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« on: June 18, 2013 08:40:59 AM »

The Owl Ranger by PaleAngelLex, on Flickr
I went all out for a recent Pullip doll convention in Chicago. The theme this year was owls, and even though the theme doesn't have to be included in the custom outfit, I had this crazy idea of making and owl ranger. I started sketching out the idea in March, and didn't finish it until the first week of June. I took breaks from it off and on, but I was working on it pretty much every free moment I had. There were a ton of set backs. After I finished my embroidery, I tried to iron it. The iron was too hot and I ended up shrinking one of the corners. By that point, I knew there was no time to redo any of it. So I pushed on. I also realized that I didn't include enough length to attach the hood. Since the cloak was a half circle, I added an inch wide panel to the straight edge. I'm really glad I did, because even after that, the cloak was about two inches shorter than I had been planning on.

I have to admit, this was a real learning experience, but it went really well. I took first place at Puddle for the Custom Outfit Contest! Yay! So, on to pictures!

The Owl Ranger by PaleAngelLex, on Flickr

The front was decorated with wheat ear stitch. Nothing fancy, but I thought it needed it.

The Owl Ranger by PaleAngelLex, on Flickr

The back is where I spent most of my time. I used an Urban Threads pattern called Full Moon Owl. My fiance actually helped me pick out the colors. I wanted to keep a woodland color pallet, but also wanted a bright accent color. It's mostly done in satin stitch. I had a blast doing it all. The lazy daisy leaves were so much fun! I think they came out looking amazing.

The Owl Ranger by PaleAngelLex, on Flickr

Here's the outfit that goes underneath the cloak. All of it was hand sewn and all the patterns were self drafted. In total, I made a peasant blouse, corset vest, pants, belted skirt, pants, and boots. I hadn't planned on making my own boots, but when I found out the cloak was going to be too short, I knew I couldn't use the lack luster plastic shoes  I had been planning to use. So, I tried my hands at making doll shoes.

The Owl Ranger by PaleAngelLex, on Flickr

The peasant blouse was very easy to make, as was the vest. I was really pleased with how it turned out, and the pants are very basic. My favorite part of the whole outfit is the belted skirt. It's exactly what I wanted, and was just so happy it came out right. It's decorated with feather stitch in the front, and a wrapped running stitch in the back. The best part, to me, is that it's a functional belt. I found these little brass rings in a craft store, and knew I had to use them. I think the worked out perfectly.

Thanks for looking!

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« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2013 12:56:22 PM »

WOW! I recognized that Urban Threads pattern as soon I saw it except I thought it was the machine embroidery version! You did such an amazing job by hand! Looks great!!!
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