Freya’s spring style & pillows

In Finnish: Tiedättekö sanonnan, että suutarin lapsilla ei ole kenkiä? Täällä tuntuu olevan se tilanne, joskaan kyse ei ole suutarista vaan ompelijasta, jonka tytöillä ei ole vaatteita.

Do you know the saying that shoemaker’s own children don’t have any shoes? At least in Finland we have such a saying. In this case I am not a shoemaker but perhaps we could stretch the saying: seamstress’ girls don’t have any clothes. So very true around here.

Because, with the saying or not, the situation is pretty severe with my crew of girls. Even if I consider myself a seamstress I seem to avoid making clothes for my girls. With that concluded I decided to try to make something with a serious intent for Freya for the coming spring time, using one of the previously completed corset tops as a basis for the dress. And I must say I am pretty happy with Freya’s new pastel mint style.

A hint of yellow and green is hidden in the skirt. Tiny silk flowers. Previously completed flower headband adds in some color to the whole. I cannot seem to be able to decide which hair style is better…

One of a kind pillow covers on Etsy

I mentioned these in my previous posts. Finally completed, in two different sizes and designs, you can find these unique decorative elements from Etsy. Japanese design comes in size 50 x 50cm, pretty common size for decorative pillows. Pillow case has four wooden buttons on its back-side. Rectangular pillow comes in size 50cm x 24 cm, a bit of an odd size. It closes from the other end with four pattern buttons. The fabric in itself is Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Delivery Service Jiji cat -themed. Both are great decorative elements for anyone who loves Japanese style or the said movie. Have a further look at Etsy.

il_fullxfull.1186315032_gzj0Lovely sunshine has inspired me to do more decorative elements. However, there are more than few designs that are waiting for me to proceed. More news coming up soon!~

Chai Latte time

Meet the newest Tsukifly custom Pullip – Chai Latte~!SAM_4799

In mocha skin color she is my most peculiar creation so far. Her eyebrows are shaped like thin tree branches (in black), eyelashes have feathers and her eyes have black heart pupils.

Her Leekeworld Royal Gray wig creates a contrast against her dark face-up and skin. Tsukifly dress set included with her has four pieces: a black choker and is otherwise in light tones with a  light beige petticoat, a white lace top and an upper skirt with its waist details made out of Japanese kimono fabric. A more detailed dress where the upper skirt is attached like a corset – ribbon going through tiny lace holes.

Find her from Etsy.

Also, those tulle & lace skirts I mentioned in my last post are up on Etsy. They fit for Lillycat, MSD and Unoa/MNF sizes and there are three skirts available for now. Please find them here.

Additionally there are some headdresses I am finished with along with those I have mentioned previously. Thank you for your support so far!

 

Another sewing weekend

It seems I pile up the inspiration and the implementation of the ideas for these weekends. During the week you either don’t have the energy or you don’t have the time. More than once I wonder how great it would be if there were more hours in a day…

I have been doing quite a many projects simultaneously and its satisfying to see them coming together one by one. Of course, while they are in progress my working table looks pretty much like it will drown in disarray.

Pullip Dress set commission – In Progress

This is what I have been working on for the most part. A Pullip dress set commission. The set will consist of a hat and a dress with certain tiny details. While I have maintained some of the artistic freedom in putting it all together it resembles the design for which it is based on. I have also made another kind of closure solution for the whole dress. I am a fan of the hat too. Perhaps I shall try something colourful in similar design in BJD size later on? Pictures will follow at later stage ~

Pillow covers for anyone? 

An idea of making decorative pillow covers available on Etsy has crossed my mind previously on few occasions. I have had this rather a good sized pillow cover completed for a while already. Now I finally got around to finish it. I probably went through several closing possibilities from simple ribbons to huge decorative buttons etc. A plain zipper was one too. Which option won? I will keep you in suspense for a while longer.

Face-up time

In winter time I usually don’t make too many face-ups because of the light and weather difficulties in this Northern country. However, some occasional exceptions may occur and this appears to be one of those.

When you have the inspiration you should make the most of it. So the Fairyland MNF 2014 Halloween head I have had rolling around my closet for a good while now got a face-up. Theme was wintary with snowflakes and tiny decorative details over her other eye. There are also some black spirals on the other side of her head but I realized this picture does not show them… Fortunately there are other shots to complement. As nobody seemed to be willing to adopt the little one with her blank face I hope she will have better chances now. Take a look at Den of Angels.

sam_4568

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

SAMSUNG CSC

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.

SAMSUNG CSC

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

Then towards the clothing additions.

SAMSUNG CSC

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

SAMSUNG CSC

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.

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.

SAMSUNG CSC

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.

SAMSUNG CSC

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.

SAMSUNG CSC A visiting star: Nomu [Leekeworld Kiko]
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!

September update

Since my last update there has been lots of fun and new ideas and creations.

On the working table this month we have (to start with): Leeke art-body commission (2/3 completed), a sleeveless MSD Polkadot dress and lace tops in various sizes (SD/MSD etc.).

Those of you who have been out with their sharp eyes have seen quite a few new listings pop-up in Tsukifly Etsy shop. The dress I described previously was completed for Supergem / SD16 rather than in more common SD/SD13. A new custom Pullip, Huurre is now available in Etsy as well. I hope you like her ~

Gem within new creations is the short Kimono robe for Lillycat Cerisedolls. Additionally I have found that this also fits for MSDs, Leeke Art-body etc. albeit may not sit smoothly. il_fullxfull.1035139518_sd76However, best fit is always for the one it was made for. This is knee-length kimono robe with a black wide satin ribbon to tie as a functional obi around the waist. It is without lining, neat seams.  There is also a snap-fastener to keep the kimono fastened without the obi, but it brings the detail for the whole.

Personally I am pleased with the Japanese kimono fabric and how well it turned out as a whole. Later I have plans for two long kimonos with lining. However, so far this is the only dark colored kimono there will be for now. Use the opportunity if black is what you are looking for.

I also completed one of my long-time projects, this flower parasol, which now makes its first appearance with the kimono robe. It is made of different sized foam and paper flowers, carefully attached on top of and around a metal frame of my own design. Lace is used for the handle to make it an easy fit for different doll’s hands and also functions as a nice detail.

Co29374385481_7e7dfbb7d0_zming up: A black satin corset top for Lillycat Cerisedolls. I must say that this is one of my personal favorites from Tsukifly products so far. A multi-use piece to make a festive whole. Black patterned satin fabric, black shoulder strap details and hook & eye closure with a cute light brown polkadot lining in the inside (light in color to avoid any staining).

The brass/silver dragonfly choker will also be available later. It is an accessory piece completed already a while ago but only now has emerged from the depths of the closet. Makes a lovely addition for this as well.

As can be seen new creations vary quite a lot. All the way from smaller mix & match pieces to full outfit sets. Quite many of the newest pieces are in Lillycat size, the focus of August. Now for this month the focus will be on regular MSD and slim MSD size. Then possibly going for even smaller with a dedicated month for Yo-SD/Tiny size. So you have some indication. On the other hand I will not say all the creations are confined in those particular monthly sizes. Thus, occasional pieces in other sizes are sure to appear. We will wait and see.

Additionally I have made some small changes and improvements to the appearances of my girls. Lunetta got a lovely blushing for her upper body (all thanks to Idaheika!) to bring in some color on her. Later I completed a manicure for her small fingers. Freya got new eyelashes with more volume and black color andsome more point in her face-up. Now I am looking for a mohair wig for Lunetta but so far the tiny size of her head has proven somewhat a challenge…

29454637875_5e5286b5d8_z