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Finished Doll

rodezzy | Posted in Photo Gallery on

This is Miss Monique I made with the pattern from the doll class on July 12, 2008.  It was fun and we all showed off our dolls at our Quilt Guild meetings Show & Tell.  They were all great.  The bracelet on the arm with her watch I made from silver jump rings and black and white beads in my bead collection.  The beaded necklace around her neck is purchased beaded trim I found on sale at the Vogue Fabric Store here in Chicago.  I made her sundress from white twill left over from the sundress I made for myself and wore for the show & tell.  My dress has straps.  I crocheted the piece at the top of her sundress.  And I wore my black & white crocheted interlocking rings top over my sundress.  So Miss Monique and I were both in black and white for show & tell.  These dolls will be in our Quilt Show in October.

I’m working on another doll with a doll pattern I purchased from Vogue Patterns.  She’s smaller.  I should be able to use the fabric I purchased on the Shipshawanna, Indiana trip for this one. 

 

Rodezzy, Fiber Artist

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    ThreadKoe | | #1

    OH, Rodezzy, she is priceless! And do I spy a nose ring? She is well done, but where is the matching doll maker in the picture? Cathy

    1. rodezzy | | #2

      They took pictures at the meeting.  Maybe I will get one. 

      Thank you for your kind comments; yes she has a nose ring.  I like making something that is unexpected.  She is also wearing a crocheted thong.  But I don't wear those.  No, not me.  She's a doll, so you can make anything for her.  I don't know what I'll come up with for the next one, but I will think of something.  giggle!

      1. katina | | #3

        She is oozing personality - lovely!

        Regarding thongs - my friend puts it this way: "I don't wear a thong, because if I did, I'd have to have it surgically removed..."

        Can't wait to see the next doll

        Katina

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        ThreadKoe | | #4

        That is the best part of Dollmaking, you get to excercise the wild and wooly part of your personality. Cathy

        1. rodezzy | | #5

          Yes, you do.  That is a wonderful thing.  An outlet for the wild side of you that most of us would never do in real life.  Especially at my age. giggle.

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            ThreadKoe | | #6

            I don't know, Ro, I learned to ride a motorcycle last summer, and love every minute of it! Cathy

          2. rodezzy | | #7

            Well, riding a motorcycle can be accomplished by most that are physically able and would dare, but I'll never wear a thong.  So, yes, there are many "walk on the wild side" things we can do at any age, and still be within the lines.  giggle.  Some things on some old folks I just don't want to see.  I just have to be honest. 

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            ThreadKoe | | #8

            Like some old guys in a speedo. Cathy tee hee

          4. rodezzy | | #9

            Exactly!

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            ThreadKoe | | #10

            How is your crochet top and skirt coming along or is it in a creative resting phase?

          6. rodezzy | | #11

            Actually, I finished off the interlocking rings top and made the white twill dress.  And, I'm not even sure now that I will be going to the dance.  But I will have that to wear if I go.  I abandoned trying to crochet a skirt for myself.  Maybe I'll pick it up another time.  I made a denim halter top last night.  It was just some practice in fitting myself.  I still didn't get it right, but after fudging around with it, it's wearable on a hot casual day at a picnic or family outing...he he.  I'll call it Junky Funky Fashion. tee hee. 

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            ThreadKoe | | #12

            Thanks for the update. Well, practise makes perfect. I am still working my way through 2 versions of the same dress in the same fabric, at the same time. I only have a bit of time a day to sew so Hopefully I will get to wear them sometime this summer. Cathy

          8. sewslow67 | | #17

            Oh ...you gals are just too funny.  And you reminded me of my friend Gladdy, who put on a flesh colored body suit, stuck a very long blond wig on her head and rode bare-back in a parade through town in Denton, TX a number of years ago.  Everyone was absolutely "positive" that she was buck-naked ...but ...NOT!  It created quite the stir!

            I've got to continue reading to see what you say next; what a hoot!  Thanks for the laughs!!  ;-)

            Note:  I tried to also address this to Rodezzy, but somehow couldn't make it work.

  2. Gloriasews | | #13

    She's cute, Rodezzy!  So that's one part of your wild side, eh?  We all look forward to the next one, to see what you'll come up with.

