Costumes In time for Halloween – sale coupon for -25% on all items

Use  coupon HALLOWEEN2015 on checkout to receive 25% off of your purchase on merineiti.etsy.com

Coupon expires Sunday September 20!

Monday 21st is pretty much the last chance to ensure your items are with you on halloween for international shipping!

PS. Went crazy and added the same sale coupon to Custom Fashion Doll Clothes Etsy shop as well!

Use coupon HALLOWEEN2015 on checkout!

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Summer and fashion (doll) instagram

On the go, the computer is left un-attended and with it, the blog might be slow – if you want to, you can follow the historical fashion (doll and pets…) instagram:
Instagram:Merineiti

Also, many things post to twitter automatically… which led to this new thing Vine! (Merineiti Vine)

sewing historical fashion doll merineiti vine

sewing historical fashion doll merineiti vine

Thinking of trying to come up with some 6 second DIY videos, but those lil vids can take a lot of rehearsal to get them right ! And sometimes for un-known reason they might not even post, it might be because of Windows phone while vine was originally for iphones :/

However, for a more “vinelike” silly channel, the dog now has one –  Nasti Dog Vine

so If you’d rather watch silly little dog and cat videos, check it out… Crazy dog lady, yes that’s me… 

18th century clothes for playscale / Barbie dolls

Barbie / Ken clothing made by m
T
hese I made maybe 4 years ago, today I have tweaked doll patterns, and managed to get a little better at miniature sewing.

Next week, I am working on a commission of making  some historical style clothing for both male and female playscale dolls, patterned new bodices and even a pannier (side cage) for a Barbie to be able to achieve the famous wide Rococo dresses!

If interested in dolls and/or historical fashion in miniature, stay tuned 🙂
Depending how long the making of takes and whether I start enjoying hand stitching, I might start making more commissions or put doll clothing to Etsy in the future

Monster High goes Marie Antoinette – Free doll dress pattern

18th Century, the age of enligtenment and frills… Now your monster high (and maybe Ever after high dolls, if you add a little extra around to each piece) dolls can enjoy the style as well! Here’s a few of the dresses I’ve made with the pattern:

Custom Repaint and rerooted monster high doll with handmade Marie Antoinette dress

Custom Repaint and rerooted monster high doll with handmade Marie Antoinette dress

The above is made with thin, flowing fabric, like cotton voile/ batiste, if you want spoonflower fabrics, it’s closest to their cotton lawn. You need Fat Quarter to make the full skirt like in the picture above.

Short version of monster high rococo pattern modeled by Operetta

Short version of monster high rococo pattern modeled by Operetta

You need to add a little bit more seam allowance, if you use heavy/stiff  fabrics like the bridal sateen above. It was a left over scrap from a georgian corset I made, a little too heavy for a doll but at least scraps don’t go waste. This time I cut the skirt shorter.

Free pattern at merineiti.wordpress.com and the miniature regency print fabric available in Merineiti spoonflower shop

Free pattern at merineiti.wordpress.com and the miniature regency print fabric available in Merineiti spoonflower shop

Now this is made from custom miniature fabric, after historical printed cottons from Georgian / Regency era, it’s available to buy in merineiti spoonflower shop currently in white and cream yellow. You only need the test swatch piece to make this! The skirt will however be shorter and less full than the pattern suggests, you need fat quarter for that, but I’ll explain how to adjust to that in the video tutorial (coming soon on Merineiti youtube channel).

This miniature historical print fabric is available to buy - only need a test swatch! http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/3101224

This miniature historical print fabric is available to buy – only need a test swatch! http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/3101224

Please follow the blog to keep updated when the how to sew this rococo princess dress post is published, as well as tutorial for the skirt part. And maybe later I’ll show you how to make monster high doll shoes as well.

If you are on youtube, you might want to subscribe to Merineiti youtube channel to get the chance to see the video tutorial for monster high dress before it’s on the blog!
Also available tutorial for the ruffled fashion doll skirt here.

