Since I seem to be on Facebook a lot keeping up with the antics of my family I "liked" their page so I could see what new products they have and such.
In January they started A Work Along Event. Everyone who is interested can participate. The same pattern is used by all the participants to make a doll. Of course DMJ is hoping that you will purchase the pattern from them :) Why not?...it's a great business idea.
I had won a $10 coupon from them so I thought what the heck and purchased the pattern.....Santos Doll "All Will Be Well" by Sharon Mithchell.
It's been quite interesting seeing the results. Not one of the dolls produced looks like the picture. Some really amazing work.
If anyone has any issues or difficulties Sharon Mitchell gives advice. DMJ have even added pictures of how to do the various steps. It's been very helpful.
This particular event started January 1st and runs until April 1st. The next one is going to be Flirty Flora by Stephanie Novatski. I might join in as I already have the CD directions.
I understand that they have also made it into a downloadable PDF pattern which is a much better idea. Instant gratification for us doll makers....LOL
By the way I don't get any remuneration from Dollmaker's Journey :)
Typical of me I have just started the Santos doll this week. I thought it was due February 28th so of course I went into panic mode which is my usual mode when I do challenges.
I made the body and arms. I wasn't sure what size of seam allowance to use for the body. I measured what showed on the pattern pieces and it was about 1/8th of an inch.
WRONG! I checked today out of curiosity and it does say on page three to use "Just over .5cm ( ¼ inch) seam allowance". Arrrgghhh. I am totally useless at reading directions.
So of course I had my first issue......I had started stuffing the body and I was looking at it and at the tube and wondering......how is this supposed to fit into that tube?
Never mind I say to myself and blissfully carry on.
Here is the body stuffed into a Mason jar beside the tube for comparison.
So faced with this body I looked for a solution.
I had kept the inner tube from some Christmas wrapping paper as it was the same diameter as the one in the paper towel roll. Good thing I did. I measured the paper towel roll and it was 11 inches. I cut two lengths from my longer roll and then cut up one side on each. Now I had two halves. Trying to join them into one roll was a challenge so I looked for something round that was the diameter that I wanted to end up with. I wrapped my pieces around it and kept them together with a rubber band.
Are you still with me?
I taped them together and then I covered the result with newsprint paper mache. This is my result....
I didn't like the fit at the top as it gaped so I tapered the tube to fit the hips. It doesnt look very pretty but it will be covered so who cares:)
As I write this no one in the Facebook group has realized what my mistake was...ha ha. Should I tell them?
Note to self....READ ALL THE DIRECTIONS FIRST!!!!
Next up the costuming.