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Dusty Rose ShortSkirt Bead Dress by pinkythepink Dusty Rose ShortSkirt Bead Dress by pinkythepink
This is done from a kit I special-ordered from Japan that came with all the supplies, including the mannequin. This is the sixth of the five-inch-tall miniature bead dresses I've done from kits.

This dress is the first of the short dress patterns. This one is cut slightly different in the pattern as well - the top/bottom mixing ability may be a little strange since the "bodice" portion of the corset is about half way up. I'll most certainly have to play around with this pattern when mixing it up to get the same effect in the future.

There are some brand new features to this dress unseen before and are not repeated in the next four patterns. For one, the ribbon and its rhinestone, which now that I've learned its secrets could be used in place of roses (such as on the wedding dress) or flowers (such as the red dress). The difficult part of this may be the rhinestone. I've looked for this shape before, the setting with four holes, but it's very difficult unless going through antique pieces. Most rhinestones have holes directly on them for application or "shanks" on their backs. I'll be looking into replacement bow centers for this addition on future dresses.

The second difference is those beaded shoes you're seeing. The kit came with just the soles, holes drilled through the toe for attachment, and I have looked and looked again for a way to get ahold of more. Even my Japanese contacts are unaware of where to purchase more of them and according to my art teacher who's helping me with some mold work these are too thin to do the way we've been practicing. I've found many websites for helping to create custom doll shoes, so if this becomes something I'm really fond of you can count on seeing more of them! It bothers me that they are almost the exact size as Barbie Doll shoes. I don't know if this speaks more to Barbie or these dresses being a bit off scale.

The dress itself has confused me with its coloring. It's a blue-grey for the most part with some silver dotted in. The top around the neck and sleeves however is sort of a peachy pink color. This didn't make sense because the skirt is purple and doesn't blend very well with it (this was, of course, before I attached the bow). It occurred to me that perhaps this is meant to act as a sort of "illusion" dress - where if this was put on a light colored lady the top of the dress wouldn't be visible and it would appear as if the corset was the only thing there. That's just a guess however, since once I put the bow on it it seemed to all be pulled together very nicely! Future dresses should have the option of the neckline/sleeves matching the skirt. This skirt could easily be brought all the way down to a full "floor" length.

This is done with glass seed beads in color-lined grey-blue size 15 and 11, frosted peach size 15, clear peach silver-lined size 11, and shiny solid purple-lavender-pink-whatever-mauve size 15 and 11. It's woven together with pink Japanese One G nylon thread. The ribbon is shiny pink with white polka dots with a white/clear/silver rhinestone to accent it. It's almost entirely herringbone stitch.

:bulletpink: Edit: Since creating these I have learned about scale. Barbie is "1/6" scale, and my dresses I've concluded are closer to "1/12" scale, which is half the size of Barbie. I'll be working this new information into future work.

Color Total: 4 (Shoes: 2)
Bead Sizes: 2 (Shoes: 1)
Bonus: Ribbon and rhinestone! (Shoes: Plastic sole)
Size: 3 3/4 inches tall, 1 inch waist, 1 1/4 inch bust, 4 1/2 inches hem (Shoes: 3/4 x 3/4 inches)
Time: 16 1/2 hours dress, 30 minutes each shoe

