Could you please introduce yourself to all BCEU attendees?
Hello there! My name is Mary and I love crafting more than anything else. I’m living my dream job, working full time creating doll clothes and tiny dollies.
I wish for my doll clothes to be realistic but also fun and easy to wear. I love making things that can be mix and match with other clothes to create unique looks for your dolls.
How and when did you join the Blythe community?
I met them at Bologna’s children book Fair in 2002, they had a booklet of Gina Garan’s book at Hasbro’s stall. It was an instant love crush. I got my first Blythe back in February 2004 and joined the forums around a year later.
Why did you start customizing / sewing / crafting?
I’ve been crafting all my life, ever since I was a kid I loved playing with clay and play dough, making tiny creatures or items. I also enjoyed drawing and painting. I began sewing for Blythe right away after receiving my first doll. Her name is Caroline and she was an SBL Velvet Minuet that I still keep. Mostly started like many back then trying out Bratz and Barbie clothes but couldn’t find anything that I really liked and it was not as easy as nowadays to find cute clothes for them, so I started making my own clothes.
Thanks to that first step I began taking sewing and pattern making classes at a civic centre in 2004. This lead to decide becoming a seamstress so I entered ‘Escola de la Dona’ here in Barcelona in 2006. I have my amazing teachers to thank for everything I learned and all the wonderful classes I took there.
MforMonkey was created in January 2006 with my first crochet hoodie custom order. Back then I was sewing clothes only for my own girls and it wasn’t until a year later that I started taking custom orders for clothes as well.
I’ve been customising since I got my first Blythe too, but so sporadically that I still have lots to learn. 🙂
Where do you find your inspiration?
Mostly from movies or TV series costumes, books, images that strike you and send your imagination to fly, some contemporary clothes I like. Fabrics talk to me at shops too, sometimes they will give you an idea for an outfit right on the spot. I also like starting from a period costume and turn it into something more close to today’s everyday wearing (like with the Keats pants). Everything can be a source of inspiration if your eyes are open and you let yourself be surprised by the small things around you.
What will you offer us in your stall?
Some Lederhosen sets, as well as some new cape sets are on the sewing table right now. I’m also working on more Woodland themed outfits, like the Bear sets and some MiniCamille’s too.
Lastly, could you tell us about your next projects?
I’m currently working on the Mushroom set for BCEU’s exhibition. There are some ideas for new sets I hope to finish too, and then start preparing BCUK’s clothes!