December recap

Or can I call this a recap while this December is only half way through?

It has been a productive month. There are changes in my personal life so there has been some extra time to use for sewing projects. So happy about that fact. I also feel that while it has been somewhat quiet for quite a while when I speak about dolly plans I have also lots going on there. Plans, story updates, style updates. Dolly hobby is periodic at present.

Not too many flattering pictures of Unoa Elder girls in Google picture search. Apparently enough to hook me though. Not that Google was ever the sole place to look for dolly pictures. I have had this little plan of Ange for quite a while now. And my wishes had been heard! Now I have one on layaway. Her name will be Yuiko (thoughtful child) and she is an apprentice witch. Initial plan is to make her something colorful yet dark while her wig will be pastel cute. However, it would not be the first time when a doll turns into something completely different once she arrives so I cannot say for sure. Let’s wait and see. She is scheduled to come around in Spring ~

Then Tsukifly updates.

Starting with two Vintage cardigans in SD and DD sizes, made out of lovely vintage knitted fabric with vintage lace details. I am pleased with the outcome and they are a great addition with any Tsukifly dress as well.

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Tsukifly Vintage White Cardigands

Second in line is a one-piece vintage time keeper dress for SD.  I have had “raw” sketch of this dress on a mannequin for ages. It really has taken way too long to complete but I amSAMSUNG CSC pleased how it turned out. A combo of embroidered off-white lace, light blue taffeta, brown polka dot fabric and vintage laces and bow ties. A clock necklace will be included with the dress.

Last but not least on the list are probably my personal favorites of the month. Diamond deer flower headbands. This patch on Etsy includes 2 tiny/slim mini sized, 2 MSD/Lillycat sized and 1 bigger Pullip / SD / Blythe sized headdresses. They are so cute and delicate. I just need more paper flowers for any future plans, these ate my last ones on storage.

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*Update* Tsukifly Custom Pullip Akiko

I felt the candy set didn’t quite match with Akiko so I completed a better suited outfit set to go with her. With fully and lively Japanese themed dress and accessories she would be an an unique addition to any Pullip family. Find the updated listing here.

So to recap, a lot of new updates, additions and great fun in making all of these. Thank you everyone for your continuing support!

I must also make a small note on one of my lovely buyers who was kind enough to send me a picture of her doll wearing a Tsukifly coat bought through Etsy shop. The styling in the picture was wintery and receiving it really made my day. Thank you!

I believe that is almost everything for now. Next wee I will travel towards North for Christmas and I have pretty strong feeling no new blog entries will be made for this year. Please do keep an eye on Instagram as I am more likely to update few Christmas theme pictures around there ~

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November greetings

I wonder how I have managed to forget how fun it is to make photoshoot set-ups, take photos of my dear dolls and see how the pictures turn out (especially nice if the photos turn out nicely, although not always the case ^^;)

In any case I think I have rediscovered the joy of that aspect of the doll hobby. The only things I am lacking is generally the time and as the winter is knocking on the door, the natural light. So I need to adjust to the yellow and warm light emitted by the the various lamps scattered around my little personal nest.

During the weekend I took a “proper” photoshoot (which I haven’t done for a very long time) and the reason was to get some pictures of the Vintage Bunny set, now available on Etsy. However, few pictures really surprised me, including the fact that Tori fits in well with those vintage pieces (grandma’s old lamp, tiny picture frame and an old decorative pillow). Nothing particularly specially in the pictures but I just felt so happy. So much so I just want to mention it here as well.

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One of the photoshoot pictures (few more on Flickr). The set includes four pieces (vintage corset, bloomers, bunny headdress and black lace stockings) with an option to include that cute fluffy Bukowski bear (an angel bear!) with the set.

I have also made a mess of my table yet again. I have finished a new custom Pullip. She got orange eyes with star pupils and clear glass domes. Super cute with Leekeworld carrot wig and mocha skin color. Pretty pleased with the face-up too. Only thing left is to finish her dress, working on it now although somehow slow progress. Or I just feel so as I do many things at the same time (multitasking o_o)? (read more below).

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There is also this Tsukifly Autumn knitted scarf. I completed it over the last weekend, just got around to take the pictures. The model is my Aya (Luts Soo Dark Elf) and I just love how she looks in these winter garments. She is also wearing a Tsukifly cat hat. Ready for a winter outing? Can I make the snow fall from the sky for this picture?

Outline of the month:

  • Vintage Bunny MSD set – ok
  • Knitted scarf – ok
  • Pullip custom full set Akiko – mocha skin – ok

So I am pretty happy of the outcome.  And I won’t even start on those sd dresses I am working on…

Tsukifly Custom Pullip Akiko

Continuing from above. She is now completed, finally. Named as Akiko, autumn’s child to reflect the time but also her colors. Cute and delicious combination goes well with her mocha skin although I must say I am not too happy with the light in the listing pictures. If the weather is already gloomy outside, the available light is even less than the usual. I need to figure out some solution for that.

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Nevertheless, she is precious little girl up for adoption. Her OOAK dress consists of three pieces, headpiece (pink bow ties on top of each others), upper part and a frosted skirt part. I kinda feel the dress could be edible, candy colors – pink & white. She will come with a glass jar, where there are small red stones (look like candies?). These stones have holes in the middle so they are also suitable for grafting should you wish to use them.

I hope you like the new Etsy updates and thank you for the support for Tsukifly!

Designs and updates

I wonder where this summer is going? One day it is rather warm and so sunny you don’t really see anything without sunglasses. On the next day it is chilly, cloudy and windy. Later you are surprised by the rain which is not exactly warm.

I have been drawing inside. My dear friend has been visiting me (check her lovely blog!) and we have had wonderful time around Helsinki. We also visited Fazer’s experience center to get some good chocolate, kiss-kiss candies etc. I also got great tips for my Etsy shop along with pictures (thank you!~)

Some of the hats and headdresses have got updated photos. Check for example Tsukifly Fluffy hat  and Tsukifly tassel / cat ear headdresses.

And! I finally got the new dress added in the shop as well. That is the slim mini/MNF/unoa sized dress called White Sweetness. White with red details and a matching headdress. I really liked the fabric I used on the skirt part. It has cute polka dot kind of details. Other lace details complement it nicely. In complete white I think it didn’t quite come out but with red details the whole dress is more lively. The dress is here.

Lately I have been drawing a lot of patterns. I plan to make available some of the basic patterns through Etsy as soon as I figure out a way to fit the size correctly so that it will be correct. I also need to test run the patterns so I can be sure of their functionality ^^

Cute summer dresses in SD size coming up next month as well. I already got some good combinations I want to test. One will be made out of flower fabric with kind of gold lace tulle upper part ~ Already looking forward to see how it will turn out.

Be back with more updates etc. within few weeks time.

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.

SAMSUNG CSCLunetta got a white dress. Together the dress and a separate lace skirt form a bell shaped dress combo. She could wear more striking stockings, go with white white lace stockings for more bridal look or choose black as she has chosen to do. Endless possibilities when the dress in itself is not too outstanding.

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

Tsukifly spring updates

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With the lovely sunshine over the weekend mornings I ventured out of the bed early to have a photoshoot with Freya. Some of the Tsukifly creations got updated pictures. Like the above Black/Gold framed dress.

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I have kept mentioning this walolita outfit in some of my previous posts and finally, here it is. It is a 5 piece outfit set with japanese red bunny fabric kimono styled bolero, pleated red upper skirt, white lace under skirt, bow tie obi and a flower headdress. A great outfit set for the coming summer time with cute little details. Sleeves are elbow length in traditional kimono style. Find the outfit set from Etsy: Red Walolita outfit.

