(In what should be a surprise to absolutely no one)
Ok, this week’s pattern is Kimono for curvy 1/3 dolls like Smart Doll, Dollfie Dream, and those more mature proportioned 1/3 BJDs like Fairyland’s F60 and Volks SDGR. After all that fabric shopping I did, I ended up using the only uncut 1-yard of kimono fabric I got back in like 2006. Why didn’t I just use that to begin with? Er. It isn’t really that color. It’s a blue-green-cream pattern with pink flowers that doesn’t really suit any of the 1/3 dolls I have. Thus the color swapping on the demo dolls to make it match them ^^;
Mirai (red) wears the kimono curvy style. She is padded out slightly, but the obi is fit to the underbust/top of the hips instead of bust/full hips. This gives her the busty, curve-hugging look of some anime girls in kimono. I thought it was important to be able to achieve that look because it’s about 50-50 curvy/classic when an anime girl sports a kimono and a lot of these dolls are anime styled.
Melty (purple) wears the kimono classic style. She is shorter, so the kimono is folded around the waist the same way a kimono would be shortened on a human, and padded out a little more so that the obi makes a smooth line from bust to hip. This is a traditional fit, and despite being every bit as busty as Mirai under that fabric, she achieves the slender, graceful classic kimono silhouette.
The difference comes to how you dress them, and don’t worry, the pattern comes with illustrated instructions on how to get just the right fit for either style on your doll along with regular sewing instructions!
I’m very proud of this one! Any curvy girl will tell you how hard it is for the busty to pull off styles designed for straight silhouettes, and these dolls can’t be squished down with a sports bra or kimono bra like a human girl would to don a kimono! It has hidden darts to help the fabric lie smoothly over the bust without interrupting the print, tailoring through the back and sides so that when the obi is put on, the fabric doesn’t bunch up. Some things are removed, other things added. It’s a great example of dolly sewing, in which a finished look is achieved by different means due to dolly proportions and miniaturization 🙂