Monday, December 28, 2015

Let's Dress Lizzy!

Lizzy is starting to take shape!! I promised I'd share how I put these glamorous ladies together - so hang on to your hats - let's get started.

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:

Lizzy is sporting a necklace with a tiny silver bead. It's kind of difficult to see, but she has trim around the vest and tiny silver buttons (made from the heads of pins) on top of bits of leather on her vest. I'll get a better picture next time.

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:


  1. Thank you so much for the look into how you create these beautiful ladies....I can hardly wait for the next glimpse....

  2. Amazing...she is sobeautiful
    I love your sweet stitches too X

  3. Loving this guide to doll making. People really do look up their skirts too, no respect for a lady!
    Hairspray is a neat trick, I'd never have thought of that.

  4. How very interesting.
    Your Advent Sampler is so very pretty.

  5. Lovely to see the process for doll making! Your Advent sampler is looking great too!
    Barbara xx

  6. Your new doll is really coming along! It's so interesting to watch her coming together. Beautiful stitching, too! :D

  7. If Lizzy is that gorgeous red head, then, yes,
    I am in!!