Fall Fashion Dolls

I had high hopes of making a lot more Autumn fashions for dolls, but basically just made a few simple coats and knitted some scarves. Putting some on CustomFashionDoll.etsy.com on Monday, today I really really want to have time to draw.

Not enough hours in a day… and I’m 80-90% un-employed, with no social life and only one kid!* How do people manage?

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Chunky scarves time… Chunky blob of clothes time is coming…
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Whimsical polka dot rain coat, clothes modeled by 12″ Fashion Royalty doll Veronique Perring! Alas I don’t have enough to make a life size version, I’d love a pretty raincoat like this for myself!
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Ariel, the little mermaid doll – she’s repainted by me, but as you can see her face paint is not finished yet. What I said about hours in a day…
Here’s sporting an One piece suit.

Now, time for afternoon walk, then hopefully finally chance to sit down and draw…

*and she’s a dog…


Vampire Costume for Fashion Dolls – video tutorials and free pattern!

Video tutorials for Vampire Halloween costume for fashion dolls are up!

Here you can find and print out the Free Fashion Doll Clothes Pattern 3 piece vampire costume: corset, cape, skirt.

Part 1: How to sew a cape:

Part 2: How to sew the (mermaid) skirt:

Part 3: How to sew the doll corset

I might later make a video on how to sew neater/finer version of the corset as this one is for felt/pvc faux leather or fabrics that do now fray.

Bonus video of accessories may also be broadcast later this month, so Subscribe to merineiti youtube channel to not miss out 🙂

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.

Free fashion doll clothes patterns: Vampire halloween costume!

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

The winner is… VAMPIRES!

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This is part 1 of 3 (+extra 4 for accessories may appear later in the month) Other parts will be published during weekend!
Subscribe to merineiti youtube fashion doll Tutorials

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  🙂


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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)

Custom Fashion Doll Clothes etsy shop – lots to do

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

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

Adding things up slowly but steady to brand new Custom Fashion Doll Clothes etsy shop.

From now on, merineiti.etsy.com will be for human size things, we’ll see. Please bear with me, the shop is up and running, so you are able to like, share, follow and order if you wish.

Yet lots of things still to do to make it more pleasant for everyone, as well as I have a few dozen things to put up there. I will notify again, when I feel most of the things are up, and perhaps then it’s time to host a little competition / giveaway…

Some things that need to be done,

  • photoshoots! Lots of them, like:
  • body comparison pictures to help finding the right fit.
  • better listing photos.
  • accurate fabric / color choice photos.
  • Portfolio photos.

The web stuff

  • Etsy shop written stuff, need to come up with a short easy read template
  • website stuff, where to put all the additional info and pictures
  • Come up with relevant tags and stuff
  • social media stuff up to date… and whether just discard the things I always forget.
  • Graphics!!! Need a set of avatars, icons, banner and such, that would be consistent, informative, whimsical and so meee…
  • And a color scheme. And a font.
  • OH GOSH NOT ANOTHER hobby… make a dress up game, with the clothing styles I offer. Yes, I can, yes it will be time consuming and dreadful for a technophobe. I just went almost 3 weeks without opening a computer! Okay, I had my phone, but still, it was fantastic.
  • Warning labels, cards, all that shipping stuff that is at the moment who knows where after I moved a few months ago.

Youtube /blog

  • doll skirt tutorial is overdue… (I lost half the footage D:)
  • pepakura video, 90% ready
  • something I’ve forgotten
  • Something else I’ve forgotten. I know when I’ll open the editor…
  • Halloween doll costume how to, 1-3 videos. Yesss… I’ve already started patterning.
  • Repaint videos. I have footage for one, and another is a slideshow
  • Flocking tutorial video. Mama’s horse need new hair (aaa I have three horses to customize).

Crafts, sewing, painting….

  • too many… Need to sew more stock, and examples…
  • Too many repaint WIPs… my dolls need faces
  • Few re-roots as well… I’m not going to make a video, as it would be mainly me swearing.
  • A mystery craft I started Friday when I was feverish. Literally, having a horrible flu all weekend, couldn’t concentrate on anything precice, so I started cutting up cardboard boxes. You can see the hint photos on my instagram feed on the right, can you guess what it will be?


  • get one.
  • jk I don’t need one, I have my dolls…
  • which is, doll stories – a few spontaneously came to live on instagram.com/merineiti (I’m talking poor Jane the action figure, and apparently desperate vintage housewife) but I also  have a few scripted.
  • Also, try and clean out the doll stuff for sale… figure out which dolls and factory clothes are actually considered vintage and whether to put on etsy,  or ebay, and which are modern or too usual and put on ordinary thrift store, or charity. I can’t believe a year ago I only had maybe 25 dolls. Now, I don’t think I want to know…
  • ALSO gosh the flu medicin gave a false sense of energy and weird ideas, I actually started to think about Home decor…  dc-fix might just fix that ugly little kitchen of mine.

Oh, and need to figure out how to do reverse percent calculations, or whatever it is called in English, can’t remember how it’s done 😛

And write a how to etsy post for people not familiar with the platform, maybe put things on ebay as well as and and…

Something I’ve forgotten again, I’m sure.


Handmade fashion doll clothing available on ebay (July)

Handmade Fashion doll clothes on ebay - monster high marie antoinette dress, Fashion Royalty doll clothing, Barbie dress

Handmade Fashion doll clothes on ebay – monster high marie antoinette dress, Fashion Royalty doll clothing, Barbie dress 

Some of the latest things patterned for fashion dolls – on sale at ebay http://www.ebay.com/usr/merineiti

Summer dress for barbie size playscale doll, monster high doll dresses including marie antoinette style fashion, and the newest doll size I now offer: Fashion Roaylty (6th scale) here a classic two piece silk dress, and a shirt that is made from very thin/sheer material I have to handstitch to make delicate… They’re up for another 4 days; open for taking custom orders as well 🙂