Post by kitnkabootle on May 30, 2016 23:57:30 GMT -8
I'm new and have met a couple of you already in the introductions page, but as I await the arrival of my first porcelain BJD (and ONLY BJD at that), I wondered where you all get clothing for your dolls. I've been looking at so many photos on Flickr and this forum and I'm in awe. I am a makeup artist, film editor and graphic designer but my talents really end there. I do not know how to sew in the slightest. My doll is going to come in lovely clothes from the artist, but I would of course like to expand the wardrobe for photos.
And also, regarding sizing. My doll will be roughly 42cm. Is that considered MSD sized? I believe it's also known as 1/4 size. But many of the clothes are tailored for a flat chest and my doll is a woman (not a child).
Please enlighten me! Even if there are artists out there who do custom clothes. Now's your chance to gather all your favorites!
Post by kitnkabootle on May 31, 2016 8:54:11 GMT -8
Wow this gives me a lot to go on! I can now narrow down my searches online though I don't know her exact measurements yet. I could always ask the artists (and I probably will down the line) but right now I've bombarded them with so many questions when I was selecting which doll to get, I should probably give them a break!
In the meantime, I will check out the suggestions you made to see what types of clothes they sell so I know what kinds appeal to me the most.
Post by galacticat on Jun 16, 2016 10:29:52 GMT -8
Finding clothing is a constant challenge! If it is for a small edition or unusual doll particularly.
I find it best to first find a seamstress you like- and then just offer to send her a dress-form so they can tailor one of their usual designs to fit your doll. MOST sewing people are quite helpful and nice and happy to oblige. (You can make a dressform by covering your doll in plastic, and then masking taping it all up, then carefully cutting it off. There are probably a million tutorials on the internet and it is not difficult at all).
I also am constantly on the hunt for commercially made doll clothing on dolls that appear to be approximately the same or larger than my doll, that I can then trim down or alter myself.
Post by kitnkabootle on Jun 16, 2016 15:37:09 GMT -8
That is a great idea galacticat ! I did find a seamstress online through Flckr that I liked. She's in Russia and was so, so sweet to me through e-mail. I sent her a dress I liked and said I didn't have the measurements yet because she's not made and she asked me which doll and then sent me a message back saying "I've contacted the dollmaker and will work with her on getting measurements when she's done.". Talk about proactive?! She's also sent me about 10 fabric photos for options on making my dresses. So I think making a dress form for her would be the way to go.
I'm also - gasp - going to try sewing. I bought a little sewing kit and my wife has a sewing machine stored at our guest cottage (finding it could prove the real challenge) - so I am really going to probably try to make some test things when she comes. Also my wife has a degree in textiles so I'm going to FORCE her to help me!
Post by galacticat on Jun 16, 2016 16:07:50 GMT -8
Wow that is awesome! What etsy seller was it? Now I am curious
That is cool your wife has a degree in textiles !!! I am the only one who can sew around here so I make all of the curtains, seat covers, etc. (just the easy stuff). I WISH my wife would try learning to use the sewing machine- it's not that hard.
Oh sewing is easy but making doll clothes is an entirely different ball-game! It is SO hard to sew tiny little things- and I can't use a sewing machine for most things either, and my hand stiching or hidden stitch is not great.
I can sew doll clothes but it takes me way longer than any normal person and it has plenty of flaws. I am always in awe of those people who can make an outfit perfectly fitted and without a single wrinkle or sloppy stitch.
Wow, that artist you found is outstanding! The silver dress looks familiar- I think someone on the ED forum may have had a dress made for their doll by this lady
Last Edit: Jun 17, 2016 9:19:09 GMT -8 by galacticat
Post by kitnkabootle on Jun 21, 2016 11:32:32 GMT -8
I am really truly enamored with her clothes. She has such great ideas and I commissioned her a couple of weeks ago and she's ordered the fabric and is getting it all prepared for me as we speak. It's so exciting. She makes me feel like I'm a part of the process.