I am finally finished with the basic construction of a cloth doll that I actually like. I am so happy, because the birth of this baby was long and hard :-)
Please welcome my very first ball jointed cloth doll! There is still a lot of details to work out, but now that I have det basics, the rest is just adjustments.
She is a tall girl: 29" ( 73 cm), and made of cotton canvas facric. Most of her pattern I found here:
I had severe problems with figuring out the scale in the pattern. I think it has someting to do with the proces of printing the pattern directly from the homepage and selecting the function in the printer setup "fit to page". Hands and legs came out way too small, almost half the correct size.
I had to make this doll 3 times and continue to adjust the scale before I was content. In the end I gave up trying to figure it out and just went along with my intuition.
Here are more pics of her wonderful poses:
I need to remember several thing next time I am making her:
- Gather her upper body front (breasts) more tightly at the center and not so much at the side seams. This will give her better shaped breasts.
- Put a wooden bead inside her head to help the shape of the nose through the cloth.
- Stuff her really tight on top of her head to avoid wrinkles in the cloth,
- Find a way to avoid the wrinkles in the cloth around her fingers, and make a complete handarmature from pipecleaner that fits the hand. Hide the sharp edges so that they don´t show on the surface.
- Find something that is working better than those big knee joints :-) I used a big 1 3/4" wooden bead, and it is really nice for animation because of the weight, but it is not very aesthetic and beautiful. Another shape of both the upper and lower joint will fit the rounded bead better. Also I must think of a better method of stringing the bead. The white thread is not nice.
Tomorrow I will paint her face and make her hair, and go to the craft store to find better joints.
If you have any ideas for me, please don´t hesitate on commenting. I would love to hear from you!