About Me

I love designing and creating. It is really nice to connect with others who love to sew.

I am retired now and have always liked to sew. I started with clothes for myself and then my children as well. Late in life I discovered the pleasures of patchwork and after making a few quilts I started on smaller things like table mats and bags and purses. They provide short term satisfaction while you work on something bigger but I needed more.
I wanted the pleasure of using lots of different apparel fabrics but the convenience of small projects. Making doll clothes was great fun but finding patterns for a hobby project was difficult. I made a gradual move into designing my own patterns with a view to sharing them in various ways.


Why doll clothes?
Sewing and designing are my passions.
I was looking for a way to use beautiful fabrics and make all sorts or designs.
Making and selling doll clothes patterns evolved slowly over a few years. I wanted something fun to make and thought about bags and purses for people but there just isn't enough variety there. That's when I thought making doll clothes and designing my own patterns would be perfect. I can satisfy my passions as well as share my ideas easily.

Why sell them at all?
My passion is designing and sewing. It is not a big step to drawing the patterns and writing the instructions. I see this business spinoff from my hobby as helping to fund more fabric and notions. I wouldn't normally do vector drawings of the pattern pieces or write instructions so I think it is fair to charge for this service.

My philosophy
I like value for money so I thought about what I wanted when I bought a pattern.

I wanted something a bit creative or at least with the potential to be made into a variety of looks - a pyjama shirt and pull on pants is not something I would pay money for.

I wanted a pattern that did more than just make one outfit so I created the pattern range concept where every sleeve or bodice or skirt could be swapped around to make similar designs with whole new looks. I started with Snugfit and Loosefit then realised I needed something bigger for thick fabrics or big coats so I added Largefit. I also decided to make a Knitfit range. These will have to be fine knit and bulky knit.

I wanted the possibility of creating completely new designs by combining pattern elements from different designs in my pattern ranges with no drafting skills needed. My Valspierssews Design System is in the works.
I wanted a price that didn't make too big a dent in the wallet but added lots of new clothes to my doll's wardrobe.

Plans for the future
I was pleasantly surprised at how popular my patterns were. I love connecting with all the lovely ladies who sew doll clothes for all sorts of reasons.

2017
My most recent developments have been becoming a business in the eyes of the tax department and not just a hobby. I now have to do financial reports and get back into doing a tax return. 

I have also started sending out a regular newsletter to keep my followers informed of what is happening with my designs. Not everyone uses the same social media platforms so a newsletter is a good way to keep in touch with everyone at once.

2018 and beyond
I have been working on an ebook with information and ideas for creating a whole year's wardrobe for your dolls. It will have the info version and the info + patterns version so those who have all my patterns can still get into making the wardrobe.

I am also putting together a series of diagrams of my designs drawn to scale so you can create original designs without any need for drafting skills. It will be called the Valspierssews Design System.

All of this takes organisation, commitment and self discipline so I am also working on a "100 Days Journal" that I have formatted for A5 paper and is perfect to use in one of your spare gorgeous leather personal planners. I have several from Kikki-K that I love to use for my journals and not just as diaries. See more about my organisation on my Organising blog.


My sewing zone

My planning zone


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Enjoy my patterns,
Val