Saturday, January 19, 2013

Full drive ahead

It's a rainy Saturday today, and I'm glad I planned to stay home. I have MBLAQ's [Cry], [Y] and [Stay] on replay (they're one of the reasons I haven't been working fast enough, their variety shows just occupy so much of my spare time since I only started watching their things this year yikes).

Anyway, back to dolly work! :) Here's a look at limited edition pleated skirts we made:
some pleated skirts

They'll be limited to 2 pieces each, for SD and MSD size for the beige midi skirts. The silver lamé somewhat-mini skirts would have 3 pieces per size. They only come in such limited quantity because we ran out of fabric. :p We made them from human tops, actually. I found them in stores and bought them for the fabric. Oops.

And another dress design in our upcoming collection features colourful birds on black chiffon:



* vol de nuit *

This image shows our prototype design with the M-curved bust. It will be sold in a one-of-a-kind set with sparkle thigh-high socks and a bejewelled felt collar. I'm still figuring out how bejeweled the collar ought to be without being overdone. *cracks brain*

We would like to have the dress go with sparkle socks, but materials only allow perhaps 2 sets per size. I think this upcoming collection, we'll most probably be trying to hold sales on the blog or on flickr. :) Stay tuned for more work-in-progress talk!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Happy New Year!

It's the year 2013~ A whole new year has arrived and I can't wait to create more new things! It's unfortunate that the blog didn't get updated as often as I'd like, but I hope to put in more entries this year. :)

Here's a look at a new accessory in the making!


I had ordered some hand-crafted clay macarons from AiClay last year (for both SD and MSD sizes that are necklace charm sized). She had adorable macaron-themed jewelry for humans, as well as loose pieces packaged in little boxes for doll props. They just looked perfect for this little accessory project of mine that was inspired by delicious and luxurious Japanese jewelry brand Q-Pot.

These macaron charms were originally supposed to adorn necklaces on their own, with rhinestone accents. However, they were so dainty, the weight of the clasp would pull the necklace back on the doll's neck. I was a little disappointed that I couldn't make anything suitable with these sweet charms, so had to keep them while I figure out what else I can do to incorporate them into.

Finally last month, I came across some tiny gold eiffel tower charms that would work perfectly with the macarons! After all, these sweets originated from France, so how apt! :D Maname, my SD girl, is modeling the first necklace made. The macaron is actually an MSD sized one because I found the SD one was still a little too large for a dainty necklace project. Each necklace will have a rhinestone embellished macaron (very minimal, just 2, since they're so small), a gold eiffel tower charm and a swarovski bicone. They come in three combinations, with pink, lavender and mint coloured macarons.

Here are my materials...

The pink macaron would be paired with a mint alabaster AB swarovski bicone; the lavender with rose alabaster swarovski, while the mind macaron will go with a clear AB swarovski bicone crystal. I'm in love with swarovski crystals. *_* My recent trip to KL brought me five new colours of hot-fix swarovski crystals that I can't wait to embellish clothes and shoes with!

Here are some of the new charms and things I recently acquired. Mucho ouch to my wallet, but I just cannot resist collecting all these things that sparkle...

The ribbon charms were mainly for embellishing doll shoes. I was having my incoming Unon girl in mind with her four pairs of heels. <3 However, only the one huge ribbon looked like it was a suitable size, and even so, it looked best on a pair of MSD flats. Haha... The other smaller ribbons didn't work, so I guess I need to figure out more projects that I can use them on! The pearly white flowers would be perfect for nice pearly patterns on clothes. Designer wear are huge inspirations. <3

I even broke down and bought a pair of Fluffy Yarn leggings in peach from Uniqlo because I'd like to see if we can make cardigans for SD girls like Gelato Pique's Moco Moco clothing. *-* I've been procrastinating a little too much for comfort in 2012. Let's hope I regain my 'fire' this year!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Upcoming sweaters

A very delayed announcement! We have been invited by lovely Lelahel of Petite Precieuse to sell some of our pieces on their Euro/international doll shopping platform. :) We currently have three exclusive pieces with them, all SD sizes, and one of them would be made a special giveaway at the Ldoll event in France that is happening this weekend. <3


Many apologies for the lack of updates! I have succumbed to the life of a couch potato for the past month and feeling rather guilty for neglecting living a life properly. :p I blame Korean entertainment for making me recline in my chair facing a screen watching their dramas and variety shows after work and before heading off to bed. Time to kick this bad habit of passive living (bit by bit). I will still catch Joo Ji Hoon's [Five Fingers] and Song Joong Ki's [Innocent Man], though. Two of my favourite male actors in such epic dramas (though Five Fingers is beginning to drag for me, do not like petty men who can't move on >_>).

In addition, our in-house seamstress have been busy with night classes on weekdays, so there has been a delay in releasing new pieces.


Anyway, procrastination aside, I finally came up with a sweater style that could go with the cream pleated skorts my mother made some time ago. It's an off-white soft knit sweater with lace shoulders that I would like to embellish with beads and pearls. The above is a look at one of the designs I'm contemplating.

I'm torn between doing the diamond patterned beaded look with pearl accents in the middle, or just sewing on white pearls throughout the front. I do adore the latest fashion trends of heavily beaded patterned clothing pieces and am dying to try some for the dolls, so we'll see how things go. :) I am finally excited about creating again and am feeling rather thankful that my life is now going to pick up from where it got left off again.

Another issue that's been bothering me is how my dolls have kind of lost their personalities over the years. I do want them to have their own personalities and styles and I may take more photos of them for who they are, but that would take some time, I guess. Just need to stop being so lazy and just focus on the hobby more. Why do I get so distracted so easily... -_-

Sunday, July 22, 2012

And Sunday comes to a near end...

