Category Archives: Dolly Mixture

BlytheCon UK Doll Project

I’m reallllly excited about BlytheCon UK this year as it is being held in London for the second time, and it will be the first time I have attended since BCUK Manchester in 2012, when I was heavily pregnant! I won’t be trading this year but I will have some BCUK exclusive MforMonkey collaboration purses on Mary MforMonkey‘s table, and I have been part of one of the five design teams for the BlytheCon UK Doll Project!

This year’s BCUK raffle will raise money for two fantastic charities; Eaves and Young Minds. Five teams of Blythe customisers and designers have created five very special dolls for the raffle. I had great fun with my team and our chosen theme, Circus Alice. Sandra Mónica Vale Efigénio created our beautiful custom doll, Hilary/MoshiMoshi who made the incredible Mad Hatter’s outfit, and Karin/Fishknees who created the stunning White Rabbit and Queen of Hearts Tightrope Walker outfit. I made the Alice runs away with the circus dress set. ❤ I am amazed how wonderful all the different outfits look on our lovely doll. ❤

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I hope you like her too! I have seen some sneak peeks of the other teams creations too and I will certainly be buying a lot of raffle tickets! ^_^

I am now offering made-to-order Dolly Mixture dresses in my Dolly Mixture Etsy shop too! ❤

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Summer Time

Hello! I seem to be able to manage one blog post per season at the moment! This is my summer post. ^_~

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I’ve been enjoying the summer so far! Back in July I celebrated my birthday with a new sewing machine! Baby Poppy is keeping me really busy, but I have been able to spend a few blissful days and a lot of evenings sewing. One of the first things I made was a summer dress for Poppy, from sparkly goldfish fabric I bought on a very hot day in Tokyo, it seems like a long time ago now!

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I think Poppy likes it. ^_^ She’s 7 and a half months old now and she’s getting so strong and clever! She amazes me every day with all the new things she can do. This summer has been all about picnics and parks! We put quilts down on the grass and let Poppy play.

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I like the kimono style crossover bodice so much that I made another baby dress which is available to buy in my Etsy shop. This one is made from Japanese fabric with a traditional floral print. The dress is trimmed with Japanese lace. This one is made to fit a 12-18 month old. Let me know what you think of this style. ^_^

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I’ve also been making lots of Blythe doll dresses and my Dolly Mixture Etsy shop is well stocked at the moment! I’ve been experimenting with applique, top stitching and printing my own fabric. ❤

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I’ve got a few more projects planned for the rest of August. Next up are some Totoro applique cushion covers which should be in my shop very soon. ^_^

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That’s all for now! I’m sure I’ll update again in Autumn! ❤ xxx

Hello Spring…

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… what a Winter it’s been!

My beautiful daughter Poppy is 5 months old already! She’s amazing and being a Mummy is really wonderful.

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Here she is in her adorable Totoro hat crocheted by her talented Grannie, in her snuggie wrap which I love carrying her in. ^_^ Maybe one day soon I will get round to writing a post about her amazing birth story and a little bit more about being a new mum. Poppy’s room (which I blogged about last year) was featured on the UK blog Here Comes Baby, it was lovely to see her room alongside all the beautiful nurseries featured on the blog!

Poppy has been keeping me busy, but as she’s getting older I am slowly but surely getting time to sew and make again. I thought it was time to share the things I’ve been working on.

