This tiny doll has been quite difficult for me. It has been finished for quite awhile but I have only made a few of them and not until today have I officially released them for custom order.
The difficulty with this doll is no fault of the doll itself. I strongly feel like this doll is an improvement on all my previous work, but because it has just as much detail as my bigger dolls in a much smaller size there are technical differences that make this one quite fussy to make.
I have also used this little doll to experiment with spring assembly to learn how to make that work for my dolls. The springs are certainty interesting and they take more work to install compared to elastic but I'm not sure if I prefer one over the other. The springs seem to makes the doll a little more rigid and mechanical feeling but the poses seem to have more stability. I think the elastic stringing makes the doll a little more flexible and organic feeling but the joints are also more likely to kick out of position so the poses are a little less stable.
For custom orders of this doll I have decided to allow buyers the choice of springs or elastic assembly.
I also have one of these 6" dolls already finished and ready for a new home.
I have called this little one Kai and he comes with two wigs and a full outfit that has embroidery and beadwork.
I have two new Meka porcelain dolls available on etsy.
They look quite different from each other but I like to think they both share the same favorite color. Green!
The first Meka is a sweet little girl in a green dress with an apron made from vintage lace. She has little shoes that are carved into the porcelain and painted.https://www.etsy.com/listing/494521409/
The second Meka is a cheerful (or maybe mischievous) little green fairy. Her wings are removable and held on with a magnet.https://www.etsy.com/listing/481421126/
I'd like to introduce you to two little tattooed Mekas. For awhile now I've been wanting to make one of these dolls with more elaborate china painting on its body, so I made two of them!
Their "tattoos" are actually drawings that were engraved into the porcelain while it was still soft and then colored with many layers of china paint. If you look closely you can see the engraved lines or if you run your finger over the tattoos you can feel it. I also gave them shoes socks, and underwear in the same way.
First off is a little pink cupcake doll. The base color of the porcelain is a little pinkish and she has a bit of an iridescent shimmer. Her tattoos are sweet themed and include a cupcake, icecream cone, and various candy.
The second doll is inspired by vintage imagery and American traditional tattoos. She has a little Kewpie doll painted on her thigh since Kewpie is one of the original inspirations for these tiny Meka dolls and their predecessor, Eka.
They are both available on etsy.
Little sugar doll
Little Vintage doll
Just a heads up for those of you that may be interested.
I have listed two new Meka porcelain dolls on etsy. They both have elf ears and soft suri alpaca wigs. The pastel purple hair is my favorite because it reminds me of cotton candy.
Listing for the blue elf
Listing for the purple elf
I made a pattern for a simple dress and bloomers for my doll Meka and thought it would be fun to share the process of how I put it all together. I hand sew everything, since I can't manage using a sewing machine on something so small, so maybe this'll be helpful for people like me or people that don't have a machine.
The pattern is free for anyone that wants to use it. From the measurements the dress may also fit pukipuki, petite blythe, lati white, and other similar sized tiny dolls.
- fabric marker or pencil
- fray check
- fabric glue
- a bead or button
- elastic or string
Image file OR PDF file
The file is sized for A4 paper, 300dpi, and there is a little ruler so you can check the size after it's printed.
Notes about the supplies I'm using:
I have a fabric marker with disappearing ink but it's fine to use just a normal pencil or pen.
If you're using elastic cord in the bloomers you'll need a needle with an extra large eye. Otherwise you can just use embroidery thread to make a drawstring and just use a normal sewing needle.
Frey check is optional but recommended.
For the fabric glue I strongly recommend getting a small needle tip applicator bottle that you can transfer the glue into. This helps me a lot to avoid getting glue everywhere.
The fabric I'm using is cotton, like the kind most often used for quilting, but you can use whatever you have or want to use.
First off trace the pattern shapes onto the fabric and then cut them out.
Next use fray check on on all the edges and let them dry.
Now time to fold and glue some of the edges as is indicated by the dotted line on the pattern. The folds only need to be about 1/8 inch or as small as you can manage.
I leave the bottom edge of the shirt part and the waistline of the bloomers unfolded until after they are stitched.
Time to use the needle and thread! Stitch the sides of the shirt together using a whip stitch. Because the edge has been folded you should be able to make a very small seam that is still quite strong. My seams here are only about 1mm. I start at the bottom of the shirt and work up while trying to remember to leave arm holes.
After you finish stitching tie the thread in a knot and double check to make sure the dolls arms fit through the holes. Then fold the bottom edge and secure it with more fabric glue.
To add the shirt part to the skirt first I use some more glue to tack the apron into place so that I don't have to worry about it sliding around. Then use 3 drops of glue to tack the skirt onto the bottom of the shirt. I use one drop on both ends in the back of the dress and one in the middle on the front. Again this glue is just to help hold everything in place while the skirt is being sewn onto the shirt.
I then use a back-stitch to sew the two parts together. The skirt will need to be gathered a little as you stitch but it's not anything that needs to be done too precisely. Just try to make sure the thread is going through both the skirt part and the shirt.
The dress is almost finished! The last thing to do is add a way for it to close in the back. How I like to do this is with a button loop.. or bead loop, since a round bead can function like a button for dolls. First sew the bead into place. Then make a loop with thread large enough to fit over the bead and try to secure it by tying a knot.
Now to make the loop stronger use a buttonhole stitch around the loop. This part can be fiddly but with practice it does get easier. When the loop is finished tie it off and celebrate. Woohoo! The dress in done!
To sew together the bloomers start by folding the pant leg in half and use a whip stitch to sew up to where the legs should meet. Do this for both pant legs. Then join the two pant legs together and continue stitching up. Once they are all sewn together fold and glue down an about an 1/8 inch around the waistline for a hem.
Then go around the top of the waistline with a blanket or buttonhole stitch. This will hold the hem down and also give a place to run thread or elastic through. When I add the elastic I like to try the bloomers on the doll before I tie the elastic in a knot to make sure that the bloomers aren't too loose or too tight.
I then add more elastic to the bottom of the pant legs and again try them on the doll to test fit before finishing with a knot.
Next just turn the bloomers right-side-out and try the whole outfit on.
I would normally wash the clothes once they're all finished to help the fabric lay down a little better and be less stiff. and of course it's always nice to just have clean clothes, even for dolls.
You can add additional embellishments or leave it as is. This pattern is pretty basic so you could easily modify it if you wanted. I make a lot of these little dresses without the apron and it would be pretty easy to add sleeves. Just have fun with it!
So that's it. If you made it all the way through then thank you for reading and I hope this can be helpful or at least interesting to someone.
I just finished adding three new porcelain BJDs to my Etsy shop. Two Meka dolls and one 6" tall Little Minion doll. So that means right now there are five finished dolls available.
One of the dolls available, pictured to the right, is a little one I've named Souris because she seems a bit mouse like to me with her dark brown eyes.
Souris is made from my body II little minion doll molds, a small little sister doll to my earlier dolls, and so far I've only sold a few dolls like her. She is also assembled with steal springs instead of elastic, the fifth doll I've ever made with springs.
For quite awhile now I've been wanting to start taking custom orders for dolls like Souris but for so many reasons it just hasn't happened yet. I have changed so many things with this dolls mold, made so many tiny adjustments, and still want new face molds to use but time keeps ticking away. Maybe soon though. At least I hope so. This doll is quite fun to play with and I definitely want to make more of them.