Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Doll North 2017

Panaba - Fleece + Feather Studios Raccoon

Helloooo everyone! It's Doll North time again.

I will be attending the event again this year and also... giving my very first panel ever~!
What. I'm not nervous, who told you that?! o.o;

The panel is on Saturday May 27th at 5pm in the Crowne Plaza Regent Room. 

I'll be talking about how to create realistic characters. It's geared towards BJD owners, but I think a lot of the information is useful for non-BJD characters as well.

I hope to see some of you there. <3

Sunday, 2 April 2017

5th Anniversary Giveaway Outfits

Hello everyone! It's been a while since I've shared any sewing here (#thanksgradschool), so let's get up to date! Here are some photos of the two outfits I made for the winners of my 5th Anniversary Giveaways.


DrMeowgon won the art contest giveaway and asked for a LittleFee sized skirt in the new 'Little Foxes' fabric I had recently bought. It's so adorable that I had to go buy more after I finished the skirt.

inEssence Creations - LittleFee Simple Skirt

She also asked if she could commission a cardigan to go with it and picked out the yellow-orange colour. It's a little fussy to work with, but this fabric always looks great. I hope I can find something similar to replace it soon - it's almost gone. :(

I'm particularly fond of how this outfit came out. The fabrics go really well together and the colours play off of each other perfectly. Also, sewing for LittleFee is so much fun, I need a reason to do it more often.


inEssence Creations - Minifee Wrap Bracelet
Photojoda won the big outfit giveaway and asked for: a floppy black hat, a white bustier top, and a skirt, cardigan and bracelet in brown/gold tones.

We went through all of my white fabrics trying to choose the right one. In the end, I found the perfect lace in the fabric store near my kitties' vet.

The skirt, cardigan, and bracelet were all old designs so they came together relatively easily. I'm quite fond of this colour combination for the bracelet. (Please excuse the paint on my finger ;p)

inEssence Creations - Minifee outfit

The top and hat I had to design from scratch. Generally my pattern making takes a while, but when I'm designing something entirely new that is nothing like anything I've ever made before it feels like it takes forever.

I experimented with a few different techniques for the hat, including wet felting and glue moulding. In the end neither were quite right for this project, but at least now I have a MNF hat block and some kinda weird shaped proto-hats? I'm hoping I can make a smaller hat block for Jonas. She really needs a little 1920s cloche. :)

The hat went pretty quickly once I figured out the proper materials and technique. I've got some more cut out for Etsy, and one for Bella to keep, because... look at her.

I spent a long time fussing with the pattern for the bustier top. I think I remade it about 6 times to get it just right. A lot of my clothes fit really tightly, so I have to be exact with my patterns. I think I've finally got this one down though - at least for small bust. ;p

I'd like to thank the winners for being so understanding of both my school obligations and the long development process that goes into making my items. You are both amazing.

Lots more updates to come now that classes are winding down and I have more time for dolls, so keep an eye out here for details. Hope you all have a wonderful day. <3

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

A Short Break in the Desert

Bella - Fairyland Minifee tan Rheia

Hey everyone!

This past week was a break* from school, so we headed to Arizona to visit family. Bella and Panaba came along because the scenery seemed like it would fit.

There was only time for photos once during the trip, but I think they came out really well. Outdoor photos always seem to turn out better for me for some reason.

I picked out some of my favourite ones for the blog, but you can see the rest on Flickr: [link].

Bella - Fairyland Minifee tan Rheia

We went hiking out in the desert and brought along a picnic, so since I had Bella's blanket with me and one of the antique miniature cups I found recently, I figured she could have a picnic too. :)

Because I hadn't planned this before we left, we had to make do with what materials were around. So Bella got a real tiny sandwich made from some of the ingredients we used in our human-sized picnic, and some water in her cup.

She's wearing her dreamcatcher tank top from crazykimochi (everyone agreed it was the most 'Arizona-ish') and her jeans that I made for Mali many years ago. It was also quite a bit colder than we were expecting, so she has on a jacket from goodbyeyouhellome.

