I wanted to move on from the cloth dolls I have made from socks and try some new techniques. In particular I wanted to have a go at a method of defining the mouth shown in Sunnhild Reinckens' book Stoffpuppen Wie Kinder Sie Lieben
. And also a way of making thumbs opposable that my mother told me of some years ago.
Of course the day I decided I wanted to do this I had no suitable fabric in the house except a pair of sleeves cut off a blue t-shirt that I'd turned into a vest. Being impatient I didn't want to wait and buy some fabric just for something that was going to be experimental and might not turn out well at all.
These photos show how I stitched the inner head to give the face a bit more shape than the usual Waldorf type face.
All the body parts are marked onto the fabric using templates and stitched before cutting out. The pattern for the hands is squared off instead of rounding over the fingertips.
The opposable thumbs are done by stitching the arm seams including the thumb, but leaving the finger tips open. You may be able to see that in the photo above. Then you fold the tube of the arm/hand so that the seams move to become the lines demarcating the little finger on one side and the index finger on the other (instead of being directly opposite each other)
This pulls the thumb round into the palm. You have to make sure before you sew that you don't make two left or right hands
My sewing of the fingers isn't all that neat.
The shoulders and hips are button jointed so she/he can be posed a bit.
In the end I thought he/she turned out quite cute if an odd colour.