Summer with style updates

For an unknown reason I am having a style crisis over my girls. It seems to be a trend now. It happens every now and then. Few of them are missing that something, be that the right wig, eyes, clothing or something else. I am trying to figure out something new for each of them but it is not that easy. Especially when you don’t quite know what you would like them to have. If only there would be a possibility to test a box of wigs or eyes etc. to better get the idea. With my limited supply, nope. All I can do is to draw my ideas on paper or otherwise visualize.

For the summer I have gone through my dolly closet so I am going to post a separate album on Flickr for the sale stuffs. I have also considered a blog post with the details so will see which I consider a better option in the end. There will be those other things not suitable for my girls’ style or those I have leftovers in wrong sizes as I am going to make some style changes for them.

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Those hand cuffs pictured with the dress are among new additions to Etsy. With them I have added a collection of total of 20 necklaces done over the years. There has not been proper pictures taken of them until now so I am pleased I finally got that done. Certain special design will be posted in separate listings later on. Have a closer look on the jewellery collection here.

Freya's Summer Dress set

Summer dress set design for Lillycat: One-piece dress, bolero, lace stockings.

 Freya’s summer dress set

I don’t think I have taken any proper picture of Freya’s summer dress set. So finally here it is. I have reused one of the short corsets previously completed, added the skirt part for it and she already had the accessories and lace stockings.

Freya and Lunetta were the first ones to get their styles updated. While Freya is pretty much completed, Lunetta is still missing eyes / wig side of the whole. In progress.

Some of you may know I have made quite a stock of flower head bands as well. With different details and sizes. The same situation as with jewellery was that there has not been any completed collection pictures of the designs. Along with jewellery I ended up doing that update as well. Although those pictures are still in progress – a lot of them to process through – few updated pictures here.

They tolerate gentle bending and there will be sizes from tiny all the way to SD/Pullip/Blythe available through Etsy. Keep checking back there. Previously there were only few SD sized designs pictured. Thus, a bigger selection for the coming summer.

While going through the stock I also came across this cotton candy / cute style skirt set available on Etsy. I thought having a picture on the mannequin might help to show off the skirt. If only I had a girl with such a style I would like to keep this myself!

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Tsukifly Cotton Candy Skirt Set -SD/SD13

November and MSD dresses

Happy Halloween! Did you have a scary night? Trick or Treat?

As the cold nights of November sneak in Finland has turned clocks backwards one hour to welcome the winter time. This week we were promised snow for the whole country(!) True to that word looking outside just now reveals a slight snowstorm outside my windows.

I have been feeling inspired lately but it would be wonderful to have more time for sewing/customs – perhaps an extra time reserve for just sewing, designing etc. related to Tsukifly, commissions and customs? Now I have to deal with what little I have over the weekend while I would have tons of designs and plans I would like to work on.

The previous blog post was quite scarce  what comes to pictures (although I added some afterwards) so in this post you will see more pictures. Some of you may remember my theme for the MSD size a month or so back. If so, you may have been wondering where are those promised MSD pieces. Well. I mentioned something unexpected came up but now I have completed few dresses in this promised MSD size. That means they fit for most MSDs such as Luts, Soom, Dollmore and Volks. Teasers here and dress sets on Etsy.

Closer description of MSD dresses

First dress set has been made with Luts Kid Delf Romantic bust as a model so that it can fit for both small chest and large bust MSD girls. The design is somewhat similar to what has been seen a few years back at Dolliverse. A design I really like while it is also quite SAMSUNG CSCfunctional (if I may say so!). Signature Tsukifly bunny headdress will come along with this lovely pink themed dress with eye-catching details (note black/white striped ribbons in front of the dress.) Mostly hand-sewn because of its various details. Lined from the inside. Ribbons to tighten the dress on the back side, otherwise left open so it will fit nicely on an extra petticoat for extra puffy look.

