Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Of Bjd Fashion: Faux Button Down Tank Top and Skirt for Misako with a Tutorial

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Our newest doll, Misako has gone far too long without a decent set of clothing.  Therefore, I am pleased to find that Anna has finally sewn a new outfit.

A msd sized ball jointed doll (Misako) wearing her new outfit.  A button down tank top, floral print half circle skirt, pearl necklace with matching bracelet, and large lacy hair barrette.  She also is wearing her shoes and tights from before.

And doesn’t it look marvelous on Misako.

The complete new doll outfit laid flat.  You can easily see how wide the half-circle really is.

It consists of a casual sleeve-less top (she means a tank top), a floral half circle skirt, and a few accessories.  We will get to those momentarily.

I am concerned about the skirt.  It was made from the same fabric as one of my fine skirts.  Yet, I distinctly recall Anna promising to use the rest of said fabric to make a dress for me, preferable similar to this fine dress she made for herself.

No worries Hikaru, I still have more than enough to make a dress.  (Plus, I technically never promised to make it, you just decided on your own that I would make it and I went along.)

That is such a relief, maybe there’s enough left for accessories?

Anyway,  Anna decided to create tutorials and printable patterns for the “tank top” and skirt.  So others could sew this delightful warm weather Outfit.


Faux Button Down Tank Top and Half Circle Skirt for MSD Bjds


The Tank Top

A close up of the tank top as worn by the doll.  We will learn how to make this easy casual top for msd bjds.

Let’s start with the tank top.  It was designed to be a “faux” button down because I love the look but hate making button holes.

Plus, the overlapping fabric in front is kind of bulky on a doll.  Something I don’t want on things like light and airy tank tops.

You will need:


Msd Ball Jointed Doll Faux Button Down Tank Top Pattern

Here is the pattern for the tank top.  It was made based on Misako’s measurements which are post on the doll’s profile page.  It is intended to fit a little loosely though for a comfortable fit.

The cut pieces from the pattern for the tank top.  Two for the back and one for the front.

First cut your pieces according to the pattern from the t-shirt fabric.  One front piece and two back pieces.

Pin the shoulders of the front and back pieces together, then sew by hand or machine.

Pin the front pieces to the back at the shoulder a sew.

Pin and hem the arm hole area of the top on both sides.  Only have to fold once because t-shirt fabric doesn't unravel.

Then pin and hem the arm area of the top.  You only have fold edge once to hem since t-shirt fabric doesn’t actually unravel.

I sew the hem by hand using a back stitch so that the stitches will stretch with the fabric.  I sew from the right side so the outside stitches will look nice.

I hem by hand front the front side of the fabric using a back stitch (check out this doll tank top video tutorial for a demonstration of the back stitch.)

I use the back stitch so it will stretch with my fabric, and I sew from the front because the stitches look weird on the other side.  I want the weirdness on the inside of the top.

Make a fold down the front of the top and pin in place before sewing two rows of the stitches down the front to hold the fold in place.  This gives the shirt the look of a button down with out the trouble of sewing button holds or extra layers.

Anyway, here’s the interesting part.  You fold the fabric on itself in the center of the front and pin in place. 

A close up of the folded fabric from the side.  The fabric forms an S shape.

This is what the fabric should look like when folded.  The fold is only about 1/4 inch (about 1/2 cm.) wide, but you may need to make it wider to better fit your doll.

Here's the finished front of the shirt.  The rows of stitches are only a few milimeters apart because the folded fabric isn't very wide.

Sew the fold in place by making two rows of stitches down the front of you top.

Pin and side up the sides of the shirt.

Moving on, pin and sew the sides of your top.  Don’t forget to try the shirt on your doll before sewing to ensure a good fit.

Pin and hem the bottom edge of the shirt.  We only need to fold and pin once just like the arm holes.

Pin and hem the bottom of the tank top, just like we did with the arm area.

