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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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