I'm totally new here. Hi!
My girlfriend has been into the Beatles a lot lately, so itís not really surprising that I end up making Beatles-inspired dolls.
I drew up the pattern envisioning a doll that would be more decorative than a plaything, hence the legs that are stuck together and the hands that are sewn together to hold the jar.
I wasnít too happy with the stuck-together legs. I guess I just feel that a doll should be posable. Also, not sewing the head separately makes her look like her neck is stiff. Perhaps thatís a fairly good fit for the character, but I all in all I think my next doll in the series (if I do end up making it a series) will have posable limbs and separately made heads.
The face, upper body (though you canít see it unless you tug her shirt out) and arms are made of doll velour, the single best doll skin fabric there is, as far as I can tell Ė unless of course youíre using stockinette or cotton jersey, which is a whole different technique. The only trouble with doll velour is that I canít seem to find it in more than two tones Ė white, and white-person-coloured pink.
I originally wanted to get an actual see-through glass or plastic jar, but itís not easy to find one of those in a specific miniature size, so I ended up making one out of felt. Inside, of course, is her face.
The eyes and eyebrows are stitched with yarn, which I unraveled to use only three strands instead of six.
The legs and hips are made of a tough white fabric which, unlike doll velour, doesnít stretch at all (doll velour stretches slightly, just enough to make a neat shape when stuffed). That ended up making her legs look skinnier in proportion to the rest of her body than I intended, but again it doesnít exactly end up hurting the character, and the difference is slight.
The shirt is a simple T-shape with the sleeves gathered and sewn into the cuffs, and the neck turned in and gathered, and a ribbon tied around her neck.
The skirt is gathered in two places at the back, but since this was not enough, I also just gathered it with thread at the waist. The skirt and shoes are black felt.