The weekends are never enough for me. Who deemed the world to only rest from work for two days? Why can't we have four? :(

So today I was taking photos of new clothes for a potential buyer. :> I hope things go well and I can advertise about it soon. And I tried making a simple dolly hanger:


It's not very close up (otherwise you can see how cheap it looks lol. It's made from S hooks I got from Daiso (yay for $2!) and paper and ribbon. It would be better to wire the body and sew on a padded body, but I wanted a quick fix so I went to make my own hangers out of paper instead (with some foam in the middle). I have MSD sized ones too.

We'll see what we can do with these. Maybe I'll just use them for display, or when I upgrade it to something of a better quality, I might list them in stores. ^^

So yes, weekends are so not enough for me to do all the things I want to do. :/

Oh and I'm also working on a human accessory and art project (with shop). I've got three earrings done and can't wait to get the blog up for it. :)

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Summer Rain

Time flew quickly and yesterday marked my second month in my new full-time job. I was able to work pretty actively on doll clothes back in March and April, but work sure took up much of my time and energy. So apologies for the lack of updates! I don't get a life and natural day light for photo-taking and handcrafting.

Many people had expressed interest in our tulle shorts, and we do wish to make more. After all, we've only made them in cream and blue, we have yet to touch pink and other colours. However, this round I've decided to try something more luxurious. Using lace!

Here's Kotone, my Unoa Lusis girl, wearing the shorts with our one of a kind Ribonette sweater (psst! It's still available in our etsy shop!). I call these premium shorts. Lol. Since the lace costs much more than tulle, and to tier them up in these absolutely delectable frilly way... Ah~ Seeing how much lace this used, I quickly went to the shop to purchase a few more metres of it so this won't end up being yet another one of a kind. ^^; The SD girls get their own as well, but I guess we would be trying out another design where we use a wider lace at the top and accent with the littler ones below.

On human-sized item notes, I've recently bought some earring findings to make my own earrings since I've got sensitive skin and it gets so frustrating when I can't wear my favourite earrings for long. Here are just some of the materials I've got:

The silver ring with the zirconia stone would be made into a long necklace for the dollies. I've got two of these. Can't wait to string them up. <3 The big ribbon I got for the dolls as well, but seeing how they're pretty big, I might make them for humans instead. So all these got me excited about starting a jewelry shop for humans! It's in the planning stages now, I'm still thinking of a name and designs I can sell. I do want to sell art prints as well. :)

So sorry for the lack of updates! Hopefully we'll put up a lovely frilly release next!
Cheerios!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Shopaholic tendencies

Ahh, I'm using the new interface on blogger now and it feels so clean and new. :)
Okay, so previously I said I wanted to make a more serious collection, but I keep steering towards more casual styles yet again. The recent release of dresses are more lady-like and more of 'Going Out' styles. I still want to make a set of 8 to 10 pieces that can be mixed and matched (like the fun editorials in Japanese magazines, where the model wears different variations over a week), and yes, this has nothing to do with themes. In addition, mother has so much skills in her, it feels like a waste making simple clothes like t-shirts and cardigans. I would like to get my mother to sew more outerwear (and yay, there's plenty of fabric for outerwear)!

 Anyway, while I'm going with the flow, here's a photo of the most recent haul of trims and fabric I got:

It's so hard to find pointelle knit fabric in shops (and rather expensive on etsy), so when I saw these two in the form of cardigans in a shop having a sale, I just went ahead and bought them in the biggest size possible. Oops, more limited edition pieces. :p The lace trims I got from a shop selling trinkets when I was on the way to catch The Avengers with a friend. (The movie's fantastic, by the way. I think Pepper and Tony Stark are made for each other!) I was so thrilled to find elastic lace, they would come in useful for socks, but then, how many socks are already available in the market? :x Will need to figure out more uses for elastic lace. Oh oh, and I love the 'wheat' look embroided mesh lace in taupe. It would make a lovely slip dress with a red cardigan. <3 I only got a metre of it, and I think I would like to go back and buy another 4 more metres so I won't regret not having enough.

Right now, the ideas in my head range from white lace shorts to cream biker jackets and lace embellished cardigans. I cannot tell myself to stop buying fabric until I have used up a significant amount from the stash I have at home, because it doesn't work! ;A; I cannot resist beautiful things. Oh pah...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A more serious collection

I borrowed some books on fashion design recently and decided to go a little more deeper into the designing of clothes. Our brand takes pride in making quality clothes that are special, and I felt certain pieces from the previous collection didn't hit the mark. It was more of making dolly sized clothes that I would want to wear under a casual atmosphere, but I guess lovesprung's muse has her casual days too. (I'm not saying I'm the muse here~ :p) We will make more unique pieces with interesting accents!

Following a book's guide, I am now working on 6 looks for the next collection. I took photos of my dolls nude so I can draw the designs on tracing paper above for more accuracy that my mother can follow when sewing. Usually, I just draw from scratch on a 'fashion design illustration' way, but the body proportions were off, and it was rather hit and miss.

Here's a peek at a white chiffon jacket with a peplum waist design. You can see the inspiration I got from the gathered chiffon trim at the top. I would like to have a printed chiffon dress underneath the jacket too, so there's the white chiffon sample fabric atop the green printed chiffon (from our 2009 collection! :D I was digging through our fabric and this caught my eye again):

And the reference photos of my SD10 model that was behind the sheet of paper (my Unoa model's printed at the back):
Hopefully with this method, it can possibly save us more time to create more interesting pieces with more details! :))