If you’re a serious doll maker whose always looking to improve their skill set like I am, you might be interested in Mimi’s Mannequins and Pattern Draping video collection. It is almost ready to go, but this time around Mimi and Jim have put up a Kickstarter campaign. This is for the pre-order setup and manufacturing costs.
Mimi is a pioneer in the doll making world and her techniques have been developed for beginners and advanced alike. I have many patterns and DVD sets and they are so well done. Her details seem daunting, but when you see the finished work, the time spent on those sculpting details was more than worth it.
If you feel so inclined and would like to increase your own collection of doll making reference materials, take a look at what she has coming very soon. The Kickstarter campaign is open today and will be for 31 days. I have no affiliation to Mimi whatsoever, I just wanted to share this information if you haven’t already seen it and if you can, help them to reach their goal.
I’ve copied Jim’s information below and I’m sure if you have any questions, you can just email him. There is also a free look at one of the lessons when you get to the Kickstarter campaign page. Enjoy ;o)
Mimi's Mannequins and Pattern Draping (Techniques for Doll making) is almost finished and it is spectacular. It has almost 6 hours of classroom video full of techniques for doll making. We began this project almost 5 years ago, and we got interrupted by cancer. Now we’re back on track for Christmas of 2015.
Mimi’s Mannequins presents quarter-scale male and female mannequins as separate patterns with a single set of instructions for both. The doll making workshop is all about techniques and the similarity of the human form. Mimi’s Pattern Draping shows you how to create patterns for clothing that will fit your own dolls. It uses the mannequins as tailor’s dummies for draping the clothing patterns.
We have condensed the 4-day doll making workshop and the 2-day pattern draping workshop into almost 6 hours of video. Unlike previous workshop DVD sets, we will not be manufacturing this one by ourselves. We are forced to go to a pre-ordering setup to have the money to pay for the manufacturing.
In addition to the video, Mimi's Mannequins includes:
· A Shopping List e-book that you can copy to your phone or tablet (or print out) to take to the crafts store with you.
· The pattern sheets can be printed on your own printer, or you can take them to an office supply store or copy center.
· After watching the videos, you can use the included step-by-step, photo-by-photo storyboards on your phone, tablet, or computer to make the dolls and clothing. You can refer back to the video anytime you need it.
Who is it For?
In addition to the videos, the go-at-your-own-pace, step-by-step, picture-by-picture storyboards make Mimi's Mannequins & Pattern Draping suitable for all levels of doll makers from beginner to advanced. You need some hand-sewing and machine-sewing experience, and it's not really for first time (novice) doll makers. It is particularly good for those who have trouble fitting clothes on dolls.
We're opening a Kickstarter campaign on Thursday, Oct. 15th for pre-orders. We've launching it on Kickstarter so we can raise enough money to publish the 4-DVD set. We've got some really great discounts, and some nice perks and souvenirs like the 2015 Kickstarter Hall of Fame at Mimidolls.Com, a chance to vote on features of what we do next, a signed & numbered limited edition, having your name listed in the ending credits, all the way up to a visit to Mimi's studio.
Here's the opening video that tells you about Mannequins. At the Kickstarter campaign.
You can also see the full video (24 minutes) of Lesson 5: Making Arm & Hands by visiting the kickstarter campaign.
Kickstarter for Mannequins
We expect to mail in time for Christmas 2015 to the US and Canada (possibly later elsewhere) for orders received by the end of the Kickstarter campaign at midnight Nov. 15, 2015. (You can still order after that on Mimidolls.Com, but you'll miss the special prices, perks, and Christmas delivery.)