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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Trilogy of Reviews–Part 3

In this review, I want to draw your attention to Mimi’s Mannequins and Pattern Draping.  Last fall Mimi and Jim posted a Kickstarter campaign. I’ve never donated to a fund raiser, but Mimi being such a pioneer in the doll making world, I felt it was important for me to support a cause that means so much to me.

She is one of those people who  really had to start from scratch and figure out how to do everything and then so generously shares that with all of us who share her passion for doll making. After seeing the volume of work and details that have gone into this new DVD set, I can honestly say, that when i work on my dolls, Mimi will be in my head making sure I have done things properly.

I once heard someone say they had made a Mimi doll and the details went on and on. That is so true, but when you look at the finished product of what you have just made, there is something to be said about doing your best work and taking the time to do so.

This new set from Mimi is “Mimi’s Mannequins and Pattern Draping” is comprised of 6 hrs of video and hard copy information.


What you will learn in this set is how to make a male and female doll without the costume, and then use those mannequin dolls to learn how to draft patterns for the costuming.


The doll making portion is 4 hours of video with pdf files for each video, so you will have both visual and hard copy to learn from. The other two hours you will learn the pattern drafting for costuming your dolls so that you can make other costumes later. You will have the corresponding pdf files for those videos.


You will have the patterns for making the dolls and the costumes shown on the DVD jacket, and how to make them well. Everything is in this set, right down to the shopping list to print and take with you to pick up what you need.

If you aren’t a dollmaker but thought you might what to try it sometime, I would seriously think about this set. Mimi covers it all from the absolute beginning, right down to what happens if you sew over a pin and what happens to your sewing machine needle when you do that.

For seasoned doll makers it’s a wonderful opportunity to refresh your skills, maybe tune up things you may have gotten a bit slack about. Hands up, I have from time to time done that, and just made more work for myself because I had to go back and fix my lazy moment. If I have spurred you on to at least follow the link below to Mimi’s site, there you will find a sample video and other snippets from the set to download and read over. So enjoy , I certainly did. ;o))

CLICK HERE for Mimi’s Mannequins and Pattern Draping

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like an amazingly comprehensive course Romona, I recognize Mimi's picture but am not familiar with her work. Thanks for the review and the link. Deb xo



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