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« on: August 13, 2006 07:36:14 AM »

Well here's the deal... it's a friend's birthday soon, and I want to make him a doll of his game character from the game Puzzle Pirates. Problem is, I have no idea how I'm going to make a swashbuckler's jacket for a doll. (Let alone actually make the doll... >.<). You get a picture!

(I probably won't do the fez. Tongue)

Any help would be appreciated, but I understand it's not exactly a common thing to ask help on. Wink

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« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2006 02:22:38 PM »

Doesn't look too bad, a pretty standard jacket... I'd say you'd need about five parts, and maybe some fimo/embroidery floss for the details.

You'd need the two front pieces (A) cut to fit around the front of the doll (with seam allowance) and a back piece (B) that will probably need a gusset to avoid odd folds (I made my first doll jacket sans gusset, and it looked weird.) You can make the sleeves wider at the bottom than at the top (c) and then cut separate strips for the overturned cuffs (or try turning up the sleeves, but they might wrinkle too much at a small scale. For the collar, I'd just cut a roughly-the-right-length white strip, pin it, then cut it to fit. All the small gold details could be embroidered/sewn on, and then just make the sash out of grey fabric and tie it 'round Smiley

If you've never made clothes before, I'd suggest buying a cheap jacket/t-shirt pattern for full sized people, and learning from that. While you're at the fabric store (fabricland for me, they usually have discount patterns cheap, if you aren't picky about what style you get) you could pick up some cheap fabric ends to experiment with, and work out the kinks in your pattern Smiley

I hope that helped some, I'm not much good at tutorials but that's pretty much how I make my plushie clothes- basic patterns, crude drawings, and lots of guess-and-check Tongue
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2006 12:31:59 AM »

Hey, thanks for your help! I messed around with some felt and came up with something like this:

I'm pretty proud of it seeing as I've never ever sewn and outfit/doll before, but it's a test. I think I'll try your idea and see how they turn out. I'm a perfectionist, so he won't be getting anything less than perfect. Cheesy Thanks again!

Edit: After rereading your post Gryph, can you explain the gusset thing again? Not sure I follow... Undecided
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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2006 02:42:58 PM »

Whoops, I don't think gusset is actually the right word, and I can't remember the right one. Essentially what you do, though, is cut a triangle out of the fabric and sew the two sides of the resulting V shape together. It helps if you're getting a lot of wrinkles on the back of a jacket, and to give it more shape, but at that scale with felt you likely won't need one.

It looks cute so far, though Cheesy The pants/shirt look great.
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« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2006 06:33:08 PM »

I LOVE the sleeves on that tunic! That looks great. And you made the undershirt, too...Are all of those made of felt? And did you stitch them with yarn, or thread?
Good job, anyway.
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2006 12:02:21 AM »

Felt and thread. Wool for the hair. Smiley But I made a messy job knowing it wouldn't be the final. Smiley
And thanks again Gryph!

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