About Us

...and by 'us' I mean my shop, Requiem Art Designs, and me, Gwendolyn! 

How did all this start? Good question!

When I was a kid, I learned to sew by sewing for my dolls.  I think that's how it is with most kids--the attention span needed for doll clothes is just about what an average 7 year old can handle.

I didn't go on to art school for fashion, which is probably for the best. Until you get to dolls as big as human infants (like the 18" kid doll lines) trying to do things the 'proper' (aka best for humans) way will usually just get you headaches and chunky clothes.

I do have a background for mechanical drafting, though.  Dolls need a very narrow margin of error and exact measurements to get good results--which is a lot more like what you'd need if you were making a blueprint than a human fashion pattern. 

Dolls have been my hobby for a long time--I customized them, and made tutorials for customizing and repairing/restoring them.  When I made my own dolls, I designed patterns for nice-fitting clothes for my own use until 2012, when everyone's favorite Monster dolls came out.  These awesome fashion dolls had no fashion packs, and no patterns.  Because of that, people started to get interested in sewing doll clothes, and as one of the few people already doing it, I got asked to make some patterns, so I did, using a combination of traditional sewing patterns and blueprint type detail.

After a few years it started to do the magical thing that every artist/entrepreneur aspires to (pay for groceries) and eventually I decided to make it my full time thing.

So now this is me!  I do what I like to do, which helps make other people happy and even sometimes goes on to help them make other people happy!  Best job in the world :)


Apart from my patterns, I've also made Amelia, a Pullip doll that was produced as a 400-doll limited edition PullipStyle store exclusive. She broke sales records by becoming the store's best seller for the entire year within 24 hours of being released.  She's long sold out now, but who knows, maybe there'll be a sequel ;)