Just a quick post on my attempts to make a felt doll. I figured if I were to make Christmas gifts for my godchildren this year, I’d better begin now. NO, it’s absolutely not too early — besides, people around here start playing Christmas songs once the -ber months come around. And it’s never too early to do anything for a procrastinator — gives plenty more time to procrastinate.
So, here is my first felt doll, Nutmeg.
Nutmeg, my first felt doll. She stands about 10″ and is made from felt. Her hair is made from yarn. Haven’t attached her orange sash yet in this pic, so you can see it still pinned onto her (Ouch!)
I used the felt doll pattern from Runo, which you can find here.
Here’s a great tutorial for a do-it-yourself, personalized and cheap dress form from Barbara Deckert’s book Sewing for Plus Sizes: Creating Clothes that Fit and Flatter:
Deckert, Barbara. Sewing for Plus Sizes: Creating Clothes that Fit and Flatter. Newtown, CT: The Taunton Press, 2002. page 38.
Deckert, Barbara. Sewing for Plus Sizes: Creating Clothes that Fit and Flatter. Newtown, CT: The Taunton Press, 2002. page 39.
This isn’t just great for plus-sized women, but for any woman wanting to sew clothes that fit her perfectly. Also, it’s great for cheapskates or beginners (cheapskate beginners? like me) who can’t afford or don’t want to shell out money for a real dress form. ALSO — the same procedure can be adapted for making costumes — I can imagine people doing this to make armor or a mecha body for cosplay 🙂
Now if only I knew where to get that paper tape. I wonder if masking tape would work just as well? Perhaps, since I’ve seen dresses made from masking tape and duct tape (though duct tape is out — too expensive here in my country!).
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