    I also laughed about the thong & Speedo comments.  It's funny how we set restrictions for ourselves to live within the 'lines' - but, in most cases, it's a good thing, eh?

    Good for you to boldly plunge into sewing & fitting for yourself - &, best of all, succeeding!

    BTW, is that you in the pic beside Monique with that gorgeous quilt?

    Gloria

    1. rodezzy | | #15

      Hi Gloria:  Yes that's me at the 2006 Needles and Threads Quilt Guild Show.  I gave that quilt to my sister-in-law. 

      Speaking for myself, I've drawn a line at my age and physical appearance as to what I will wear or not wear.  To each their own. giggle.  I've pretty much lost the "battle of the bulge" and tired of fighting. 

      So how are you and what have you been sewing? eh!

      1. Gloriasews | | #24

        You're right - I, too, have a line as to what I'll wear or not wear - the age & the bulge always has to be considered :).  I'm like JanF, though, in that, in my mind, I'm still young & thin and, like Cathy (?) - I apologize if that wasn't the poster - I have yet to find a mirror that doesn't make me look chubby, too.

        As for my sewing, I've just about gotten all my sewing stuff unpacked, so I'll be ready to go soon.  I've been spending way too much time reading these threads when I should be creating.  Now I must decide what to start first, as I have so many projects to do.  Once I get going, I'll keep at it, so be patient.  Success will eventually come. :)

        Gloria

        1. rodezzy | | #25

          He he, I see me differently in different mirrors.  Some mirrors show the real shape and others make me look bigger.  Hey, what's going on!!! giggle.

          I know you will get down to some creating soon, its in your soul lady!  Take your time, life is short and do what you feel.  I didn't feel like creating anything last night.  I started out knitting when I got home from work, and then I felt stiff and a little funny.  So I decided that I needed to get up and do something phyiscal.  I have the WII interactive video game and I got up and did some bowling.  Then I played some tennis.  Worked up a sweat.  I was out of shape since the last time I played.  It's been a couple months.  My highest score bowling is 240 and last night after many games, I could only get as high as 202.  My tennis was off too.  I never bested three games out of five, which is what I always play for.  I worked up a good sweat though.  Then, to cool down, I went fishing.  That was off too for a bit.  They I topped my best score and fished a couple more times and quit.  Then, I switched to my PlayStation game and shot some billiards.  I love that.  I won a couple rounds there too, finally. 

          Maybe I'll get to sewing my doll together this weekend.  Don't know what mood I'm in yet.  But always glad to hear from you.

          1. sewslow67 | | #26

            Honest to goodness rodezzy ...you and Gloriasews are a hoot!  Who would have thought that a doll could create such an entertaining conversation.  A thong?!?  Aside from being uncomfortable (and no girls ...I have NOT tried one!) nor do I have one ...I'd hate to be taken to the hospital, only to have them "find me out" at this age.  That would sort of be like having an Elvis tattoo on my bum.  Wouldn't that be a laugh for someone almost 70?  LOL!

            Anyway, thanks for the good laughs.  And now, I'd best stop reading and get my little body busy.   giggle!

          2. Gloriasews | | #28

            Ha ha ha!  It WOULD be a laugh if you showed up at the hospital (heaven forbid) wearing a thong (probably brightly coloured) & having an Elvis tattoo on your bum - at your age.  Unfortunately, you'd be in pain & the only people laughing (& possibly taking pics for youtube or facebook) would be the hospital personnel.  Who knows - they may have already seen stranger things at the ER, eh?  Thanks for the pictorial cartoon in my head - my laugh for the day.

            How is the hand-sewing coming along?  Is it, too, causing you problems with your arm?  Hope you are healing.  Take it easy & have a nice long weekend.

            Gloria

          3. rodezzy | | #30

            Glad to give you a smile.  I wanted me doll to have a special personality.  I'm trying to make another doll, but she isn't coming together like the first one did.  So, I will wait for her to tell me who she is.  Untill then, she is sewn and stuffed.  No face or clothes yet.

          4. Gloriasews | | #27

            It's true that, if you don't feel like doing something, your heart isn't in it & it's no fun (& usually not successful, either).  You had a VERY energetic evening (& calorie-burning, too) with all your games.  Glad you had fun.  Hope you had a good weekend.

