Thursday, 14 May 2015

Facebook group

I already run two groups over on Facebook, but I recently created a third - for dolly sewing discussion. 

It’s been such fun helping out someone who's starting to sew for tinies, it was lovely to see her have a go and post pictures of the results.

It inspired me to post my first ever doll project... as an adult that is.  I used to make clothes for my dolls as a child but nothing has survived, sadly. This project is from around 15 years ago.

I got myself a My Scene Barbie, having seen some Barbie fairies online, and thought I'd have a go.

1) I started off with felt. At the time I felt I wasn't very good at sewing, so I tried to deal the edges of the felt with glittery craft paint.

2) The same with the boots.  Then I thought nobody would buy a cheap felt outfit, so I switched to velvet.

3) With the purple velvet, I still tried not to sew much! I melted the edges of the velvet with a candle to seal them.  It looked bad. Much worse than in the photo.  I glued silver threads and bits of heat-sealed organza behind the skirt. 

4) I'd recently run my own handmade jewellery business, so I tried some beading...

5) I ended up making lots of little accessories and some boots.  I did end up sewing a fair bit after all, and loved every second.

6)  The end result was by no means saleable. It was much more poorly finished than it looks in the pics.  Most of the accessories were sewn onto the doll, and couldn't be removed.  But it was fun, and started me off on the whole dolly addiction! 


Here's a few more of that same outfit:

Since then, I've discovered there's so much more to dolls than Barbie.  But the thing is, don't give up at the first hurdle.  Have a try. Start with simple strips wrapped around the doll like I did, and embellish them to hell.   Experimenting is a great way to learn, and to gain more confidence.

I've had some terrible disasters, which I've never posted on the interwebz out of sheer embarrassment.   That's the nice thing. You can keep your failures to yourself, and show off the nicer bits.  ;)



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