So, a long, long time ago, way back in the dark ages, I used to actually make fashions for my Jem dolls.
Don’t get me wrong. I am nowhere near the calibre of people like Tommy, ShanasFashions or the awesome people who sell on Ebay and Etsy. However, for my own personal Misfit needs, I used to have fun selecting fabric and making patterns from existing outfits (WITHOUT damaging them, I hasten to add!). Anyone who has visited my Collection pages will see Taffie-Fashions dotted around the place; particularly my Misfits and Mexican dolls, as well as the outfits for my custom dolls. I’ve dug out a couple of old pictures of outfits that aren’t clearly visible on my Collection site, too, like No Hands Roxy wearing one of Roxy’s fashions from the Fan… —–>
<—-and Pizzazz 1 wearing my version of Winning is Everything (I called it Total Eclipse, because that git Rio took the name Universal Appeal, which I never forgave Hasbro for. That was one of the most epic Misfit songs and Pizzazz wore Winnin’ Is Everything during it. It should so have been called Universal Appeal. Oops. Rant mode off…).
My version was more modelled off the animated form of the outfit than the real one.
I have fond memories of going to buy fabric when I used to go visit my good friend Gem every so often. All the awesome fabric shops were up by where she lives, and I remember I always bought more than I needed. Most of that fabric is gone now – I had no space so donated it to a charity craft project so that it could go to good use. However, with the new IT dolls, my interest in making stuff has been rekindled.
Now, I have never been able to master a sewing machine. Everything I stitch has to be done by hand, so it takes a lot of time. So if I’m going to make something, generally I have to really want to make it.
Going off on a tangent now, but a long time ago I created a Stinger character. I never fully finished writing her introduction, so I guess most people who read any of my fiction -especiallyJewel’s World – wondered who the heck she was and what she was doing there. I never thought of making her. There was no point; there were no Stinger dolls.
But now? Now there are.
So this is my project. I want to bring Sophie Devereux to life. It’s a painstaking project, especially since I want to do it right.
Thus far I have part of her outfit plotted out and stitched. I have lace for her hair and I have some extra IT Stormer tights for her to wear, too. Next job is to track down the exact doll that I want for this to work.
Jem is so good for my creativity 😉 Although my wardrobe is now full of black, yellow and gold fabric…