Interview – Atelier Matin

It is our great pleasure to bring to you an exclusive interview with Matin Sensei of Atelier Matin. Here is his Japanese blog – どすこい!お人形小物製作道. (Sensei is respectful way to address someone as a teacher or a master of a skill)

Matin sensei is the maker of many cool eyewear and accessories for a great variety of dolls, notably Love Beam Gun and the wonderful Sofa kits which is only available in Japan at the moment. The brand Atelier Matin has graced many different Doll shows in Japan with limited hand made items for sale, and Matin sensei had held some work shops for doll owners to make their own customised doll Sofa and Couches.
You may also wish to check out the Atelier Matin Flickr group with many photos submitted by others who own his wonderful creations.
We have been very lucky that Matin sensei had made some of his hand made with love items, occassionally available thru the internet from ebay to etsy, more information is at Yahoo group.
Imagine during our last trip to Tokyo for the Blythe beauty contest, when Matin sensei asked if we were interested to get a sofa kit… The answer is of course YES!!!
Interview start:

1) puppy52dolls: Konnichiwa Matin sensei! Thank you for taking your precious time to do this interview with us! First question, when was the first time you were inspired to create accessories for dolls, and do you remember what is the first item you made? (Do you still keep it?)

Matin sensei: Hello Chun-san. Thank you for giving me such a nice opportunity. The encounter with me and the doll is five years ago. I got to know with a new friend then. She was a fan of Takara Jenny. When she found out that crafting is my hobby, she suggested that I try to make sofas for dolls. I came to put sofas, closets and doll size torsos on Yahoo Japan Auction in a few months. It’s the beginning of it all. I didn’t understand anything about dolls in those days. They were merely models for my works.

I don’t keep most of my works. Because I love making them than using them, and the pleasure of the customer is my main motivation of making them.

2) puppy52dolls: Do you have a favourite character or doll in your collection which you like? If yes what is it and why?

Matin sensei: I like Blythe the best. An encounter with Blythe was a turning point for me. Blythe has many characteristics unlike all other dolls as you know. I was attracted to this mysterious doll. But my interest went to the gimmick of eyes and knees rather than the charm of the doll itself. An encounter with Blythe brought me an encounter with the resin casting that I have never experienced.

And it brought me an encounter with the many wonderful dolls person like you.
puppy52dolls: Ahh! Domo arigato ^o^! We are glad that blythe brought us all together!
3) puppy52dolls: I remember seeing some photos on how a sofa is made on your flickr, the method where fabric is inserted is inspired by a traditional Japanese craft?

This is the image and a link I saw from one of your comment Making of KIMEKOMI dolls Have you made Kimekomi dolls before? It is a brillant idea to convert it for use of something modern — a Sofa!

Matin sensei: Yes, the method of sofa making is an application of KIMEKOMI method that is Japanese traditional craft. But I have never made KIMEKOMI dolls before. I got the skill of sofa making after repeated trial and error through the practice. I think the design is more important than the skill of sofa making. Shape of sofa and choice of fabric are the most important. Especially, nice choice of fabric maximize the charm of doll. In my workshop using the kits I provided, a student is able to make his/her “own sofa” by using their choice of fabric.

4) puppy52dolls: How did you learn to make doll accessories? Is it self taught/self study or is there someone you learnt from?

Matin sensei: I learned most skills from my experience. I made small things with paper, wood, stone, metal, glass and various material since before having made the accessories for doll. I was able to apply many of the experience to the making of accessories for doll. We can learn know-how from a person and a book, but can get a skill only by own experience.


5) puppy52dolls: Do you think you will sell sofa kits internationally in future?

Matin sensei: I do plan to sell the sofa kit on my etsy. But the kit will be very limited in number because it is completely handmade. In additional problem is that shipping cost is high. I think two solutions will solve those problems. One is to mass-produce sofa bases with Styrofoam. The other is to disclose how to make sofa bases as an open text. There is a plan to do the sofa base making workshop as the first step.

puppy52dolls: Wow that is very generous of you to consider disclosing what you have found thru your experience! I personally hope maybe I will be able to try to design a sofa by inspiration from your works :)

6) puppy52dolls: If you made a mistake when you make a test, what happens to the “mistake”?

