Monday, December 08, 2008

Best Friends Gypsy




As many know Pamela Armas of Treasures of the Gypsy carries many of my patterns. For each of my patterns in her line, she sends me the fabrics and I make a sample doll for her booth.


the latest of my patterns to be added to her line is Best Friends, so I have been working on her sample for Pamela.


I am accustomed to the rich and very textured silks she carries and have learned to use a lot of fray check and zig zag as soon as you cut.


But the body fabric used in this doll could not stand up to the dollmakers stress test, and dart and side seams blew out after the piece was completed. (of course!)


We have to be resourseful as dollmakers so I welded the seams together with Fabri-tac, used fray check around the sites and then ironed the area with my little Clover iron for strength. All the sites were then cleverly hidden from view by the doll's accessories. You cannot see any of the blowouts!


If this were a doll for sale I would have had to start over or at least take her apart entirely and make a new body.


I do LOVE Pamela's fabrics!

14 comments:

Deanna Hogan said...

Love your new doll, Patti, and Pamela's fabrics are so rich (but I agree, hard to use without preventive maintenance). I've got quite a bit of hoarded Pamela fabric, but just need to dive in and use it!

Great work, and Happy Holidays~

Deanna

Carla said...

That's so pretty!

Paulette said...

Beautiful doll Patti!
Hugs!

Glittering threads on the wind said...

Awesome Patti, those are some beautiful colors and you always do such a wonderful job on the embellishing.
Sandy

Colleen said...

What rich colours and a gorgeous face!

Karen Becker said...

Just beautiful Patti! So colorful and full of life. Thanks for sharing!
Karen Becker

Shashi Nayagam said...

Beautiful doll and beautiful fabrics

Karen Mallory said...

She turned out really great Patti! You would never guess that you had problems with the blowouts! Such wonderful fabrics and a great pattern!!
hugs Karen

jandee said...

Love your doll and love Pamelas fabrics too they inspire some beautiful costumes that is for sureAlways think you cant do better and you reach in your bag of magic and find another one cest magnifique Patti

Anonymous said...

Wow, Patti, what a great new look for Best Friends. Love the face, especially.
Leilani

Doll Clothes Gal said...

What beautiful dolls and designs.

Judi W. said...

She's just gorgeous! Fabulous face and fabulous fabrics!

Sis's Vintage Ladies said...

Oh what a beautiful doll! The colors of the clothes are so wonderful, love the colors!

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