Second dress has an upper part made of cute yellow/violet polka dot fabric with lace and ribbon details. The skirt part has two layers made of airy light pink fabric as well as another polka dot fabric with reverse color combination. A separate tulle petticoat or a cute flower headband may complement the set nicely. This set will fit for Slim MSD/Unoa and MNF size.

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About the new Tsukifly Pullip custom – Papillon de nuit

The themes of the newest Tsukifly Custom Pullip are butterflies and moths. She is fair skin color with dark face-up and other details as well as dark/brown colored Tsukifly dress set. Quite a contrast to those three sets seen previously. Perhaps some inspiration had to do with the Halloween?

What might have delayed her completion time is the funny thing with my carpet. It appears to have swallowed some of the small pieces I had meant for the set. A fluffy Bermuda triangle like my dear friend described? A pair of my rings having surfaced from this triangle just a while ago I have hope those small pieces will soon be re-discovered.

No, really. It was just a matter of getting everything done. Now I am pleased to inform that the complete set is available in Etsy. Personally her dark look and striking eyes are among my favorites from the Pullip customs I have made so far. I hope you will like her! Please meet Papillon de nuit, fourth OOAK Tsukifly custom pullip in fair skin.

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Kimono set for Etsy – in progress

Another kimono set almost complete with light lining is finally properly in progress. This is in Lillycat Cerisedolls size. The fabric is lovely orange/red color and the combination makes me want to keep it. However, I made a promise to myself to keep only one of the two. Other set will be available through Etsy. My aim is to complete it perhaps during the next weekend. Then I need to make the decision on which one to keep for Freya. A hard one.

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Idaheika‘s Nomu has been around for few commissions.

One cute tanuki she is and here is the commissioned Miko outfit. Also I am grateful for Idaheika to have faith in my sewing work as well as my visions when it comes to the execution of the commissions. Thank you! One complete set was seen already in one  of my previous posts. Now the second one has been completed. Knee-length dress set (a miko-outfit) with a white kimono jacket and a pleated red skirt. Few snap fasteners for the backside. All and all I am very happy how it turned out. Now it is only missing a cute ribbon thing from the front of the dress – perhaps of white lace?

The dress itself would need a moment of gentle ironing to settle down the seams of the kimono and skirt. Still to be completed.

Other dolly related news:

Recently I had a pleasure to do few trades with fellow doll hobbyists and I got some lovely items for my girls. Usually when I say something is for someone in particular that will not be the case. My girls seem to share (read: steal) each other’s things without further regrets SAMSUNG CSC(haha). Anyway,  two things seem to have been settled. Tori got a jacket – finally, she has waited for something suitable for too many years and Vanamo got a pair of lovely eyes, they even have small seashells in them!

Next I am on a quest to find some shoes for Freya and Lunetta. For some reasons their feet are of tricky size. It seems Lunetta might actually get a pair of brownish shoes to start with. She can’t go out without proper shoes! Nor can Freya for the time being. Especially if the snow will stay around.

I shall reappear with new projects once I have properly documented and finished the current ones. Stay tuned!

Monthly update: July

Time for another summer month full of news. I feel quite productive and inspired during summer so have to take advantage of that fact.

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Aya (CP Soo Dark Elf) will celebrate her 10-year anniversary next year.

Pullip plans

With completion of the first Tsukifly Custom Pullip Sarinna I got a boost to complete certain other sketches I had previously left in the drawers of my writing desk… Then came the second custom in lovely Mocha Skin: Éclair. The third will be another fair skinned little beauty: Huurre. My estimation to complete her is by the end of this month.

Another Pullip related news is a dress set without a doll. One piece long dress with a cute and unique bunny headdress. I can confirm that these dress sets will be a rarity within Etsy as I have decided to focus on full custom sets. For now. However, occasional exceptions may be made and then they are sure to appear around Etsy.

A dress set for Leeke Art-body

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I have had this dress on my table for a month now. Finally it is completed. A custom set for Leeke Art-body. Also a present for this girl as she has been my model without objections.

