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The one thing I love about the Asian ball-jointed doll fandom is the intense creativity in the way that they dress their dolls. The kind of outfits that these dolls usually wear would never be mistaken for an American Girl or Barbie outfit.

My biggest complaint is that there are a lot of Asian ball-jointed doll owners who stick with one or two styles for their dolls. They tend to go with Lolita, Gothic Lolita, or Punk for modern clothes. If they want their dolls to dress in period pieces, they go with either clothes from the Victorian era or clothes that would be perfect for the French royal court during Marie Antoinette’s reign as queen (until she literally lost her head).

While the clothes are unique and stuff, it tends to be just as limiting as the outfits made for Barbie. The big irony is that Asian ball-jointed dolls were originally created to fire the owner’s imagination. Not only were the dolls created to be customized but, in theory, they are supposed to be able to fit any kind of outfit. If one wanted to turn an Asian ball-jointed doll into a glorified Barbie with wearing nothing but modern trendy clothes, then the person can do that. If one wanted to have an Asian ball-jointed doll wear caveman clothes or European peasant serf clothes, then that person can do so.

I attempted to prove that one shouldn’t just stick to one historical era when making a period outfit for a doll. This is a 1920’s style outfit that I made for my Volks Dollfie Dream called "Pink Jazz Baby".

Pink Jazz Baby
Pink Jazz Baby
Pink Jazz Baby
Pink Jazz Baby

This was an outfit I made especially for the 2006 Takoma Park Jazz Festival in Takoma Park, Maryland. I was working as a vendor at that festival and I had my Dollfie Dream on display as an attention-getting device. (She was not for sale.) Since jazz music reached its height of popularity in the 1920’s and since flappers (also known as "jazz babies") were synominous with the 1920’s, it was only appropriate that I created a flapper outfit for my doll.

I found a doll-sized flapper pattern in the book Period & Contemporary: Patterns for Fashion Dolls by Hazel McMahon. Since all the outfits in that book were designed for a Gene doll, I had to resize the pattern in order for it to fit my Dollfie Dream. The dress and cloche hat are made out of cotton fabric. (Two different pieces of fabric were used in making the dress and hat.) The dress is trimmed with beaded fringes around the waste and at the bottom hem. The dress is also trimmed with a metallic zig-zag trim around the front collar down the backside, at the waist above the beaded fringe, and at the bottom hem above the beaded fringe. The top front of the dress and the front of the cloche hat are decorated with pink art deco-style buttons.

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