Archive for the ‘Blythe’ Category

* velvet pooch

Posted on June 12th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Blythe.

I made Blythe a new puppy from my Mame Wanko book. This one turned out way better than the last one. The velvet masks a lot of sloppiness. He’s about an inch and a half tall. For similar free patterns, try Orriettacat’s cat, labrador, scotty, and puppy.



* Blythe maternity dress

Posted on April 21st, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Blythe.

I’ve been playing with Blythe lately. Gave her hair a wash and conditioning yesterday, which made it so much easier to comb. I also bought some cheap curlers to give her a boil perm one day when I’m feeling brave.

I made this from the empire dress pattern from Puchimadam. I’m not 100% sure I sewed the bodice on right, but it seems topologically correct at least. I crocheted the trim myself, because everything I come into contact with these days seems to require crochet trim. It’s a “pattern” I made up:

Blythe-scale picot trim

With a 1.3 mm hook and size 20 crochet thread, make a chain as long as the thing-to-be-trimmed. Single crochet in the second chain from the hook. Single crochet in all the rest of the chains. Turn. *Chain 3. Slip stitch in the 3rd stitch from the hook. Skip 1 single crochet. Single crochet in next single crochet.* Repeat * for the rest of the row. Tie off.

Something about the way I gathered the skirt makes it poof up in front. She looks pregnant to me.



* Blythe lined dress

Posted on April 3rd, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Blythe.

I made this dress with Puchimadam‘s new lined A-line dress pattern. I really like her method of doing the hemming. Instead of folding under all the leetle hems, you sew a lining. When you turn everything right side out, all the hems are magically perfect. It’s soooo much easier. My ironing could still use a bit of work, though (you can see the lining peeking out). All the material is from a conveniently lined skirt that was in my scrap pile. I like the kind of 70s paisley on Blythe.



* Pinafore dress for Blythe

Posted on March 4th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Blythe.

Home sick today, so I made a new dress for Blythe to make me feel better. Rare chance to take advantage of the natural light, too. I used the pinafore dress pattern from Orriettacat. The pockets are my addition. I’m definitely getting better at these things. The fabric is from an almost identical (down to the pockets!) dress that I no longer wear.



* tiny felt dog

Posted on March 1st, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Blythe.

One of my bookstore finds the other day was the Mame Wanko tiny dog pattern book (first seen on Loobylu, also on Craftster somewhere I currently cannot locate and occasionally in Kitty’s Oriental Craft Shop). I gave it a shot today with some craft felt I had around. He’s kind of wonky, but I’m sure Blythe will still like him. The main problem, as with all my small felt things, is the visibility of all the seams. I think some furrier fabric would remedy this. I have the feeling that the book gives lots of good tips, but I am illiterate. Anybody with the book know if you need to add seam allowances or anything?



* T-shirt and pants for Blythe

Posted on January 30th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Blythe.

I used the patterns from Puchimadam to make this T-shirt and flare pants. I can’t decide what to put on the shirt, so it’s just plain for now.



* Blythe sweather and rectangle skirt “pattern”

Posted on January 20th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Blythe.

My first sweater, in any scale. It took me about 3 evenings of work, on size 2 needles with the pink cupcake yarn. I got the pattern from woolyrockers via the This is Blythe forum. I didn’t put the velcro on the back so that maybe she can wear it backwards over a shell or something. We’ll see. I’m super happy with it. And people say redheads can’t wear pink!


The skirt is the very first craftlog original Blythe pattern. I’m calling it a rectangle skirt. I whipped it up so Mark would stop calling her Blythe-no-pants. Take a 4.25 inch x 3.25 inch rectangle of ultrasuede (felt would probably also work). Sew a snap in the top right hand corner and the mate in the top left hand corner on the opposite face of the fabric. It’s pretty versatile for being a rectangle and a snap. If you snap it right around the waist, it goes out into an A-line. If you pull it down to hug the hips, it’s more of a pencil skirt (like in the picture above). It’s a slitted skirt if you pull the open side around front. Of course, you could also cut it a bit shorter if you like, but after the last dress I made, Blythe demanded something more modest. Although when in A-line mode, I wouldn’t recommend taking pictures from behind…



* Blythe!

Posted on January 16th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Blythe.

Well, I finally did it. After several months of combing eBay and the This Is Blythe forum, I finally broke down and bought myself a Blythe doll. I decided early on that I wanted a redhead without bangs. At first I was just going to get a Petite, but there aren’t nearly as many clothes patterns for the petites, and I want the eye color changing anyway. The finalists were: Birdie Blue, Powwow Poncho, French Trench, and, the one I ended up with, the new Ashton Drake Galleries reproduction of one of the original dolls. The warnings are that you can never have just one, and if I do get another it will be French Trench. The ADG hair is more appealing, though, and she’s a little bit cheaper since she doesn’t ship from Asia.


I already made her a dress and a coat, and I’m almost done with a sweater. The dress is from the ever-so-generous Oriettacat‘s pattern library. Look for the simple dress pattern. I think I may have printed it out at the wrong scale because it was really hard to get it on, and it looks more like a minidress.


The coat is also from Oriettacat, but in another library. Look for the duffel coat pattern. This one didn’t have directions, and it was harder to put together. I’m still not sure I did it right. It’s made of felt and fastened with an earring. I think I’m going to add some other decoration to it. We’ll see.


I’m still working on how best to photograph her. :/




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