Thursday, December 15, 2016

Tutorial for Making Sandals

This tutorial is for a 16 inch fashion doll but it can be adapted for other types of dolls.

Source: Imma's Doll Collection Blog

To get the instructions 

Take care:) 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

It's hard to get back into the swing of things......

I took a class called Lady Anise Eugenia Potts with Angela Jarecki last June...a whole year ago....eek.

About that time I was told I had first stage uterine cancer and as a result had a hysterectomy in July 2015. That sorta of took the wind out of my sails. Sheesh. I'm not normally a morbid person but something like that does make you think about stuff.

As a result I haven't done much creating since.

Poor Lady Anise though.

She has gone through many costume changes as for some reason I just couldn't get what Angela had designed for her doll to work for mine. That happens. I don't know if it was the fabrics I used or what.

I did away with her pantaloons and many over layers and tried a different shape for her skirt. For awhile she looked like this......

 I had made her a hot pink jacket which if it had fit somehow it would have been perfect and pulled the whole look together. Alas no matter how much I fooled around with it I didn't like the look. So I took the blouse pattern and the sleeve from the jacket and put them together to get a new look. Then I used the skirt pattern from one of Angela's other dolls called The Traveler and this is her new outfit so far.
Did you notice that I now have labels on the shoe boxes holding my fabric. I organized all my fabric one day. I think I was trying to psych myself back into sewing. 

I think she has a sort of Anne of Green Gables vibe going on now.

I was looking to see if I could find teeny tiny buttons to put down the front of the blouse but the scale was off so I may use some tiny pearl beads instead. It needs something as it looks too plain.

Oh and me? Well 2016 has been an adventure so far I must say.

In March I found out I had breast cancer. I have had two lumpectomys and over the next two months I will be having radiation treatment. The good news is the cancer was non invasive so I will be clear afterwards.

I am determined to finish Lady Anise just so I can get back into doll making again. It's just like any other skill. If you don't practice you forget.

I think I'll start with her hat as that's pretty easy to make.

The Facebook doll club I belong to has some really interesting challenges this quarter.


Here are the guidelines but they are flexible. For example you really don't have to make a Little Mermaid character. Any doll themed around mermaids etc is acceptable. For the second challenge, one of our members wants to do a Mad Hatter Tea Party with cats....that's okay too. The whole idea of the challenges is to get those creative juices flowing and to give you a focus for your creativity.

Anyway that's it for now.

Take care: )