            Gloria

          5. rodezzy | | #31

            Yes, I was sore on Friday..giggle...and went to sleep early.  Saturday was some "must do" shopping for the house and fridge, then back to working on my doll who is sewn and stuffed.  Went blank after that.  Got a little more execise with my games and played on my Playstation until wee hours.  Got up Sunday started my laundry, did some ironing and generally piddled around, cleaning and such.  Will be at work every day at 6:00 a.m. this week. 

            What'd you do?

          6. Gloriasews | | #33

            Ooo - I don't envy you having to be at work for 6 AM this week.  That means you have to get to bed earlier, which isn't always easy.  The inspiration for your doll will come to you soon, I know.  It'll just pop into your mind while you're doing something completely unrelated.  Sometimes we just have to take a break from sewing by catching up on the housework, shopping, etc., as these chores all sit at the back of our minds while we are sewing.  Of course, eventually they speaks loudly enough that we have to get them out of the way for awhile, especially when you run out of food :).

            Gloria

          7. rodezzy | | #34

            Right you are.  Just need to let it flow.  giggle

  3. Josefly | | #14

    I love your doll. What fun. She reminds me of some dolls I saw a few years ago...I happened to walk into the workshop where these marvelous dolls were being made. There were four women all sitting at large, high worktables, piled high with garments, quilts, etc., from thrift stores, which provided them with wondrous choices and inspiration. They were using bits of bulky sweaters, silks, cottons, denims, satins, velvets... and the fabrics used were the inspiration for the personality of the doll. All the dolls were about the same size and had the same basic form, but every hand-sewn and painted face was different, hair, clothes, accessories, shoes, stockings, etc., and each was given a name which suited her personality. There were gardening accessories, sewing, dancing, reading, etc., and sometimes dolls were paired with another or two other dolls - "friends" arrangements. Those women, working individually but together in the same room, were talking and laughing, sharing ideas as they worked. It looked like the ideal job to me! Imagine being able to sew in a room with other women - so much for sewing being a lonely task.

    1. rodezzy | | #16

      Yes, that's how much fun we had in the class.  Everyone making the same pattern for the same doll, which was mailed to us a few weeks ahead of the class.  We had to have the doll parts sewn together for the class.  Some people actually had their dolls stuffed when they came to the class.  She brought the clothing pattern for us to duplicate at the class and helped everyone that needed help.  Most of us had never made a doll before.  These dolls are to be in our Oct. guild quilt show.  I'm making another one before the show to be put in the show. 

      1. Josefly | | #18

        That sounds great. Wish I could see the show.

  4. sewslow67 | | #19

    Oh my; he is just darling.  You must have had fun making her too.  I want to make a doll for my youngest granddaughter and had hoped to make it from my "Holly Hobby" doll pattern, but it is missing somehow.  I don't recall if I loaned it out but it is gone now and I am very disappointed.  That said, I like yours, so perhaps you can tell me where you got the pattern ...or did you make it up yourself?

    Great job rodezzy, and what fun you all must have had.

    1. rodezzy | | #36

      Hey there sweetems!  How are you? 

      I got the pattern from a free doll class given by one of the ladies in my quilt guild.  She was promoting doll making for our 2008 quilt show.  The dolls are going to be in a quilt show exhibit.  She had traced the doll patterns and sent them in the mail with instructions.  The class was July 12, 2008.  It was fun seeing all of the dolls come alive.

      1. sewslow67 | | #41

        Hi Ro:  So good to see you back after your long, hard week of early morning 'till nite, work-week.  I hope you got a couple of days off after that.  You inspired me to order a doll pattern (I ordered the Vogue doll pattern) and hope it arrives soon.  I won't start her until after the reunion in Sept. though, but fun to check out the pattern and think about how I can individualize her and give her a personality that will "fit" with her surroundings  ...("early attic", as I say ...or "shabby sheek" as others have mentioned recently).  giggle!

        I am feeling good these days, and thankful that most of the deeper wounds are healing, but ...the huge, deep wound on the shoulder is still very raw and still infected.  The flesh just doesn't seem to want to grow back, and nothing seems to help it scab over.  Ick!!  My doctor is perplexed as well, and we may have to do a skin graft.  We're going to give it a few more days and then go forward with a new plan.  Frankly, I hope it starts to heal soon, as a skin graft just means another sore spot on my 'ol bod.  ;-(

        Back to the sewing machine.  Hope to complete the shirt today and reversible vest too, so I can start on another outfit tomorrow.  I'm having such fun ...finally sewing for myself again.  The last "project" was to shorten 30+ pairs of pants for my husband ...so glad that is done!!!  I told him to stop buy "too long" pants just because they are on sale!!!  Good grief!  LOL!

