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Tuesday, July 31, 2012


is finished. At least my end of it, now she will go to my collaborator for a repaint and hair styling and shoes..


We're going to be doing a series of these and auctioning them through ebay..pretty fun stuff!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Better version of the doll stocking, topped with ribbon!

Other stuff...

I am doing..
includes reflooring the rest of my house...
the upstairs is now all hard woods.
and the first floor...

Sunday, July 29, 2012

First two attempts

at making complete doll outfits, side by side!
I am super pleased with how this one turned out...

Saturday, July 28, 2012

I decided

to redo the doll petticoat.
The new one is on the left, made of sheet lace.

First attempt, not toooo bad...

Have you ever

tried to make stockings for a doll?

Me neither!

So this will be a definite learning experience...
stay tuned for pictures and adventures!

Friday, July 27, 2012


as a break from doll sewing, I went browsing/thrifting.
And I found this:

Sterling and onyx deco bracelet from the 1920s...

Monday, July 23, 2012

I love this machine for making doll clothes :)

Free Range Rude..

So, I'm at the Post Office today, shipping out a thingy..
And there's a woman at the front of the VERY long line, waiting for her turn.
She decides this is the PERFECT time to make a cell phone call to one of her friends and talk loudly enough that all of the other people who were having conversations quietly in line are now forced to either shout or be quiet.
They all chose to be quiet, mostly I think due to the fact that the average person really isn't a rude ass.
Now to really understand this situation, you have to know a few things.
1. the line was about 12 people long
2. there was one Postal worker at the counter.

So then she starts gesticulating wildly, smacking the person behind her repeatedly.

After about 10 minutes of this, the clerk is ready for her, so she made the 'hang up' gesture and beckoned her to the counter.

The gibbering buffoon then proceeds to hold up a finger to say 'wait, my conversation is far more important than anyone else's time!'

The clerk responds with a stern "Ma'am you're holding up the line!"
Which she ignores.

Finally this elderly gent says, ' Oh for the love of god hang up!' and starts to push his way past her.

She actually had the gall to look outraged......

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Goth girl club outfit..
this was basically a test run!

More doll clothes!

I am working on some patterns for the Monster High dolls.
It's really interesting to have to adapt my sewing techniques from full to doll sized.
The simplest change is the order in which I close seams.
Also, while the 1030 is a wonderful machine.....
the 222 is much better for tiny sewing, simply due to the smaller hole in the needle plate.

This is my first attempt at a "goth" skirt for the MH body!

Friday, July 20, 2012

The sun dress begins

I'm basing it off a Simplicity pattern.
the difference between the original pattern and my idea will be fairly dramatic :)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

As a part of my

'societal change' idea, I includes the idea of dressing 'better'.
I've said it before and I'll say it again:
Modern fashion and style are terrible.

Jeans are for people who actually LABOR.
Sweatsuits are for those who are EXERCISING.

These are not difficult concepts, but they have fallen by the wayside.

"But D, it's so much more convenient to just pull on these sweats and not think about the image I am presenting to the world"

This is not a good thing, this is an admission of defeat.

I know not everyone makes their own clothing, or has the desire to wear the same sort of style I do.
But that's not the point. You will find what looks GOOD on you, and whether or not you realize it, it will effect how you feel about yourself.

You don't have to accept crap.
Not even from yourself.

Today's outfit!

I love hoopskirt weather!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I've been thinking..

about a lot of things lately.
Chief among them: rudeness.

Our society has devolved to this sort of anonymous blob of bitter jerks, each more entitled than the next.

You see it in every facet of life, from the jerk who drives 5 mph under the speed limit in the passing lane(because no one else's time is important) to the internet trolls that spew their fetid bile wherever and whenever they have the opportunity...

I think it's time for us to do something about that.

So, I am coming up with an idea, a sort of antidote to the rudeness and self centered behavior common to our time!
And I need your help!

I'm thinking of starting a new social movement, called 'the Victoriennes' dedicated to acting out of kindness and to maintaining a level of courtesy, without any religious hand-waving.

In a culture that has become a self absorbed kindergarten, the only way to make a difference is to stand up for standards, to be unrelentingly polite in the face of chaos, and to refuse to deal with those who are unreasonable.
Just because you are polite doesn't mean you have to let jerks walk on you. If someone refuses to return your courtesy, ignore them.

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Bicycle on the Bridge....

Today, I'd like to share with you a cautionary tale of selfishness.

I live in SW Portland, and when I need to go to Milwaukie/Oregon City/Oak Grove I travel across the Sellwood Bridge.

For those of you not intimately acquainted with the Portland area, this is a fairly crappy, very high, 2 lane bridge.

Most bicyclists have the decency to either walk or ride their bikes on the sidewalk.
But not today...
Directly in front of me was this man on his bike. Going 5MPH in a 30MPH zone, with a line of traffic behind him 2 blocks long.

And all I could think was 'This person is a selfish ass.'
I get it, you're oh so much cooler than those of us who are in vehicles.
You think everyone should be just like you and ride around on 2 wheels.

