Hello ladies. I posted awhile back with a link to the mamamordolls website. They also make birth and breastfeeding dolls that wear their babies in slings and such. I fell in love with them from the moment that I laid eyes on them. I was inspired-but I had NEVER made a cloth doll from scratch, much less one with so much detail & function. But I figured since I was good at just about every other from of art from painting to sculpting and everything in between, it was worth a shot.
So, I cleaned out my closet and found an old flesh colored shirt that I didnt wear any more as well as a few others made of pretty fabrics. I made another visit to the mamamor website to take another gander at their beautiful dolls and get a good grasp of what I was aiming for. I didnt want my doll to be an exact copy of their dolls because wheres the fun in that?
Here are the photos of the doll that I made, which DD and I lovingly named Lily.
I made her hair from a mixture of different yarns and stiched them in, one strand at a time. She still isnt 100% finished as I am making her a flower clip for her hair, a necklace, her clothing isnt finished, she will have a sling, the baby will have a placenta and she also needs shoes. The baby will also have a tiny cloth diaper.
I sewed a little pouch for her belly so that she looks pregnant when the baby is inside and her belly returns to its normal size when the baby is 'born'.
Lily's facial details have also been hand stiched. I also added a few freckels.
I used little metal button clips for her 'nippels' as well as adding areolas. The babys mouth clips to mamas breast with the opposite end of the little metal clip. I wanted her stiching to be external- i think it makes her look more..ragdoll-ish and charming. I free handed the pattern for her body and babys body as well as arms and legs. No sewing machine was used at all- she is 100% hand made and stiched. Im very proud of her- not bad for a first timer eh?
I will post more pics when she and baby are 100% finished and complete with sling and other goodies listed above.