PIn and hem the back opening of the shirt.  Afterwards, we need to pin and hem the neckline, but a picture of this is missing.

Hem the back opening too, and lastly hem the neckline (I didn’t get a picture of that step).

Cut two or three small pieces of Velcro and sew in place to close the top.  You can use snaps too.

After hemming everything, sew on your closure of choice.  I prefer to cut two small pieces of soft Velcro and sew them on by hand.  Small snaps are a great choice as well.

Finish the top by sewing or gluing on small beads, flat back pearls/gem or tiny buttons down the front.  Add any other embellishments.

Finish off the top by adding buttons.  I glued on flat back pearls using Aleene’s Jewel-it.  I also recommend tiny faux pearls and other tiny beads.

Add any other embellishments you want like lace, ribbon bows, flowers, etc.


The Half Circle Skirt

A pretty floral print half circle skirt for a msd sized ball jointed doll.  The tutorial and pattern follows.

This half circle skirt was actually based on this tutorial for a knit skirt (intended for humans).  It’s a useful tutorial, especially if you want to make a skirt for someone larger or smaller in size.  I recommend using the hip measurement instead of the waist, and adding a little extra for a seam allowance if you aren’t sewing with a knit fabric.

Anyway, let’s get going on this skirt tutorial.

You will need:

  • Pretty fabric
  • (Optional) fabric for a lining if your fabric is thinner.
  • Thin elastic
  • The pattern below
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Small safety pin
  • (Optional) Sewing machine if you don’t want to sew by hand.


MSD Ball Jointed Doll Half Circle Skirt Pattern with Tutorial

Here is the pattern for the skirt.  Like the tank top, it was made based on Misako’s measurements which are listed on the dolls’ profile page.

The cut out piece for the half circle skirt.  There actually two layers of fabric here instead of one because this fabric is very thin.  They will be treated as only one layer, it's cheater method of making a "lining".

Cut one piece of fabric out of the pattern.  My fabric is a bit sheer, so I also cut a piece of lining fabric. 

However, I’m cheating at making a lining.  The two pieces are layered on top of each other and I am pretending they are just one piece of fabric instead of two.

Hem the bottom of the skirt.  Then double fold the top and sew to form a casing for the elastic for the waist.

Start by hemming the bottom edge of the skirt.  This fabric does fray, so you will need to double fold to hem.

You will also double fold and sew the top edge of the skirt to create a casing for your elastic.  Make sure it is large enough for the elastic.

Use a tiny safety pin or other tool to thread thin elastic through the casing.  Pin the ends of the elastic at each end of the casing.

Use a safety pin to thread the elastic through the casing.  You can used other tools instead, check out this doll tank top video tutorial for some examples.

Pin the elastic on each end of the skirt to secure it.

Pin the end of the skirt together and sew the back seam.  Sew at the top of this seam thoroughly because this secures the elastic for the waist.

Now pin the ends of the skirt together and sew.  In one step you can sew both the elastic and the back seam.

The completed doll sized half circle skirt.  It's half a circle, but flares out nicely for an a-line shape.

And now the skirt is ready to wear.  You can also add other details like bows and lace.

Now you have a new doll outfit that’s perfect for Spring/Summer.  Enjoy!

End of tutorial.


Now let us discuss the accessories. 

A set of doll sized faux pearl jewelry.  A necklace and bracelet made with small beads and elastic.

First we have this fine pearl jewelry set.  A necklace and matching bracelet made simply by threading 4 mm. faux pearls on elastic thread.

A hair clip for a doll made with pretty gathered lace and flat back pearls glued down the center.

To accentuate the hair, there is also this lovely hair clip, made from gathered lace and a few more pearls.

A close up of the side of the doll sized hair clip showing off the small barrette used as a base.

The base of this hair piece consists of a small barrette Anna purchased from a local craft store.

A close up of the hair clip worn by Misako.

See how lovely it looks in Misako’s hair.

Side view of Misako wearing her pretty new doll clothes and accessories.

