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« on: February 24, 2012 02:05:53 PM »

I've been keeping myself busy for the past three weeks making a custom doll. It's really exciting to make a doll specifically for some one!

The recipient gave me a bit of direction and pretty much let me run with it. I used my own doll pattern, and made patterns for the clothes after the doll was put together.

The hair is handspun wool, dyed with coffee. I love the color of it!

She asked that the eyes be different colors, so I bought safety eyes, sanded off the previous color, and repainted them with nail polish. Nail polish comes in the greatest colors with a lot of depth and sparkle.

The clothes are Victorian-inspired. I used a gorgeous floral satin brocade for the bodice. It laces up the back with grosgrain ribbon. Those eyelets were so nerve wracking! I was afraid of distorting the fabric after spending so much time making the garment. But, I had used fusible interfacing, and that seemed to minimize any distortion caused by making the holes for the eyelets. The skirts are gold dupioni silk trimmed with vintage lace.

Overall, I'm so happy with how the doll turned out. It's been so long since I finished a new doll, and I was pleased that I was able to take it from start to finish in three weeks.








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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2012 02:29:54 PM »

A lovely poppet in amazing clothing. The skirt is wonderful, and the chinese silk top is beautiful.
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2012 02:56:26 PM »

Gorgeous!
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2012 03:18:23 PM »

Just saw her on your blog! She is gorgeous- as per usual! Wink
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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2012 04:30:03 PM »

She is amazing Inez of course you always make the most beautiful dolls. I love my peacock one she is up on a shelf so no one can hurt her.
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« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2012 05:11:56 PM »

I knew the minute I saw the thumbnail it was one of your dolls. I just love love love all of yours. They way you do their faces, hands, hair, everything is just wonderful. Oh, and is that a freckle under her eye? Such a great touch.
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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2012 06:16:10 PM »

Thanks, everyone!  Kiss

Meleriffic- Yeah, it's a beauty mark. The recipient requested that detail, too.  Smiley

Side note: this doll actually stood up on her own before I added the eyes, hair, and clothes! I've never gotten a doll to do that before.
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« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2012 06:29:33 PM »

so lovely.
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« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2012 11:07:13 PM »

Oh, she is so beautiful! I love her her hair and she looks so graceful and delicate! The bodice is amazing!
What perfection in every detail... I am in awe....
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« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2012 09:45:49 AM »

She's Beautiful! I love the colour of her hair, and how it matches her Skirt <3
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« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2012 05:34:55 PM »

She is Gorgeous!!  Shocked  I love her hair & that beauty mark is the right touch!! Love her outfit & the bodice is fantastic!!! Well done!!!
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« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2012 06:11:11 AM »

Can i say just ... WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love her!!!
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« Reply #12 on: February 26, 2012 06:39:38 AM »

I love how her hair resemble dreadlocks, and her dress is simply gorgeous!
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« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2012 05:02:27 AM »

absolutely beautiful!!!!
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« Reply #14 on: February 27, 2012 06:57:38 AM »

All of your dolls are always amazing and this one lives up to the standard. Great job on those beautiful clothes.
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« Reply #15 on: February 27, 2012 08:00:52 PM »

I love her, how do you get the details so crisp? Do you sew by hand or with a machine? Also I have used nail polish before on eyes, but find it chips, do you have any suggestions?
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« Reply #16 on: February 27, 2012 08:29:10 PM »

I love her, how do you get the details so crisp? Do you sew by hand or with a machine? Also I have used nail polish before on eyes, but find it chips, do you have any suggestions?

Thanks! I machine stitch my dolls. I set my stitch length to 1 and use fray check on the seams around the fingers. About the nail polish...I've never had a problem with it chipping. Undecided I usually apply two or more coats.
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« Reply #17 on: February 29, 2012 02:00:10 PM »

Very pretty. The hair is awesome.
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She is beautiful and her outfit is gorgeous! 
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« Reply #19 on: March 06, 2012 02:29:58 PM »

Beautiful!
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« Reply #20 on: March 12, 2012 08:22:02 PM »

She's loverly! Great job.  Smiley
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She's absolutely beautiful!
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Oh my goodness, LOVE HER!!!! 
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« Reply #23 on: April 12, 2012 01:31:20 PM »

She's sooo very beautiful...
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« Reply #25 on: April 23, 2012 09:31:05 AM »

Beautiful!
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« Reply #26 on: April 27, 2012 10:50:00 AM »

Wow - she is truly beautiful!
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« Reply #27 on: April 28, 2012 01:17:42 AM »

Hi Inez,

You have done a very grate job.Its really look beautiful and pretty.
The combination of outfits look amazing.
I like your work.
Thanks for sharing.....
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« Reply #28 on: June 01, 2012 04:01:08 PM »

Amazing in all the details as usual. I love your custom dolls - so elegant! The coffee-dyed wool hair entrances me as much as the intricate dress, haha!
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« Reply #29 on: June 04, 2012 07:36:23 PM »

She is truly lovely. I love the hair color. Just so dainty and fashionable. Thanks for sharing.
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