But here's the reality of the situation:
You're not, and we don't.

By inflicting your personal choice on the rest of us, all you achieve is making people resent bike riders.

Friday, July 13, 2012

The Pattern...

I used to make the Han Bok was a Folkwear Pattern!

Here are my impressions of it:

The last time I bought a smaller press pattern was for a pair of cargo pants.
The pattern was 24$(with shipping) and I had visions of making many pairs. was terrible. The lines for cutting were not printed straight, the pattern seemed to drift around on the printer when they printed it.
But that was only half the issue.

The instructions were terrible. As in, incomplete and confusing. I'm not sure if they were written in a different language and they used some sort of crappy translation software or what, but frankly I don't care.
It was a complete waste of money.

So, it was with a little trepidation that I ordered this Han Bok pattern.


The difference is immeasurable.
The Folkwear folks obviously place a great deal of care into the patterns they produce, and it shows.
They recommend using a tracing material rather than cutting your pattern know, so you can save money on different sizes!
How cool is that?
They include history about the garment, and suggestions for ornamentation, which is all very cool. But the coolest thing about the pattern?
The pattern itself.
It's precise, it's concise, it's very well done.
The directions make sense.
They tell you what you need to do, specifically. The few issues I encountered happened because I tried to interpret the pattern rather than simply follow it's instructions.
A little backtracking and everything was hunky dory.

Honestly, I am now sure I will order a BUNCH more from them because this pattern was that much fun to make!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

We now return to our normally scheduled broadcast...

The diferences between the 1030 and the 1031 are as follows:

1. The paint job. As I said earlier, they went from a blue/grey color scheme to a more beige look. the beige actually fits in more with the normal Bernina colors.. so I think it's a case of the 1030 just being an odd duck!

2. The bobbin winder:
This is the 1030's. It's metal and there is a separate tab for turning it on and off.

This is the 1031's. It's plastic and the switch is the regulator. Honestly...this is kind of a better design. It's lighter and there's no real need for the extra material. "But it's not metal!" you say?'s lighter, which means it requires less energy to move. and in normal operation there really shouldn't be one heck of a lot of stress on this thing.

3. The only ACTUAL functional difference? Here:
Both machines show you the idea settings for each stitch.

But, the 1030 has the basting stitch dial.

That's it. That is the sole functional difference between the two.

4. The accessories. The 1030 came with 11 feet, and the 1031 came with 9. The 1030 came with a sewing table which was an additional purchase for the 1031. The 1030 came with a hard shell case and the 1031 came with a soft cover..

Apart from that...they are identical machines.


Picked up some more of the Godey's illustration pages

Way out of my normal

range of style, I am designing some very simple summer dresses....

Continuing the comparison

I could list the things that these two machines have in common...but that would take me a long time!
So instead I will focus this part on a comparison of what is different about them!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Apples and ...other apples!

First, a bit of history!
In the mid 1990s, Bernina stopped producing the 1030, the last true top of the line mechanical machine.
This was the last model produced under the fearsome eye of Odette Ueltschi.

They switched to a production of computer controlled machines under the guidance of Hanspeter Uelschi, beginning with the 1130 models.

But they were smart enough to realize some people still wanted a mechanical model, so the 1031 was born.

the first thing they did was change the look:
The 1030 was a soothing blue/grey/beige with metal accents
The 1031 was more monotone, with the paint squiggle thing in the corner..
There's less metal in this machine as well, but just on the accents and bobbin winder.

Now, to backtrack a little...when they shifted from making the 830 to making the 930, the carrying case changed dramatically:
They went from a sort of not too crappy plastic case,

to the single most ridiculously over protective case in sewing machine history..
The thing is thicker than most coolers.

Logically you might think "Well, the 1030 must have come with a solid steel carrying case then! Perhaps with built in impact sensors and laser guided missiles!"

Wellllll, no.
It's basically just a thin plastic sleeve with a hole for the machine's handle and a compartment for the foot control/extension table/knee lift.
I don't really know.

SO for the 1031.. you got....
a soft sided floppy case with pockets that were ill designed to hold pretty much anything..

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

New machine

I picked up a 1031 today:
It's in fantastic shape and it had all the original accessories with it!
I'm going to give it a thorough going over and then decide if I need to keep both it and the 1030...(probably not!)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Singer Badges!

I've had more than one person ask me about identifying Singer badges, so I thought I'd do sort of a micro list here, both from my own images and those scoured from the intarweb!

Your first badge:
This is pretty much your standard Singer badge. It was used on and off in the USA until the early 50s
It was later replaced with:
They added a black band around the central design.
Most of the machines with this style of badge also have a model Identification plate.

In 1951 Singer released machine with a special badge to commemorate the 100th year of the company,
these are Centennial editions and this is their badge:

Then there's the rarer Texas Centennial badge:

And the Golden Gate:

There are more of them, and as I remember, I will add them to this post :)