Friday, May 14, 2010

Cage Skirt Doll- Step 2

I am excited to create this doll...I will be teaching it as a class in several locations over the next year(s)...

Looking over my fabrics, I decided to use the the burn-out velvet for the torso and upper arms or sleeves for this doll. I loved the vintage feel of this fabric and the subtle depths of the color- blue.

In designing this doll, I chose to "joint" the arms- as in the antique Santos. For the skin tones, I used this beautiful pima knit that I have (plenty in stock for my classes). Because both fabrics were sheer and somewhat delicate, I lined all pieces using a cotton batiste.

Here are the body are sewn and turned.

So, I stuffed and armatured all the pieces and jointed together the arms at the elbows and wrists.
Next, I overlayed the head with the pima and sewed little ears.

Doll in position-
checking for anatomy and fit onto the cage.


One of my favorite parts, was next, painting and coloring the face. I used craft paints and various chalks and pima colored pencils.


It always amazes me how a little color can create such a distinct personality!

Do you wish to be great?

Then begin by being.
Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric?
Think first about the foundations of humility.
The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation.

S Augustine

Next week costuming!


3 comments:

  1. She's lovely! Is the hair painted also?

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  2. Hi Janet-
    The hair is painted. Many of the original Santos were carved from wood and all their features were painted- I repeated this process...only in cloth!

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  3. Her face evokes serenity & sweetness. I love her.
    diane b

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