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I’ve been making lots of Dolly Mixture Blythe doll dresses! I have a Dolly Mixture Facebook page now where I share my new dresses as soon as they’re available in my Dolly Mixture Etsy shop. ♥ I’ve been having lots of fun making them & I can work on them in the evenings while baby girl is sleeping as they are mostly hand stitched. Thanks to all my lovely customers for the sales & support! ^_^

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I’ve also added some of my handmade accessories to the Tokyo Textiles shop, including my Kewpie doll hair bows which were really popular at BlytheCon UK, and my kimono silk wristband pincushions. ♥

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We’ve been in our house for almost a year now and the garden has bought beautiful surprises each season, including this gorgeous pink blossom on the tree in front of the house. ^_^

That’s it from me, just enjoying mummy life and the occasional bit of spring sunshine here in the UK! Hope to have more handmade goodies to share soon. xx

BlytheCon UK 2012 Manchester

I had a great time at BlytheCon UK in Manchester this weekend! It was a fantastic event, the organisers did an amazing job! It was great to see friends old & new. I always feel really inspired after BCUK each year! Thanks so much to everyone who visited my stall! It was cool to meet so many lovely people & see so many gorgeous dolls! I was very very tired after traveling all the way to Manchester (at 29 weeks pregnant!) and didn’t take that many photos this year so I’ve borrowed a few from my Flickr contacts along with a few photos I took myself. ^_^

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My Dolly Mixture stall! Photo taken by the lovely Laura/Liquiriziadolly just before the doors opened. Massive thanks to my bf & helper Jutt who carried my suitcases, navigated & served a few customers for me too. ^_^

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My Circus Princess dresses made especially for BCUK sold out!

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One of the coolest Blythe dolls I saw at the con, this amazing anatomical model Blythe on the Dutch Blythe Fashion stall. I got to chat to the maker of the doll and he showed me some photos of the making process. She is really amazingly detailed! I love the skull in particular.

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Gorgeous miniature Alexander McQueen dress made by the talented Leo Couture.

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Another of my favourite dolls at the Zebra Blythes stall. I didn’t take a photo of her, this one is borrowed from PinkyJane. ^_^

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One of my Circus Princess dresses on it’s new owner – the pom poms matched the dolls hair perfectly!

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Lounging Linda‘s gorgeous stall! We shared a table. ^_^

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Leo’s wonderful Poupée mécanique stall

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I love the wind up monkey toy!

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Alexis Emerald ♥

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It was really great to see Momolita again! ♥

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Flamingodress by Momolita.

Momolita’s amazing stall, the flamingo & crow dresses were so gorgeous ♥

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Loved the decorations in the venue – all the balloons matched the BCUK illustration. The free goodie bags were awesome too!

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Yummy birthday cupcakes!

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I had such a great day! Photo by Lounging Linda.

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My BCUK loot! I was very restrained this year and managed to resist all the beautiful outfits & dolls on offer as I need to save money for baby things! My modest purchased were a very cute tape measure hair bow (for me!) from Millie Made and some tiny Japanese buttons and snaps (for future creations!) from Leonidas. I also did a trade with the lovely Liz/Woollyrockers for one of her awesome Blythe carry cases and two cute little knitted dresses. ^_^ I also got some wonderful presents from my friend Lisa who was visiting from Japan! Halloween Hello Kitty Pez, beautiful Japanese cloths and some lovely rooibos tea, can’t wait to try it! Also a new type of Japanese fabric pen from Momolita that I can’t wait to try!

I bought home 3 of the 25 dresses I made for BCUK, and they are now available in my Etsy shop! Thanks again to everyone who visited my stall, I’m glad so many dresses went to good homes & I can buy some nice things for my baby room now. ^_^

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I am now 30 weeks pregnant!! This week I’m back in my studio making baby things and getting ready for my next craft event, The Made-It Market in November. Can’t wait!

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Yay, it’s October! I love this time of year. ^_^ I am looking forward to the new series of Red Dwarf (starting tomorrow!), Halloween, and most of all BlytheCon UK! ♥ I’ve been stitching away for the past few weeks getting ready for my Dolly Mixture stall!

My studio/shed roof has turned red! This is where I’ve spent the past few weeks making dolly dresses. Here’s a sneaky peek at what I’ve been making…

6 London Underground dresses! 3 Central Line and 3 Northern Line versions. I’ve also made 2 in Middie Blythe size.

5 Circus Princess dresses, Autumn version. ^_^ These took forever to make!

I make Neko dresses for my BlytheCon stall in different colours each year! New Red & Black version for 2012. Only 2 of these available!

