It is funny where ideas come from; you can sit for hours staring at a slowly cooling cup of tea trying to come up with a use for that old pair of denims (oh, wait that is just me?) but the best ideas come when you are not actively thinking. When you give your brain time to mix together all the things you have seen, read and been inspired by and then the spark of inspiration comes.
This is true of our First Date Doll — the idea came out of a friend’s Facebook post. The girl was talking about how she was having a clothes clear-out but didn’t want to get rid of the dress she worn on her first date, yet she would never wear it again. Ping! (Imagine a lightbulb above my head) I checked with Givie (the sewing expert) and yes it was possible to turn a dress into a doll wearing the same dress.
So how do you do it?
A teeny-weeny with no polka dots, yellow dress into this:
A fun memento/doll that would keep your memories fresh but without taking space up in your wardrobe, because there is always new dresses to buy and wear.
The first thing is to remember you are only creating an impression of the dress, that it doesn’t have to be an exact replica – I am sure my friend didn’t wear yellow shoes but it fits with the dress and also goes with the look of the doll. You are aiming for something that sparks a memory
However it is important to have small details on your dress, as that is what makes it so special like the zip detail on the back of this dress:
This is also what makes crafting so interesting – the thought that goes into working out how to make things look good. It is also true of the waistband of this dress, took trial and error to realise that the best way to get the waistband to sit where it is needed was elastic – just as it was on the original dress!
The hair is created with felt – felt is great because it keeps it shape and helps with the overall cartoon-y fun appearance of the doll, accentuated further with the face, drawn on with pens that don’t bleed into fabric.
This was a fun project to work on – mainly because you know that it will have special meaning for the person you are making it for.
What dress/outfit would you turn into a doll?