There is also a minty cotton lace dress made for this size. Once I have time to finish it entirely it will be available through Etsy. More news on that will follow later.

More MNF / Unoa sized clothing

I have got inquiries after this size for a while. Well, with a modelil_570xN.1045917465_a93u (Lunetta) and a bit of inspiration it has been fairly easy to complete few more demanding clothing sets for summer. First was Alice within Alice dress set, already mentioned in my previous post. Secondly, may I present a full lace ballerina dress. It consists of two separate pieces, a ballerina corset top and a lace skirt. Fitted for Unoa / MNF / slim MSD – small bust. It is a delicate and delightful set to make any girl a beautiful ballerina. Both pieces may also be used separately so it is a great mix & match set as well. The main color of the dress is off-white. The corset has been made of several layers while the skirt is topped with few layers of tulle under the lace layer. Both pieces are without a finished lining but neatly put together.

With a thing for laces and ribbons there may be more of these ballerina style dresses coming in future. In Lillycat Cerisedolls size for example. A hint of future plans. Find this white lace dream Ballerina set in Etsy.

I am currently finishing a new MNF / Unoa dress for Etsy. Still considering certain SAMSUNG CSCadditional pieces I may include with it. Or then it may be only the dress. A glimpse of minty/green/gold to give you an idea what to expect. This babydoll -style dress with its flower detail will be available in Etsy later this month.

Coming soon – Etsy

Before I will update new items in Etsy most of them will be mentioned in this blog prior to their listing. Thus I would advise to keep an eye on the blog to have an idea what is to be expected ~

In addition to the babydoll dress and the new custom Pullip I can already say that few other items will be available as well. Most of them are from stock I have completed previously but haven’t had the possibility to add in Etsy.

At least a mix & match over-knee skirt made of the same lovely patterned fabric which has been used for the upper part of the babydoll dress, an tiny shirt for Dust of Dolls and doll jewelry pieces. Keep an eye on updates and Etsy ~ !

My warm thank you for all the support you have given me! Especially with regard to the launch of the Tsukifly Etsy shop!~ 

 

Inspirational winds

May has probably been my most active month yet (!)

I have felt inspired as the weather has been amazing and everything has turned green and lively again. Spring is my favourite season, but transition to summer is wonderful as well. So I am enjoying my time fully.

The layout of the blog has changed as I wanted to change colors/pictures for it. An update on a header picture to reflect more of the blog’s all inclusive set of topics (everything doll related rather than only sewing/Tsukifly related news).

Tsukifly design plans

Ide’s Nomu (Leekeworld Kiko) got out of the box as I wanted to test an outfit design for her. She got a white lace top under her red vest and a cute red skirt with little hearts along with lace and ribbon details. A proper outfit for summer~ Pictures of the completed outfits available shortly~!

Few commissions are waiting for my attention and I would also like to try a summer dress for Freya at some point. When the time permits.

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I had nearly concluded I shall give up with my Volks Dollfie Dream Saber as I could not quite come up a style/character for her. However, after getting a curly DH wig (which was planned for something else entirely) I ended up trying it out for her and bang. She looks so cute I cannot help but give her another chance to become part of my crew ;o; Rein ~

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Tsukifly clothing rack

Tsukifly display. 

In my previous post I briefly displayed these lovely hangers I got. They go well together with my white rack and it so happens that all my racks are white… Other hangers I have are silver with a wider span, but I might do some adjustments on them later on.

A doll hideaway.

Where do you keep your dolls? Do you store them in their boxes or perhaps display all of them on a drawer or on some other piece of furniture?

I do all of those (confused?) simply because I prefer not to have all of them visibly on display all the time. Few are enough at any one time. Previously all the others (those not on display) were stored in their boxes but now I found out that I have a closet space where I can have them neatly on their stands without need to pack them up entirely. I am pretty happy about my discovery as you may imagine ~ Vanamo and Aya are there, exploring the new (darkish) space to keep them safe from bright sunlight. Rein is sitting on my writing desk and Freya has found her place on top of a pile of black hat boxes… Mina is in another closet with Ide‘s Bubbla, apparently exploring laces, papers and other stuff. Even those in the closet are now easily at hand when I wish to see them.