I was inspired to try out the making of panties. So a complete set for Lillycat was created. The white corset style top was already on offer alone but I thought it needed the panties to complement it. Now I am happy with the outcome. Check the updated listing here: Lillycat white underwear set.

Previously I took the picture with Lunetta showing off the winter style by Tsukifly. The Duffle coat was part of the set but not yet available through Etsy. I assure you this cute and fluffy duffle will be available shortly. Some of the pictures still need to be resized.

Pullip fever and Tsukifly vintage month

Done and dusted.

Oh? You would like to have a bit more to read than the headline and one sentence? Sure. I will gladly elaborate on that request.

I haven’t actually got any Pullip that was original release by Groove. However, I previously had a great fancy over the Red Riding Hood Pullip – still do actually. When the time is suitable I may still consider getting her.

Another, intriguing new release coming in (although release is delayed till March I hear) is Pullip Optical Alice. I like her outfit and the overall design of her. While something didn’t strike me quite right with the Red Queen Pullip I might consider this one.

Overall, from the three Pullips I mentioned above and now that I look at the pictures again, I still feel like wanting to get my own Red Riding Hood at one point or another… We shall see whether I feel tempted by this new Optical Alice after its release…

Tsukifly Vintage Month

I strongly feel the headline is already kind of self-explanatory. February for Tsukifly has a theme of Vintage. What this means in practice is that the outfits for Etsy for February are both styled and made from vintage materials. All fabrics, laces and materials have been fully washed before any sewing has taken place. Additionally pieces are largely hand-fitted and hand-sewn as they are delicate. Still, I have found they are surprisingly sturdy and generally have lovely shade of white/off-white colors. I am a huge fan of these fabrics~

I have come to conclude that this practice of mine trying to choose a specific size for a month didn’t really work. It is more how I feel, for which size I have inspiration to sew for. Thus, trying to set such a restriction was a no-go. Therefore I will try this more lenient approach with themes ^-^

At least for February setting a theme was easy. As I stumbled across my fabric boxes I found all these nice laces. I call that an inspiration. While I wasn’t feeling quite well for the last months of the year 2016 it was all the more nice to be through my fabrics once again to have an idea what is in there. A lot. It seems to be that you can never have enough of fabrics. Always in need to this and that. Or the pieces aren’t big enough. Or something else isn’t quite right for the design etc.

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So, for the vintage themed month of February Tsukifly store will have few theme related additions coming up. Let’s start with what I completed first. A vintage style outfit set for slim mini/MNF/Unoa size. The set will come with a white/off-white colored one-piece dress and a tulle skirt. I especially like how the different fabrics and laces came together. I used five different laces / lace fabrics and two ribbons. This will also fit flat chest MSDs as it is tied from the backside with that minty ribbon, so there is room for adjustment.

Second with more vintage feeling (?) is a Dollfie Dream (DD) dress. Rein is M-bust with Dollfie Dream Sister body, but the dress was made so its SAMSUNG CSCnot too tight but instead has an airy feeling to it. Overall more of a classical style. For this I used also five different lace fabrics / laces. The lace collar/choker with a ribbon is separate from the dress. Zipper on the back side to make it easy to take off and put on.

Now that I come to think of it… The vintage lace dress is probably also first full outfit for DD size in Etsy. I remember completing few of the lace tops previously but they don’t count as an outfit. So happy for that as well! Teasers of the dresses here, more info, pictures etc. on Etsy ^^ I hope you like them!

Lately I have gone through my unfinished/in-progress box and all the stuff I have found! They are what the box is for – still unfinished/half-done but I intend to get around to finish them one by one at some point. First was this legwarmer/armwarmer pair for MSD/Unoa size. I have had them knitted for ages but they were missing finishing touches. Here they are. Finally. I do like how they look on Lune but then again she will not get to keep them. I still need to figure out what kind of style I would like for her… Bloomers, lace top and a short skirt perhaps?