Matin sensei: I always make mistakes. I sometimes make an unbelievable stupid mistake and wasted much money and time. Because I have no skillful hand, I can get a skill only by learning from mistake. But I think that it is a good point of hobby.

puppy52dolls: I think Matin san is very humble, but I agree that we often learn a lot from mistakes made :)

7) puppy52dolls: Is there anything you wish to say to your supporters/fans of your work?

Matin sensei: Thank you for seeing my works and leaving nice comments on my flickr. I always hope to accept all the people who want to buy or order my works. But I couldn’t and I’m sorry. I will make a lot of mistake to be able to make a lot of works, Thank you!

puppy52dolls: Thank you so much for your time and please keep up the great work! :D



[ Dollfie Dream Geta ]
– an improvised project.

[Dollfie Dream Paper Bunny Ears ]
– Dollfie Dream, can be adapted for other dolls.

[Halloween Paper Hand Puppets]
– This template will fit blythes, Licca and dolls with similar sized hands.

[Halloween Paper Wings]
[Halloween Paper Wings – printer free version]
– This template will fit blythes, Lati yellow and dolls with similar shoulder size and height.


[Dollfie Dream Socks – printer free version ]
– Dollfie Dream, can be adapted for other dolls.

[Santa’s Hat pattern – printer free version]
– Blythe, can be adapted for other dolls.

[Xmas Stockings – printer free version]
–  Any dolls with feet, even human size is possible.

[Sewing a Simple Camisole]
– Blythe, back can be adjusted for similar sized dolls.

PS: Check out [ Jadepixel Doll Lab ] by a talented doll owner for a bunch more awesome resources on Dollfie Dream pattern/sewing etc!


[Kips for tightening loose joints]
– Mini Dollfie Dream joint adjustment.

Daisy and Clover

Blythe beauty semi-finalist 2007

Currently Daisy and Clover are visiting for a while, as a wonderful lady collector I know kindly dropped her off where I work at — a wonderful surprise to be reunited with the two, who had travelled around Japan then made their way back after being auctioned off for charity :)

We remained the semi-finalists this time round but we wish to congratulate the wonderful finalist entries! It was an amazing experience and we hope to try again next year!

Why Daisy and Clover?
Daisy is named after one of my favourite flowers, and Clover for a little bit of luck!

Daisy and Clover was mentioned on :D below is screen capture!

Loosely translated (Thanks Natsuko!):
Based on the song “Mary had a Little Lamb”. The pull ring forms the collar for the puppet lamb and so the two (Daisy and Clover) are always together. Wiggle your finger and you can show off the lamb puppet. How very cute!

Since the inspiration is of American origin, my Blythe custom reincarnates as a young Caucasian lady, who is a child at heart. Her name is Daisy and she is a kindergarten teacher in her twenties. During her leisure hours, Daisy and her puppet lamb, Clover, are an inseparable pair, just like in the nursery rhyme!

Daisy’s outfits are designed to be versatile. They can be mix and matched such that she can be a girly girl indoors and an adventurous tomboy outdoors. A feature of the outfits is a pocket on the pinafore dress, which fits and hides the pull ring when it is not being used as a collar for the lamb

I wanted to give Daisy a child-like quality so I mixed a pastel pink for lips and blush, and picked brown, a rather neutral colour, for her eye shadow to give her eyes some definition. I remembered seeing a superior face mold Blythe (French Trench) with curly hair with bangs, she look extremely child-like, so I decided to select a doll with short curly hair.

I was very close to picking my favorite primmadolly 2, Saffy, but I decided that a Blythe with a center part will be better for the hair style I have in mind. In the end, SBL Pinafore Purple is my choice, since I feel that the slightly dark blond of pinafore purple’s hair makes her appear fair skinned.

Clover can follow Mary everywhere if it is attached to her in some way other than just affection. Therefore, test patterns and proto-types were experimented with to ensure the final puppet fits in securely by slipping the body thru the hole of the pull ring. A bell is sewn as the tail of Clover, so if it drops on the floor by accident when not wearing the pull ring collar, the bell tinkles. Clover can also be a small finger puppet for the Blythe doll owner.

