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« on: August 25, 2004 02:32:09 PM »


I'm trying to find that fabric that forms the "skin" of the doll's face over a cotton body form. It's written on the page as "cotton jersey" but I couldn't find any of that in local fabric stores.

Cotton Lyrca and interlocking knit have been suggested, but they don't seem to be thin enough when I can find them to just make a skin, and using nylon is too thin. (the stitching of the body form shows through)

I put this in clothing because I don't think there's a general "sewing" section, but if I'm wrong, I'm sorry... I also didn't put it in doll making because I thought people with clothing making experience might possibly have a wider range of knowledge of fabric types, but I could be wrong about that. If a mod feels otherwise, feel free to move it, I won't cry.
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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2004 02:37:02 PM »

It looks like a sock to me!  Smiley
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2004 02:51:13 PM »

Isn't that what t-shirts are made of?  If you can't find the fabric, maybe you could just use a t.
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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2004 02:55:45 PM »

It's very hard to find a skin-colored T-shirt or I would have... *sigh* I wish more fabric webpages allowed shopping my color, since I usually know what color I need more than what texture or grain.
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2004 03:16:25 PM »

I have dyed thin t-shirts (I think they were undershirts) with strong black tea to get a sort of creamy light brown.  Just brew a strong batch of tea in a pot and add the t-shirt.  A weaker brew (say 1 Lipton's tea bag to 4 cups of boiling water) could give more of a Caucasian skin tone.  You can use coffee, too.  I read somewhere that Kool-Aid mixed with salt will dye cotton, so you could try Pink Lemonade for a very pale pink skin...
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« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2004 06:40:01 AM »

Looks like a thin jersey knit. Probably cotton with a little lycra or poly for stretch. Are you looking for something to expiriment with? I can send you a few samples of things from my fabric shop to see if any work.

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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2004 01:31:55 PM »

Thanks, but I believe that the cotton T-shirt I have is going to actually work... I will post an update if it doesn't.

meexie is my hero, because the tea dyed the fabric to the perfect skin tone, even if it turns out to be the wrong material for the project. ^_^
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2004 09:04:56 PM »

search "waldorf doll making supplies" and you will find a few places on-line that sell really nice 100% cotton fabric for making doll "skin" in many skin tones. If you are planning on sewing on any features I wouldn't use regular jersey knit (like t shirt material) because they are not tightly woven enough, you will end up with holes by your sewn features and a lumpy looking face. I buy mine at Little Joys, here is a link to her skin tone page http://www.joyswaldorfdolls.com/supplies/skin.htm Smiley

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