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Topic: Meet Francine, the Black Apple Doll (10 pics)  (Read 3921 times)
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« on: October 19, 2008 06:28:57 PM »

I don't normally post things I make for swaps, but I was really proud of all the work that went into this one.  She was the first doll I have ever made, so I felt that she deserved her own post.  Plus, I thought I did something pretty neat with her face(s), and I thought this might give someone else some inspiration.  Her new owner has named her Francine, which I think is quite fitting.

My partner and I agreed to make a muslin doll, with changeable outfits.  That got me thinking about different faces that would match.

Her hair is attached only at the top, so it flips to reveal either mood - in this case, awake or asleep.

Unfortunately, I liked the face I painted for the practice run much better.

Overall, I'm happy with the way her faces turned out though.

I also made 3 outfits.

Autumn Flirty-Skirty (Floral top, Corduroy Skirt, Red Beret, and Red Mary Janes)

Prima-Ballerina (Sparkly purple top, Eggplant tutu, and Cream ballet slippers)

Goodnight, Sleep tight (Flannel Argyle nightie, Argyle and minky blanket and pillow, and cream wool felt bunny)

And here she is all packed up, snuggled tight, and ready to go!

With the exception of the cream wool felt, everything else was made with things from my stash (all fabric, paints, poly-fill, and other notions!), so even though I have put a moratorium on swaps for a while, I thought this one was okay to join!

Comments, questions, criticisms, and all else appreciated and welcomed!
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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2008 07:24:31 PM »

very cute! Smiley how did you do the faces? Huh good job
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2008 07:59:42 PM »

I used acrylic paints, most of which I thinned with water.  I didn't thin the black, though.  I used thin liner and flat brushes.  I was actually surprised at how nice they came out.  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2008 09:32:11 PM »

I have been staulking the Black Apple Doll Swap, and I must say this one was the one that caught my eye.  Now why didn't I think of this I thought.  How wonderful!!!!  And those red Mary Jane shoes.........ADORABLE!!!  I love them.

I have definately gotten ALOT of inspiration from your doll, and her wonderful outfits!!  Thanks for sharing.


« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2008 09:56:48 PM »

Thank you!  The whole flip-flop hair thing was floating around in my head for a few days, but I really had no idea about how it would turn out until she was sewn and done.  There are a few things I would do differently, like making the back piece longer, but it worked pretty much exactly how I envisioned it.  I'm still bummed about the awake face, but if Kristen, her new owner, loves her, then that's all that matters.
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« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2008 09:18:45 PM »

Love the bigger feet with shoes, the sleeping bunny and the tutu!

Most dolls look better with a tutu!

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