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Etsy Fee Increases

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TLDR version: Prices will go up ONLY ON ETSY.  I'm adding a permanent sale to the shop which will remove the increase if you buy 3 or more patterns at a time.  (Prices on RequiemArt.com will not increase) When Etsy announced that they were increasing their fees in 2018, I calculated it out to see how it would affect me: about a 20% increase over existing fees.  Wait, a 20% increase?  How do you get that when you go from 3.5 to 5%?  Here's the thing: you go up 1.5%, but the INCREASE is 43%.  Calculated in with the rest...

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Welcome to the new RequiemArt.com!

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First, welcome to the people who've never been here before!  You're pretty much the reason I put a shop here. RequiemArt.com has been my website full of doll repair and customizing tutorials since 2005. As my customizing hobby led to a doll pattern making part time, and then full time job, a lot of tutorials on sewing and sizing ended up here, too.  Unfortunately, most of my customers through my Etsy/other digital marketplace shops didn't know about it, or bother to follow the link at the bottom of my listings for all the free, helpful info.  I decided that if...

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2018 Articulated Harry Potter Doll review

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I've been pretty excited about these!  A new line of articulated Harry Potter dolls with Ron, Harry, Hermione & Ginny with adult McGonagall and Dumbledore (no Snape? Boo!) Anyhoo, they obviously had articulation, but they were kid sizes so did that mean that finally Skipper would have some articulated options?  OMG!  Finally!    So when I saw Hermione in the store (note, these guys seem to be sold in cases by character, so your store may not get all the characters but you also don't have to worry about having 1 Harry in a box of 5 Rons for whatever reason),...

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Can Fashion Royalty/Integrity lines use Medium Girl patterns?

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(Yes!) At the 1/4 aka 16" scale, (Poppy Parker Teen, FR:16 and Tulabelle 16) they all have the same proportions and so are easy to design for.  They're one of the dolls I regularly test my 1/4 patterns on. At 1/6 scale though, things got way more complicated! There are dozens of bodies, and I admit I was intimidated by them into staying away from sewing for them for a long time!   But people often ask about them, and I would really like to see my clothes on such cool dolls, so after looking at HUNDREDS of pictures, I...

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Meet the new Kens: Slim, Original, Classic & Broad

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When the new Ken dolls were announced, most things I read about them talked about how the new "broad" and "slim" sizes were joining the original size.  That isn't really the case.  The new "Original" ken is as much of a new body as the other two.  I thought it might be possible "original" refers to the actual original Ken, who was much less beefy in his early years than the one introduced in the late 60s because it is a lot more similar to that than the later one: (not my pic) ...But I'm going to say no.  Until...

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