Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Dolls: I Want You To Meet Sheila!

   For over a month now I've been working on a pattern for a cute little doll. Last week I decided to try what I had so far and here it is, Sheila would be the first prototype! and I LOVE how she turned out.


   But as much as I love her, I need to say that she was a pain in the a*%$! to sew. For those of you who have made dolls or would understand the process, everything was fine until I had to put her together/sew the body. Her little torso and neck were too narrow to contain her long legs, arms and big feet. Let's say I had to hand-stitch some areas where the sewing machine just wouldn't go through.


   Yikes! That would be Sheila's underarm. At that point everything was too fiddly and as you can see, I couldn't make a blind stitch.

   I'm working on fixing all the little details that went wrong with Sheila. You know, because I might want to make many more dolls and I want to enjoy the process as well as render a high quality product. ;-)


Don't you think I'm cute?

   Again, I used Sharpie Stained fabric markers to draw her features. I really like those markers but they're to be treated with respect; if you don't make light quick strokes the ink will bleed... badly. Her skin fabric is Kona flesh, her hair and details are acrylic felt and the rest are regular quilting fabrics.

I gave her a curly ponytail which I love!

   One thing makes me sad. I really like Sheila, but I have to give up many of her distinctive quirks on behalf of her survival. We'll see how it turns out. See you later!

14 comments:

  1. AH! She is sooo cute! I love her hair

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    1. Thanx! Can't wait to make more as soon as the pattern is ready.

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  2. So sweet! I've been thinking about designing some dolls or animal softies, but I don't think I could handle the how fiddly they are!

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    1. No, but you have to try it. It's SO rewarding.

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  3. I love Sheila, she's amazing! She turned out beautifully! Even more though, I LOVE hearing about the process - I learn a lot from it and it so interesting. I look forward to more! :)

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    1. It's awesome to know what kind of posts readers prefer. I'll keep you in mind next time I write about my crafts. Thanks for the visit, the comment and the love.

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  4. Too, too cute! You inspire me!

    -Faeriesong

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    1. Are you Faeriesong from IG? If yes, HI! LOL Thanks for the comment!

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  5. Yes I am! Love the new doll too!

    -faeriesong

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    1. Thank you very much! I can't wait to get to my desired doll though. I'll save this pattern for the future, where Amanda is closer to what I need.

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  6. i love these! where did you get your fabric?

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    1. The skin fabric is Kona Flesh, I bought mine on the internet, but I know some people find them in their local quilt shops. The other fabrics I used are regular quilting cottons from my local fabric stores. Thanks for visiting!

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  7. Ever since i was little i had wanted to make a doll. Now (at 12) i yhink my next project will be one. Im sure it will end up being a disaster (if i finish it) cuase i will be making my own template but you have to start somewhere!

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    1. Of course you need to start somewhere. Pattern templates are the result of a hit and miss process. Your first try will not necessarily be a disaster though, you have to make the most of what you end up with. ;-) I think it's awesome you are even interested. Have an awesome week!

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