Dolls – Take One & Two (Yay Prototypes!)

4 Jan

I don’t remember how long ago, but one day I doodled a little girl in my sketchbook, and almost immediately decided that she needed to be made into a doll. I’ve never made a three dimensional doll (just ones that are basically a solid form with details sewn on) and I wasn’t sure I was ready to tackle that completely. So the problem was there: How to I make this sketch a reality and branch into 3D dolls too? This was what I came up with:

1. The one on the left is the first attempt, the one on the right is the second attempt. I made them both out of some spare fabric I had laying around, and actually like how they came out, for the most part.

2. The first one was completely machine sewn, as you can see by the face detail. I love the little feet on this one! They’re so cute & pointy. Like witch or elf shoes or something. Both dolls have one arm that is attached to the “head”. The backs are just plain fabric.

I really need to find out where people get fabric logo tags. So many people have them, they can’t be hard to get…but I’ll be dammed if I can’t find out where!

3. The second doll was completely handsewn because she was made mostly while I was either on the plane flying to FL or actually in FL. This was the first project I used embroidery on, and I love love love how it came out! This girl’s face puffs out a little more than the rest of the body. I was trying to go for extra 3D, lol. She also has bigger feet because I guess the feet looked like flips of a dress on Take One. :-/ Heh, I also didn’t mean for her head to point up. That’s what you get when your working area is a tray table!

4. And now some goofy pics of me and Take Two to show you the size of them. I think for Take Three I’m going to mix both machine and hand sewing. I really like all the details the embroidery brings, so I think I’m going to attach the pieces with a straight machine stitch first, for security, and then do the decorative embroidery for ADORability. (ha!) I uploaded larger pics on my flickr. I never used it much, but that’s about to change!

I also think I’m going to get rid of the arm for Take Three, and just make it puff like the face does. Kinda backtracks on the 3D, but oh well. What do you think? The only thing that’s making me question it is how much fun my (male) co-workers were having playing with the dolls! They even wanted to be in the pics! Heh, if they were around when I was taking them I would have included them, just for the hilarity alone.

In conclusion, my office is a terrible place to take photos. Even with the window open, it looks dark! 😦

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2 Responses to “Dolls – Take One & Two (Yay Prototypes!)”

  1. crafty carolinagirl January 4, 2008 at 1:32 am #

    Both of your dolls are so very cute!

    Old School Acres has a great post on fabric labels: http://oldschoolacres.typepad.com/old_school_acres/2007/10/go-ahead-label-.html
    I am not sure if this is what you are looking for or not.

    I am considering ordering some fabric ones too, especially for my new crocheted scarves which I finished on my flight home to Florida too. 🙂

  2. Amy January 4, 2008 at 7:18 am #

    cute cute! Ive never made a 3d plushie either.

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