The accessories do so much to complete this lovely new outfit.

A final front view of Misako the bjd wearing her new outfit.  It complements her softly curled hair and figure nicely.

Misako does seem pleased with her new clothing.  Though it is quite difficult to know for certain since she still doesn’t speak to anyone, especially not to myself. 

Oh well, she is finally appropriately dressed and that is what really matters.  And perhaps someday she will open up.

Until then, be at peace my dear readers.


What Misako is really thinking.

A shot of Misako's face.  She is thinking over what happened today.

“It was nice of her to make me this pretty stuff, but why?  I thought that white dress was nice.

And why does the noisy white haired doll fuss so much about it?  Maybe she wants more clothes too? If I asked her would she get mad?  Or would she make even more noise?  I don’t want that to happen. :(”

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Finding Doll Props: World’s Smallest and Lalaloopsy Blind Box Unboxing

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Anna made a quick trip to Target and returned with not one, but two brand new blind boxes for us to enjoy.

A white haired ball jointed doll (Hikaru) holding two blind boxes.  One is Lalaloopsy the other is for World's Smallest.

They seem quite different from the usual blind bags we’ve come to love (see Finding Doll Props: Surprising Blind Bags and Finding Doll Props: Blind Bags for Christmas). 

However, different does not mean dreadful, so let us quickly unbox them.

It's the blind box for World's Smallest, inside is a small size replica of a classic toy.  It's a surprise which one.

The first one is from a line call “World’s Smallest”.  These consist of small scale replicas of classic human toys and novelty items.

Anna says she first heard of them from a post on the bjd forum, Den of Angels.

Opening up the blind box.

Inside the box is the wrapped toy and a surprisingly extensive catalog of their other novelties.

A quick peek at the catalog that comes insde the World's Smallest brand blind box.

Several of the offerings look promising.

A tiny size version of a Duncan yo-yo, could it work for a doll?

Inside our box is a classic Duncan yo-yo.  It doesn’t exactly suit my tastes, but I suppose the children may enjoy learning to use it. 

The small yo-yo being help by a msd sized (1/4 scale) ball jointed doll.  It would probably work better for a larger size doll.

But alas, this fine yo-yo is a little too large for 1/4 scale dolls.  Perhaps the yo-yo would better suit a 1/3 scale bjd instead.  It is definitely to large for our 1/6 scale yosds.

Our msd sized doll, holding the yo-yo still while looking at two little yosd sized bjds.  They are looking through the catalog for World's Smallest brand toys.  Some of them may be the right size for them.

Anyway, Yuna and Sakura seem to be more interested in the other products made by this company. 

Wait, is that a small scale Barbie doll they are admiring?  Please no.

The Lalaloopsy blind box.

Next is the Lalaloopsy blind box.  According to Anna, Lalaloopsy is a line of play dolls designed to resemble sewn ragdolls.  How quaint.

The Lalaloopsy blind box.  It's cute, pink and ready to be opened.  Let's see what surprise lies inside.

The unwrapped box is quite pretty, it looks like a large purse or possibly a trunk.

The inside of a Lalaloopsy blind box.

Tucked inside, we have the wrapped doll and accessories and a catalog of all the different Lalaloopsy figures to collect.

A Lalaloopsy blind box doll, she is beach themed.

Here we have the darling little doll and her parts. 

How adorable, she wears a wig as well.  It’s not quite as fine as my own, but apples to oranges.

A Lalaloopsy blind box doll, she is beach themed.

Here is the little doll all dressed and ready for a day at the beach.  It would appear that most of the dolls are based on such amusing themes.

A Lalaloopsy blind bag doll being held by a msd sized ball jointed doll to compare the size.  The Lalaloopsy doll is dressed for the beach.

This Lalaloopsy doll is the perfect size to be a plaything for any young ball jointed doll.

A msd sized ball jointed doll holding a lalaloopsy doll while two smaller yosd sized ball jointed dolls are looking at it and asking to play with it.

