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Friday, May 13, 2016

Two of a Kind Doll Dresses

As promised yesterday, it is the final project on my craft project list, right on time.

So what exactly did I save for last?

Two of a Kind Pink Dresses and Tops for Ball Jointed Dolls

Doll clothes!

I bought another ball jointed doll a few months ago (see the unboxing here on my doll blog) and she has been in need of something decent to wear. 

For her first outfit, I thought it would be extra cute to make matching doll outfits for both of my bjds.

Two of a Kind Pink Dresses and Tops for Ball Jointed Dolls

The tops I made by cutting up an old t-shirt.  They both open in back with Velcro to make putting them on easier.  I used the same pattern for both shirts but there are a few tweaks. 

The one on the left has lace along the neckline with a bow in front, and the sleeves are gathered with elastic.  The one on the right is considerably different.

Two of a Kind Pink Dresses and Tops for Ball Jointed Dolls

Here it is on the doll.  The neckline is trimmed with rolled strips of t-shirt fabric.  It’s a look I first saw on a cute t-shirt I have that I have been wanting to try out.  I thought it would be easier to try it on a doll sized piece first.

Two of a Kind Pink Dresses and Tops for Ball Jointed Dolls

The sleeves are slashed, I’m not sure how else to describe them.  It wasn’t how I originally planned to make them, but things kind of went wrong with them so I just went with it.  I also gathered the shoulders a little and added the little bows for a touch. 

Two of a Kind Pink Dresses and Tops for Ball Jointed Dolls

Now for the dresses.  This one for my first bjd is made the same way as the one from my doll dress tutorial (see Doll Dresses for All, With a Tutorial).  Just with different fabric, different straps, and two bows instead of one.  It was ultimately made to be similar to the next dress with out being exactly the same.

Two of a Kind Pink Dresses and Tops for Ball Jointed Dolls

Speaking of the next dress, though it is more of a jumper style skirt.  Pretty simple with straps that cross in the back.  I added lace “straps” connecting the straps in front on a whim.  I think it adds a sweet touch. 

It wasn’t until after I had already sewn the front ends of the straps to the skirt that it occurred to me.  I could have made the straps completely detachable so that this could be worn like this or as a regular skirt.  Why didn’t I realize that before?  Oh well, maybe that might be a better idea for another outfit.

Anyway, now let’s try on the outfits.

Two of a Kind Pink Dresses and Tops for Ball Jointed Dolls

Here’s my new ball jointed doll wearing her very first outfit.  Doesn’t it look cute on her?

Two of a Kind Pink Dresses and Tops for Ball Jointed Dolls

Her name is Usagi which means rabbit, and she is just as energetic as her name.  So her outfit needed to be cute but a little more casual, less stuffy.

Two of a Kind Pink Dresses and Tops for Ball Jointed Dolls

And here is my older ball jointed doll, Hikaru.  She prefers clothing that’s more detailed and elegant (you can see her reaction to these clothes here on the doll blog).

Two of a Kind Pink Dresses and Tops for Ball Jointed Dolls

The lace edge t-shirt works well with her new lace trimmed dress.  Perfect to her taste with out being too stifling in the coming summer weather.

Two of a Kind Pink Dresses and Tops for Ball Jointed Dolls

Two different, yet matching doll outfits.  They look so adorable together.

Two of a Kind Pink Dresses and Tops for Ball Jointed Dolls

Can’t wait to make more doll dresses for them.

Here’s the updated list:

Seven down and out.  Now to get ready for the next list, and some more surprises.  Look forward to it.

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