Free fashion doll rococo dress pattern under the cut! Continue reading

Coupon code for May – Etsy shop

Opened up the etsy shop again, but not taking custom orders at the moment

merineiti.etsy.com

I was going to put most to ebay with smaller starting bids, but felt too exhausted… instead, here’s a -20% discount coupon code for merineiti.etsy.com : HEYMAY
Valid NOW until 15th June…
Just use HEYMAY at checkout… Also, shipping promotion – no handling or additional fees with shipping, just what the post office charges – pay for one shipping no matter how many things you order.  Registered/tracking code included.

I will post updates if I do transfer some things to ebay later on.
Also, all p&ps are now for registered mail, as it’s the only way I can guarantee full refund if something gets lost in the mail. Which I’ve read has happened a lot especially with USPS lately… I really want to make people feel safe they will get what they ordered
Here’s a few examples,  ´-20% discount with coupon HEYMAY

18th century dress for sale historical clothing and corsets on etsy

18th century dress historical clothing and corsets on etsy

How to dress up in 18th Century clothes

18th century gown 'pet-en l'air

18th century gown ‘pet-en l’air” a.ka short french robe by merineiti

Should have made a dress up guide years ago, but glad others have beat me to it 🙂 Here’s is a couple of great youtube dressing ups by cazonetta, and some other links to help you on how to actually put on the 18th century dresses, and which is the right order to put on all those layers:

1740-1770 – the court style, with a lots of petticoats 🙂

The late 18th century, with slimmer figure – see how she is pinning the jacket shut. People new to 18thcentury/ colonial may at first think it’s a weird way of closing your garments, and often makes their first gowns with hooks and eyes and even with velcro or hidden zippers, but personally I’ve found pinning with quality sewing pins to be the best! You might poke yourself the first times, but soon learn the best way to do it and also how many and in which places to pin yourself into your clothes.

An Easy18th Century petticoat site also has good pictures on how to make an 18th century petticoat, and how to dress it.

Also, can not talk about 18th Century clothing without mentioning Marquise.de:

This was one of the first sites I ever come across when starting to make rococo clothes back in 2008. It is still one of the best basic sites, and here’s the link to their dressing up guide: http://www.marquise.de/en/1700/howto/frauen/18anziehen.shtml

If you’re interested in making 18th century stuff yourself, that is also the link where to start. You’ll find patterns to basic clothing, as well as tips and tutorials on hair, makeup and men’s gear.

And any questions, feel free to ask!

Poll: 18th century styles – made to measurement

I’d like to add more custom made 18th century styles to etsy shop.
BUT I need to make a sample dress to have awesome photoshoot with, to showcase that yes, I can make the style and how it will look with or without corsets etc. These are all styles I have experience with, can be patterned with measurements,
and can be made within various price range,  historical accuracy, materials, trims and colors.

French style / pannier dress:

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18th century dress French style, Marie Antoinette. Should this be offered as custom made rococo dress?

English style printed cotton dress:

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18th century dress, english style Should I offer this style as made to order dress?

Colonial style woolen jacket and dress:

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Would you like custom made colonial wool jacket dress (long sleeves, maybe even a simple 18th century riding habit in style)

The dress in far right.
I have made men’s outfit similar to what these gents wear, but I feel as there already exist suppliers like Jas.Townsend that have more experience and fair prices, I’m happy to leave men’s wear for now but can always make exception for Finnish / European customers that may not wish to order over seas.

So what do you think? Which style should be made available first?

Take the poll to vote for your favorite style!
Best case scenario, I will have it up for sale just in time for upcoming Halloween.

Something else? The only Regency spencer jacket I’ve made sold quite quickly (and I’ve made an empire ball gown the customer loved), so I’m considering empire clothing, but again, there already exist suppliers so I feel I need more practice to be able to offer superior quality because living in one of the most expensive countries in the world I cannot compete with prices.