Making lingerie for a ball-jointed doll | TUTORIAL

 

One of the most exciting parts of doll making for me is costumes. Making intricate garments, embroidering, adding lace and beads - the possibilities are endless! Today I want to walk you through the process of making a very cute lingerie set for one of my latest dolls. 

BJD lingerie tutorial by Nymphai Dolls

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What WILL YOU need

  • Measuring tape - to measure your doll for sewing patterns.

  • Fabric - I've chosen a very thin slightly stretchy synthetic fabric.

  • Lace, beads - for lingerie decoration.

  • Narrow ribbon - for straps.

  • Thin wire, thin nylon string (optional) - to hold the shape of the bra.

Pattern

I'm using the pattern with slight modification, that I've found on Pinterest.

BJD lingerie sewing pattern

To adjust the pattern to fit your doll, measure the doll with measuring tape and alter the width or length of the parts.

Making lingerie for a BJD by Nymphai Dolls

Front and back measuring for width and length.

Making lingerie for a BJD by Nymphai Dolls

Fitting the pattern

Cut the adjusted pattern out of paper and see if it fits your doll. Make further alterations if needed.

Making lingerie for a BJD by Nymphai Dolls

Cutting the fabric

When the pattern fits perfectly, cut the parts out of fabric.

Making lingerie for a BJD by Nymphai Dolls

Sewing the bottoms

Connect and stitch up the darts (small cuttings in the back pattern) to create a rounded shape for the back part before sewing all the parts together.

Making lingerie for a BJD by Nymphai Dolls

Fold and stitch the edges of every part to make it neat and tidy.

Making lingerie for a BJD by Nymphai Dolls

Connect all the parts together leaving one side not stitched up. 

Making lingerie for a BJD by Nymphai Dolls
Making lingerie for a BJD by Nymphai Dolls

Now, this step is completely optional, but I like to decorate the edges with lace. It's easier to add lace now, while the edges are still flat and not connected together.

Making lingerie for a BJD by Nymphai Dolls

If your chosen fabric is stretchy, sew all the parts together and see how they fit your doll. If you've chosen not elastic one, make an incision in the back, we'll add the buttons there later.

Making lingerie for a BJD by Nymphai Dolls

Make adjustments if needed. When everything fits nicely it's time to move on to decorating!

Making lingerie for a BJD by Nymphai Dolls

Decorating

I like to use lace and beads for decorating. It's time to be creative so pick anything you like! 

Making lingerie for a BJD by Nymphai Dolls

I'm adding lace to all the edges.

Making BJD lingerie by Nymphai Dolls

Adding buttons

Because the scale of the doll, I'm using beads and loops made from a thin string.

Making BJD lingerie by Nymphai Dolls

Finishing touches

I'm adding a few white beads and ribbons to complete the bottoms.

Making lingerie for a BJD by Nymphai Dolls

Fitting the pattern for the bra

Repeat the measuring steps and adjust the pattern to fit your doll. Cut it out of paper and see how it fits.

Making lingerie for a BJD by Nymphai Dolls

Trace the pattern on to the fabric and start sewing the pieces together.

Making BJD lingerie by Nymphai Dolls

First, I sew the middle parts together, then adding the sides. Don't forget to fold and stitch the edges to make everything neat!

Making BJD lingerie by Nymphai Dolls

Shaping

Sometimes the fabric doesn't hold the shape very well, especially if it's a thin one. I'm using thin wire and a nylon string to avoid that.

Making lingerie for a BJD by Nymphai Dolls

I glue the wire in the middle and suture the nylon string along the edges of the bra cups. 

Making lingerie for a BJD by Nymphai Dolls

Decorating

I continue with the same lace and beads to decorate the bra.

Making lingerie for a BJD by Nymphai Dolls

Adding the clasp

You can use the same system with beads and loops or add any small clasp you like. I've chosen this transparent one. I believe you can find those at any sewing supply shop.

Making lingerie for a BJD by Nymphai Dolls

Adding the straps

I'm making the straps from two pieces of ribbon and jump rings to make the illusion that the straps are adjustable.

Thread the ribbon through a jump ring, burn the edges and squeeze them together. Be careful not to burn yourself! If you don't feel comfortable using fire, you can use glue instead.

Making BJD lingerie by Nymphai Dolls

Thread another part of the ribbon to the same jump ring. This time make it longer. 

Making lingerie for a BJD by Nymphai Dolls

Attach these straps to the bra and you're done!

Making lingerie for a BJD by Nymphai Dolls
Nymphai Dolls lingerie tutorial

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