Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Up, Up!

 

A little ball jointed doll wants to be picked up.

A doll lifting up another doll.

A bjd picking up another bjd.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Of Bjd Fashion: Usagi’s New Jeans!? with Tutorial

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Last month was Usagi’s birthday.  It has officially been a year since she and her friend (the head) came into my care (see Welcome Home, Doll Family-A Unboxing).

In honor of this occasion, Anna created a brand new outfit for Usagi.  I can’t say I am completely thrilled about it for one particular reason.

Anna made Usagi a pair of jeans.

New jeans for a ball jointed doll

“Yay! Just what I wanted! :)”

Oh dear no, why?!

Cute new top and jeans for a ball jointed doll.

Jeans, those horrible things that I wouldn’t be caught dead in are now in this household.

And I know Usagi specifically asked for them (see Bjd Lifestyle: Haute Doll Magazine, The Bjd Issue?), but I still don’t understand it.

Lace on back pockets of a pair of doll jeans.

They have a touch of lace on the back pockets which I approve of, though it’s a pity that this sweet touch is hidden by the top.

Cute wrap top for a ball jointed doll, with pattern.

The top is a pretty wrap style made with the same floral print material as my skirt.  It is loose fitting, but flattering.

Anna said she was inspired to make it using this doll dress tutorial.  She did have to create her own pattern though.

msd bjd wrap top pattern

She has decided to provide the pattern, so that others may benefit from it.

Simple pink beaded necklace for a doll.

A beaded necklace is the final piece to make this outfit complete.

Cute new top and jeans for a ball jointed doll, with patterns.

Anna insists that others may wish to make jeans for their ball jointed dolls too.  Why, I simply can’t comprehend.

However, I am a patient and generous doll, and will allow Anna to share her tutorial.

MSD BJD Jeans Tutorial

 

Materials needed:

  • Denim (old jeans work)
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread or sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Snaps or soft Velcro
  • Pencil or pen
  • Pattern
  • A Doll
  • Any lace or decoration you want.
  • Some sewing skills (yours or a friend’s)

msd bjd jeans pattern

Here is your pattern.  As marked on the pattern, you will need to cut 2 of the leg pieces and 2 pockets.  The pockets are completely optional, they are just fun.

For these jeans, it’s best to use a stretchy denim because it will insure a better fit, and it tends to be thinner which works better for dolls.

Also, keep your doll handy while sewing these jeans.  Try them on frequently, especially when sewing the waist and seams.

How to make jeans for a msd ball jointed doll.

First, pin your pieces at the “Back” part with the right sides together and then sew it.  I would highly recommend using a sewing machine for this, but you can sew by hand too.

How to make jeans for a msd ball jointed doll.

Now at the “Front” part of both pieces fold where it is marked on the pattern and sew along the edge.  This part will be the fly.

How to make jeans for a msd ball jointed doll.

Now you will hem the pant legs by simply folding up the bottom and sewing it.  You can double fold it if you wish, but this makes it less bulky.

How to make jeans for a msd ball jointed doll.

Your dolly jeans should look like this at this point.  Now for some decorating.

How to make jeans for a msd ball jointed doll.

It is optional, but you can sew two rows of stitches down the center of each leg to give the look of side seams.  This is also a good time to add appliques or other embellishments too.

How to make jeans for a msd ball jointed doll.

For the waistband, all we do is fold it down and sew across just to keep it simple.  Using the pattern as is will give you a fairly high waisted pair of jeans, so cut it as marked if you want a lower waist.

How to make jeans for a msd ball jointed doll.

Now for the pockets.  Mark with a pencil or pen on the wrong side of the fabric where you want the pockets.  Then sew along the line. 

I just did this for the front pockets, but you can do this for the back pockets too or for any other details you want to add.

But if you want to add the back pockets, here’s how.

How to make jeans for a msd ball jointed doll.

First we take our pockets and cut small pieces from the corners as shown.  This makes the next step easier.

How to make jeans for a msd ball jointed doll.

Fold the sides and sew.

How to make jeans for a msd ball jointed doll.

