Wednesday, August 10, 2016

BBD Dena's New Shoes and Scarf Dress

Square scarf and shoes are of different animal prints

The animal-print sandals, seen above, were made to fit Big Beautiful Dolls (BBD) and do fit perfectly! I purchased these on eBay for Dasia from Tamisha M., who is currently selling fashions and shoes for BBD, Lammily, and other dolls through her Etsy Shop, Ooaktamishay.  Until Dasia's return from the Perot Museum, Dena is enjoying these very well-made sandals.


In these two photos, Dena illustrates how well the sandals by Tamisha M. fit her feet.

Dena needed a coordinating dress to wear with the sandals. After watching the following video and finding an 18 x 18-inch animal-print scarf (shown in the first photo with the sandals), I made Dena a dress.  (Yes, I know the shoes and scarf are different animal prints, but she's a doll and won't complain.)




Making a Teddy:

Before the scarf dress was made, I used the foot and mid-calf portion of a stocking to make a no-sew teddy for Dena. The mid-calf of the stocking was cut crosswise and the corners of the toe were cut diagonally to create leg openings.  Dasia models this in the next two photos.

The excess fabric at the top of the teddy was rolled over.  This can also be trimmed to create a shorter flap.

View of the teddy from the back
Now to make the scarf dress:
As described in the video, the scarf was folded in half and the top two ends tied together, as illustrated here.

After opening the scar, the two armholes were clearly visible.  Dena tried it on for size.

One arm was placed in an armhole, then the other.

The dress is coming into shape.
The length of the scarf was adjusted as illustrated in the next two photos:

With Dena lying down in a legs-up position, the sides of the scarf were folded in with one side on top of the other, as illustrated here.

Next, the end of the scarf was folded up to create the desired dress length.

One side of the scarf was brought across the front of Dena's body. 

The other side was folded across Dena's body to complete the closure with additional tucking and/or extra folding done to create a tapered fit.

Initially, a black stretch ponytail holder was used to create a belt.

To create a more sophisticated look, the ponytail holder/belt was replaced with a copper bracelet. The bracelet was bent to fit Dena's waist with additional tucking of the fabric to taper the fit of the dress.

Close-up of copper bracelet.

View of the dress from the back

Dena looks elegant in her new animal-print dress with copper belt and animal-print shoes.
In the final photo, the bottom closure of the dress was adjusted to create an opening because Dena wanted to show off of her new shoes.



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12 comments:

  1. Thanks for these no-sew tutorials. We really have no more excuse for our naked dolls :-)
    Dena looks stylish and cool for the summer heat.

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    1. You're welcome, Maricha! We really don't have any excuses for not clothing our dolls.

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  2. Very cute dress and a great idea!

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    1. Thank you, Phyllis. The many different ways a scarf can be fashioned into clothing is pretty cool. There are several videos online to illustrate I thought this particularly video, with a curvaceous model (who actually mentions curvy girls in the video), was perfect to illustrate a dress for the curvaceous BBD Dena. It is also the first scarf-dress tutorial that I viewed prior to viewing others.


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  3. Dena IS READY FOR A NIGHT OUT! Nice TUTORIAL!

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  4. The shoes are beautiful!! I love her dress!! Very nice!

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    1. Tamisha did a great job with the shoes. These dolls have such awkward, slanted feet that it is difficult to "shoe" them. I am sure I will be investing in more scarf squares for Dena and Dasia.

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  5. Your ladies sure have some cute outfits to wear. Ms. Dena is ready to get her party on.

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  6. This was so cute I had to come out of my normal lurker mode and comment! She looks fabulous! Gorgeous shoes and thanks for the step by step on the dress. The diaper pose made me laugh! Now off to the sale rack for doll clothes!

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    1. I love lurkers, too, DeMari, but enjoy your comments. Diaper pose -- made me LOL. I had her in that pose ready to photograph before I made the teddy. That pose is the reason the teddy was made. I thought, "I can't take a picture of Dena with all her goodies exposed like this," so into the sock drawer I went and found an old pair of tights to use for her teddy, which she actually needed since the scarf is a little sheer.

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