So to get myself back into the swing of sewing regularly for the dolls, I’m working on something for a bjd in our collection while I’m finishing up commissions. I’m going to work on a vintage dress/jacket pattern for an SD. My model is a very special modded Delf girl, who has some very unique measurements.
When I want to make something complicated, I always start with a real pattern, designed for a full-sized adult. Now, normally, I just hand draw the pieces from the instruction booklet and wing it without ever taking out the pattern itself, but this time I’m trying a different approach. I enlarged a copy of the section that shows all the pieces on my dinky little home printer, then went to my dining room table so I could spread out the actual patterns.
From there, I noted approximately where all the darts, circles and triangles were that would give me an idea where things were tucked/pinned/attached. They’re not going to be exact because every doll body is different, and I want some freedom to adjust but not totally go in blind pretending I know where to dart something. Another thing the plain booklet doesn’t tell you is how many pieces you’ll need of something, and while most of it is pretty easy to guess, noting that as well just saves time so you cut everything you need on the first try.
After doing that with every piece, regardless of whether I’ll use it for this specific project or not, I went over the special marks with a bright, easy to see fine sharpie color. And now I’m set to start drawing the muslin mockup!