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Thursday, October 28, 2010

I am still waiting on hair.   I did get teddy done.  I named this one Kelly Belle.  I will have pics soon as I get her hair done.

I did start a new dolly.  A smaller one compared to Kelly Belle.  I forget how long she is...  27 inches I think.  I am making a doll for the wig I bought that was too small for KB.  It is so gorgeous, I had to make a dolly to fit it.  Never did that before.  I have to do limbs for her still.  I don't think I have enough fabric so have to order that to finish her. 

I am learning at this point in my dolly making life to use my mistakes to make a new doll.  I made the body too small for the smaller doll but since it's done, I will make an even smaller doll with it eventually. 

Anyway, that's my small update. 

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

October 20th.  If I was faster I'd make a Halloween themed doll.  I love all the fun dolls I am seeing on CDA and blogs. 

I painted my dolls face today and worked on her outfit so that all I have left is hair and hair ornament but once again, I ordered the wrong thing.  Soooooo I finally figured out what to order and have done that.  So frustrated with myself about that.

I still have pattern glitches to work out for the next one but that's okay.  I am just not sure I am happy with my outfit but I think when she is done she will be mostly what I was going for.

I have to name this girl still.  I also need to make her teddy. 

Hope your having fun. 

Hugs,
Kim

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Dolly is constructed.  Now she is telling me she really would like a face.  She is bald and nakkie but one thing at a time.  I have to wait to order her hair for another week so hopefully she will be all done but her hair by then.  It feels really good to have made a doll after so long but I have a terrible headache at the moment so off to rest.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Well, I got the body (torso) done and the head is attached.  Sitting here trying to decide if I feel up to any more sewing today. 

I have to show you Susy's new work.  She just listed some new dolls and they are sooo gorgeous.  I want one one day.

http://www.bermudaangels.com/intro.html

Love & Hugs,

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

I have redone my pattern body sooo many times now.  I think I have it now.  I am happy with the head I did so now am going to try and sew up the body in the next few day.  Who knew it would be so hard to simplify while keeping the same look and goals.  Everytime I would get lost on all the options such as number of peices to pattern and such, hubby would remind me what I kept mumbling was my intention with this doll.  He tries so hard to help me.

Hopefully, I will have enough fabric to get through the rest of this pattern.  I wasted so much on my first two attempts and I thought I had the bugs worked out.  Noooooooo...  Goodness this is hard work.

Hugs,
Kim

Monday, October 4, 2010

Today was setback day after all that progress.  Necessary though.  Must start over.  Head was too big for body, so shrunk that down.  Forgot my own steps on the body/limb construction so have to redo.  hate wasting the fabric but learned from getting that far so in the end it is good.

The gorgeous wig is too small.  Soooo back to having to order for her hair.  I shrunk my pattern to a size that will work with the wig though so I think I will make up a doll to fit the wig it is so pretty. 

Alas, nothing to show for a while but enjoying the process.


Sunday, October 3, 2010

OOOHHHHH I am sooooooo, seeewwwww excited!  I did it!!  I have had this head pattern in my brain for months and months and itching to do it and it worked!!!!  Yeah!  Success feels so good, especially after not having been able to sew or design since last spring.  I am so thrilled.  

Her dress is here and I love it.  Her outfit is coming together.  I am really excited about her wig but I think it will be too small.  That's okay though, it is gorgeous and I can use it on a smaller doll, I can just shrink my pattern.  I think I have finally figured out how to get the hair on my dolls to have the look I am after.

Thank you for sharing my excitement!

I also got to babysit my little Sophia for a few hours last night.  My 12 year old daughter helped.  Hubby was away this weekend and is thankfully home now.

Sophia is 1 month now.  Already, it seems so unreal.  I have been focused on her and my daughter for so long. 




Update:   I have now gotten the complete rest of the pattern actual size and ready to cut fabric, yeah!!  Some challenges with the changes but such a feeling of accomplishment.  Nice feeling.

Pheobe

Pheobe

Kelly Belle

Kelly Belle

~Grace Belle~

~Grace Belle~

~Jasmine Belle & Her Baby~

~Jasmine Belle & Her Baby~

~Violet Belle~

~Violet Belle~

~Jennifer Belle~

~Jennifer Belle~

Am I cute?

Am I cute?