my dolls

When building a dollhouse from scratch just isn’t enough…

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I couldn’t afford the high end dolls I came across, but it did inspire me to do my own.  After all, what’s the point of graduating from a fashion design school if I can’t make my own costumes?  Of course pattern making & sewing in 1/12th scale is a whole other thing…

Luckily I came across many great artisans who had tutorials on their pages (see my artisans & sources page).

I don’t make my own molds – I use existing dolls, then defrock & dewig them.

My first attempt was making a Scarlet O’Hara from what had been a pixie-ish looking chef.  I was happy for my first try, but Scarlet looks like she’s been engaging in the pugilistic arts.

Scarlet

"I get so bored I could scream!"

My next doll was a Victorian lady in a house/day costume for the 1870-1880s.  It was better than my first attempt, but the scale of the trim was too big.  I was really happy with her hair however.  It was an improvement on Scarlet’s hair.  I tried using techniques for acrylic hair, but it was impossible to work with.  So I ordered mohair from the UK, which was soft & natural & looked more realistic.

1870's day dress

Back of the 1870's day dress

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Front of 1870's day dress

Now I realized that 1) I needed to use dolls with more delicate limbs; 2) I needed finer trims; 3) if I was using a glue gun I had to be very careful that it not show; 4) I needed more detailing

Here’s my 3rd doll.  Again it was meant to be a day dress but I made the mistake of not making the sleeves longer.  And this wouldn’t cut it as a ball gown with the shoulders covered.  Quel dommage!  I love the colours & her wig turned out great.

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Gold day dress with teal trim

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Back of gold day dress with teal trim

I learn as I go on each dress.  I use minimal sewing – just for the main seams & for the hems.  Then it’s all about strategic glueing.  I also learned how to apply small beads for jewellry.

My favourite & last project was a Victorian wedding dress, which isn’t quite finished (need wigging & veiling).  I love this dress most of all.  I used a wired ribbon to ruche the front skirt which turned out spectacularly.

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Victorian wedding dress detail

 

victorian wedding dress

Back of Victorian wedding dress

 

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Side of Victorian wedding dress

 

 

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