April Showers

… bring May flowers!

The newest version of my Pocket Dress design, Spring Umbrellas, is available now!


Parasol Doll Spring Umbrellas

I was really happy to finally use this fabric because it’s pretty special; it is vintage designed by none other than Charles & Ray Eames!
In my experience, I’ve only found heavier upholstery fabrics in an Eames print, so I was double lucky to find something so lightweight and with umbrellas. hooray!

The other aspect that makes this dress a bit unique are the sneaky* pockets in the front colorblock section. There are two pockets and the buttons accent their locations. In this dress, Blythe can pick wildflowers, collect frogs, and hide her lollipops from the other dolls. They can also hold many of the adorable playscale printables by Bees Knees Industries.
I think the seed packets are especially appropriate!

Happy Spring dollettes! ❥ Maggie

*as named by Monica!

Kaleidoscope Dress Commission List

The Parasol Doll Kaleidoscope Dress Set Commission List is currently closed.

Thank you so much!

❥ Maggie

– Kaleidoscope Dresses –

I had an aha! moment while working on this last batch of dresses and I am changing the name of this design for the third (and final) time, I promise!

They will henceforth be known as Kaleidoscope Dresses!

Kaleidoscope Girls

There will be a shop update tomorrow with a few of both Silver and Gold colorways.
One dress in each colorway per person please.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 2pm PST

Here is a handy dandy list of some timezones for the update:

  • Portland (U.S.A. – Oregon) Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 2:00:00 PM PST
  • New York (U.S.A. – New York) Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 5:00:00 PM EST
  • London (United Kingdom – England) Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 10:00:00 PM GMT
  • Sydney (Australia – New South Wales) Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 9:00:00 AM AEDT
  • Tokyo (Japan) Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 7:00:00 AM JST

I will be out of town this weekend, Friday Feb 13 – Sunday Feb 15, and will open up a commission list for each colorway of Kaleidoscope dress when I return.
I will be limiting the number of names I accept, but hope to open the list much more often.

Thank you so much! ❥ Maggie

Psychedelic Hearts

Hiya kittens!

The next design I am working on is the Psychedelic Heart Dresses!
I first debuted the Gold version at BlytheCon Seattle. Pictured here is the Silver version.
The original dress had a different name, but I always thought of them as the psychedelic dresses. Once Erica told me they reminded her of 70’s band posters, it confirmed the name!

Psychedelic Heart Dress in Silver

I am currently working on a batch for a shop update, then I will be opening up a small commission list for each version. I will be limiting the number of commissions I accept, but plan on opening the list much more often. No dolly should have to wait very long for new dresses!
I will also be trying out a new fillable form for commissions. Soon, soon, soon!

❥ Maggie

Shop Update – Macaron Dress Sets

Surprise! Macaron Dress sets are ready!

♠ SHOP ♠


Have a great weekend!
❥ Maggie

Macaron Batches!

Happy New Year Lovelies!

It brings me great pleasure to announce the Macaron Dress commission list is complete!
If you were not on the commission list, there will be a shop update with four different colors of Macaron dresses very soon!
Enormous thanks to each and every one of my customers and supporters. I hope you all love your dresses as much as I have enjoyed making them for you!

MentheMacaron2_01 MacaronRose_01

What’s up next for Parasol Doll?

My next sewing project will be a blue/green/silver version of the psychedelic rainbow design that debuted at BlytheCon Seattle. The first batch will be for a shop update.
Then, I will be opening up a small commission list for each colorway.
My plan is to keep smaller commission lists for each design I am working on so customers are not left waiting for months and I can open them up more often.

❥ Maggie

BCEU Paris 2015

Hooray! I was chosen as a vendor for BlytheCon Europe 2015 in Paris!

I can’t wait to see all my friends, meet new people and enjoy summertime in France. HelloMiss.Quito and I are already planning our visit to Versailles!

BCEU Paris 2015 Vendors

Will I see you there?

❥ Maggie

The Lovely Citron Macaron

Hi hi doll faces!

Long time, no sew!*
I’m currently putting the finishing touches on a batch of Macaron Dresses in the loveliest, happy making Citron color! These dresses are as warm and bright as the unseasonably sunshiney autumn days we’ve been enjoying here in Portland.

I will be fulfilling the commissioned orders for the Macaron list, but I will have a few of these lovelies up for grabs in my shop this week. I’ll announce the update tout de suite!

Citron Macaron

*In August, I was hospitalized with Meningitis (inflammation of the membranes (meninges) surrounding your brain and spinal cord). I was diagnosed with the viral, not bacterial variety, but I had a bad reaction to the antibiotics given to me just in case it was bacterial. This lengthened my recovery time and since my immune system was exhausted, I caught every little cold and sickness possible for months afterwards. I am incredibly grateful to be fully recovered and for the medical care that saved my life.

I will be finishing up the last few commissions on the Macaron List and then I will open up a list for the psychedelic rainbow dresses. Thank you all for your continued enthusiasm!

❥ Maggie

Design & Contrast

I fell in love with this fabric and knew I needed to make a dress out of it. After three prototypes where I tried to match contrasting fabrics to the myriad of colors in the print, I realized that I had to approach this dress differently.
The background is a pale dove grey, not the normal white or off-white. When I used a coordinating fabric as a collar, sleeve or panel on the skirt, it would make the print look muddy and put too much emphasis on that color family. Sometimes the solutions are what is not right in front of your face – I needed to add what was missing.
After trying out my idea as a gift for a dear friend, I knew I had found the right balance. Since then, I have shortened the skirt a little and sewed the lace into a peter pan collar with gold bead accents. A little gold belt and a fluffy crinoline finish the piece.
The Parasol Doll ‘Doll Hearts’ Dress – Bold and sweet!

Lucie In the Sky with Diamonds

I will be spending the next 1.5 days trying to finish a batch for BlytheCon US in Seattle. *fingers crossed*
Since I’m waiting on lace from France before I can continue work on Macaron dresses, I’ll be making some for the shop soon! I also have a blue color way that I will accent with silver.

Hope you overcome a little challenge today too!

❥ Maggie

BlytheCon Europe 2014!

I simply can not rave enough about the amazing event that is BlytheCon Europe! I have been super lucky (and very determined) to attend/vend all three years of its existence and every year, the organizers do a fantastic job. This year, Joelle and Filipa knocked our socks off!

Parasol Doll

Sadly, I forgot to take a photo of my own table, but luckily, Linda took one! ♥

A giant hug to everyone who stopped by my table! Seeing good friends, meeting new faces, creating and playing together are the reasons I make in person doll events a priority. I leave them full on crazy in-love-with-life. You are all adorable and extraordinary!

BlytheCon Europe 2014 also ushered in the debut of JOHNNDO!
Johnndo is a spectacular spectacle and the king of inspired selfies!

Johnndo at the Airport
It all came about when our good friend, John, had to cancel his trip to BCEU.
I met John at the first BCEU in Berlin and this year was supposed to be his first time vending. Kismet interrupted.
That would not do, so I devised a plan with Monica to bring John with us, if only in spirit. It was decided that Monica’s Wataru, Mondo, would wear a John mask to the event and the Recalcitrant Johnndo was born!

The adventures don’t stop there – I’ll be in Seattle for BCUS in less than two weeks!
Let us hope that a worm hole is not created by John and Johnndo being in the same room together. I hope to see you all there!

❥ Maggie