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Friday, July 1, 2011

Drafting Doll Clothes

I think I’ve discovered that I’m a binge blogger. It’s either feast or famine. It’s been to long since I posted, but for good reason. This has been a busy busy house, but more about that another time. Today’s entry is my first doll outfit from the Drafting Doll Clothes workshop with Colleen Babcock.

I kind of sort of, knew the approach to making doll clothes because I sew for myself, but learning it the way I did with Colleen just put all the pieces together in a neat little package of easy to understand steps. If ever she’s in your area, you really need to try and get a workshop with her. I can’t say that enough, she truly is the best teacher.

This is my porcelain doll from at least 25 years ago. I made two of them this size, and I’m in the process of making the same outfit for the other doll but in a different colour.  So starting with the shoes I made, these are made using a wool fabric, hard leather soles, trimmed with soutache and for the laces as well, and they are lined. I even made a tongue for them…. Sweet..

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No self respecting dolly would be without socks, so she has those too. Stretchy lace and trimmed with lace as well.

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Moving up, she has her pants on now.

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She has her hat now, hasn’t she just got the cutest face, love those chubby cheeks. The buttons I made, they are polymer clay. I used those metal button kits, the kind that you cover the metal button with the fabric you’re using, but in this case, I covered them with clay and made 3 sizes. I added two colours of ribbon trims and a couple of white buttons for contrast..

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And here is the final finished look. For comparison, I have added  the pictures below that I used to create the clothes and shoes. The shoes aren’t quite the same, but they are similar. Google images is such a great resource. Enjoy.

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