Step 1: Paint her shoes with nail polish.
Step 2: Figure out how tall you want her to be. (I make mine 5.75 inches tall). Glue pipe cleaners into her legs using Zap-a-Gap (a super glue) and some Aleene's Tacky Glue.
Step 3: Assemble your doll stand. Here's a great video from Dana Burton:
Step 4: Glue your doll to the doll stand. Again, another video from Dana:
Step 5: Make undergarments. Dana really stresses this, as she said people will look up the dolls' skirts. Truthfully, I didn't think people would do that - I mean, I wouldn't. But she was right!! I used four of my dolls to embellish centerpieces for a luncheon I was hostessing. The ladies were admiring the dolls - and LOOKING UP THEIR DRESSES! I actually burst out laughing.
Here's Lizzy in her slip:
Step 6: Using your pattern as a guide, cut it out using paper towels BEFORE you cut your material.
The height of your doll may be slightly different that the pattern, so you may need to adjust it to fit yours. Once you're happy with how the paper towels 'fit', cut your material.
Step 7: Let the dressing begin! Skirt:
You may notice the skirt has some 'movement' to it. How you drape your skirt gives it the movement. It's kept in place by spraying light layers of hair spray.
Step 8: I was so engrossed in making her, I forgot to snap pictures when I made her blouse and then her vest. But here's Lizzy - so far:
Next comes the arms and sleeves. Stay tuned!
OH - and - YES - I'm still stitching. I've been working on the 2015 iStitch Advent sampler. It's on 28 Ct Belfast linen and I'm stitching one over one. I'm kind of behind - only to Day 20: