Is it vanity to be ga-ga over something you made yourself?

WIP - a weekend's work

It probably is, but who’s perfect?

A couple of weeks back, we were at the Volks store in Torrance and picked up dolly dolly vol. 16 (to try the pattern for the teeny dolls) and I fell in love with the big dolly in the same article!  I can’t believe I didn’t get this issue sooner.

I was a bit nervous to try it because soft-sculpting is tricky and I was terrified to mess up painting the face. the head has 5 layers of fabric/batting and I would not want to wreck one and start over! I finally got over my fear this weekend and made this girl. I followed the instructions to the letter, except I wired her so she can pose (the instructions didn’t show putting wire in her, but they must have, since she would be really floppy.)

She’s tall, but her waist/torso size is close to Blythe’s measurements (a little thicker in the waist but she’s soft so she can “suck it in” and share some clothes. I did buy her this sweet blue Volks dress just for her, though. I’m currently trying to figure out what size shoe she wears so she can get some maryjanes.

I strongly recommend trying out this pattern, the shapes are great and the photo-instructions are really thorough.

Mine’s not quite finished, but I had to take some pics to show. I can tell already that I won’t be able to get rid of her.

WIP - big dolly new dolly


  1. she’s fabulous Melissa 😀 I LOVE how you painted her eyes and can’t wait to see her completed, and that dress gonna be sold out after your plug LOL!

  2. melissa

    March 9, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    is that dress not the most fabulous thing? It came with the belt too!

    I bought her another outfit too, she’ll show it off when her hair is done and I find her some shoes! her feet are the size of small BJDs, but they are really “thick”!.

  3. She is cute. I want pink yarn hair for my head.

  4. melissa

    March 9, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    sis, you need a hallowig

  5. Those are weird wigs.

  6. Fantastic!! My favorite so far. She’s worthy of standing among the vintage. 🙂

  7. i’m just SO loving your dolls… you are so talented. 🙂

  8. oh my, she is so cute! i might need to get that mook and try my hand at the little dolls, at least.

  9. Wait! this is in the Mook, how did I miss that?! I got that Mook in Japan in November, I think I was overwhelmed all the crafty stuff I bought and just overlooked it, I gotta go back in and find it. I have to say you have a phenomenal hand I don’t think I’d do as a fantastic job as you 🙂 Your dolls are really amazing!

  10. i am experimenting with the same pattern ! i agree about the wire, i made mine without it and she is floppy – have to make a second one 🙂

    some pics of my not yet finished doll here

  11. melissa

    March 23, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Andrea – your doll’s hair came out so good! that was the hardest part for me. I used mohair on my second. Can’t wait to see your girl’s face!

  12. they are amazing – I had no idea you could make pose dolls! I’ve always collected them, but now I’m going to try making one. Yours are insanely beautiful.

  13. I’m in awe! Your work is amazing! I hope to get to your level skill someday!

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