This is one of my slightly older projects, which was made as a Christmas present for a relative of mine who collects costumes and is forever running out of mannequins on which to display them.
This is the only picture I have of him. It was taken on Christmas Eve, which is why he has a paper hat on his head and a Christmas cracker in one hand. It's not really visible in the photograph, but he actually does have a proper nose.
He's six feet tall, and was actually mostly made a couple of days before Christmas Eve. I was able to work on the head and limbs a month or two in advance, but I had to keep hiding them all over the place so that the recipient wouldn't be able to see them when they dropped in to say "Hi" - I found this quite humourous. However, making and stuffing the torso, as well as the final construction, had to be done at the very last minute to prevent the surprise from being ruined - it was very tiring, and quite tricky because the mannequin is taller than I am! Thankfully, two days before Christmas Eve, he was completed and dressed.
His body, leg, arm, and hand patterns were created by drawing around my father on a couple of giant pieces of paper. The mannequin's hands look a teeny bit odd because my dad put his fingers in some weird pose for some strange reason.
The arms were attached using large safety joints, for ease of construction as well as the fact that it allows them to move, and the feet are roughly based on the technique used for the feet on Runo's Big Girl Doll
. The head is an enlarged and slightly modified version of the head from Runo's Tall Boy Doll pattern
- I originally did this modification to the pattern when I was working on Forte
, although of course, Forte is less than six feet tall! The mannequin's glasses were a souvenir from a trip to see a 3D movie - these were added to give him some semblance of a facial feature for Christmas Day, since his face was deliberately left blank so as not to interfere with the display when he's used for his intended purpose, which is showcasing screen-used movie costumes and associated props. The outfit and bag that he's wearing in the photograph were store-bought, and these were also part of the gift.
I'm not sure if I'll make any more life-sized dolls anytime soon, but I'm glad that I can say that I've made one.