) Around FootA
20) Upper ArmA
21) Sleeve LengthA
22) Armhole DepthA
23)Waist ToA) AnkleB)KneeC)FloorL, C
D) Short TrainE) Long TrainL
24) InseamA
25) OutseamA
Waist ArcA
Chest ArcA
Hip ArcA
Arms TypeA
Legs TypeA
Body TypeA
Fingers TypeA

Pattern Writing

NEW Service Offered!

Sue’s Tiny Costumes in partnership with Alaska Office Specialists will now test and write detailed instructions for YOUR design. Your sewn pattern for a doll outfit, bear outfit or other craft. This is a contracted service and fees are based on the item being crafted.

Contact me via the below form with Pattern Instructions Needed in the subject.

What pattern have you had rattling around in your imagination that I can help bring to life?