For many years, I used to make dolls and sell them. After about 15 years of it, I completely burned out and haven’t made one since. I had a bunch of my own patterns that I had designed, and I let one of my daughters use them to make and sell dolls while she was in high school. I did save a few of my dolls that were my favorites.
This is what the little girls called ‘The Golden Doll’ and one of my daughters had dibs on it. I am supposed to make a matching silver one for the other daughter, but am waiting for the urge to strike. So far I have been waiting 10 years. This doll is about 13 inches tall with features hand painted by me using acrylic craft paints.
The feet were made with an overlay of black fabric and were cut in the shape of a boot with a heel, though you can’t see a side view in this picture. I notice that everyone who looks at one of my dolls always flips up the skirt to see the underclothes so here is a picture:
I printed the designs on with a rubber stamp that I carved, using gold acrylic paint. I used to love to make the underclothes with lots of design detail like tucks, and lace.
Here is a back view of the head. I would braid a long length of yarn and sew it to the head in the same general way that braided rugs are made. The curls were crocheted.
I only made relatively small dolls, since the worst part of the whole procedure was stuffing them. The formulation of the batting used to be excellent, very fluffy and resilient, and it made stuffing not so difficult, but toward the end of my dollmaking career, the consistency changed . I just could not get the new type of stuff to work right, and it became a big pain to stuff the dolls correctly. I haven’t tried out batting in a decade so should see if they have some good stuff out there now.