Sunday, September 7, 2014

Leggings Tutorial and Downloadable Pattern

Hello again, dolly pals! How was your week? Any discoveries, dolly related or not, that you want to share with the dolly atmosphere? I gotta admit I haven’t been prancing around my followed blogs recently. Life had been double busy due to some preparations I am making for the shop, and a few custom orders here and there. But please allow me to make up for the absence as I offer you another anniversary treat. Drum roll...

Presenting, the Leggings Tutorial and Pattern for 12in Dolls

Unlike the other sewing tutorials I make, I intended to write this one for doll collectors who do not own a sewing machine. Hand sewing had been my favorite hobby since childhood because it allows me to work in the pace I can manage. I believe this will give the beginner a good sense of control on the task. Of course, sewing machine users are always welcome to get some tips from the tutorial, or find the pattern useful.

So since the cold season is already creeping in fast in all of us (well, at least in my town), let’s get started…

Materials and tools to prepare before the actual sewing task:

S t r e t c h y   f a b r i c  
Half a yard can make at least 5 pairs of leggings already. Find a stretchy fabric that can easily glide on your dolls’ legs. I usually use rayon knit, jersey or spandex for my dolls’ leggings. 

R e g u l a r   t h r e a d  
Choose something that matches your fabric for a more polished look

H a n d   s e w i n g   n e e d l e
Get the size that’s comfortable for you

M e d i u m - s i z e d   s c i s s o r s
You don’t need those huge, industrial ones here. 
Believe me, I bought one and I only get to use it for my life-size sewing endeavors

L e g g i n g s   p a t t e r n 
Please download from the shared link below, print in its actual size (do not shrink, blow up or distort the page sizing so you get the correct scale for your doll). Then cut it out.
Download the leggings pattern HERE.
atelierniSHASHA Tip: You can also create your own pattern if you are making for dolls of different size/s. This post on taking doll body measurements might be helpful:

So are you ready?
It's  S e w i n g  time!

G a t h e r all and ONLY needed materials in your working area.

T r a c e both sides of the pattern unto the wrong side of your fabric.
You will then have two patterns for one pair of leggings.

In the photo below, I have economized the fabric so the one on the right side is upside down.
Basically, they would look like they are facing each other if done otherwise, like the photo down below (Cut up pieces).

atelierniSHASHA Tip: Before cutting, I suggest you lightly mark sewing allowance to guide your cutting like I used to when I was just starting out. 
I use .5cm allowance for most of my doll garments.

C u t  all needed pieces.

atelierniSHASHA Tip: Get rid of unnecessary fabrics and put only what is needed on your table. An organized, clean table can make you more efficient. It took me a long time to learn this haha!

H e m  the bottom of each pant.
Or, you can also just leave a “distressed hem” if you’re the edgy kinda gal.

F o r  each leg, sew the back and front inner seams together.

T u r n  over the other leg to its right side and insert it to the other. 

A l i g n  the front and back crotch and start stitching.


Complete the assembly by hemming the waist using a zigzag stitch. 

Excuse the mani-deprived fingernails haha!

A n d   t h e r e   y o u   g o !
Just turn those pants over and voila!
You get a new pair of leggings for your dolls!


I   h o p e   y o u   f i n d   t h i s   r a t h e r   l o n g   t u t o r i a l   h e l p f u l.
This will  save you bucks if many of your girls have a penchant for leggings.

A n d  if you happen to make your leggings using this tutorial, please let me know via commenting here or emailing me at

I ' d   l o v e   t o   h e a r   y o u r   f e e d b a c k !
In fact, I just might hold another raffle draw for those have tried my tutorial and shared with us experience and feedback.
Who knows what treat am I again to come up with in the next few days, right?

A n y w h o o...
I think I need to go back to my sewing station for a few more customs to complete now.
Again, thanks so much for even getting here to the bottom of this long post.

Til next time, dollies!

Hugs hugs,

Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy 3rd Anniversary, atelierniSHASHA!!!

We have been on this wonderful journey together for three years now!
Isn't it just awesome?!!

There are so many words in my head to describe how I feel right now!
I am so grateful, very happy, feeling accomplished, excited, teary-eyed to have made many joyful creations, improved so much my skills and worked outside my comfort zone, and the greatest gift of all --- I have gained wonderful friends who appreciate what I do. 

And since the anniversary fairy is here once again, atelierniSHASHA also cooked up lovely things for you, dear friends, as a token of my gratitude to the friendship and passion, among other beautiful things, shared through the years :) 
Wow.. as you know, I'm not really much of a wordsmith, so let's just get to the "lovely things", shall we?

Firstly, the traditional whole month of 
In a few minutes, I will be activating the discount code that you guys can find on my Etsy shop's main page..
For the first week of this month, I will be giving 20% off on all your purchases from my tiny shop.
I know some of you who are already eyeing on some of my creations, but probably are holding off waiting for my annual discount code thing so here it is again, darlings!

