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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.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Finishing up the MYO doll with Hannah and Samantha

HI doll makers, today is the day we finish up the MYO dolls that Hannah and Samantha (and Mom helped too)  have been working on for awhile.   The first day (gee, was that last year??) they sculped hair on the doll heads. 

The second meeting, they painted the doll parts with skin and hair color and mom worked on the cloth parts.

The third meeting we painted on the facial details and shoes on the feet.  Ok, I helped a little by painting on the eye whites, but they did most of the face themselves. I was impressed they did so well as they are my youngest doll making pupils ever.
Yesterday I made the dresses and undies so that there wouldn't be naked dolls going home.   Samantha picked out a dark print dress with red dots.  It made up nicely with gathered sleeve edges and a wide lace ruffle.  Hannah picked out a sweet pink sprigged fabric that looked equally nice with the lace ruffle.  The undies were made out of an old man's hankerchief.  The slip was too long!  This is one of the dangers of making clothing ahead of time, no chance to fit it on the doll before hemming.  So, we'll have to fix that later. 

Today, H & S's mom finished sewing the torsos, and then....

Hannah attached one of the arms to the arm tube before we put the arms into the shoulders and sewed her legs to the thigh tubes. 
And Samantha stuffed some roving into her legs and sewed them shut.   Then we slipped the arm with arm tube into the holes in the shoulder and sewed on the second arm, added the legs to the torso and VOILA!  Two very nice Gail Wilson designed "Make Your Own" dolls completed by two very young doll makers.

The pantaloons went on first, then the slip, and finally the dresses.  I can see these two dolls are going to be well loved! 

Hannah and Samantha did a wonderful job on their dolls and can be very proud of themselves. 

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