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          ThreadKoe | | #42

          SKIN GRAFTS! Good Golly, you really got yourself in a mess missy! I have been sending healing thoughts your way, but I guess I have to double them up. You must have shaved the skin right off of your shoulder. No wonder you hurt. I hope to Goodness that it doesn't resort to grafting and that the infection clears soon. I am glad you are having fun recuperating at your sewing machine. I have been thinking about that skirt pattern, It looks like a lot of fun. I am going to get that one I think.... Cathy

          1. sewslow67 | | #45

            Thanks, Cathy; and yes ...skin graphs; no fun if that happens, huh?  Thankfully, the wounds in the hands are pretty much healed, because that would really hold up the sewing projects, so I am grateful for that ...very, very grateful.  I wrote more in another discussion, so will stop here for now.  Thanks again. 

            PS:  Responded to your PM.

        2. rodezzy | | #43

          Thanks, yes it was a long week, but I had fun flirting with all the truckers that come in.  Young and old, it was fun.  They had fun too.  One morning there were at least 6 or 7 truckers waiting for their paperwork, I started singing "It's Raining Men, Halleluha!" and they burst into laughter.  Good start to a busy day, I'd say! 

          One trucker brought me lunch, steak tacos.  yummmm others gave me soda, candy and chips through out the week.  Sweeties!  They gonna miss me!  I'm missing them already!  Love men!  Just don't want to live with one - giggle! 

          Glad you got your pattern ordred.  You'll love it.  Looking forward to seeing your doll. 

          Sorry to hear about your shoulder though!  I will be sending up some words to the heavens on that one!  You got to get well dear.  All my hugs and kisses to you today. 

          1. sewslow67 | | #44

            Oh, your work week sounds like it was a lot of fun.  Good for you!  Yes, I'm anxious for the pattern to arrive too.  I'll have to think of a theme for her, which will reflect her little personality.

            Thanks to much for continuing to send up good thoughts for healing.  I need them, that's for sure.  If they do a skin graft, they'll probably take it from my sagging rear end.  Goodness ...maybe that wouldn't be so bad ...getting a free "fanny tuck"!  Right now, my sagging little bum is running down the backs of my legs and scaring my ankles to death!  LOL!

            BTW, I would have loved to hear you sing: "It's Raining Men, Halleluha!"   ;-)

          2. rodezzy | | #46

            LOL, you are too funny.  Yes a fanny tuck sounds great.  I need a fanny reduction, he he.  I'm glad to hear your laughter. 

            My singing was all off key, but funny!  They got a kick out of it.  giggle.

          3. sewslow67 | | #47

            If you ever decide to do a "reduction", keep me in mind, OK?  I could use a little transplant, if you know what I mean.  giggle ...giggle ...

            My friend Linda is going to contribute to the front view ...when she goes in for a reduction there ...;  wow ...what a concept!  Do you think the IRS would give you gals a tax break for your ..."contributions" ...so to speak?!?  ;-)

          4. rodezzy | | #48

            You are tooooo funny lady.  I'm out of here until tomorrow.  Keep the brie cool and the wine room temp. for me.

          5. MaryinColorado | | #50

            God bless You!  I am sending out healing prayers for you too!  Oh, you are so brave, that sense of humor you have will get you through anything!  I am so proud of you for stitching your way to recovery! 

            I could use a few tucks here and there myself, hope your ankles didn't run off in fright, that was so funny.  Thanks for being so entertaining.  Mary

          6. sewslow67 | | #52

            I'm happy that you enjoy my very weird sense of humor, Mary; it's saved me a lot of grief in my lifetime ...and yes ...sewing is healing, isn't it?  With the cost of goods these days, it's sometime cheaper to by RTW, but I dislike shopping, except for fabrics, and I can be in a fabric store for hours on end - and not notice how much time has passed.  ;-)  And, like everyone on this board, I just love to sew!

