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« on: June 06, 2011 06:29:56 AM »

This is Honey-senpai >>> http://www.absoluteanime.com/ouran_high_school_host_club/mitsukuni.htm

I cannot find a ready-made, full size (or any size) plush of this character so I want to make a soft doll of him myself. In the profile it says he is 4ft 9", although I am planning to make him 4ft even. I have 3 years of sewing experience, mostly making costumes, but don't know how to go about making an anime doll.

I have perused many blogs and tutorials, and have gotten some ideas, but since I am making him quite big I thought I would ask around here if anyone has made large soft dolls before, and if they can give me any advice/helpful tips.

Any help would be greatly appreciated xxx

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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2011 06:25:55 AM »

Well as you are a pretty experienced sewer, I'd say just go for it. It sounds like all you are lacking is a little confidence because it's different from you're usual stuff. But it uses the same skills and knowledge you already have, so have a whirl and enjoy!

One big tip - stuffing can make a real difference, so it's worth trying out a couple of different 'looks' with things fully stuffed or lightly stuffed, to see which works best in different areas. And invest in teh best quality stuffing you can - it's not expensive anyway and is worth it for the lack of lumps!

Can't wait to see you're successful finished product - if you have any more specific questions ask!

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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2011 02:10:17 PM »

I have perused many blogs and tutorials, and have gotten some ideas, but since I am making him quite big I thought I would ask around here if anyone has made large soft dolls before, and if they can give me any advice/helpful tips.
I once made a six foot tall soft mannequin, which was essentially a large doll with jointed arms.

I would advise the following;

1: Make sure you have somewhere to put all the parts whilst you're working on the project. The one I made was for a Christmas gift, and I struggled with this, because not only did I need to find places to store the parts, I also had to make sure they wouldn't be seen! Cheesy

2: If you're sizing up a pre-existing pattern instead of drafting your own, make sure that the proportions are retained when you enlarge the individual sheets or pieces. Initially someone offered to do this for me with mine, but they simply stretched each image to fit the page, which resulted in a loss of proportion. This wasted quite a bit of time.

3: Don't use super-narrow seam allowances if you can help it. Doing this resulted in the seams bursting a couple of times when I was trying to do the stuffing of the limbs on the mannequin I made, so I had to go back and re-work the arms.

4: Attaching arms is much easier if you use large safety joints. Thankfully I had this idea before struggling with attaching them, with mine, and it also has the added bonus of affording the doll a bit more poseability.

That's about all I can think of. I hope that it's helpful to you in some fashion. Smiley
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2011 12:20:08 PM »

the link below is a tutorial and pattern for a big boy doll, and there are some other dolls on this site.
hope it helps

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