I’ve had this vintage Ken doll clothes pattern number 2899 from Sew-Easy Patterns by Advance for a couple of years now, and I’ve wanted to try sewing these patterns, just to see if they will fit my BTS doll that I got for Christmas two or three years ago.
Why haven’t I gotten them sewn? Time. There’s just not enough of it.
But maybe if some of you, my followers, can answer the question I’m asking today, your answers may inspire me to get my butt in gear, and start sewing!
Do vintage Ken clothes fit the BTS dolls? If any of you know, please let me know in the comments section below today’s blog post.
For any of you who don’t know, BTS is a super popular boy band from South Korea, also known as Bangtan Boys. According to Wikipedia, “Billboard executive Silvio Pietroluongo compared the group’s commercial success and influence to that of the Beatles and the Monkees.”
You know how the 1960’s saw the “British Invasion” with the Beetles, the Rolling Stones, etc? Yeah, like that, but there has been a strong Asian influence in pop culture with today’s teen generation, and BTS tops the charts for this particular genre.
Anyway, I received a Jimin doll, representing one of the band members of BTS, for Christmas one year, and I have yet to take him out of his box and start making him clothes. I’m a big fan of romantic comedy Korean dramas, like Crash Landing on You, Her Private Life, and Moon Embracing the Sun.
What I’d really like to make is a traditional Korean outfit for both Jimin and maybe Barbie too. I really, REALLY love the design of the hanbok, the traditional Korean dress for women, and I’d like to experiment with creating that pattern someday.
But I’ll also want to have a traditional, Joseon-era costume for Jimin, my BTS doll. I find this costume so charming, after watching so many cool Joseon period Korean dramas!
Can you imagine Jimin in something like this?
Of course I need to familiarize myself, first, with the basic patterns I’ll need to make, to fit the doll, and honestly, the vintage Ken doll clothes pattern number 2899 from Sew-Easy Patterns by Advance has a lot to offer. Just read the back! (See image below.)
And by the way, how quaint is that wording at the top of the pattern? I love it!
I love how View 3 says, “Deck pants and shirt… for sailing fun and other sports.” How adorable is that?
Now that I’ve typed up this blog post, re-read through the back of the pattern, and thought about my original goal of creating traditional Korean costumes for Barbie and Jimin, I’m starting to feel a little bit inspired. But if any of you have ever sewn (or even tried on) vintage clothes for your own BTS dolls, as I’ve said at the top of this blog post, please leave a comment.
I’d like to know if this pattern will even fit.
And in case any of you would like to see what other people have made for their BTS dolls, browse through my “Share Your Creations” page. One of my followers, Cindy C, sent me a whole bunch of pictures of BTS dolls wearing doll clothes she made, using my own patterns! It was such an honor to post her creations because, as I’ve said, I enjoy Korean wave and especially Korean dramas.
If any of you are curious about Korean dramas, and if you’re not afraid to read English subtitles, you can find quite a number of great Korean dramas on Netflix. I recommend Crash Landing on You, Her Private Life, and Moon Embracing the Sun but there are many others well worth watching!
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The Jimin doll and the other BTS dolls are marketed and sold by Mattel, but I believe their trademark name is owned by BigHit Music Co., Ltd. At the time of this blog post’s writing, the trademark has been accepted by the US Trademark office, but has not yet been “assigned to an examiner.” However, I believe my daughter bought my BTS doll at Barnes & Noble bookseller. You can easily find them on Amazon too, if you’re interested in buying one. Mattel’s site doesn’t allow you to search for them yet, but I’m sure that’s coming.