Monday, March 20, 2017

Tiny Blue Lace Dress for A Doll, and a Tutorial?

It has been a while since I made anything for my ball jointed dolls, and one particular doll has been waiting a long time for something to wear.

Cute blue dress with lace for a ball jointed doll.

This is Yuna, a 1/6 scale ball jointed doll that I got last November.  Until now the only thing I had made for her to wear was a sweater (see From Socks to Doll Sweaters) to pair with a borrowed dress from one of the other dolls.

But now she has this adorable little blue doll dress to wear.  It is made from a scrap of blue cotton left over from a Halloween costume (see Halloween = Tulle) with a little bit of lace. 

Cute blue dress with lace for a ball jointed doll.

I decorated it with tiny pearl beads and a tiny rosette and ribbon bow.

And for those who have ball jointed dolls this size or similar sized dolls, I have a little treat.  I made a sewing tutorial for this dress on my doll blog.  It includes a free downloadable pattern.  Feel free to check it out.

Blue doll dress with a lace headband and a bag.

In addition to the dress, I whipped up a simple little felt bag and a cute lace headband.  The bag is made the same way as the felt doll purses I made last summer (see 5 a Week: Cute Felt Bags for Dolls with a Tutorial).

Pretty lace head band for a doll.

The headband is just some lace with a bit of elastic at the back.  Super easy to whip up and super pretty.  I think I want to make some more, for me and my dolls.

Cute blue dress with lace for a ball jointed doll.

Overall, it makes for one cute little dolly outfit.  And there are more to come later.

Here’s the updated list:

Four down, just one more to go.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #88

 

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #88

It’s Saturday!!  Time for another blog hop.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Bodyline Blouse Review and Re-do or a Lacey Makeover

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A while ago I bought a blouse from a Japanese site, Bodyline.  This is the third one I have bought from them (see Catching Up – A Wee Bit of Online Shopping).  I could not resist it.  The prices for pretty much all of their stuff had dropped drastically.

Reviewing and altering a Bodyline blouse l157.  Because the lace was that bad.

I manage to buy the blouse (it’s l157 in off-white) and 2 pairs of tights for about $34, that’s including the shipping and about the same amount I would have paid before for just the blouse. 

There were a few snags.

Reviewing and altering a Bodyline blouse l157.  Tights too!  Because the lace was that bad.

The tights are nice with a pretty color and texture, but one little problem.  They don’t fit.  The legs are too short for me, surprisingly.  But I have plans for that in the future.

Reviewing and altering a Bodyline blouse l157.  Because the lace was that bad.

Anyway, there is the blouse to deal with.  It is a pretty design with a cute but large collar, and the fabric is decent.

Reviewing and altering a Bodyline blouse l157.  Because the lace was that bad.

It laces up nicely with ribbon in the back to adjust the fit.  It fits me well, so no problems there.

Reviewing and altering a Bodyline blouse l157.  Because the lace was that bad.

It has detachable sleeves so I can wear it as a short sleeve blouse in warm weather…

Reviewing and altering a Bodyline blouse l157.  Because the lace was that bad.

…and have long sleeves in the winter.

The problem is all the lace, that awkward ruffly lace. 

In the product photos it looked more like a lace used in some of their other blouses which I totally love.  This blouse was cursed with a lower quality lace.  And the gathering of the lace and it’s placement only made it looker cheaper, at least to my eyes.  Time for a little makeover.

Reviewing and altering a Bodyline blouse l157.  Because the lace was that bad.

First I snipped off the lace from the collar.  The collar is quite large and the lace only emphasized that.  So did the rather large ribbon bows which had to go. 

I then removed the lace from the sleeves and from the front.

Reviewing and altering a Bodyline blouse l157.  Because the lace was that bad.

Here’s the interesting part, instead of replacing that old lace with something new, I reused it in different ways.  I took some of the now flat, unruffled lace and pinned it down the front of the lace in slightly overlapping rows.  Much prettier to look at now.

I also cut some of the lace into thinner strips of lace to use along the edges of the collar and the short sleeves.  Thinner lace is more discreet on a large collar.

Reviewing and altering a Bodyline blouse l157.  Because the lace was that bad.

After sewing down all that lace by hand, I remade the ribbon bows into smaller and cuter bows (see my video tutorial for making simple bows if you don’t know how).

Reviewing and altering a Bodyline blouse l157.  Because the lace was that bad.

And now the finished blouse.  It is much better, prettier and easier to pull off.  I just need a pretty new skirt to pair with it, but that’s for another time.

Here’s the updated list:

Three down, two more to go.  The next one should be up soon and it will be super cute.  Look forward to it.

Give it a try:

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #87

 

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #87

It’s Saturday!!  Time for another blog hop.

Here’s the deal:

  • Keep all links family friendly.
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  • Link whatever you want and as much as you want.
  • Older links are welcome, so are giveaways and blog hops, etc.  
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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #86

 

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #85

It’s Saturday!!  Time for another blog hop.  A very late one at that. :(

Here’s the deal:

  • Keep all links family friendly.
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  • Link whatever you want and as much as you want.
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I have set up a blog hop directory to showcase blog hops that I personally recommend.  Feel free to check them out.

Now get to it and have fun! :)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #85

 

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #85

It’s Saturday!!  Time for another blog hop.

Here’s the deal:

  • Keep all links family friendly.
  • It helps to follow me or leave a nice happy comment, but only if you want.
  • Link whatever you want and as much as you want.
  • Older links are welcome, so are giveaways and blog hops, etc.  
  • <-- Please grab my button and stick it somewhere, at the very least it will make it easier for you to come back.
  • My favorite links will be pinned to the Official Saturday Shuffle Pinterest Board.

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I have set up a blog hop directory to showcase blog hops that I personally recommend.  Feel free to check them out.

Now get to it and have fun! :)