This is a little lolita girl doll. the pattern for it is something i just kind of make on notebook paper. You can do the hair or dress anyway you want. This is really just a versatile doll. ^^
I did this hand-sewn (i think it adds some personality... plus, it was 3am and i don't think my parents would appreciate me using the sewing machine) XD
I curve the feet and hands... you don't have to. You can make her have shoes or gloves if you're ambitious enough. Really, I'm serious when i say "go for it".
If this tutorial SEEMS long... it is. The project itself takes a few hours (by hand), but it's not that difficult. I'm just overly descriptive. ^^;
First, gather your materials and plan your doll. I did a quick sketch based on a picture of a lolita-girl i drew. I had a lot of scraps from other projects, so i thought this would be fun.
WHAT YOU NEED!!!
- Felt (champagne or flesh colored, as well as the color you want the dress, eyes, and hair)
- Thread and needle (thread should be the color of the felts you're using.
- Paper (for pattern)
- Cotton (for stuffing)
- Anything else you want (really... go for it).
Making the pattern:
I like doing my patterns on notebook paper because it's cheap and the lines help with measuring. You can do whatever you want though.
I know this picture isn't the best, but i've reused the pattern for everything (minus the hair) MANY times, so they're starting to lose their shape.
~Head- A sliiiight oval shape (longest from side to side), but still mostly a circle
~Body- It's basically a triangle with soft, outward curves. The top should curve a bit inwards as well. The length... about the length of the head.
~Leg- My rule for this is HALF of the height of the head. Make it longer just in case though...
~Arm- It's the same as the leg, but the side that's NOT the hand should be cut at about a 30 degree angle.
~Hair- Trace the head shape. From there, just shape the hair to whatever you want it to be.
Cut out everything out!
You don't have to do the face at this point. You CAN, but i like doing it later so i know what the "flavor" of the doll is at that point.
For cutting out, simply pin the paper on top of the felt and follow the lines. You'll need...
2 heads (one should be skin colored, the other should be the color of the hair)
4 arms (skin)
4 legs (skin)
2 bodies (color of dress)
1 hair (color of... well... hair)
(PS, i'll give a virtual hug to whoever can guess what book is on my floor [a fangirl should know this]) XD
This piece is for the skirt. Why wasn't it in the pattern? Because cutting it out isn't hard. Sheets of felt typically are sold in 9X12. Take the 12 inch side, figure out how long you want the skirt to be (mine's a little over an inch), then just cut straight across. So this piece is whatever-you-wantX12.
Then you're done cutting (for now)!
Notice that the hair fits RIGHT over the skin-colored half of the head perfectly. There should be 14 pieces.
Sew the limbs:
Please do yours with the thread being skin-colored. Mine is black so you can see it.
You can do this by machine, but i hand-sew. Just a simple straight stitch around the edges (this is one of the arms). If your felt has a wrong-side, place those together when you sew it. My stitches are pretty big, but i was getting lazy. =P
Do this to make 2 arms and 2 legs.
When you're done, flip the limbs inside-out. The sewn part should now be invisible to the outside.
Now, stitch the hair to the skin colored half of the face. Do this with the hair-colored thread.
Add the face now. Thread should be eye colored. You can add a mouth, nose, eye make-up, blush... whatever you want. I think she looks cut like this. ^^
Also, add any head/hair accessories now. I didn't because i spaced out. It will be WAY less difficult if you just do it at this point.
Place the hair-colored half of the head ON TOP of the face. Then sew together using hair-colored thread.
IF YOU'RE DOLL HAS HAIR THAT HANGS DOWN, PAY ATTENTION!!
When you sew, make sure that any hair that's hanging down is sewn INSIDE of the circle. Right now, anything that's outside of the circle will end up inside. (i made this mistake and had to restitch it).
Again, just to be clear, my picture's a bit off. If you can see the tail of hair from the front on the outside, THAT'S BAD! (this was taken before i fixed it).
Flip the head inside-out now so that the face is facing outwards.
Now, stuff the head and limbs with cotton. Don't over-stuff the head, because it'll just get in the way later. Over-stuffing the limbs is no big deal (i actually prefer it).
Now, if you're like me, you're probably JUST adding the hair/head stuff. Why? Cause we're ditsy. XD
Whip-stitch the bottom of the head shut.
DO NOT CLOSE THE LIMBS!!!
This part is probably the most difficult, so listen up!
Take body and place it so that the part that will be on the outside is facing up (i've added a necklace).
Line up the edges of all the limbs to the outside. The arms should be placed about 1/4 of an inch from the top. Legs should be in the middle of the bottom (mine always move, but they're SUPPOSED to be in the middle. Pin the limbs down so that they don't move around..
Place the other half of the body (with the outside part facing downwards) on top of the limbs (it's a limb sandwich!). Start sewing (using the clothes-colored thread). This part you might want to pick hand-sewing over machine because the limbs like to... disobey. Start sewing at the edge of the neck and go down towards the arm. LEAVE THE NECKLINE UN-SEWN! Once you get a few stitches into a limb, you can take out the pin.
When you finish one side, if you flip over the top, it should look like the picture.
This should be what it looks like when it's all sewn shut. (it makes me want ravioli every time...)
Remember, don't shut the neckline!
Now, flip it inside-out. This will take some effort and time, but don't worry. I take about 5 minutes every time just to make sure i don't split a seam.
Stuff the body after this.
After that, whip-sew the neck shut.
(Virtual tackle-glomp to whoever can guess what anime the song i'm listening too is from. [hint: the song is on youtube... which is on my computer]).
whip-stich the head on. I also to other stitches sometimes but... i don't remember the name of them. It really depends on the shape of the head and how lazy you are. XD
DON'T FORGET THE SKIRT!
I'm adding lace to mine, you don't have to though.
Take the skirt piece you cut out earlier and start straight stitching it. As you go, gather the fabric by simply pushing the fabric back as you go. Don't knot it off when you're done. Leave the thread and needle where they are.
Take the skirt and encircle the doll. Make sure it fits right. Take the skirt off the doll then knot-it-off. Also, sew the pieces of the skirt together (so now it's a sewn together circle.
whip-stitch the skirt into place on the doll. I had a bit of lace showing, which bothered me, so i also added a pearl belt.
I decided to add some texture to her hair by slitting her bangs and the hair-tails. You don't have to, but i thought it looked more natural.