Over the past couple months I have managed to finish a particular project from my list, a doll dress. Technically I finished all the projects on my list, but that will come later.
Anyway, I had been meaning to make at least one really great dress for my ball jointed doll since I first got her (see Catching Up -- A New Friend). What’s the point in paying that much for one doll if I don’t put effort in dressing her. But I put off making her anything other than some basic skirts and tops, until now.
Behold the pink princess dress. Some of you may find it very familiar since I already made post about it here on my doll blog.
This dress was not a easy project to tackle. I found a pattern that was supposed to fit Msd sized ball jointed dolls like mine, but it was intended for dolls with considerably more child-like figures.
This was something I didn’t realize until after I had cut and sewn most of the bodice. I had to spend a great deal of time taking it in and such to get it to fit right. Then came another problem…
…the skirt. I hadn’t notice that the skirt pattern wasn’t as full or as long as it needed to be to get the right look. This I noticed after I had already sewn it and attached it to the bodice. But rather than let my doll wear a dress that was too short, I added to it.
I cut into the skirt and gathered it in a couple of spots to create a bustle look, then added some lace and bows. Finally I used one of the circle skirts I had made before (see 5 a Week: Skirts for Dolls) as an under skirt.
The end result was a more interesting skirt design and an over all prettier dress. It’s nice how things work out so perfectly, or at least close to perfect.
I also made a cute little matching hair accessory with a scrap of lace and some ribbon. It ties on her head with some ribbon, bad idea. I know it looks pretty tied, but it is a pain to actually tie the darn thing. Her wig usually falls off at least twice each time I try. I’m going to have find some doll size headbands to use as a base the next time I feel like making doll hair accessories.
Here’s the updated list:
Three down, just three to go. They will be up tomorrow. Look forward to it. :)