            There is a store in Portland, OR that is over 1 1/2 acres of fabrics and notions, and I just love that place.  They have sales every 5-weeks with 40% off everything in the store.  My DH took me there the last time we were in PDX, and he said, as he was walking away to go elsewhere:  "will 15-minutes be enough time for you, honey"?  I nearly wet myself, laughing to death!  It was just too funny, as he was so serious ...trying to give me all the time I wanted.  LOL! 

            Oh ...you can also order from them on line, and they are just great about sending samples, too.  Thanks again, Mary.  I hope you are having a great day. 

          7. MaryinColorado | | #53

            I'm giggling my head off!  15 minutes is barely enough time to find the bathroom before starting to shop.  Especially after laughing so hard!  What is the name of the store so I can check it out online?  It sounds so fabulous dahling! 

          8. sewslow67 | | #55

            Glad you got a giggle out of it, too.  Aren't men the funniest things, some time?  I suspect they feel the same about us gals on occasion, too.

            Now then, the link to Fabric Depot is: https://www.fabricdepot.com/  Their phone number is: 1•888•896•1478, which should be toll free from Canada as well as the US.  Just a minute, I'll check:  Yup; it works just fine for the entire North American continent.  And yes ...it is fabulous dahling!  ;-)  I hope you enjoy the website and the helpful gals there.  I've never had a bad apple, so I hope that is still the case.

          9. MaryinColorado | | #56

            oh, nice website.  love the jungle bali batik, I have another that should blend with it nicely for a Kayla Kennington pattern.  Thank You!  Have a great week end! Mary

          10. sewslow67 | | #57

            You are welcome.  Question:  Have you made any Kayla Kennington patterns yet and, if so, how do you like them?  And how is the fit, compared to the major pattern companies?  I have just one of her patterns, but haven't made it up yet. 

            As I recall, it is the Panel Top pattern, where you sew all of these rectangles, and then attach them with bar tacks.  I saw it made up at Fabric Depot in a lovely rayon fabric and it was pretty nifty.  I liked the way it just draped over the body, without emphasizing any "lumps" ...tee hee! 

            My waist has increased 5-bloody inches the past two years due to PD, and I am getting a bit concerned  ;-( as to how to deal with this new figure of mine.  I thought this particular pattern of Kayla's might just do the trick.  If it continues, I'll look like a very old pregnant lady ...skinny arms and legs attached to an enormous beach ball ...and a small marble on top.  Ick!

          11. MaryinColorado | | #58

            I love her patterns, they sew up quickly.  I copied the pattern size I thought I needed onto shelf paper and "fitted" it onto my manequin first.  After you've made one, you start daydreaming about all kinds of variations on them.  I like to mix the fabrics, make applique or embroidered or couched etc. embellishments.  You can cut the pieces smaller and have more sections but watch your placement there.  It's really easy to add width or length here and there if you need it.  I made it smaller in the shoulder area by cutting narrower strips and long sleeves by adding strips.  The pattern measurements are accurate, but I am about a 6 petite in bone structure but a 10 or 12 bust, hips, and waist and under 5 ft. tall. 

            I love using rayon batiks like they have at http://www.equilter.com and would use silk if I could afford it.  I think most drapey light fabrics would work well. 

            For the serged rolled edges and joining stitches, I like Sulky Rayon 40 wt. machine embroidery thread, the poly works too, but you can also use regular serger thread.   If you have a problem, you might use some wash away (water soluble) stabilizer strips under the fabric while serging and when making the joining. 

            I tried several different joining stitches from round, oval, square, even tried some wider  decorative stitches which was interesting play.  Her techniques can be used for other purposes too like for scarves or embellishments on other items. 

            I got carried away with mixing turquoise, raspberry, gold, and lime batiks and embellishments and it looked great on the mannequin.  I'm more of a fall color person.  It was too much for me though and I felt like it looked clownish so I cut the pieces up to make something else.  I kept the parts with the serged and joined edges toward the center so I can use this new "material" in another way as I love the technique. 

            I need to get to bed as it is almost 3 a.m. so I hope this makes sense.  Hope you enjoy her patterns as much as I do!  Mary

          12. sewslow67 | | #59

            My goodness Mary; what interesting ideas you've shared.  Thank you so much!   I'm curious now, as to which pattern of Kayla's you were using.  I know what you mean about colors; I too, have "Autumn" coloring, yet I still like all the colors, including some of the brighter ones, but don't wear them as I end up looking garish.  I do, though, use most colors in small doses, like a pretty suit hanky in the jacket pocket or a bright scar with an ink navy dress.

