Monday, June 27, 2011
An Accidental Self Portrait
A few weeks ago, a friend asked me to make a handmade doll to give as a baby gift.
I'm always up for a sewing challenge so of course I agreed to give it a go!
Fast forward a couple of weeks..... and I'd completely forgotten (whoops).
I put my skates on (amongst the ladies lunch, and nephews first communion) over the weekend and made a beginning.
I started off with thinking about making the Emily Martin - Black Apple Doll from Martha Stewart, but that's not the sort of design she was looking for.
So, using my own very unscientific method, I took it upon myself to sketch a doll, and then make my own cardboard pattern from the sketch.
That was the easy bit..... working out how you're going to sew it so that it's strong enough not to tear, deciding where to leave an effective turning gap, turning those pesky long skinny limbs out, and then stuffing it is much more difficult!
Those pesky long legs are my favourite bit....
Here she is all crinkly and unstuffed. I was so happy when she was finally turned out without a tear or a rip... phew.
This is where she ended up yesterday arvo before I rushed off to church for the first communion (it's ok, I made sure that I de-fluffed my dress before I left the house).
Looking at her on the bench lastnight has got me thinking though..... I've managed to create a doll that has my actual body shape - really narrow shoulders, skinny limbs, a fat belly and no bum! Hilarious!