“Ooooo, what is that? It’s so cute!  Can I have it?!  Can I play with it now?! Well?”

Calm down Sakura dear.

“….Um…May I play with it too?…”

A msd sized ball jointed doll holding a lalaloopsy doll while two smaller yosd sized ball jointed dolls are looking at it and asking to play with it.  Now a second msd bjd is asking too.

“Oh, it’s so cute!  I want one too. :)”

No, not you too Usagi. 

Well, I shall have to settle this properly.

Trying to decide who gets to keep the toy.  The blond haired yosd bjd is counted out.

Now Sakura, didn’t you just receive those “cool” building sets (see Finding Doll Props: Kinder Joy Opening)?

And when was the last time you tidied up your other toys?

“Oh man..”

Trying to decide who gets to keep the toy.  The other msd bjd is counted out.

And really Usagi, don’t you think this toy should go to the actual children?

Closeup of the other msd sized ball jointed doll.  She is touching her hand to her face in the cute way she always does.

Don’t worry Usagi, there’s something special coming up for you.

“Really, yay! :)”

The pink haired yosd ball jointed doll gets to keep the Lalaloopsy toy.  She is happily playing with it.

So that means the little Lalaloopsy goes to Yuna.

All the other bjds are watching the pink haired yosd enjoy her new toy.

She will enjoy her new doll and take good care of it. 

However, there is still one more thing to settle.

Now all the bjds are staring at the cute pink box a few inches away.  It came with the Lalaloopsy and would be perfect to store other things in, but who gets to keep it.

Who gets to keep the pretty box.

Close up of our white haired narrator bjd as she has her final say.  She really wants to keep the pink box too.

This may not be so simple to resolve.  Wish us luck my dear readers.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Doll Owner’s Corner: Pros and Cons of Collecting

It’s the first of the month, time for another Doll Owner’s Corner.  When I, the doll owner, talk about anything at all.

This month’s topic:

Pros and Cons of Collecting Ball Jointed Dolls

The Pros and Cons of Collecting Ball Jointed Dolls


Pro - Dolls are so small and easy to collect, they take up so little space.

Con - One doll takes up very little space, but if you have several (plus accessories) they will take up all shelf/closet space in you room/home.


Pro - It’s fun to make and sew things for your dolls.

Con - If you aren’t good at sewing, trying to make doll clothes can be torture.


Pro - If you can’t sew doll clothes very well, there are tons of cute options for bjds from sites like Alice’s Collections and Dollmore.

Con - All those cute doll clothes sold online come with not so cute prices.  Imagine spending as much on your doll’s clothes as your own, and that’s assuming you can find clothes that fit your doll.


Pro - It can be easy and fun to shop for doll props and furniture in toy stores and such.

Con - It’s hard to tell your friends/family that your dolls “are not toys” if you shop for doll props at toy stores.


Pro - By carefully saving up for your doll purchases, you can learn so much about handling money responsibly.

Con - You could try to be responsible with your money, or you could just as easily spend your rent money on that must-have limited edition bjd.


Pro - You can actually earn money on the side selling your own handmade doll clothes or commissioning face ups and customization.

Con - To earn money making doll stuff, you first have to learn how to sew/paint/etc. and actually get good enough to earn something from it.


Pro - Doll collecting is an interesting hobby in general, and collecting bjds is particularly unique.

Con - Interesting hobby or not, it’s hard not to feel like you’re “that weirdo who collects creepy dolls” at times.


Pro - It’s fun to go places with your dolls and there are plenty of places to take them like conventions, meet ups, museums, etc.

Con - To take your dolls anywhere you first have to decide which ones to take, plus you have to pack them carefully to prevent any sort of damage on the way.  And that’s all assuming you are comfortable taking dolls out in public at all.


Pro - By buying from doll companies from other countries, you can learn fun and fascinating things about their culture.

Con - Dealing with language barriers.


