Thursday, July 12, 2012

Dolls: Say Hi To Sandy!

   I can't believe how much I enjoy creating these little people. I love the way they acquire a personality of their own as I make them. As I complete each part of the process they tell me what I should do next, and when I finish, they tell me their names and their styles. That's when I decide what their clothes and shoes should look like, and I do my best to recreate the image in my head. In my last post I told you that my next doll would have purple, green and blue hair. Here she is! Say hi to Sandy.


   I'm in love with Sandy! She is the first doll I make that is exactly what I had in mind when I started making dolls. First: Her hair is 100% merino wool, the yarn is hand-dyed and the felt is SUPER soft. Second: Her clothes can be changed and played with. Third: She is super colorful; I love colors. I've seen many doll makers that focus on using pastel colors, I always find those dolls gorgeous and I love them, but that is just not my style. When I create I need colors, the brighter the better; colors make me happy.


    I'm super happy with the yarn I told you about in my last post. The 40 yards were enough for Sandy's hair, yet I had to use every single strand that I had of it and if I had more I could have probably used it too. I used Kona Taupe for her skin and acrylic paints for her face and shoes.


   When I finished Sandy, she told me that she was a summer loving girl with a high sense of fashion. So I made her a short strapless sweetheart neckline dress with a flowy skirt. I love the way the skirt creates the illusion of having a petticoat underneath.


   The only thing that left me thinking about the dress is that since I don't own a serger I just pinked the raw seams. The thing is, I make purses and I'm used to having to line every single part of a piece so the raw edges won't show. This tiny garment making thing is new to me and I don't know if there's a secret for fully encasing the raw edges that I don't know about yet, otherwise I'm happy about it and its construction. The back fastens with a plastic snap.


   I definitely like the look of painted shoes, I can create many styles and I can embellish them as much as I need. I also think they look cute.


   So far I've made 3 dolls with pretty yarn hair, and I love the fabrics I found for their skin tones. So many possibilities, so little time.

10 comments:

  1. Hi Sandy! You look so cute :D You found a new art niche Yadira. I'm happy for you :) Have a great day!

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    1. Oh yes I have my friend! Thanks for your kind words, for the compliments and your visit. Have an awesome weekend!

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  2. I would love one of these dolls for my little girl! Do you have a shop on etsy?

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    1. Hi! Thanks so much for your interest, Katelynn. I don't know if you will see this because I have no way to contact you directly, but I'll answer your questions in case you are subscribed.

      I don't have an Etsy shop, but I have a facebook page where I list the available dolls. I started it a couple of days ago to have a place to stay in contact with the people interested.

      http://www.facebook.com/CarrouselDreamDolls

      The prices range from $45 to $120. I'm also available for custom orders, if you had that in mind.

      Have an awesome weekend!
      -Yadira

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  3. these dolls are adorable! do you sew together their bodies and everything else or do u buy them and then put the hair on? and is their a way i could buy one?

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    1. Hi Anonymous!

      Thank you so much for your kind words, but since I have no way to contact you directly I have no idea if you will ever read this.

      Anyways. I make these dolls from scratch, meaning that even the pattern that I use to cut the fabric for their bodies is drafted by me. Their faces are hand-painted with acrylics, all the little details are handsewn and their clothes are handmade too.

      If you wanted one of these dolls you can contact me through blog comments, email, or fb page and we can arrange a Paypal transaction. I'm also available for custom work in case you are interested in that.

      Thank you so much for your interest.
      -Yadira

      email: irisy.riveraortiz {@} gmail.com
      fb page: http://www.facebook.com/CarrouselDreamDolls

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  4. Hi, Before I came to making dolls, I used to make 1/12 scale dolls house clothes. As you can imagine they are too small to really hide raw edges successfully, so to stop them fraying and looking raw I bought Fray check also known as fray stopper. It comes in a small bottle and you run it along the cut line, leave it to dry then trim the edge. I'm 100% certain it can be laundered without being washed out. Clear nail polish works too but will leave it a little stiff and washes out. The negative thing about any of the things you use to stop it from fraying is if used on silky types of fabrics, it tends to make it look darker where you've used it, so very little is neededon those types of fabrics. Have you thought of hiding the trimmed raw edges under some ric rac, if your not sure what it is you can google a picture of it as it's called different names all over. Hope this has helped! ;) Cotton Cutie Pies (facebook) xx

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  5. What an adorable doll! I love her :)

    Xo,
    Eeka

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