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Hello doll lovers! This blog was created to tell you about dolls I have made and classes I teach on doll making at Attic Window Quilt Shop in Comstock Park, Michigan (a suburb of Grand Rapids). My goal in teaching is to pass on the love of making heirloom quality dolls. Most of the dolls I make (and hold classes for) are designed by Gail Wilson - visit her website at . Page down my blog for some fun doll links including antique doll sites and hard to find doll supplies.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Cloth Fashion Doll

Happy New Year everyone. I hope you had a wonderful holiday with some spare time for making dolls.  This past Thursday, we started the Cloth Fashion doll. 

Everyone in class was able to make their body and will be ready to stuff on next Thursday. We even had a few dolls already stuffed and skin painted show up!  What a treat to see dolls that are well on their way. 

Gail's patterns for this doll makes for a nicely shaped lady like torso.

The doll pattern is available at and has an easy option for face details.

My original cloth fashion doll was made at a retreat to learn how to paint in oils, so it is a little different from the pattern available now. My version has painted on hair while the pattern has instructions for a mohair wig. The mohair is available separately and comes in several colors.

Since this is a fashion doll, she will have a bonnet with a hat box. We've also been exploring the idea of making a parasol. There are tutorials from others online on how to easily make a parasol. 

Have some doll fun today and stay warm! - Julie


  1. Lovely work, Julie. This is a lovely doll; I have one sweetly stuffed and wigged, just waiting for some clothes :-)


  2. I love your dolls, Julie; they are so sweet, like you. You do beautiful work, and you help us all at whatever level we are at.

  3. Thanks Ladies. We are having wonderful time choosing fabrics and trims while making the bonnet and hat box in class. This is a very nice pattern.

  4. Your dolls are really lovely! I've just recently started making cloth dolls. Since we don't seem to have any cloth doll making (exept for Waldorf dolls) I have searched the net quite a lot to get ideas and inspiration. I've also bought a book by M Gourley and some other doll artists.
    I found your sharing really helpful and I will certainly explore Gail Wilson's site. Best regards all the way from Sweden through Monica

  5. Hi Monica - thanks for your kind comments and for stopping by my blog. Doll making is such a fun hobby for me - I hope you enjoy it too. There are quite a few wonderful doll makers out there in cyber space, I'm sure you'll find lots of inspiration.

  6. I SO appreciate your blog! The photo tutorials of Gail Wilson doll procedures are priceless. Thanks for posting these. I know that I'll refer to them the next time I make a GW doll.


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