Interview with Cherry Dolls Boutique for DolkUS

Nicole of Cherry Dolls Boutique is a talented seamstress in the BJD hobby. They reside in New Zealand and her clothing is both cute and unique. Most of their clothing is premade with a 1-2 week mailing period. Tho, she does occassionally accept commissions. They are always expanding and creating new things for those in the hobby. So check her shop out. You just might find your dream bjd outfit there.

Interview-

Q: So what brought you into the hobby? And how long have you been in it?

A: I have always loved dolls ever since I was little… And always loved to create and do something artistic, I only found out about bjd Last 2015. So, I am in this hobby for 3 years now ๐Ÿ™‚ .

Q: Wow, 3 years thats amazing! What is your favorite part of the hobby?

A: My favourite part of the hobby is making clothes/outfits, accessories (I am still experimenting on shoes), doing their faceups. Well it’s kinda like dressing up your own child XD .

Q: When did you start sewing for bjds and what made you start creating clothing for them?

A: Well, ever since I was a kid I have taught myself how to sew… I’ve started making clothes for bjds last 2015.

Q:That’s inspiring that you have taught yourself to sew since you were a child. What is your favorite style to sew, colors and what materials do you love to sew with?

A: Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ My favourite style to sew is more like a pastel princess or harajuku style? I love the colour pink and any soft colours really. But I am pretty flexible, I’d love to try any style, it is more adventurous that way. My favourite materials to sew with… Mostly cotton fabric, and anything stretchy and laced ^-^ .

Q: Which size doll is your favorite to own and to sew for?

A: At the moment, SD size dolls ๐Ÿ™‚ my dollfiedream and smartdolls (if smartdolls count as bjd) I am currently waiting for my Tori dollpamm to arrive, so I may have to start on 30cm bjd clothes then too ๐Ÿ™‚ .

Q: Congratulations on the Dollpamm Tori <3. What has been the most challenging aspect for sewing for bjds? Are there any other styles of clothing you might want to try sewing for bjds?

A: Thank you <3 the most challenging for me are collars XD (I find them quite annoying to sew for some reason lol) but I have done them before ๐Ÿ™‚ i might go for a darker themed clothing in the future, I missed out on halloween theme this year because I got too busy with other things. Oh, and also, I’d like to make real detailed shoes, it is still work in progress for that one.

Q: I bet you will end up making fabulous shoes for dolls. Are there any other creative areas in the hobby you might consider trying out?

A: I have started to sculpt my own BJD from time to time, when i do have time xD I hope to create my own line of dolls too ๐Ÿ™‚ .

Q: Can’t wait to see your dolls. You seem to have a large degree of artistic work in various areas of the hobby. What made you want to turn sewing into a business and what was the influence for your shops name, Cherry Dolls Boutique?

A: Yes XD I’m always itching to do something or create something. The reason why i turned it into a business is because I’d like to share my creations and also it was hard for me to find a job that time XD. And another reason is because of my friend, who told me that I should start earning something from what I love doing. Cherry dolls Boutique; I love cherries <3 they are one of my favourite fruits, the boutique part is because it’s kind of vintage or rococo? And also because of my auntie’s cake shop called “Boutique Cake’s” (their cakes are amazing!). And dolls, because of BJDs ๐Ÿ™‚ .

Q: The name is super cute and very rememberable. It’s sweet that your Auntie’s shop had a influence in it. How long has your business been established?

A: Well, it started off as a hobby, and its just this year that I made it official ๐Ÿ™‚ .

Q: How would you like to see your business grow? Any plans for the future?

A: I do love to see my business grow bigger, like having an actual shop to walk into, but there is a slim chance of that happening because BJD is not really know here in New Zealand yet. I was actually planing on a cafe and dolls too, but again, slim chance. Plans for the future… i haven’t really thought of setting one goal to be honest. My mind is always bursting with ideas and kept jumping to another, but yeah i hope to see my own doll sculpt finished in the future ๐Ÿ™‚ .

Q: You have been an absolutely delight and thank you so much sharing your time. Is there anything you’d like to say to those out there in the bjd hobby?

A: You are very welcome ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, “if anyone can do it, so can you. But remember to be patient, kind, and greatful” ๐Ÿ™‚ .

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