How to Sew Invisible Pockets on Doll Shorts and Trousers
Welcome, August! I am seeing a super busy month ahead for me, but I am very excited!
10-year Anniversary Coming Up!
2021 is pretty much 10 years after I started my Etsy shop, this blog, my youtube channel, and most of my social media accounts. I usually celebrate anniversaries with doll clothes giveaways, OOAK doll contests, and sewing pattern super sales, but this time honestly, I can't think of something better than the previous ones.
Maybe you can suggest even awesomer ideas, my dear?
One of my biggest plans for the last few years was to sit down and revamp this blog to look the way that it serves my readers better. I had been tweaking settings here and there for years but never really did full-on planning and execution because I guess it's just a little too hard to do everything for your little venture. But I think maybe it's time I do a little revamp, seriously. It's been here for 10 years now, after all ;)
Any tips you guys have for this blog?
Perhaps, while I wait for your suggestion, I could share my latest work with you.
New Youtube Tutorial and Sewing Pattern
I have finally edited that 2020 video recording of me making invisible pockets on Poppy Parker high-waist shorts. I had been working on it on and off for months, but keep forgetting it when I'm super immersed in my other projects. But last week, I gave it three days and finally, they're up! Here's the link if you haven't watched them yet ;) And for those who want to print copies of the instructions, here's the link to it ;
I also released the sewing pattern I made related to this youtube tutorial and it was for the Poppy Parker doll.
By the way, please take advantage of my shop's August discount coupon code LETSDOTHIS, live on August 3 Manila time, and get 20% off your regular items. Please grab this monthly-held, one-day-only sale for your August crafting projects. Here's the link, guys.
I will add two more patterns this week that will tap into this instruction video series - the Wide-leg trousers for Fashion Royalty dolls and the Culottes for Curvy.
|Both ladies have invisible pockets on their pants ;)|
These patterns had been sitting in my inventory for a long time, but never really got to share because there was no video to accompany them. But this week, I am so happy to be sharing them with you, Fashion Royalty and Curvy Made to Move fans out there!
Plans for the next 10 years and beyond
Okay, so I realized that this doll-related venture had been quite massive in terms of skills that I have honed, content I have created, miniature pieces I have made, the lessons learned, you - my blog readers, and the shop clients I have connected with, WOW!
I had been contemplating about my experience this past year and there is so much more to do. But I don't need to stress myself too much with all the things I have to create because I have all my life to do this, right?
All this had been my childhood dream, to sit in a corner and build something with my hands and my mind. I would have never done it any other way. My mom told me in 2015 when she visited me here, as she first saw my corner of the house, she said, "Ga (short for "pinangga, or pangga", a loving nickname most girls in my part of the country are called), this has always been your dream - your own office." Hahahha it was funny at that time, but she was right. I always had a nook in my room, as a child, pretending to run things from my desk. And as I grew older, when I was publishing my own comic book in high school, my desk had always been busy. Although oftentimes, I drew my comics at our balcony since it's refreshing there and natural light is everything. You doll photography people know this for sure ;)
So yeah, while I write this, I am just feeling so grateful to my old self for actually taking the plunge. I have not met so many people in my life who follow their dreams. And to the few friends who did, I admire them from the bottom of my heart because of all the conditioning we've been given since birth, regardless of our community, race, country - it's never easy to go against the flow.
So, kudos, 10-year younger Shasha, and thank you so much.
And to you guys who've been here since my first cringe-worthy content, I love you all and I love what I do for myself and for you and I will continue to do this because it makes me smile (right now, if someone sees me from my window, smiling, they'd be like --that lady is nuts..) and makes my life more worth living. Sure, I'd look like some crazy doll lady to others, but man, this venture has taught me so much more in life than sitting in a classroom for 16 years, and on a work desk for at least 10 years. Life is great, with all its up and downs so I am very lucky to be experiencing it with you guys, my family and the rest of the world.
So, yeah. Thank you again for always dropping by, sharing your thoughts, doing your thing, loving your life - let's make the world go round as it should.
See you around!