Pro - All that time spent waiting for orders to be processed and your dolls to be shipped teaches the importance of patience.

Con - Waiting.  So much waiting.  Waiting for everything! 


Pro - The joy and excitement of receiving a package in the mail.  It’s your new doll and you can’t wait to unbox it.

Con - Getting your new doll in the mail and after wrestling through all the packaging to get the darn box open, suddenly getting hit with the strong smell of new resin (gag).


And that’s just a handful of the many fun and not so fun things about collecting bjds.  Have any more you would like to add?  Leave a comment below.


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Monday, April 30, 2018

Finding Doll Props: More Food Erasers and a Tea set?

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Oh, what joy!  Anna has brought home more delightful doll props, at least I am hoping.

A msd sized ball jointed doll holding two shopping bags, one for Target and the other for 99 Cents Only Store.

Anna made trips to both Target and the 99 Cents Only Store.

A ball jointed doll peeking in a Target shopping bag to see what's inside.

Well, let us first see what is in the Target bag.

A package of fun food shaped erasers bought from the party supply aisle at Target.

It’s a bulging package of food shaped erasers.  Anna says she found them among the party supplies.

They are quite similar to some of our previous food purchases (see Finding Doll Props: Erasers and Office Supplies and Find Doll Props: At the Party Store?).

A nicely arranged assortment of food shaped erasers including, ice cream cones, other frozen treats, cakes, hot dogs, sandwiches, hamburgers and french fries.

Quite an assortment of food, there are various cakes, ice cream, sandwiches, hamburgers, hotdogs and French fries.

Two ball jointed dolls looking at the assortment of cake shaped food erasers.

Almost all of it is junk food!  Couldn’t Anna have gotten something healthier?

“But Hikaru, I thought you loved cake. :)“

The first ball jointed doll holding a strawberry cake shaped food eraser.

That’s different, fine cakes and sweets such as these are certainly not junk.

The first ball jointed doll scolding a smaller (yosd sized) doll for reaching for the junk food shaped erasers.

Sakura, keep your hands off those French fries!  They are horrible for you.

The smaller ball jointed doll wondering why she can't have a french fry.

“Why is it bad for me to have French fries, but okay for you to have cake?”

Yes, Hikaru.  Why is the cake okay?

…Um…Cake is different…

A small deer doll staring at the assortment of food shaped erasers.

Anyway, there doesn’t seem to many options for Shiro.  Luckily, we already have apples and plenty of tea. 

A ball jointed doll peeking in a 99 Cents Only Store shopping bag to see what's inside.

Now we should see what is inside the 99 Cents Only Store bag.

A plastic toy tea set bought from a dollar store.

It is a plastic tea set in pink and yellow.  At first glance, I can’t really say much about the quality.

The set of plastic dishes, neatly arranged to serve tea for up to four dolls.

After opening the package and setting it up, this tea set doesn’t appear quite as cheap.

A doll holding the tea pot to show off the pretty design.  It is pink with a yellow lid and has a heart shapes and flowers on it.

The scale seems a tad off, just look at how large this tea pot is compared to my dainty hands.

But Hikaru, a larger tea pot means more tea for you and the others to drink.

The ball jointed doll holding a tea pot to show off the size in proportion to her.  It is almost the right size for her.

That is a good point, the tea seems to go so quickly around here lately.

Another ball jointed doll holding one of the tea cups, it looks like a large decorative mug for her size.

Though it may still go too quickly with the size of the tea cups.  They look almost like mugs, particularly attractive ones at least.

The smaller ball jointed doll holding one of the plates and spoons.  She doesn't seem to care that they are too big for her, she just wants to eat now!

And the matching plates and flatware seem particularly gargantuan compared to Sakura here.  However, she seems particularly happy about this detail.

The tiny deer doll trying to drink from one of the cups.

However, Shiro seems to be having a bit of trouble sipping from the large mug.

The plates now piled with sandwiches and delightful cakes, all erasers of course.