The top side is done last.

How to make jeans for a msd ball jointed doll.

If you wish, you can add lace or other details to them.

How to make jeans for a msd ball jointed doll.

Just need to pin them in place and sew along the edge of the pockets.  Take your time, especially at each corner.

How to make jeans for a msd ball jointed doll.

Almost done, you will need to pin together the “Front” parts and sew as marked on the pattern.

How to make jeans for a msd ball jointed doll.

Next is to pin the inseam, starting at the bottom hem, up the leg to the crotch.  And then do the same to the other leg, then sew them both up.

How to make jeans for a msd ball jointed doll.

Turn it inside out, and you got yourself a near complete pair of jeans.

How to make jeans for a msd ball jointed doll.

All that’s left is to sew on a snap or some Velcro to close it.

Cute top and jeans for a bjd, with patterns.

And now you have a new pair of doll jeans.  You can also make regular pants the same way.

End of Tutorial.

Don’t you think they look cute on Usagi, it’s a shame Hikaru is so biased about them.

Hmm, I suppose they suit Usagi well, and it is just one pair of jeans.  Nothing to get too worked up over.

"Can I have some too?"

“I want some too! Can I please?”

Oh no, not you too Sakura!

What about the head?

“But what about my friend?  It’s his birthday too! :)”

Yes Usagi, but he is a head.  A head can’t receive nice new clothes.  Isn’t that right Anna?

That’s right Hikaru, but that can be easily fixed. 

Time for a special announcement.  The head will soon have a body.  I placed an order for it among other things and it will come in any day now.

(…You didn’t mention this to me.)

(Yes I did, you just weren’t paying attention.)

News about the floating head.

Then that means soon this head will be a doll?  A male doll? 

…Oh dear…

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: “They Won’t Fit”

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A doll trying to cram all her My Little Ponies in a bag.

A ball jointed doll trying to cram all her My Little Ponies in a bag.

 

(Featuring My Little Pony blind bag figures.)

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Fixing Her Hair

 

A doll holding a large hand mirror.

A ball jointed doll fixing her hair.

A ball jointed doll styling her hair.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Doll Owner’s Corner: What is a Bjd?

Time for another Doll Owner’s Corner.  When I, the doll owner, talk about anything at all.

This month’s topic:

Let's learn all about ball jointed dolls!

What is a Bjd?

Hikaru and her friends are all bjds or ball jointed dolls which I think are really super nice dolls.  But, I realized I probably haven’t explained exactly what these dolls are to those who aren’t familiar with them.

First a definition.

According to Wikipedia:

“A ball-jointed doll is any doll that is articulated with ball and socket joints. In contemporary usage when referring to modern dolls, and particularly when using the acronyms BJD or ABJD, it usually refers to modern Asian ball-jointed dolls. These are cast in polyurethane synthetic resin, a hard, dense plastic, and the parts strung together with a thick elastic. They are predominantly produced in Japan, South Korea and China.”

Knee joints on ball jointed dolls.

So yes, the name for them comes from their ball joints, but they are not the first dolls made with such joints.  Many antique doll have them too.  However, the joints are just one of the reasons why they are so cool, because they allow the dolls to bend and pose so well.

Ball jointed dolls were first produced by the Japanese company, Volks in 1999 with their line of Super Dollfies or SDs.  Dollfie is short for doll figure.

The abbreviation SD, though actually a Volks thing, is commonly used to refer to ball jointed dolls from other companies in the same size, about 60 cm (24 inches). 

It’s the same with their Mini-Super Dollfies or MSD which are around 40 cm. tall.  Which is why I frequently refer to Hikaru and Usagi as being Msd sized.  Even smaller dolls (about 20-30cm.) are known as YOSD, so Yuna and Sakura are yosd sized dolls.

Another way to refer to these dolls is in terms of scale.  SD is 1/3 scale, Msd is 1/4 scale and Yosd is 1/6 scale. 

What makes these dolls different from most is their ability to be customized to suit their owner’s taste.  They are typically made to order with your choice of head sculpts. 

