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~New Year Baby 2013~

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For the third year, BJDcollectasy is welcoming in the new year with a specially costumed BJD.  This time, Dream High Studio’s 5 cm tall tiny doll Piko was chosen for New Year Baby 2013.  Creating outfits for such a diminutive doll was a bit of a challenge. A dress and mask were made for January 1st celebrations.  The mask  is based on the Halloween mask project (directions can be found HERE).  A crocheted lace crown was also made based on a design by Charie Wilson (directions for the crown may be found HERE.)

Instructions for making Piko’s blue and white dress are included below.

1/12 size Doll Dress

1. Cut a strip of material. For Piko, an approximately 5 1/4 inch by 1 inch strip of white on white floral cotton was used. Press the strip flat. Fold it so the one side is longer than the other. Press again to create a crease. The side that is longer on my material strip includes the selvedge edge. Rather than hem, I used this edge as the bottom of the skirt. The other side of the strip will become an inner layer underskirt.

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2.Fold and then hem the short ends of the strip. If desired, the skirt may be decorated.  A simple chain stitch is used here. (See Martha Boer’s tutorial http://www.antiquelilac.com/embellish-with-chain-stitch—tutorials.html.) Lace or embroidery could be added to the inner layer of the skirt. (I just hemmed sewed the end seam and frayed it.)

Using the pressed line as a guide, gather the material with a basting stitch.  Tighten the thread and make sure the skirt forms a circle that fits around the doll’s waist.  Tie a knot in the thread then stitch to hold the gathered circle.

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3. With such a tiny doll, most clothing fasteners are too big or bulky. To hold the skirt closed, a small piece of clear elastic is stitched to each side of the skirt at the waist between the upper and under-layer of the skirt. The outfit can then be slipped on and off easily.

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4. The top part of the dress is a simple piece of ribbon. The ribbon is folded in half and then made to form a “V”. It is then stitched onto the top front center of the skirt as shown.

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5. The ribbon can be tied around the back of the neck with a bow. If the head of your doll is easily removable (like a MuDoll Brownie BJD), a loop of ribbon without a bow can be used instead. The under skirt may be finished by being lightly frayed at the end or fray-check may be used to keep the edge from unraveling.  Piko is also wearing a simple diaper made of felt. The dress is decorated at the bodice with a silver sequin and blue glass bead.

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Piko’s outfit & accessories

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