Ah well, the food is ready and the tea is set.

The two ball jointed dolls, the smaller doll and the deer doll all sitting down to have some tea and snacks.

Let us partake.

The ball jointed doll having her tea and her final say.

And may Anna someday find us a suitable table to use for our tea parties. 

Until then, be at peace my dear readers.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Of Bjd Fashion: Lingerie for Dolls? Bra and Underwear Tutorial

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As mentioned yesterday, Anna made various socks and tights for a few of us dolls. 

However, it became apparent (thanks to Usagi) that some other sort of doll clothes were made which we will discuss today.

A sitting male ball jointed doll looking sad because the bossy doll with white hair is telling him to go away.  Two other dolls sitting next to him are looking at him with pity.  He has to leave because we are talking about a sensitive subject, doll underwear.

But first, Yuki must leave the room at once.  Only ladies should be present.

Anyway, although I myself first arrived at Anna’s doorstep with appropriate undergarments, not all ball jointed dolls are as fortunate.  Usagi and Misako are such dolls, so it became necessary for Anna to make these…

Two cute sets of doll lingerie. Both trimmed in lace, one has pink ribbon with little bows.  We will learn how to make these for ball jointed dolls.

Bras and underwear, perfectly sized for msd or 1/4 sized ball jointed dolls. 

And as with the socks and tights yesterday, Anna has created patterns and a tutorial for these most essential articles of doll clothing.

Let the sewing begin.

Bras and Underwear for MSD and YOSD Bjds Tutorial

Materials:

  • T-shirt or knit fabric
  • Pattern
  • Lace
  • Thin elastic (for underpants)
  • Safety pin (for elastic)
  • Thread
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Soft Velcro, snaps, or hook and eye (for bra)
  • Ribbon and other embellishments (optional)
  • A dollUnderwear and bra patterns for MSd and Yosd sized ball jointed dolls, with tutorial.

Here is the pattern.  Although I am making sets of bras and panties for MSD sized ball jointed dolls, the pattern does include Yosd sized underpants because they need undies too. 

The patterns were based on Misako and Sakura’s measurements which are found on the doll’s profile page.  However, these pieces should be easy to fit to dolls of varying measurements.


The Bra

Making bras for bjds.  Cut 4 triangle pieces, 2 for each cup.

First cut 4 pieces from the pattern, two for each “cup”.  You may find it helpful to mark with a pencil the top and center part of the pieces.  Otherwise, it’s easy to mix up the sides.

Making bras for bjds.  Pin them right sides together and sew around leaving the bottom side open.

Pin the pieces with right sides together and sew around leaving the bottom side open.  Repeat for the other “cup”.

Making bras for bjds.  Turn it right sides out, press if needed, and top sew on the inner most side only if desired.

Turn each one right side out.  If you wish, you can top stitch along the edge of only the “center” sides.  You will see why later.

Making bras for bjds.  Sew and gather the bottom of the triangle to fit your doll.

Sew a running stitch along the bottom and pull to gather, this will give it the right shape (check out my doll dress video tutorial for an demonstration of gathering). 

Adjust it to fit your doll before tying off.  The bustier your doll, the more gathering you may need to do.

Making bras for bjds.  Cut two pieces of lace for the straps

Measure your doll from just under her bust in front to about the same spot on her back, then cut two strips of lace. 

These will be the bra straps.  Don’t worry about making them too long as they will be trimmed later.

Making bras for bjds.  Pin the lace straps along the outer side of the triangles and sew in place.

Pin the “straps” along the sides of the cups and sew in place.

Making bras for bjds.  Cut another piece of lace to go around the doll under her bust and overlap in back.

Measure your doll around her chest under her bust and add 1 inch (2.5 cm.), then use this measurement to cut another strip of lace.  This will be the band for the bra.

Making bras for bjds.  Pin the triangle pieces to this lace and try on the doll for fit. Then sew.

Pin the cups on the center of the lace and try this on your doll before sewing them in place.

