Thursday, December 18, 2008

Fairy Doll

Here she is! Ivy's Fairy Doll. All dressed and ready to go to the Fairy Ball, and sitting with a picture of her Fairy Godmother, who was the inspiration for her.

I really can't believe she came out as well as she did. The robot was a learning experience. And my stitching improved by the time I got to Fairy.

Fine the dress isn't sewn well, but I was sick and tired of sewing by then. The doll is pretty good. And I like that I made my own pattern. I like that I could take two Martha ideas and combine them. Or rather, I took one Martha pattern after realizing the other Martha pattern wouldn't serve my needs, and then I customized it. So really, it isn't a Martha pattern at all. It's a Rowena pattern. I cook the same way. I never leave a recipe as is. I just look for instructions on the mechanical parts, and then I add chipotle or about six inches on the limbs.
Here she is close up. Look at her little face. Not bad for winging it.

I've forgotten all the embroidery I ever used to know, so I did my best. She might be a little lumpy and crooked, but I think that adds to her charm. The hair was very difficult. The easy part was choosing two shades of golden brown embroidery floss. It adds some realism, I think. The hard part was sewing it onto the head without making it look awful. Those braids are tacked down so that they don't flip up to show her bald, lumpy heady. Poor baldy. The little flower crown helps to hide some of the lumps that peek through the hair. The flowers are attached to a ribbon and tied on, so they don't actually have to stay. It's just a fairy costume, in truth. She can take off the wings and tutu and crown and just be a girl doll. But momma will have to make a new outfit.

I like the little flowers. They were the creation of an evening of experimenting with my felt and scissors. I'm planning a crown for Ivy to coordinate with this little bitty one. I'm almost done with that. And then I have an idea for no-wire fairy wings. Don't know if it will work, but if it does I'll show you how.

The next intimidating gift up is the boy's robot mask. Robot crown? I'm not sure how to make him a dress up robot thing without having a mask that covers his whole head. This will take some designing.

7 comments:

Squirrel said...

Ivy is such a lucky little girl. That robot needs some hard edges. A robot mask of glued legoes??? And robot lego shoes?

Jen Lee said...

Oh, Rowena--she's lovely. Pure magic.

hannahmade soaps said...

Wow, vintage and so unique! Those are just lovely. And I would think very marketable in an upscale boutique... I think you have something going on there - I much prefer what you ended up with over the sketch (although that dress is lovely too, but for a little girl - not a fairy doll.) :) Awesome job!

Christy said...

She's a magical doll! I love her long limbs. :)

Natasha said...

It was about 2:30am last night...I'd just crawled into bed and I thought - I wonder how Rowena's doll turned out and here she is! Rowena she's amazing...you totally have something...you need to make these...I would so get one for Dana. I love it...what a fabulous gift!! You did an incredible job You need to sell this in the your Etsy shop...I'd so buy one along with that picture I LOVE hahaha

m. heart said...

handmade gifts will be kept forever...i have all the dolls and things my mom ever made for me and am still so grateful to for them. this is just lovely!

Angie said...

That's really adorable. I'm supposed to make a doll for a fairy swap I'm doing and I'm out hunting for inspiration :)

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