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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Meet Cassandra, Lisette, and Vivianne ~*~extremely picture heavy~*~ on: January 10, 2011 09:57:02 PM
Three more dolls have joined my doll parade. Unlike my previous post about "Caroline"http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=349074.msg4070903#msg4070903, though, these dolls were not immediately meant as gifts, so their looks may change with time as I decide what to do with them. As of now, they are decorating my dorm room.

All of these dolls and their clothing are completely hand-sewn, and all of the clothing are made of self-designed patterns or free-hand sewing. The idea of the dolls, themselves was taken from an old out-of-print book called "The Most Wonderful Dollhouse Book." They have snaps on their hands, allowing them to "carry" things, and to hold hands with other dolls. They are completely poseable, with pipecleaner joints. They are sewn out of unbleached muslin, with embroidery floss hair and faces.  

Meet Vivianne...

Of all the doll outfits I created, Vivianne's is probably my least favorite. I'm not exactly sure why, but I may re-clothe her at some point.
Vivianne has black/dark brown hair and blue-green eyes. She wears a pink floral halter top and a light blue denim skirt.

Meet Lisette...

Lisette has blonde hair and luminous blue/green eyes. Her brown polka-dot dress was hand-embroidered, and her skirt is two full-circle skirts.

And finally, Meet Cassandra...

Cassandra is the one red-headed doll, and her green eyes complement the fiery hues perfectly. She wears a black halter top, a tween pencil skirt, and a green kimono sash.

Thanks for looking!
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / "Let's just call her Caroline..." [Hand-sewn, Cloth/Pipecleaners Doll] on: May 30, 2010 03:54:07 PM
Well, I've been working on a series of 8 dolls created from the pattern from The Most Wonderful Dollhouse Book by Millie Hines. It's out-of-print, but I initially checked out a copy from a local library's stacks, and then proceeded to buy a used copy from Amazon. Anyways, though, I made the dolls from unbleached muslin, and they are completely handsewn. I find that handsewing during movies or TV shows is a great way to keep from nail-biting Smiley

This particular doll was made for a friend's graduation present...sort of as a joke, but I think she'll appreciate it Smiley This friend has long, curly blonde hair, so I felt that her doll should have this same feature. It was slightly difficult to get such tight curls in a 7" doll's embroidery floss hair, but a compound of cornstarch, water, clear gelatin, and toothpicks remedied the problem. I wouldn't recommend using this process on a children't toy, though, as the floss ended up having the appearance and texture of tough raffia.

Her clothes are also completely hand-sewn; I basically just cut some pieces out of some scrap fabric and stitched them together until they got the desired appearance. Also, I made her a "pearl" necklace out of white seed beads.

She is completely pose-able, and has snaps on her hands. She's wearing a red halter top with a cream ribbon bow tying it in the back, and a high-waisted skirt made out of some scraps from an old pair of pants.

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