Making bras for bjds.  Hem the ends of that last bit of lace if neccessary.

To finish the band, hem the ends of the lace.

Making bras for bjds.  Sew on velcro, snaps, or hooks.

Then sew on your choice of Velcro, snaps or hooks.  I chose this soft Velcro because it isn’t as bulky and can be cut to the size I need. 

Be sure to try the bra on your doll before finishing this step.

Making bras for bjds.  Put it on the doll inside out and pin the other ends of the straps in place.

To finish the straps, put the bra on your doll inside out and carefully pin the straps where you want them.  Remove the bra and sew the straps in place, trim off any excess lace.

Making bras for bjds.  After the straps are sewn, the bra is ready to wear.

Now the bra is ready to be worn by your favorite doll.

Making bras for bjds.  Worn by the doll, it looks great.

Doesn’t it look great?  Now it just needs some matching undies.


The Underpants

Making underwear for ball jointed dolls.  Cut out your fabric and start to hem the leg parts.

Cut one piece from you pattern and fold and pin the edges as shown.  Then sew to hem the leg openings.

Making underwear for ball jointed dolls.  Pin and sew the side seam on one side only.

Pin and sew the side seam on one side only.  The other side will be done later.

Making underwear for ball jointed dolls.  Double fold and pin to hem the top edge.

Double fold the top edge and pin.  This will be the waistband.

Making underwear for ball jointed dolls.  You can add lace too before you sew.

You can also pin on some lace before you sew, but this is optional.

Making underwear for ball jointed dolls.  Use a safety pin to thread the elastic through the top hem or waistband.

After sewing, cut a piece of elastic as long as your doll’s waist and thread it through with a safety pin.  Just like with the tights tutorial from yesterday.

Making underwear for ball jointed dolls.  If you're using a sewing machine, you can sew the elastic onto the fabric with a zigzag stitch.

If you are sewing this with a sewing machine, you can also try sewing the elastic on to the fabric with a zig-zag stitch, stretch the fabric as you go.

Making underwear for ball jointed dolls.  After adding the elastic, pin and sew the other side seam.

After adding the elastic, all you have to do is pin and sew that other side seam.

Making underwear for ball jointed dolls.  Now the underpants are ready to wear.

And now you’re done!

A cute lacey bra and underwear set for a ball jointed doll.

And we have a complete set.  This one was made for Misako.

A cute lacey bra and underwear set for a ball jointed doll as worn by a Clover Doll bjd.

It’s trimmed with lace giving it a simple but sweet look.

(Anna, is it absolutely necessary to show the undergarments worn?)

(Yes Hikaru, our readers need to see the finished product in detail.  Plus, Misako has a gorgeous figure that’s worth showing off a little.  Anyway, isn’t this exactly why you kicked Yuki out of the room?)

(Well, it isn’t appropriate for him to see a lady's undergarments.)

(True, but you did hurt his feelings.  You should apologize to him later.)

(…I suppose you do have a point…)

A cute bra and underwear set made with pink ribbon and lace for a ball jointed doll.

This second set was made for Usagi.  I used ribbon for the straps and added ribbon bows to the bra and panties.  I used a decorative elastic on the underpants, they’re sewn on with a sewing machine.

A cute bra and underwear set made with pink ribbon and lace for a ball jointed doll, as worn by a Doll Family A bjd.

Usagi has a smaller bust than Misako, so I didn’t have to gather the cups as much to fit.

You can use all kinds of different laces and trims for these.  And if you used different fabrics, you could even make doll swimwear instead of underwear.

Have fun making cute bras and/or undies for your dolls.

End of Tutorial

Two cute ball jointed dolls sitting together.Our dear young ladies at last have suitable undergarments.  Now if only Misako had some suitable clothing to wear over them.  She has been wearing the “new doll” dress far too long.  When will Anna sew her a lovely new outfit?  I suppose only time will tell.

Until then, be at peace my dear readers.

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