What to expect when you buy a ball jointed doll.

They usually come without eyes (except for a free random pair) or hair, and you can choose to buy them without any paint on the face (aka a face up).  You can actually buy heads and bodies separately to pair them with parts from other companies if you wish.

Then you chose wigs, clothes, accessories, etc. to create the doll of your dreams.  The downside to all this customization and such is the price tag, which I’ve mentioned before here.  They are after all hand made individually from resin.  A beautiful, porcelain-like but highly expensive material. Sigh.

However, there are other types of dolls out there that are just as customizable and fun, such as Obitsus, Azone dolls, Hujoo etc.  So there are options if bjds just aren’t quite your thing.

That’s some of the basics on these wonderful dolls.  For some more information, and possibly some eye candy, check out these links.

  • Den of Angels – The largest English language forum for ball jointed dolls.  Also a goldmine of useful information about these dolls.
  • Bjdcollectasy – A bjd news blog with updates on the latest releases from companies, sales and events, and even a few tutorials and such.
  • AsenvaBJD – One of the best YouTube channels about ball jointed dolls and related dolls.
  • Nicolle's Dreams – Another YouTube channel.  Lots of videos about face ups and other dolly fun.
  • Antique Lilac – Features several free bjd clothing tutorials as well a some nice patterns for sale.
  • Alice’s Collections – An online bjd store.  They are an official dealer for a large number of bjd companies.  They also sell clothes, wigs, shoes, eyes and just about anything else you need for dolls at great prices.  Their sales are great too.
  • Junkyspot – Another online store for bjds and other dolls.  They are based in the USA, so cheap shipping if you are American.  Plus almost everything on the site is in stock, so the wait time is about a week instead of several months.
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Doll Selfies

 

A ball jointed doll holding someone's smart phone.

A ball jointed doll taking a selfie.

A bjd taking a selfie.

Ball jointed dolls taking selfies.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

A Little Thrifting: Some Furniture and Hello Kitty?

Some time ago, Anna paid a visit to a local thrift store.  She only purchased a few little trinkets, so let us evaluate their usefulness for dolls.

A bjd holding a Hello Kitty DVD, purchased from a thrift store.

First is this Hello Kitty DVD.  Of all the things to buy, who besides the children would be interested in this?

A bjd holding a Hello Kitty DVD, purchased from a thirft store.

“Oh my gosh!  It’s so cute!  Can we watch it now? :)”

A bjd holding a Hello Kitty DVD, purchased from a thirft store.

Does that answer your question, Hikaru?

And Usagi, yes we will all watch it as soon as Hikaru is done rifling through my things.

A sake set from a thrift store.

Anyway, Anna also brought home this curious pottery set.  She meant it for a specific purpose, but I may be able to use it myself.

A ball jointed doll with some sake.

I suppose this large piece could be useful as a large vase, but what is it exactly?

Hikaru, it’s a sake set for some of my friends.  You know sake, as in rice wine?

A ball jointed doll who doesn't like the smell of sake.

On second thought, I would prefer something daintier for a vase, and without the horrid smell of alcohol.

Some wicker doll furniture found at a thrift store.

Now here is a practical purchase, doll sized wicker furniture.

Some wicker doll furniture found at a thrift store.  Too small for this doll.

Though they would be more practical if they were large enough for me.

Some wicker doll furniture found at a thrift store.  Perfect size for yosd ball jointed dolls.

However, they are the ideal size for our little yosd dolls.  Sakura and Yuna can fit perfectly in each chair.

They is a slight issue, this furniture set came with occupants.

Clothes pin dolls found at a thrift store.

The pieces came with these two charming dolls.  They are lovingly constructed from clothes pins.  They have a sweet simplicity to them.

Some wicker doll furniture found at a thrift store.  Perfect size for yosd ball jointed dolls.

They are quite generous dolls as well.  They said they are more than willing to let Sakura and Yuna have the furniture set.  They said the chairs are uncomfortable for them.

It is all well and good, but hopefully in the future Anna will have more luck acquiring doll sized items in my size.  For now we are at peace.

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