List of customizations made:
Hair: Bangs have been cut and slightly curled to achieve a curled wispy look
Face: Sand matted carefully, lips were hand painted with a custom shape inspired a little by kenner lips, blush and eye shadow airbrushed. Human eyelashes with texture similar to EBL lashes were used to replace her original lashes and the front eye chips had been changed to turquoise green and dark brown.
Body: A gingham ribbon bow has been added to the pull ring, which also acts as a collar for her companion.

Items included:
Clover (puppet lamb), sun-bonnet, pinafore dress with a pocket which fits pull ring, collared top, pants (with working side and back pockets), ankle socks with fold down lace detail and little flower applique, a pair of bows sewn on hairclips, bra and underwear, pink rubber mary janes.


Dollfie Dream / 60cm Dolls and other BJD


Toy/ Doll related resources and blogs


Blythe  (in no particular order)


Other Dolls / Licca / Vintage / Azone / Similar sizes


This site is about puppy52’s dolls, toys and dolls related crafts :D
Why “52”? I was told by a girlfriend 52 looks like a heart shape as a pager code, I guess since domains like puppylove, puppyluv were long taken up, I’ll use puppy52 for my first online gallery. Puppy52 had stuck for more than 10 years now and over period, puppy52 expanded into dolly related area under puppy52doll. And now Puppy 52 dolls (with the extra “s”)  is born in 2009!

Below is photo taken July 5 2009 at our previous home office.

This expanding doll hobby all started with one blythe doll, over time it grew and extended into other types of toys and hobbies like making clothes, to entering a “Blythe beauty contest” (Which included conceptualizing, customizing and sewing for the base doll)…

Loosely translated of above:
Based on the song Mary had a Little Lamb. The pull ring forms the collar for the puppet lamb and so the two (Daisy and Clover) are always together. Wiggle your finger and you can show off the lamb puppet. How very cute!

More on Daisy and Clover

I have also met many new friends who share the same love for the hobby. In 2009 I joined forces with 2 talented girls, Yuki and Mai to create another custom blythe – Glacier Lily, for the Blythe Beauty Contest 2009, and we managed to become a finalist as well!

While I am currently distracted with my love for Volk’s Dollfie Dream, I still love my blythe dolls, and time to time I still get tempted…  Currently, I have them displayed in my “Sewing Dungeon” as my husband fondly nicknamed it, mainly due to that that little nook of a room does not have any windows. But I like that it is a cozy place I can get creative (=Messy ^^; ).

Below is photo taken May 8 2010. Big thanks to my husband for helping me sort out the shelves :)

I still do some part-time illustration work time to time, and post my art on when I get a chance to :) Some of my more current illustration works are done for notably Mirai fox and Working Mirai‘s images. It was thanks to Danny that I got hooked onto Dollfie Dream. ^^;  I was also had the pleasure to work with Danny to create some doll clothing for Danny’s lovely Dollfie Dream musumes.

Since I use a laptop, I tend to move around in the house depending on the most optimum conditions to work with.  My work space was being featured on Otacool and now Otacool 3 too ^o^!

Below is photo taken Nov 16 2009, we just moved in and the Dollfie dream girls were finally set free from their box ^^;

Thanks for reading to this far! :) I may add more or edit the contents later :)

Most current addition to the doll family

A very new experience with my first Momoko doll.
No name yet, sewed a couple things for her as “warm up sewing”. Patterns from dolly coordinates ^^

Tank top made with pattern from dolly coordinate 1, page 50
Pants made with pattern from dolly coordinate 3, page 52
Converse (for Blythes) by Takara
Bag from re-ment set

Isabelle (Rosey Red Blythe)

Still rather busy with non doll related stuff, but today I have a reason to take some dolly pictures :) Today’s model is Isabelle, a Roesy Red (RR) adopted sometime last year from blythou ^^/

this is probably my favourite of the lot, lovely dress by awonderfultreat ^^

A few more shots here ^^

Singapore is having it’s first ever Toy and Comic convention, for more information check it out at! And the exciting part is, among all other exhibitors, CWC is taking part with their “Blythe Stylish Creations” exhibition!