            If you can take the time, I would love to see some of these creative efforts in the form of pictures ...so please, do share if you are so inclined.  I've not used the rayon threads in my regular sewing machine except for embroidery, and not yet doing a rolled edge on the serger, so I appreciate you mentioning that and giving a bit of instruction.  That will be very helpful for future projects.  Again, thanks so much for your post. 

          13. MaryinColorado | | #60

            If you have questions, I will help if I can.  I have emailed Kayla Kennington with a few questions.  She responds quickly and offers clear concise assistance.  I'd love to meet her.  I almost went to Oregon to one of her retreats right on the ocean.  That would have been such a super experience.  Maybe someday.....sigh....

          14. sewslow67 | | #61

            My goodness Mary; what a treat for you that would have been, to spend time, not only with Kayla, but on the Oregon coast.  In case you didn't know, the Oregon coast is known for probably being the most spectacular coast line in the world.   Although I was born in Iowa, I grew up in Oregon and spent a lot of time at the coast. 

            When I lived in Portland, I drove to the coast about every 4-6 weeks, practically year round. The summers there are beautiful, and the winter storms are spectacular.  If you get a chance to go in the winter time, see if you can make reservations at Spanish Head.  It is probably the best place to stay for storm watching.

            I spent the entire weekend dealing with computer issues, so I need to really get going sewing now, as I'm behind with my reunion sewing schedule.  I'd hoped the I just might get my Kayla pattern done by then, but that is probably not possible.  By the way, the one I have is: "Asymmetrical Tunic, Vest and Skirt".  Got to run.  Have a great week, and I'll contact you if I have any more questions.  Thanks again for the information, and for offering to help if I need.  I appreciate your offer.

          15. MaryinColorado | | #64

            I went to Northern Calif. and Southern Oregon when I was in my twenties and fell in love with the Muir Woods, Crater Lake, the Ocean and the people.  It's so beautiful there.  I've always wanted to go back, but haven't made it yet....it's definitely at the top of my list of places to go! 

          16. MaryinColorado | | #49

            Ooooooooooooooooh!  Raining Men!  Do you need an office assistant or go-fur?  ha ha  Sounds like a great time helped you get through a tough assignment!  Mary

          17. rodezzy | | #51

            Yea, it was fun orchestrating the shipping office.  But, back to my office for now.  I still some of the shipping responsibilities at this end, but without direct contact with the truckers. 

          18. MaryinColorado | | #54

            Maybe you can write them a funny card and help them seal the memories!  Ya never know,one of them might be a good dance partner, he he. 

            Hope you have a great weekend.  Mary

          19. rodezzy | | #62

            You too funny girl!  LOL  I saw them yesterday, there are four of our guys on vacation and another one called off, thrusting me back into the shipping office yesterday.  So, I had more fun yesterday.  I haven't seen any dancers though!  giggle.

          20. MaryinColorado | | #63

            How can you be sure?  Are you playing music to see who has some moves when you're there?  ha ha  Just stirrin it up.  Glad you are enjoying some variety at work, hope it doesn't mean too much extra work at your regular desk though. 

          21. rodezzy | | #65

            Ha Ha, I'd better get some music and see who's who!  giggle. 

            No, it's not too much, I have no complaints, because I still have a JOB. 

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    JunkQueen | | #20

    OMG, Rodezzy, a nose ring? And a thong? Now that is funny, girlfriend. I absolutely love your doll. And I have to admit, I was not expecting to. Making dolls is not "my thing", doncha know, so I was sorta ho-hum about looking at yours, but your little jewel won me over on first sight. She is wonderful. I do so admire your creativity and originality. It shines in every thing you do.

    As to wearing thongs, each to her own, but one would get lost in all the rolls of fat on my body. Sheesh, I'd get it on, and it'd be lost forever! And Speedoes? Those old guys (and they are always old, aren't they) who wear those need to get their cataract surgery done and THEN stand before a full length mirror.

