Here are a couple of my J-Dolls covered and protected for wig making. I go with the full body look:
There are many tutorials out there for glue method wigs and so I am not going to cover it here at this time. But to share my journey a bit, I prefer wefting. I start with drawing straight lines on a piece of typing paper about an inch or so apart with a ruler and a pencil. Then I sew on my machine to attach the hair across the lines. I am using some of my own handyed and combed mohair in the pictures.
Next I trim down the fuzzy tops. You do not want to cut too close as it will not go well. It is a little close in some spots, but should be okay if I am very careful. Once the trimming is finished, I fold the hair over the stitches and sew it across twice over.
Once this is done, it is just a matter of very carefully tearing the paper away. You will need to pick little bits of paper free, but it is not hard to do.
Then you are ready to create your wig with your newly wefted hair. This was my last project (also, mohair) and available in my Etsy shop (www.stephanieasmith.etsy.com). It is made to fit J-doll.
The snaps have arrived and I have already used four of them to finish my Butterfly Blouse and School Teacher Skirt! I am so pleased with how they turned out and they can be found for sale seperately or as a set in my Etsy shop ( http://www.stephanieasmith.etsy.com ).
Here is another picture with her standing up. I need to do something about my doll stands! Although, these stands come with the J-Dolls, they are rather glaring in pictures.
I hand stitched all of the pieces myself. No machines were used in the creation of this blouse or skirt.
The blouse is made from an antique hankerchief that I upcycled. The butterfly is just too gorgeous and was done by someone with a lovely fine sense of handwork. I had to use it as a central motif for this blouse. The scalloped sleeves, hemline and collar are preserved from the same beautiful fabric and accent the blouse beautifully. The material is very light weight and I have sewn three snaps on the back, so it is easy to change in and out of.
The skirt is handsewn from white cotton fabric with small flowers springing throughout. This skirt is meant to fall past the knees but above the ankles about midway. I have accented the skirt in front with small gold ‘buttons’ made of high quality glass seed beads.
This ensemble is being modeled by my J-doll who has a Pullip type 4 body. She stands about 11 inches tall. The blouse is made to fit her a little loosely and I have tried the blouse on my Blythe. The blouse fit Blythe quite comfortably.
You are almost done with a project and find that you are missing the exact thing that you need to finish it.
I was working on this mini bjd vest for pullip body size 3 and 4:
and, I thought that it would be lovely trimmed with a little bit of rabbit fur. I figured that I had some rabbit fur. No worries. Well, I went to get it out and realized that keeping it in a plastic bin for over a decade does not preserve it well. So, I go to Etsy and find a very nice lady in Alaska who makes fur baby booties and order a small amount of rabbit scraps.
So while I am waiting, I start a new sewing project for a bjd blouse (still sized for pullip body 3 and 4) made with upcycled antique linens. Isn’t the hand stitched butterfly gorgeous!!! Whoever stitched this motif had a lovely fine hand!
But then I realize that I had a ton of large snaps but no small snaps, so while I am waiting for Amazon to deliver my snaps. I started a skirt to pair with the blouse.
The snaps should be here today, so I will be looking forward to finishing two of the three project very soon :):)
Sorry for the poor lighting, but I took these laid out on the kitchen table and I think that if I am going to insist on taking picture on my kitchen table, it would be best to move my table very soon!
Anyway, I have most of the stitching done and have embroidered some bullion stitch flowers around the neckline and down the front. I am wanting to trim the edges in some white rabbit fur. I looked on-line and found a couple of thin rabbit fur trims, but one was located in South Korea and the other in Bulgaria. I really don’t want to wait so long for mailing, so I will have to do some more searching. If nothing else, I can get a rabbit pelt and cut my own. I found plenty of US listings for pelts. I will update when I am done with this project.
For the meantime, I have started to cut out my next sewing projects. I am using some antique linens. The hand work is amazing! I got a huge pile of these old linens at a local antique/junk shop last year for about .25 cents each as they have stains and spots. There are too many beautiful unstained bits left to throw away and repurposing them for lovely little doll clothes is a perfect use. Of course, I doubt that I will leave the finished clothes with only the embroidery the fabrics came with. I adore embellishing!
I have very much missed sewing. I have not done much of it recently as the scissors that I had could not cut air much less fabric. Finally, I ordered a new pair of scissors. Not the cheap dollar ones that don’t cut when new, but a pair of real scissors. Gingher brand scissors. They have arrived and they work like a dream! They even cut thick leather! I may be left handed, but I always use right handed scissors. I am funny that way!
Now, my projects tend not to be so ambitious as thick leather, but I have started on an outfit that will fit my J-Doll girl:
I have started on the sleeveless jacket for the new outfit. I prefer to sew my little doll clothes all by hand with tiny stitches and I blanket stitch all of the edges to prevent raveling. I do want them to last!
I plan on offering many BJD and Blythe outfits in my Etsy shop (www.stephanieasmith.etsy.com) in the near future. It is a great change of pace from the doll hair that I do so love to make. I enjoy looking at my work table and seeing this:
and knowing that soon any number of beads or trims, fur or feathers might be added to the creative adventure.