Sunday, July 26, 2015

She's Collared!

The bodice is making progress and it's turning out to be very intriguing.   It's a very high collar that stands up and makes a big statement!  I've been working on it for some time and I'm finally happy with the design. I feel like something really good is going to evolve from this.

It almost looks like a flower...

The collar is made up of two layers.

From the back, it looks quite regal!

Standing pretty, waiting for more.

My next step is to finish the sleeves and decide what's going over the chest area.  I want something ornamental but I don't want to detract from the "poof" of the collar.  

I'll post more photos along the way.

Happy Dolling!
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Friday, July 03, 2015

Drafting a Dress

So today I'm off from work due to the 4th of July holiday, and I'm using my "day to play" on what else?  My doll, of course!

I'm ready to design the dress bodice, which is one of the trickiest parts dollmaking for me.
I've drafted the pattern, transferred it onto paper towels and taped the pieces together to see how the bodice fits.   It's not quite there just YET, but I will cut, tape, tuck, tweak and try to get it right.

The moral of this story is:  
If you have paper towels, a felt tip marker, scissors and tape, you can drape a shape right over your doll to make a bodice.  If you don't feel comfortable designing your own, use one that you've already made or that you like a lot, and try to modify it right on your doll.  It's a pretty good method :-)  If you're good with computers, scanning and resizing things can be helpful.

The bodice is the main part of the dress.  Once it is done, the whole dress should come together really quickly.  I already have my fabric picked out!  Hopefully I'll have some more pictures to show you soon.

Happy dolling!

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