Friday, July 22, 2016

So few dolls

This is it.
The only dolls I'll be taking to Washington DC for ODACA Day.
This small group represents many hours of work.
I'm going to have to spread them around like peas on a kid's plate.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Cecelia, finished

I've finally finished my ODACA Helper doll, Cecelia. It's my second day of vacation, and there's still so much to do.
Cecelia is made from the "old" and beloved Doesuede (no longer available) that I've hoarded for years. Her hair is "Fuzzy Mohair" by Dizzy Frizzy. I like it, and it was easy to work with.

I had some issues with the colors of her dress bleeding a little, so I had to fix the dye with vinegar and salt. It seems to have worked.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Cecelia, stuffed

I got Cecelia stuffed a couple days ago, and will try to get a start on her dress tonight. Now I'm wishing I'd gone with a different jointing method, but I don't have the time to re-do it. Here, I'm using the Dritz metal shank buttons for invisible jointing. Next time I'll joint with buttons on the outside, covered with skin fabric to make her hips a little narrower.
 
Her skin color is not quite true in this photo, but will make corrections with the official photos when she'd done.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Helper Doll for ODACA

Only six more shifts until vacation, and I realize I haven't made a Helper Doll for the ODACA Luncheon raffle in Washington DC - so this morning I got started on a "Cecelia" doll.

I've had this retro print fabric for a while now, and I'm in love with it. It'll make a cute little dress. This is a favorite pattern of mine, because all you need for the dress is a fat quarter. I might even have some red rick rack somewhere in my stash.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Independence Day!


Saturday, June 11, 2016

Emmaline Trio is Finished!

I'm done! I've just finished my trio of vintage-style dolls, wearing dresses made from reproduction civil war fabrics. This gives me a total of six of this style doll to take to Washington DC for ODACA Day.
 
Visit this webpage for more photos (click on thumbnails):
 
Tomorrow I'll think about which doll I'll make next. If I manage my time well, I may be able to get two more dolls done in time for the Convention.

One down, two to go...

I've just finished one of three dolls. Now I'm changing thread on the machine to sew the buttonholes on the second doll.

Stay tuned for the final photos!

Friday, June 10, 2016

I might just finish something today!

I might just get something done today! I just added a one-step crackle, and am waiting for it to dry before adding a wash of dark brown to age them a little. This may take a little time today, as it's pretty wet and dreary outside. After that, the dolls will be assembled.


Meanwhile, I'm stuffing the legs. The clothing is nearly done (just need buttons, buttonholes, and felt slippers). Their bloomers are already done. I've found that if I get the clothing done earlier in the process, the dolls are more likely to be complete.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Bit by bit...

It feels like it's taking FOREVER to finish these dolls. Next I need to add the face shading and highlights (I use pastels to do that), then apply the one-step crackle, and then the antique wash. Only then can I assemble their bits and get them dressed.
 
I've got their dresses done (except for buttons and buttonholes), and their bloomers as well. They'll have felt slippers, which I'll start on when everything else is done.  
 

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Progress on three Emmaline dolls

It's been a productive day. I've cut out three dresses (see fabric, previous post), and have started painting. I got three sets of bloomers done on Thursday.

 
After the face painting is done, I'll be using a one-step crackle, then an antique wash like the finished dolls have. Then I'll sew the dresses and finish each doll (one at a time). Only two more days of "vacation," then I'm back to work. I hope to finish all three before then.