I’m taking a leap and going back to promoting my pattern work once more. It’s been 6 years since I stopped actively talking about my love of my dolls and the patterns I’ve done. During those years I have accomplished many things but had my passion and love of sewing for my dolls on the sidelines. I have only bought 1 (!) doll in all that time and she sits above my computer looking down at me wishing for clothing. While I have a number of projects already started for myself, the house and kids I plan to work on some of my UFOs for the dolls as well!
You will note that individual patterns have all but gone away (Super Size Barbie and the 1″ scale dress forms are the exception) and have been replaced with Pattern Lines and Pattern Kits in addition to the books Pattern Making for Dolls and Pattern Drafting for Miniatures!
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One of the focuses of my business is dollhouse miniatures… to answer the questions on scale.
1″ or 1/12 scale is the most common with tons of Yahoogroups for it and other online forums including Small Stuff Digest which is where I got my start… large international list for nothing but miniatures (not just 1″ scale though)
1/2″ or 1/24 scale is smaller and has gained popularity in the last couple of years. The reason for this is the 1″ scale people are running out of space for minis! This is a niche market that has a growing base. I’m not saying 1″ scale is on it’s way out just that 1/2″ is growing in popularity due to the main body of crafters being retired or *my* elders (I’m not yet 40) and on space and money budgets that are shrinking.
1/4 scale is also popular but I’m not up on it much but I can say it is extremely tiny … if you’ve ever seen the original 80’s Poly Pockets those come close to the correct scale or a Z scale train is right. This is a dollhouse scale for inside a 1″ scale dollhouse!
On the larger end of the scale is 1/6 scale which is Barbie and the number of adult collectors wishing there were more things for her that weren’t Barbie Pink has a huge base.
Then there is the Tonner and larger 15-18″ fashion dolls that would dearly love more items including houses and such for their dolls.
As for places to learn about miniatures or dolls….. There are many doll magazines:
- Doll Magazine
- American Miniaturist
- Doll Crafter
- Miniature Collector
- Doll Costuming
and a whole host of other magazines that deal with various subjects within the doll or miniature world.
I’ve been into dolls since 1988 when my mom started her doll business. I have been seriously into collector dolls and miniatures for about the last 8 years.
I should also add in something about reborn dolls, re-painted dolls and art dolls… there are lots of those out there too.Those who redo, repaint or sculpt their own dolls that need and use props… you might just have a niche in one of these categories.
Hopefully soon… very soon I’ll have a new outfit to show off… if not for a doll then for myself as I am really itching to sew and craft once more.
Hints Tips & Tricks
Cut out paper patterns with white space and use scotch tape to hold the pieces down. Then use a rotary cutter to cut each piece on the single layer of fabric. This requires a little more work for reversing pieces and cutting enough of each piece but the accuracy of the rotary cutter is worth it for the effects for sewing.
Use a pin to mark dart tips & ends and then use a water, air or chalk marker to mark where the pins are so that if the pins fall out before you can match them you still have the markings.
Baste darts or any seam where the fabric might slip with simple pinning. Basting saves needles and your machine along with producing better results with seams. It allows you to ‘see’ the design come together and try it up to the doll for fitting and any adjustments you deem necessary. If the fabric is very fragile basting instead of pinning will leave fewer pin marks, which on some fabrics can be hard to get out.
As I learn more I’ll post further ideas and suggestions for sewing. I am by no means a beginner but I’ve just never really thought about writing out all my ideas and things I’ve discovered over the years.