    1. sewslow67 | | #21

      Oh, JQ:  before I read another one of your posts, I'm going to have to put my arm/shoulder in a sling.  I nearly fell off my chair laughing, as I visualized what you said.  Priceless, my friend ...absolutely priceless!!!

      OMG, I'm still sitting here laughing. 

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        JunkQueen | | #22

        The truth is stranger than fiction......

    2. rodezzy | | #23

      HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.  You said it girl.  I would never wear a thong.  I've spent at least 40 years keeping panties out of my butt.  I buy the microfiber undies and have been for the past, at least 15 years.  I love them, they are expensive, but I buy them when they go on sale.  I have bought as much as 10 or 15 pair then to ensure I have enough.  I hand wash them and hang to dry to ensure longevity.  No dryer for them.  They are so comfortable.

      Thanks for your kind comments concerning Miss Monique.  I just couldn't sit still and make the same Raggedy Ann clothes.  The ideas rushed my head faster than I could make the doll.  I knew exactly what I wanted her to look like as soon as I signed up for the class.  I knew that I had lots of black and white fabric to use, and auditioned lots before deciding the make her dress out the same fabric I made my own dress from.  It was fun and exciting watching her come alive.  I worked on her everynight when I got home from work.  Right up to the night before the meeting when I searched through my earrings for the right silver ones for her outfit and the old watch that doesn't work anymore.  I was so excited.  There were only two weeks between the class and the show & tell meeting.  It was a rush!

  6. sewelegant | | #29

    Miss Monique is a delight.  I can see her sitting on the bed (or some other throne) and reigning over all.  Not only that, but I can see her taking on something colorful at any given time to blend in with her surroundings, she has lots of potential.  I have made several dolls over time and it is such a fun thing to do.  Congratulations on such a beautiful job.

    1. rodezzy | | #32

      Thank you, I'm glad she appeals to you.  She is reigning over the mantel now.  Started another doll, but she isn't talking to me yet.  She is sewn together and stuffed.  That's it. 

  7. MaryinColorado | | #35

    Woo hoo!  You really did a fantastic job on her!  I cannot believe this is your first doll.  Way to go, she turned out so well and has so much personality.  I love all the little details and accessories, too cool! 

    1. rodezzy | | #37

      Thanks you are a doll!  giggle.  I had fun making her, but now on to other dolls.  I think I'm in the spirit.  I just have to find the right doll project.  The last one isn't speaking to me.  I'd like to see some dolls you made.  Is that O.K.!?  Kiss Zoey for me. 

      1. MaryinColorado | | #38

        Art Doll Quarterly is the magazine with doll patterns and great ideas and places to buy dollmaking stuff.  Don't know if their website is still up at http://www.artdollquarterly.com

        For books, I have Creative Cloth Doll Making by Patti Medaris Culea by Rockport Publishers.  It has great instructions, patterns, and lots of great info on everything from construction, to tools and supplies, and creative ideas. 

        Anatomy of a Doll by Susanna Oroyan (The fabric sculptor's handbook) is also a good one.  by C & T Publishing.  It also has a few patterns and excellent photos, but I think for a bit more advanced dollmaking. 

        I gave all my handmade with love dolls away, but maybe my grand daughter can bring some over for me to photograph.  I have all the stuff to make them, we would have so much fun if we lived closer!  I even have lots of wings for fairies and hope to get making them again eventually.  It was really a great artistic outlet for me.  Mary

        1. rodezzy | | #39

          It sounds like your dolls were fantastic and very pretty.  Thanks for the doll sites, I will be saving them in my "favorites" on the computer.  I'll see what I come up with.  I'm excited about making dolls now.  Do I really need another craft?  giggle.

          1. MaryinColorado | | #40

            Oh, yes, this one will be quite fullfilling and doesn't take up as much space.  Small amount of fabrics, fibers, yarns, wigs?, accessories, etc. and you can just use up so many little pieces of things from your stash.  I just found my bunny vacuum cleaner cover, she lost her fake eyelashes, but if I find her dress, I'll take a photo and send it to you.  (I sent my mom a witch broom cover for Halloween years ago, but she gave it away or donated it.  I bought a rubber witch head at a dollshop and made a kitchen witch for my daughter, it's supposed to keep things from boiling over or burning),  so many possibilities!  It's so addicting!  I know you will have a blast!  Mary

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