I have a long time good friend some of you know who never met a baby she didn’t like :) So, when I was reviewing some unfinished dolls I had stashed and came across this one who was mostly done except for hair and painting, I knew Sharon would be interested. She saw right away that this would make a great baby doll for her doll Sara Jo (see earlier posts here) and so it came to be. Today she was born and got her little playdress….. Here is the sequence for all of you who enjoy work in progress pics!
She thought that part really tickled!
Needing a little dusting off at this point.
And here she is – Pippa Jo Fairfield!
I put her down to chat with Mini Clown Bear while I made preparations for her dress….
Trying on my test dress pattern – looks pretty good…
Now out of correct color of fabric.
Now the fun part where the details get painted on. Am using water based gouache paints mixed with acrylic medium – not as gunky as regular acrylic paints but dries waterproof. Couple layers on each part and then some polyurethane matte varnish too.
While waiting for that to dry, she got some hair bows. Those are also finished off with dots of matte varnish to keep them from unravelling.
OK – then the back seam of the dress is sewn.
Now starting to put straps on the front. Will crochet the threads into a chain for each strap.
An estimate for how long the straps will be.
Now the back skirt of the dress is gathered up a bit so the waist is form fitting and the skirt is still full (so she can sit).
I hear Marilyn Monroe was sew into her clothes, too :)
OK, here one of the straps is now being attached in the back. The straps cross in the back.
Finally done with that fiddly work and the skirt looks good – nice and full in the back.
She went back to the table and looked long and hard at Mini….
Then stepped right up and honked her in the nose!!
“Pick me up now!!!”
Baby Pippa will be on her way to her forever home in New Mexico tomorrow. She is 1 3/8th inch high carved from a combination of bass wood and birch. She is fully painted with Alkyd oil paints. Some of you may recognize that she is a sister to a doll I made some years ago named, Phoenix – yes, they were both carved at the same time but Pippa was waiting till today to be born :)