I spent the later part of the day doing something that I have not done in years - making a doll. Granted it is a pretty simple doll - but I had a great time making her and was very thankful to find that the old skills are not gone - they've just been dormant.
The pattern I took inspiration from is from a Tilda's Studio book, copy right 2011 I think. It's a pattern called cupcake angel. These type of dolls have been around a long time and similar patterns can be found all over the web. I just happen to be a book junkie so I have had this book a few years. Part of the reason for making this doll is that my son-in-law wants me to make physical dolls out of some of his line drawings. Guess I need to practice a little first. Another reason is I have way too much stuff in my stash of doll making materials and I need to use them - thus - another chapter in doll making may just start.
Here are some pictures of the making of Violet - I hope you enjoy them. I may just do a video of my doll making process at some point - if I can figure out how to shorten the length of the video - it would be a mini series at this point - well maybe even a saga - and we don't need that.
|Pattern was traced onto the muslin, sewn and then cut out|
with pinking shears (aids in the release of tension on the
curved areas of the material)
|turned right side out|
|slit for stuffing sewn closed on the back|
|Don't you love this little travel sized iron? It works very well|
I'm ironing the bottom trim material for pleating
|doll dress top is sea-foam green felt and the hand pleated material|
is pinned on for attachment by more hand sewing
|More trim and a few pearls are added for decoration|
|hair and face are added - she's almost there|
|Meet Violet - she doesn't have wings - so she's not an|
Have a spectacular day! K