This doll was a year in the making as I had planned it as a Yule gift for a friend and fellow crafter in 2005 but ended up being too busy renovating my new home to make it... so she got it for Yule this year.
The doll is fashioned in my friend's likeness and the doll's clothes are based on clothes that she designed and sewed for herself.
I used a store-bought pattern for the doll body and made the body out of cotton muslin. The doll is wearing a halter top that ties in the back, elastic banded bell sleeves, a corset that actually reduces the doll's waist, black hot pants and a skirt with peekaboo sides, and knee high boots. I used a burgundy cherry blossom patterned Chinese brocade for the top and skirt, turning the wrong side of the fabric out for the skirt because it was just as pretty as the right side. The corset & boots are made of black satin. I drafted my own patterns for the top, sleeves, corset, shorts and skirt and constructed the boots by using a cut down version of the doll pattern's leg section.
My friend loves dragonflies, so the doll also has a dragonfly necklace & a dragonfly tattoo on the back of her left shoulder. The tattoo is pretty much an exact replica of a tattoo my friend designed for herself. I printed my friend's design on iron-on-transfer paper and ironed it onto the doll. I painted the face on by hand after sketching it in with pencil.
The doll's hair is meant to look like my friend's synthetic dreads and is made up of a ball and a half of soft wool yarn. I sewed several individual wefts on my sewing machine and then hand stitched the various rows of hair onto the head. Because I wanted pigtails, I had to have a neat part down the middle back of the head, so I separated the hair into pigtails and then sewed individual strands of hair into all the gaps of the part. I really ought to write up a tutorial for this as I'm sure it would be rather helpful for quite a few folks.
On to the pictures:
Close up of corset w/ safety pin fasteners:http://www.lunascura.com/images/artsncrafts/phantomsdoll/2.jpg
Close up of face:http://www.lunascura.com/images/artsncrafts/phantomsdoll/3.jpg
Back w/ pigtails & tattoo:http://www.lunascura.com/images/artsncrafts/phantomsdoll/5.jpg
Doll without corset & skirt:http://www.lunascura.com/images/artsncrafts/phantomsdoll/6.jpg
Back without corset & skirt - Halter top ties with black ribbonhttp://www.lunascura.com/images/artsncrafts/phantomsdoll/7.jpg
Close up of hair parted in the backhttp://www.lunascura.com/images/artsncrafts/phantomsdoll/8.jpg
The happy recipient with her dolly!http://www.lunascura.com/images/artsncrafts/phantomsdoll/9.jpg
She absolutely loved the doll and named her Sakura after the cherry blossoms on the fabric. I am SO happy with the way the doll turned out and ecstatic that my friend loves her!
All pics by Phantoms-Siren, happy owner of Sakura, the Gothic Geisha Doll.EDIT I made a tutorial for how to create a full head of hair like Sakura's. The PDF Tutorial can be downloaded here: http://www.lunascura.com/images/artsncrafts/wefttutorial.pdf