Unnecessary Long Instructions for the BrickoMotion Minidoll Accessories Patterns
All of the BrickoMotion patterns come with the short and the long instructions. However, the short version leaves too much out and not even the long version has any pictures. So, I’m also providing you with these unnecessary long instructions with pictures.
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1. With the .pdf stored safely on your computer, it’s time to choose the paper you want to use. Thinner papers tear easily, especially on the elliptical part of the pattern that goes between the torso and the legs. Thicker papers can be unwieldly, and you might need to adjust the patterns a bit. You’ll have to lengthen the short dresses and trim the longer ones. Also, with a thicker paper it feels like the dolls are squeezing into the dresses rather than putting them on. I find the papers around 120 g/m2 are the best to work with. However, I have made it work with both the very thick ones and the very thin ones.
This is my printing paper. I chose it because it was available in a local store.
Check if your printer can print on your chosen paper/material. If yes, proceed to step 2. If not, print the pattern out on a paper your printer supports and then transfer it manually to the chosen one. Your printer might “not like” your chosen paper because of its size, thickness, texture, or color.
2. While printing, make sure you are using the correct paper for your .pdf size (Letter or A4) and print at 100% size (do not scale to printer margins). If not, your patterns will not print correctly, and they won’t fit onto the minidolls.
To preserve your printer ink, you can print only the page with the patterns and/or print in black and white. You’ll miss the majestic colorful skirt sketches I prepared for you, but I’ll forgive you. I agree you don’t really need them every time you print out the patterns.
Ready to create a new outfit!
That you shouldn’t print the patterns two sided should be obvious, and I won’t elaborate on that any further.
3. Cut, decorate, and fold. The order in which you’ll do that will vary depending on the pattern and your preferences.
Cut out the garments. I recommend cutting the elliptical parts with an exacto knife first. It prevents tearing and stress further down the line. The rest is not as fiddly, so you can use the cutter of your choice. The finished piece should have no visible borders on it.
My exacto knife is my best friend while cutting. And the cutting mat.
Try out if the skirt fits. If it doesn’t, cut off the excess parts until it does.
Decorating! My favorite part. Color the skirts. Or don’t. Especially if you’re creating monochrome outfits. The only rule is to have fun with it! Even if that means leaving the paper in its original glory.
Little mistakes happen. Try to concentrate on what you did well and keep in mind that you can always create yet another dress.
I like to repeat the design that’s featured on the torso. And add a few sparkles. It’s hard to go wrong with a few sparkles.
Feel free to first paint and then cut out the skirts. I prefer to cut first because then I know the exact size of what I’m decorating. In most cases, this is not a big issue. It becomes important only in the cases where you want to paint a border on a dress.
My Daughter painted this skirt as soon as the paper was out of the printer. Can you guess if she likes rainbows?
Fold the pattern if necessary. Some skirts require folding to live out their full potential. The folding lines are indicated on the pattern and should be taken more as guidelines than harsh rules. The decorating of some patterns will be easier, and some harder with the pattern already folded.
So many folds! Aaa! Scream! Panic! But it only seems intimidating before you try to fold it.
You can practice folding on a replaceable paper. No need to destroy that fabulous scrapbooking one on a warm up.
Oval motifs look especially intriguing on the finished skirts.
4. Put your masterpiece on a minidoll and marvel at its glory. Nuff said ;)
Isn't she lovely?
The last two steps are optional.
5. (Optional) Take a photo of the newly dressed minidoll. It will serve you well in the future when you look back on your past work.
The back often hides the best artwork, so don't forget to take a photo of it too.
6. (Optional) Share the photos on social media, or take a look at what others are doing, using #CraftyDressify
I’ll share the outfits I design, and I’ll be looking out for anything and everything you create. These patterns are meant to be a starting point for your imagination. So again, please, go wild. Try out different materials. Modify the designs. Do whatever comes to mind and remember that there are no mistakes, just crafty accidents.