As usual, this picnic is a shoe-free zone, because shoes are the worst. ;)

They day before we went for the hike, I'd picked up a small bag from a weaver at the Arizona Renaissance Festival so I grabbed a few cranberries to put inside. They can be... weirdly shaped pomegranates or something. The bag barely fit two cranberries, so I'm not sure what it's meant for at human scale, but it works perfectly for Bella.

Panaba - Fleece + Feather Studios Raccoon

I haven't spent very much time sharing information about the character's in Bella's story (it used to be Mali's story, but let's face it, Bella is the star), but Bella is a bit of a wanderer, so finding her in strange places - like sitting under a tree in the desert - it not uncommon. 

Panaba - Fleece + Feather Studios Raccoon

Since Panaba has become part of Bella's world, it's been fun trying to think up scenarios between the two of them. Panaba is a bit of a greedy sneak thief, so incorporating that aspect of her into a picnic was pretty easy!

When I first found her name, I checked online to make sure it didn't mean anything horrible, and found a 'name meaning' site that had an eerily similar definition to how I wanted her to be. It seems like that site is gone now, but I managed to salvage a few keywords: ambitious, organized, practical, successful, selfish, and materialistic.

That makes her come off a little worse than intended, but hopefully there will be more chances for you to get to know Panaba in the near future.

Still, the best way to get Panaba to stop stealing food, is to thoroughly distract her. Seems like the cactuses did the trick!

Bella and Panaba - Fairyland Minifee tan Rheia and Fleece + Feather Studios Raccoon

I hope you liked this little look into Bella's life, if you want to see more of the photos, please check out my Flickr album.

I'm hoping to have some more sewing updates for you all soon too. I got some cool fabrics in Arizona that I'm dying to try out, but commissions first! Hope you're all doing well! 

*'break' might be a strong word as I still had a lot of work to do, but at least I didn't have to go to campus. :p

Friday, 30 September 2016

Etsy Update: September 30th @ 7pm EST

inEssence Creations - Sydney Dress; Bella - Minifee Rheia

Hi everyone!

To round off the anniversary funness, I'll be updating my Etsy shop tonight at 7pm. Unfortunately, it's not going to be as giant as I had planned due to some irritating issues with prototyping. My apologies for that. :(

However, there are still some new items and older designs in new fabrics going up (and a lot of purple! and Bisou Ai stuff! Finally!), so I hope you'll enjoy. <3

Hopefully I can work out the kinks in the other items and have them out soon. Until then, thank you all again for your support. It means more than I can say. You are amazing. <3

Monday, 19 September 2016

Mini Giveaway: Art Contest!

Hello again everyone!

It's time for another 5th Anniversary Fun Fair activity!

This one is a little bit more work for you, but hopefully still enjoyable - the challenge is to draw one (or more if you're feeling ambitious ;P) of my 4 character dolls. It doesn't have to be coloured, you can do chibi, realistic, draw them as cats, up to you! The most important thing is that they be recognizable as the character you are depicting - so pay attention to Mali's hair and Bella's bitchface, but feel free to get crazy with Tobi's hair and outfits.

To help you out (because I am a fail and don't post about my girls very often) here's a photo of each of them and a few words to describe their personality. For more in-depth information, you can also read the answers to the 20-ish questions set I posted a while ago: [link], or check their '10 Facts' on the 'About my Dolls' tab.

Mali - Minifee Shushu, Tobi - Unoa Lusis, Bella - Minifee Rheia, Jonas - Bisou Ai Bonbon

This giveaway is only open for 5 days from September 19th-23rd. Entries will be taken on Instagram: #inessencedrawme, or you can post it wherever and comment the link here.
** Contest has been extended to September 26th because weekends**

The prize is the winners choice of one of three custom items: a custom wrap bracelet, or a custom cropped (or regular length if you prefer) shirt, or a custom butterfly cardigan.* Wrap bracelets can be made for any size, but the top/cardigan is only available for MNF. 

I will be picking my favourite entry, so this will not be a random draw like the big giveaway. This is meant to be just for fun, so please be respectful of others and above all, enjoy yourself. Please don't stress. <3

*I might be willing to make something else around the same price point if you really have your heart set on a different thing. ;)