Tsukifly Etsy Shop

New things have been popping up in Etsy. First a candyish pink skirt set then two fluffy animal hats displayed by Rein and finally an MSD/MNF/Unoa sized cocktail dress for the summer (also shown above). The latest addition in the list is certainly my favorite.

What is coming up in June? I have plans to complete few dress sets, but the exact timing is still open. Additionally a new Pullip custom will be looking for a home within few weeks.

Pullips

Where should I start? Previously I was thinking to maybe do few more customs at some point. Suddenly I find I have a pile of different plans, ideas etc. for Pullip customs that I would like to do. Some I would like to complete as fast as possible but due to time restraints it appears that one can be completed at a time. What I can reveal is that there will be a custom Pullip in Mocha color coming soon. Keywords for her are pink & bunny. Thus keep an eye on the Etsy shop! ^^

 

 

 

Monthly update: May

I am back with both Pullip and BJD related news.

Glad to share with you that Sarinna (First Tsukifly custom pullip set) has found a new owner and encouraged by this I have sketched new plans for at least two new customs in the future. Themes for them are water and fluffy (I am aware these do not reveal very much..). However, first on the list is to acquire certain things for them before proceeding further.

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I had a pleasure of completing a commission outfit for a Pullip. Colors included brown and white combination with lace details. Personally I am happy how it turned out with all its details. Later on it might just pop around as a part of a set.

Highlight of the week was when my dear friend Solarsenshi came to visit in Finland! Besides having a wonderful time (Thank you dear!) we had a meet-up and interesting food experiences. I received amazing gifts as well. So cute! My wish included Haagsche Hopjes, those wonderful coffee candies from the Hague (I am finally able to fill their respective box). Super happy about everything. Really cute flower dress in SD size will fit most of my girls and will be great for the coming summer – I think I have a matching straw hat somewhere… Few pairs of amazingly detailed (and so small!) Pullip sSAMSUNG CSChoes!

 

 

Souldoll is taking ages (or it certainly feels like it) as I would be happy to receive my new MSD model home right about now. Not even sure if the whole of the waiting time has already elapsed (probably not) but somehow the waiting feels loooong. It has been a while since I have waited for a doll straight from a company… Her name will be Lunetta but it remains to be seen how she will fit in with my other girls.

Other updates: A Soom Sweet Witch (Grey skin) and Fairyland Minifee Mio (Normal Skin) are actively searching for new homes (through Den of Angels) as they do not seem to find their place within the crew. Freya is in need for a wig that would be in the right size. Vanamo got a super cute bunny cape and there is a lovely milk wig for some future plans.

I updated pictures of some of the Tsukifly headbands. Perfect for a complete summer look. Some of the pieces are available through Etsy, more will be added later.

To come: I will update few random shots of my girls later. To make a sort of introduction to their current looks. There is also a commission for Leekeworld Art body in progress… Inspirational times. Few ideas for accessories I need to try out…

Thank you for reading!

 

Monthly Update: March

First weekend of yet another month is before us. A great opportunity to share some of what has been done around here.

It has been rather dark and I haven’t had many chances to take proper pictures of some of the pieces I have completed. This weekend I feel I had a bit more luck with that. Not exactly a sunny day, but still bright enough to get my camera in focus.

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Tsukifly lacy layers skirt (Lillycat/Slim SD)

Let’s start with a skirt design. Many layers of black lace with a pattern fabric waist piece. This waist piece may be hidden under a shirt etc. or it can be used to create a great detail for the outfit along with its buckle. In this display picture the skirt is used with a longer underskirt and to my eyes is a great addition to the outfit.

NB: the other side of the skirt has been made longer than the other on purpose to create a detail.