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:iconrhunel:
rhunel Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017   General Artist
Wait, let me get this straight, do these dresses fit Barbie?  Do the shoes fit Barbie?
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
These particular shoes would fit a Barbie doll. :) The dresses are twice too small. Who knows why the original kit here gave shoes that were completely the wrong size :lol: but I've since created much more size-appropriate ones.
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rhunel Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017   General Artist
Oh, OK! I would be interested in buying beaded dresses that fit Barbie, matching shoes would just be "icing on the cake".
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
I would be interested in selling one to you! :iconcute-plz: I don't have any Barbie sized bead patterns yet though, they're still in development, so it'll be a long while before we get there.
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rhunel Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017   General Artist
My girls are very patient. :D (Big Grin) 
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
:phew: Good! :lol: Cause I have no idea when I'll have the time. v.v I have to create a base first, then I'm working a butterfly project for Mattsma. Do you want to note me a bunch of refs/etc/whatever you might be inspired by of dresses you'd be interested in buying Barbie sized? That way I can sort of work it into my plans. :nod:
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rhunel Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2017   General Artist
I will gradually/eventually do so.  ;) (Wink) 
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
:la: Fabulous
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OCOceanDrop Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
just recently found these, and I thought I would mention. To make shoes, I have found that you can use a hot glue gun and water to make the shoes for dolls. My mother never liked spending extra for doll clothes and found that if you take a roundish/oval bead that hot glue doesn't stick to, you can add a glob of glue to the "foot" and with a thick metal embroidery needle dipped in water, smooth out the glue till you get the sole shape you desire. then, a piece of starched string painted with clear polish to make the heel, and paint and sand and you are good. Takes a while at first, but after a while you can make them in about a minute. I normally coat mine with a thin layer of elmers glue and paint to smooth it out
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's a wonderful idea! I love that it's tried and true. :love: I wish you had found me, like, even a week ago. :lol: I just finished collaborating with tZ2 for 3D models to 3D print new shoe soles.
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OCOceanDrop Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think that the printing would look nicer though! After all, painting them can be tedious 
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Beadartrix Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
This is so gorgeous. Do you have a pattern? Would love to make one. Please.
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Dress patterns are not available and probably won't be for many decades. :)
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natalemarine Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016
So beautiful and cute!

Did you ever thought about making photos with dolls using your dresses, in a surreal type of photoshoot? It would be amazing!
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!

Oooh haha no it didn't cross my mind, these dresses can't be removed from their bases.
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natalemarine Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016
They are perfect! <3
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Tatalie Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
I would like to have real-size top :). All I need is seed-beads of sizes 8-10-11-15, appropriate threads and needles,  and patience. Unfortunately, I have nothing from this list :)
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: With enough effort I'm sure you could do it! And some day... :la: some day I'll make people sized clothing!
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Nekogami13 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Super cute!
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:iconpinkythepink:
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
:happybounce: Thank you!
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Fakmylife Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Student General Artist
This bead dresses are some of the cutest things on earth. ;///;
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: Thank you so much!
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Fakmylife Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome! :meow:
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Wow
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
:flirty:
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MiniSteveK Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Beautiful and wonderful. Great job!
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :love:
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MiniSteveK Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
You're welcome.:happybounce: Heart 
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luckylizart Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:lovewoo: Extreme OMG 
I just love it, AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I ADMIRE YOU!!!!!!!!!
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: Oh wow, thank you very much!! I'm happy to have impressed you so! :love:
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AkemiREmi Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cute little outfits :)
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :D
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AkemiREmi Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
np ;3
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DAnnsCreations Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Would loved to have had you making Barbie dresses when I was in to Barbie,  Wow   would've been the luckiest kid around!!  These are just Fantastic, no kid would appreciate them like us Big kids!  :icondelightfulplz: :glomp:
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Aw, thank you very much!! I'm actually not onto Barbie sizes just yet (crosses fingers, I'm currently trying to work it out!) but I appreciate the compliment all the same! :flirty: These would definitely be for adult collectors, and 99% sure they wouldn't be play-ready, only display!

Thank you thank you thank you :hug:
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Nekogami13 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
So pretty! Love the colors!
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D
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Shademia Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I want to be that small and wear these bead dresses *.*
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: Thank you!

I hope to improve my skills with these to a point where I can make real-people-size dresses too. :) Keep an eye out! :heart:
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Shademia Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I want to be one of the models :P <3
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aha :D That would be difficult with you in Hungary and I in the USA, but perhaps in the distant future... anything can happen!
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Shademia Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I want to travel to the USA. You know I have to go to the San Diego Comic Con so wi will make it :P
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Twisted-Curiosity Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Student
If this was a real dress... How would you sit down in it?
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
The back of the skirt would fold in underneath you. :) Here's a reference image that I found on google: [link]
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AnotherOddity Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I'm loving those hues!
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:aww: Thank you!
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beroa Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student General Artist
This is so darling, I need to go and see the other dresses you've made now :aww:
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:aww: Thank you so much!
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Evoli-chan Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Lovely work :D
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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