Now, I know that most of you probably are in my shop this very moment so I will be announcing the rest of my anniversary surprises in the next few days, okay?

But to give you a bit of a hint, we'll have raffle draws, a free doll clothing pattern and instructions for everyone, and the unveiling of the atelierniSHASHA Anniversary Dress.

So, yeah.. just a few hints for now 'cause
I know you're gonna be busy now haha!
So please, please stay tuned in the next few days as this celebration will be a month-long one!

til next time and again

Big hugs,

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

(Then country star) Taylor Swift-inspired shoot, a few thoughts and a new Etsy listing

It’s funny how one can be so passionate about something that you draw in as much people unexpectedly. 
I remember back when I was a kid sitting in a corner while the other children run around and play with each other. 
Nope, I’m not your resident geeky kid as there were countless memorable times of running around.
Most often though, it's sketching/drawing that ate up my time. 
Then when I started doodling there at the corner, kids run to me and watch what I come up with. 
And unlike several pressing moments when people expect something from you, I don’t feel pressured. 
I thrived! I like to make more, as if I had a long story to continue telling them – it’s like performing!

I just remember those moments because earlier I had an Etsy conversation with a 12 year old. 
She was asking me where I got my dolls and my furniture.
I quite get these questions in Etsy a lot and I am more than happy to answer. 
And most of these conversations become personal chit chats, and I really love it. 
These people I talk to are from different age ranges. 
I even met someone who grew up a town away from my hometown, but she is now in the states. 
I regularly talk with a couple dolly pals who are my mom's age! Isn't that cool, or what?
Also, about a few weeks ago, I had my own share of 15-minute fame in Facebook when doll repaint master Jon Copeland posted his beautifully repainted doll wearing my tiny striped slip dress. It was so rad that everyone started to love that dress, too! Then friends started to give me favor by sharing my works to other dollectors, and the rest is history :)
Nothing beats being recognized by your peers!

So, yeah I thought, wow! How nice this could be – uniting people of different races, culture, generation through your art! Sharing your thoughts, and dreams and just be silly around without being judged. It's like I'm talking to my past and my future - but still the same old person :)

And yeah, speaking of sharing.. I have here my Dynamite girls Sue and Sunny in a Taylor Swift (back when she hadn’t converted from country star to pop star yet) –inspired shoot, featuring my latest Aya dress
I hope you enjoy the pics and this post!

Hugs hugs!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Indeed more than a week's worth of dolly appreciation pics (Part 2)

A beautiful photo of Poppy by Michaela Unbehau 
So yes, I did manage to gather a few more dolly photos from our friends over the past few days. I admit I slacked in this pic collecting department for like a long time. So now, I'm catching up! 

Michaela Unbehau's Adele in that Hot Pants!

Every time I see my creations in the collectors' photos, I can't help but forget all my worries! I can't believe that my creations would be given as much love as I have poured into them. 


*Above photos also by Michaela Unbehau featuring Vanessa in those sexy white pants, and the peplum top from the left.

Thank you so much... these words may be boring to some but to me, they are filled with love and passion and so much joy, inspiration is overwhelming.

Mesmerizing Darla here wearing the cute floral hot pants (left) photographed by awesome dolly photographer Aneky43251 from Flickr. So glad to be featured along other awesome dolly garments!

*Below photos also are by Michaela Unbehau (left) featuring Collete in those cute but sexy bubble shorts, and to the right is Tayra86's gorgeous Adele in those shimmering cobalt leggings.

Thanks again for dropping by!

Please check out these awesome dolly photographers in Flickr!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Week of Celebrating... (Dolly Appreciation Pics Part 1)

Hey ya, Dollies!

It's been a week since I started sharing photos of our dolly friends' dolls wearing atelierniSHASHA outfits in Facebook, Instagram and Flickr. And man, it was a blast!!!
I'm like a kid on Christmas day when these dolly friends let me feature their stunning photos!

So, I'm sharing my excitement and utter gratitude for these friends of ours by sharing the photos to you.


A beautiful repaint from master Jon Copeland, wearing this #ateliernishasha slip dres

A sublime @blinkydoll photo of a gorgeous Natalia doll wearing an #ateliernishasha paisley dress... Photo by the uber cool photographer Lea St. Germain, used with permission.. 

Stephanie Thompson's alluring girl in the striped slip dress..

Another stunning repaint from master Jon Copeland

Oh so chic photo from fashion doll photography maven Michaela Unbehau 

Super sweet photo from fashion doll photography maven Michaela Unbehau

Please check out these awesome collectors and their photos in the following links:

Jon Copeland
Blinkydoll in Etsy and Instagram
Stephanie Thompson
Michaela Unbehau

They are the greatest!

But this isn't the end yet.
These are just the dresses..
(Tops and bottoms for the next post)

I hope you enjoy them..

hugs hugs,