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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Zombie rag doll girls on: July 10, 2014 03:04:14 PM
Some of my favorite projects lately have been my little zombie rag doll girls; I first posted awhile ago (May) about my first attempt at one here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=433550.0#axzz376RKY6Uh

I ended up giving the first girl some removable clothes and she looks so much better maybe happier?
here she is in her new outfit

My next girl has an attached bubble skirt and while it was a wee bit faster afterwards I decided to stick with the removable clothes. I also started giving the girls longer hair and no bangs.

This little zombie gal is one of my favorites, I got to use up my huge stash of red wool yarn including some nice Cascade Yarns Magnum. Her skirt is made from a skull print fabric and tulle that was cut off of the bottom of a skirt I made for myself (that was way too long and tight and I could barely walk in it).

For this zombie girl I used more of dark red tones and purple for the hair and her ruffled sheer cowl neck dress was made from a sleeve! Pretty much a cut across the top and one at each side for her arms; it was probably the fastest doll dress I have ever made. Her little sweater vest was made from an old leg warmer originally I wanted to do another dress but the circumference of the leg warmer was a bit too small.

This girl got some more colorful hair with greens, blues, and purples. Her little wrap skirt is just made from a pleated long rectangle of fabric with some satin ribbon top stitched along it with extra length on each side for ties.

I started to realize I was falling into color themes with the girls but I didn't really care it was a lot of fun going through my scrap yarn stash and fabric and mix and matching them together. For this girl I did here in purple and pink tones, the purple and black lace print fabric for her legs is one of the treasured fabrics in my stash. You know the type, the one that you love so much you don't want to accidentally "ruin it" and make something that is bound to turn out all wrong, or once you complete it you find a much better project for it; luckily I have 3 yards and someday *I will* make a dress. Her dress is made from a scrap of black polyester lace from a skirt and I crocheted her a double wrap cowl to match her legs and hair.

This one has another skirt made from the bottom edge of an old project (same project as the red head zombie), I think I can probably get another two skirts out of it for the dolls. I didn't have nearly as much white scrap yarn on hand since last summer I experimented with solar dying and used up all of my white wool; the plied acrylic yarns give the hair a much different look over the ones that were made with single ply wool.

This girl has a very basic pleated black felt skirt; I went really crazy overboard with the hair for both amount of yarn used and color so I wanted her clothing to be a little more minimalist. Her hair is mostly Lanaloft Bulky by Brown Sheep, which was leftover from a ripple stitch rainbow afghan I knitted up last winter; but some of the green is yarn from the dollar bin at the local craft store (who can resist 1 dollar yarn?).  

Currently I'm working on a pink tones zombie girl and another rainbow one (this time for myself) I have extra faces painted and a bin that is still overflowing with remnant yarn. One of my favorite aspects of this series of zombie dolls is trying to make them clothes from my old clothes that are just sitting around waiting to be donated to the thrift store. I've been switching up the technique for attaching their hair; I still haven't found my favorite but one that I go back to a lot is a double crocheted trapezoid type shape that I stitch down to the back of the head and then I stitch down a crocheted chain along the front hairline to give it a nicer edge. Somehow this feels easier than a crocheted circle cap; my crocheting skills are pretty minimal and the trapezoid shape seems to let me control the size a bit better. I'm altering the pattern a bit to give the girls legs and arms a bit more shaping on the ends but overall it has been a very fun project.
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Zombie girl rag doll on: May 19, 2014 06:21:59 AM
I had been trying for awhile to make a cute zombie girl doll with embroidered features but it wasn't quite working out the way I wanted so I took the leap into acrylic paints. I practiced a lot on scraps of fabric since I'm one of those people who can barely do stick figures. I'm really happy with how she turned out and I've already painted the faces and limbs for another 7 girls.

For her face I just used Delta Creamcoat Acrylics mixed with their Textile Medium.

I made her a little removable felt shoe (but with a non-functioning button) and a little broken leg with a eco felt "bone".

Her hair was made from a bunch of my stash yarn and some cotton ribbon stuff I had on hand. To make her hair I crocheted 3 chains and stitched those down to her head and pulled the yarn through the loops. I found this much easier than doing a full on crocheted cap/wig base.

I'm thinking about doing the bodies a bit differently this time around so it looks more like she is wearing a dress than her body is a dress; anyways I'm very happy and soon my apartment will be overflowing with even more little zombie gals.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Assorted dresses Pic Heavy on: April 28, 2014 09:53:30 AM
A while ago I made a dark Alice costume from the McCall's 6187 pattern, since then I've made a bunch of dresses for myself using an altered version of the bodice pattern. It has been a lot of fun coming up with different color combos and making each one slightly different. I have about another 5 made that I still need photos for but here is what I do have pics of.

Here is the original project

Here is one with a gathered front bodice panel and a patchwork front skirt panel

This one just has a horizontal band on the base of the skirt portion

I made this one for some local St. Piran's day festivities, it is inspired by the St. Piran's flag. I did french seams for the whole skirt piece, many many intersecting french seams were made. Also I made it a way to short, but it is nothing that a petticoat can't help fix

This one was made for Easter, the skirt portion is made up of many panels of different coordinating fabrics.

This one once again was too short so I added a bottom ruffle to it, I wear this one on pretty much a weekly basis.

This one has side panel ruffles and I drafted a basic sleeve for it. I am so in love with the wood print that I used for the waistband piece.

I don't have nearly any photos of my second Easter dress one, but I do have this one. The mask is by a leather worker who lives in my area named Tom Banwell he is amazing he has a awesome Etsy shop as well. I brought the mask along for a photo shoot for my aspiring model sister and the photographer wanted to do some quick shots of me with the mask in my dress. I think he really liked the juxtaposition of sweet bunny dress and creepy bird mask.

Whew... I will have to get on taking pics of my other dresses. It took a lot of altering to get the original pattern pieces to fit the way I wanted them to, but now that I've done all that work I have some pattern pieces I can go back to time and time again.

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