If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already know that there is a doll release planned for September! I thought I would make a blog post giving a little more detail about the upcoming release and a little more detail about my dolls in general! When I was in high school I met someone who owned an Asian BJD (ball jointed doll). She made all of their clothes and they were all very Japan-inspired. At the time, I was head over heels in love with Japanese culture (I guess I still am!). I started to save for one for myself. They are made of resin and are truly beautiful in their craftsmanship, so they are very pricey. I was only 16 and coming up with $400 was difficult, but I did it and ordered a Super Dollfie from Japan. She arrived and was completely customizable and beautiful. I immediately set out to making little dresses and outfits for her. I started to sell the dresses I was making right away to make up for the cost of the doll itself. They started to pick up speed and were selling pretty well. This was before Etsy, so all of my sales were done through eBay! Halfway through my summer, I decided to create a website to showcase my tiny designs. I taught myself basic HTML and made an entire website with HTML code. I’m clueless about it now, and am constantly amazed I was able to create a side bar and separate pages showing my work at such a young age (off topic, but that drive is precisely why I would like to homeschool/unschool Odin- when kids are encouraged to do what they love, they can be truly amazing!). The dresses started to increase in value and by the end of the summer, I was selling a doll dress for nearly $150. Needless to say, I made up for the initial cost of the doll and did end up buying a larger second BJD. Going to school distracted me from the dresses and I began working a real job in childcare (which I loved!).
When I graduated high school and went to college, I started to make this style doll, with the embroidered face and animal hoods. I only made them as gifts for friends and didn’t actually sell one until recently, even though I’ve been making them for almost eight years! These dolls definitely match my style of drawing and I’m really in love with them all. Through Instagram, many have shown an interest in buying one so I decided to draft an official pattern and begin making them. They are all unique and have many hand-sewn details. The faces are entirely hand embroidered and the bodies are a mix of hand and machine made. They are time consuming and will be priced as such (although I haven’t quite figured out what that price will be). I am planning on making a series of dolls that will have screen printed faces and slightly less handmade detail in my same style to offer at a lower price point. I would love to have creations available for everyone! I’m terrible at selling my work and am learning more every day about it and about what is fair for unique goods such as these. If I could, I would just make things to give away for the rest of forever. Giving things away makes me SO happy, it’s a little silly. To celebrate the upcoming release of these little loves, I will be hosting a giveaway with some other brilliant makers at the beginning of September. You will definitely want to keep watch in this space for more information (you can subscribe via e-mail or bloglovin’ here on the blog, or just keep checking back!).
I did plan for the dolls to be released in the middle of September but I will be away for most of the second half of the month, so I’ve decided to hold off until the end of September instead. I hope you’re just as excited as I am!
Dancey Pants Disco xx