 

A comprehensive Etsy update

This time it appears I made my monthly update a bit too early. The past two weekends have been quite productive for me. Tsukifly Etsy shop will grow in the amount of unique clothing pieces on offer. Rightly so for the coming Christmas market if you think commercially? And I know there will be more to come and quite active updating this weekend and the next. For that reason I will post this extra post for this month to show off some of the new pieces.

Probably half of these pieces have been completed earlier but are around now with some proper sets of sale photos.

Let’s start with some accessories.

Tsukifly doll sized notebook. I made this already quite long ago. Really loved this scrapbook paper I came across and just had to try out. I think it turned out cute with lace

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Hisa and the notebook – size reference

flower details and framed detail in front. Otherwise it is usable notebook with lined pages so you may write your doll’s story or make notes inside.Size is suitable for SDs or bigger dolls, otherwise may be a bit too big(?)

Hisa, my Volks Lorina, is the model for the majority of new sale photos. For one she loves books and reading. Especially old romantic novels like Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. She is also perfect for the new animal headdresses for she likes this kind of cute but elegant stuff. She has been in closet for too long, now is her time to shine again.

Fluffy Animal Headdresses

Inspired by the winter knocking to my door, I created something fluffy and warm to complement your doll’s winter clothing. Made out of a fluffy white fabric,these headdresses are cute and soft to touch. There are two styles available, one with cat ears and one with bear ears. They have lovely beige colored ribbon details. Made to fit for 9-10 inch heads such as Volks SD/SD13/SD16, Luts and Pullip heads. Now found from Etsy.

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Two animal headdresses – Bear and cat Then towards the clothing additions.

Then towards the clothing additions.

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Off-white lace dress is one of my personal favorites

First up is the Tsukifly Off-white lace dress for Lillycat cerisedolls. Modelled by Freya, my Lillycat Ellana, the dress is made of several layers of lovely off-white lace with white and rose ribbon/lace details. Some of you may remember those first pictures already quite a
while ago. Now, I can say finally, proper pictures for Etsy. More lace only clothing. I seem to like this material~

Then, as those few Pullip dresses previously offered in Etsy have gone I thought to offer few short, above knee-high dresses in Pullip size. These needed some work as I had no patterns in Pullip size and thus had to draw something from scratch. In total three different designs. First of the three with My melody fabric has been completed already before and will fit also for Obitsu body

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Alice Pullip dress

. The other two dresses are made with Pullip type 4 body, Tsukifly’s newest custom, Papillon de nuit as their model. Second design is the simplest of the three and requires some work with its ribbon fastening going all the way down. Third of the three is made from the same fabric as Alice within Alice dress set for Unoa/MNF. I hope they answer the demand for Pullip sized clothing.

Kimono project – two completed kimonos

There are two designs. One is in beige background and the other red/orange. Freya looks good in both of them. Makes my choice harder as I originally thought it would be nice to keep one of the two for her as she has too little clothes of her own.

In general the designs are similar, however, small differences can be found. Beige has separate collar fabric with small visible stitches. The red/orange has no collar fabric and hidden stitches. Lining in beige is white, other has lining in light rose color. Obi for beige is partly out of the same fabric as the kimono itself. For the red/orange I wanted to make one which was more of a stand out. Thus white, red and beige colors without pattern with eye & hook closures. Both sets have a head bow tie made out of the other set’s main kimono fabric. So it is not a mix-up that they are not matching with the kimono sets they come with. That little fun detail.

I also completed two pairs of patterned socks which I have been meaning to complete for a while already. I quite like how they look with the kimono on Freya. I am also pleased with them as they are a bit thicker than a regular stocking fabric, thus they provide a bit of protection for the leg and can also fill in a bit over-sized shoes. My girls certainly seem to have too many of such shoes or a too little feet(?) The inside of the stockings is white so no danger of staining either. The other pair is in MSD / Slim mini size, now tried out by Lunetta. Find them from Etsy.