In my previous post two of the Lillycat Cerisedolls sized corset designs were completed. Following the tests with the created pattern, two additional corsets have been completed since then. A short greenish one and white with light-blue details. Both of these new ones have a corset lacing/braiding on both sides to add in details.

All of these three pieces will be added and available in Etsy in due course.

I have been experimenting with a cape design, but that is so far from being completed that I shall leave it to some other occasion.

Additionally a “forever project” has finally been continued. Having Freya and Sheri around seem to give me strange inspiration to proceed with writing their story. This time in a proper manner. So far it has consisted of a pile of short stories without any order, but over the time the order has formed. Only that I have shamefully decided to disregard this fact – I haven’t done anything to place the stories I have written so far into their proper order. Now I have started with this, so much so, that the first Chapter of this sequence  has been completed. A good basis to continue from.

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Freya [Lillycat Cerisedolls Ellana] and Sheri [Soom Sweet Witch], the two main characters of the story. Here they might seem friends but “the truth” may well be completely different…

 

February update

Look! I am keeping to my set schedule with these updates.

So, straight to the updates and news.

Tsukifly Etsy Shop : Some of the older designs have been added to Etsy. So far those include Tsukifly Bunny hats (in various sizes) as well as few flower bands and two short skirts for SD size. A bit of variation already, but I should say more is to come.

New sizes : I have few visiting models. Firstly A Dust of Dolls Spün, Bubbla and secondly, Konomi, a Leekeworld Kiko with a curious DollLeeke Art Volume Body. So perhaps these visiting models get me to try out something in different sizes a bit. Thirdly a lovely Lillycat Cerisedolls Ellana, Freya arrived to fill in the gap for this curious size. Something in this size has already been tested by now so read further to discover what exactly.

New designs : Previous post was about winds of relocation and I have a feeling this one is about winds of new ideas or something such. It was probably not very innovative to go for a corset design as my first try out in Lillycat Cerisedolls size. I have seen corsets around quite a lot. But, my thing is probably the usage of certain style/patterned fabrics.

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Freya modelling the pink corset and a shawl type design

Additionally I decided to make the first two corsets without inside lining in order to make the pieces in less time and available with lower price (less working hours = lower price in this case). My aim being that these corsets are still durable and look cute even without inside lining and are (at least in my opinion!) great for any Lillycat girl to wear.

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Tsukifly pink Lillycat corset

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Tsukifly black Lillycat corset

More corset designs are likely to come, the two first ones were to test the pattern and a more thick fabric, whereas the following try out will be from a different kind of fabric so we shall see if this requires some alternative measures.

These two are likely to be available through Etsy once I have time to complete their listing (pictures and description).

Overall I must say I am satisfied to the pattern and its functionality and fitting. Perhaps next to come are some skirt designs, a dress and bloomers in this size. Still a lot of work to be done with those though!

You may also see a glimpse of a shawl type design (how to name it?) on Freya (in light green color) but the pattern needs quite a lot of adjusting. I think it looks cute like this as well so perhaps more about it later.

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Bubbla modelling a new bright outfit set for Dust of Dolls.

I have also completed a kind of outfit set in Dust of Dolls size, it comes with a short shirt with lace lining and bloomers made out of some patterned fabric. I couldn’t resist the big ribbon… This first try is rather a bright combination, I try to make the second so that it will look less striking.

It seems I have taken a different approach into the making process of the Tsukifly clothing pieces. The use of patterns has increased whereas before I worked largely without any patterns. But since some designs are such that they are made in different colors multiple times over, the use of patterns make it a lot easier. Although I must say, to keep the design philosophy of Tsukifly, that each piece will still be OOAK (one of a kind), either in size or in fabrics/other details. Thus 100% similar design will not be made again.

All in all I am happy that I have found the time to complete these new pieces and I hope to adjust them further to make them fit even better. More updates will follow later.

If any of the new designs are specifically to your liking or you wish to inquire whether something similar could be made in different color etc. you are welcome to contact me and we may discuss the possibilities.