Monday, January 2, 2017

Welcome 2017

What a crazy year 2016 was, right!  Sadly for the 2nd year in a row I blogged a whole...ONCE! Yikes, not good.  But last year was a pretty wild year for me with lots of ups, downs and changes both big and small.

But I am back with a plan and a mentality this year.  I cannot promise to blog daily, because yeah, I already KNOW that isn't gonna happen.  But I gave the blog a little update, and I'm ready to give it a go.

So if you've stuck around, well I am eternally grateful! =D<3 p="">
For the 1st post of the year I am going to show off not only a new doll I got last year, but my 1st attempt at patterns for her.

This is Mari.  She is an Iplehouse Tatiana. She arrived in late summer and I just fell in love with her.  Her character is still in development, but here's what I know so far.  She's 30, single-ish (she's seeing a lovely fellow who owns a hobby farm outside of town.) and owns a small knick-knack shop.  She sells a little bit of everything from locally made soaps and candles, semi precious stones and shells, to some antiques and collectibles. She's a bit of a magpie and loves shiny things.

 Her parents left town when Mari was just 19 to go live in a commune.  Mari worked doing odd jobs to pay her way and eventually set aside enough money to open Mari's Mercantile.

She's a bit of a free-spirit herself, but is more grounded than anyone would have expected.

Mari was my first doll in this size.  She's a touch bigger than all my other ladies, and for some reason this size hasn't inspired many pattern makers, nor seamstresses who create modern everyday wear. (the formal wear and fantasy realm is well covered though. And beautifully I might add)  So I needed to venture out and attempt to make some patterns of my own.
I took a Barbie lingerie pattern I found for free online and enlarged it. It still needs a little adjustment but all in all I am happy with my first true pattern for this lovely lady!

I hope you will look forward to seeing more from me, Mari and the rest of my 1/4 scale gang!


  1. I love Mari and her new lingerie!!! Good luck with patterns into the new year!! I am happy to see you blogging again!! :)

  2. She's gorgeous and the outfit looks quite neat to me. I hope you have a more quiet year in 2017 and that you can keep blogging.


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