25 Blythe & Middie Blythe dresses are all packaged & ready to go! I had fun making the packaging this year too. ^_^ I’ve got lots of new designs I haven’t had a chance to photograph, so please stop by my stall and take a look! Just look for the table with the pregnant lady!

This photo was taken at 26 weeks, I’m 29 weeks pregnant now so my belly is a little bit rounder. ^_^

See you in Manchester! I can’t wait!

Toadstools, Roses & Vintage Lace! Dolly Mixture Etsy Update!

I’ve added a few new dresses to my Etsy shop today! http://www.etsy.com/shop/dollymixtureshop

This cute little dress has been carefully handmade to fit Blythe Dolls using a combination of machine and hand sewing. The dress has a long skirt made from red and cream striped fabric with a delicate red rose pattern. The skirt is trimmed with cream cotton lace and has an lace overlay made from a beautiful piece of vintage embroidered lace featuring bows and flowers. The bodice is made in matching striped rose fabric, with red and white polka dot puffy sleeves and a lace collar made from cream Japanese cotton lace. The sleeves are decorated with tiny pearl beads, and a tiny silver key hangs from a cream thread around Blythe’s neck. The dress closes with two snaps at the back. This very special dress was crafted from a tiny piece of vintage lace I had been saving for a special project and it is one of a kind.

This cute little dress has been carefully handmade to fit Middie Blythe Dolls using a combination of machine and hand sewing. The dress has a full skirt made from red and cream striped fabric with a delicate red rose pattern. The skirt is trimmed with cream cotton lace and has an lace overlay made from a beautiful piece of vintage embroidered lace. The bodice is made in matching striped rose fabric, with red and white polka dot puffy sleeves and a lace collar made from cream Japanese cotton lace. The sleeves are decorated with tiny pearl beads, and a tiny silver key hangs from a cream thread around Blythe’s neck. The dress closes with two snaps at the back.

This cute little dress has been carefully handmade to fit Blythe Dolls using a combination of machine and hand sewing. The dress has a full skirt made from*awesome* cotton fabric featuring lime and teal toadstools on a taupe background! The skirt is trimmed with mossy green pom pom trim and decorated with vintage turquoise lace. The bodice is made in duck egg blue on brown micro dot fabric, with pouffy sleeves made with toadstool fabric. The bodice is decorated with vintage turquoise lace to match the skirt and tiny antique gold button details. The dress had a cream lace collar. The dress closes with snaps at the back.

Thanks for looking!

Little Red Riding Hood

I’ve been sewing for the first time in a while. Inspired by this illustration, I made a Little Red Riding Hood outfit set for Blythe Dolls.

This set is available in my Etsy shop now!
This fairytale inspired dress set has been handmade with care especially for Blythe dolls using the most beautiful quality cotton fabrics and Japanese lace.

~ The Hood ~

Inspired by the tale of Red riding hood, this little red pointed hood is lined with red and white micro dot fabric, and trimmed with white cotton lace and red and white gingham. The hood ties with a red and white gingham bow under the chin. The hood has been especially designed for Blythe and has enough room to accommodate different hair styles underneath.

~ The Cape ~

This little cape has been made separately to the hood, so that Blythe’s hair can hang down her back. This little cape is made from red cotton fabric and lined with red and white micro dot fabric. The cape closes with a metal snap at the neck, and has a tiny red heart button at the closure.

~ The Dress ~

This sweet white cotton dress is trimmed with delicate Japanese white cotton lace in many different designs, inset and appliquéd on to the skirt. The dress has pintucks on the bodice and is decorated with tiny opaque beads. The dress closes with metal snaps at the back.

All items can be worn separately with other outfits.

Thanks for looking! Hopefully more sewing coming from me soon. ^_^