How to sew cape for dolls – Halloween costume tutorial for fashion doll

How to sew Halloween costume cape for fashion dolls and figurines – yes, the size works for 1/6 scale action figures as well.

I tried to make this as simplified as I could… You can make it no-sew cape too, and use fabric glue.
This is part 1 of 3 for How to make vampire halloween costume for fashion dolls youtube video tutorials.
Parts 2 and 3 are for how to sew doll corset and skirt. Possible accessories video may come later this month, so feel free to make requests if you’d like to know how to make something halloween themed 🙂

Here’s the free pattern for Vampire costume for Barbie and Monster High doll costume.

You can also use the same tutorial to sew the Fashion Doll Witch cape pattern from last year.

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Free fashion doll clothes patterns: Vampire halloween costume!

As promised, the winner of the Halloween costume poll gets a pattern!

The winner is… VAMPIRES!


This is part 1 of 3 (+extra 4 for accessories may appear later in the month) Other parts will be published during weekend!
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Wanted to go for a more traditional, Victorian / Dracula / hammer horror movies inspired vampire costume for fashion dolls.

The costume patterns are for the cape, mermaid/vampire skirt and corset!

The corset top has three sizes, one for the traditional 11inch wasp waist doll, modern barbie doll and monster high size.

The skirt is barbie size, but can be fitted for smaller figures if you take in the seams.

The cape is pretty much universal, but you may wish to cut the neckline a little smaller for tiny dolls.
If you want a slightly longer cape, you can print the Witch cape pattern from last year!

Maybe tutorials for Halloween Accessories will be inspired, so please subscribe blog / merineiti youtube channelto not miss out  🙂

PATTERNS UNDER THE CUT:

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Video editing, Barbie Fan group

Whoa been editing videos for youtube (Halloween Vampire Costume for fashion doll tutorial became three videos long!) and agreed to step in as the admin for BarbieFans deviantart group. Hoping to stir some life into it, so if you are on deviantart, or consider joining and like dolls please check it out 🙂

barbiefans deviantart group

barbiefans deviantart group

ps. I’ll be uploading patterns tomorrow, and the videos will be posted 1st October onwards

How to sew Ruffled skirt (for dolls) video tutorial

The video is finally up! So many things went wrong, original footage didn’t work, recording app didn’t function (I usually record with phone,  it’s better than my laptop) and what not… Quickly wrote closed captions in English, in the case the sound is an issue, so click on CC to enable/disable the captions 🙂


Written version of how to sew ruffled skirt for fashion dolls with lots of photos here.

Feel free to like, comment and subscribe, the next video will be up 1st of October and it is HALLOWEEN special!  (Well, most likely I try to upload the video on 29-30th to allow time to fix any issues and write captions, but it will be available on this blog on 1st, youtube subcribers may see it before that)

New doll in da house

I got new doll to make clothes to!!! It is Integrity Toys Color Infusion Ace Mcfly!

But he is pretty much the same as fashion royalty hommes… I can’t wait to tailor custom clothes for him! Just please don’t hate me if I tell him to get his hair cut…

So, hoping to get a nice gentleman’s wardrobe for him, and some for sale at Custom Fashion Doll Clothes etsy shop…

Integrity Toys Color Infusion Ace McFly

Integrity Toys Color Infusion Ace McFly

Janice and Ace

Janice and Ace

This is Ace and Janice. I like their height difference – Integrity toys (fashion royalty and Color infusion boys are the same) hommes are taller than Ken dolls, and Janice with a Kumik body is a little shorter than a Barbie. So, Ace and Janice look like a thin 6’2 man and a fit 5’4” woman. Janice is an action figure I bid on ebay out of a whim and won. Then fell in love with her face of total unimpressement… She looks sort of like Kristen Steward but times two, so that total blankness of emotions becames an actual vivid emotion of itself. I think she might have lots more new adventures in merineiti instagram feed 🙂

Making your own head sculpts?

where do you find dolls with this sculpt?

where do you find dolls that have faces this charming?

Have you ever looked at your dolls and figurines, and thought they lack charisma? If only they’d have an unique face. Not just repainted, but sculpted.

This video makes sculpting human heads seem so easy…

the best I could do with air dry clay - Professor Snape figurine I made 13 years ago :D

the best I could do with air dry clay – Professor Snape figurine I made 13 years ago 😀

Years ago, I bought a set of ‘polymer clay’ from a hobby store. I’ve always loved working with real clay, find it relaxing and easy to work with, but the fact you have to find ceramic oven to burn your work is a drawback. Air dry clay is nowhere near as lovely material, it is too stingy (is that a word?) dries too quickly, and seems to be only suitable for bigger, rough works. At least I could never get much detail with it.

I’d rather save my money from buying air dry clay (that sometimes has already dried inside the package!) and make “Taikataikina” salt dough (salt+flour+water) it has about the same qualities as air dry clay, but a lot cheaper, non-toxic (unless you eat so much the salt may cause you to feel sick) and even vegan, organic and gluten free depending on the flour you use 😛 and if you bake and use sealant on your work, it will last years! If you don’t, it will get mold one day…

Babbling… back to POLYMER CLAY

After buying the hobby shop clay set,  I thought it was dreadful to work with, nothing came out like I wanted it to, and even baked, it looked like rubbery play dough.

Tossed them aside, and forgot about it.

Then, I stumbled upon another time lapse tutorial that came out as a very beautiful, realistic miniature things…
I also saw wonderful pieces of art, very detailed miniature mermaids and fairies that claimed to be made out of polymer clay!
Wondered, how on earth do they manage to work  that awful stuff like that!

Saw that the discussions mentioned, that different clays have different qualities. Fimo is soft and flexible, Sculpey is fragile but beautiful.

So, I bought one little block of each… and was so surpised!  The truth was, the stuff I had gotten in the first place as a novice, was a really horrible quality!
I managed to make quite pretty little statue for my dollhouse from sculpey, which unfortunately fell down and broke… it is fragile after baking. The fimo things came out okay. I think, maybe, with a little patience, practice and right tools, an original head sculpt in fashion doll size might happen! The next step, obviously, is how to attach the fragile head tot the ready made bodies…

unique head sculpts, anyone?

Good luck finding ready made head sculpts to base figurines of these characters… 

Any ideas? Do you make things out of polymer clay? Feel free to post relevant links to the comments (youtube, flickr, pinteres, blog platforms… I will only publish links that is easily seen to lead to reliable sites, so please no bit.ly links and if you link to your own domain, please note so 🙂 )

sewing historical fashion to monster high doll clothes

Trying to come up with a sort of autumn collection of doll clothes, some styles that would work on different size dolls. Like this smart casual mini dress

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Lorna Mcnessie doll is so cute.

I have a confession… I watched the monster high movie freaky fusion, where for a blink, 1815 fashions were sported. So cute, had to make Jane Austen style dresses, bonnets and a dandy regency gentleman fashion doll clothes 😀

Monster high doll in Jane Austen world

Monster high doll in Jane Austen world

Wip historical fashion dolls, dupion silk looks luxurious but is pain to sew miniature

Wip historical fashion dolls, dupion silk looks luxurious but is pain to sew miniature