I'm currently working on a relatively tiny doll for our next Dollectable rendez-vous. His name is Liam, and he's 12 inches. You can certainly tell this is not that tiny for a doll, especially this type of Waldorf-inspired dolls. I've already worked on even tinier dolls. If I remember well, there has been Lolita or Lola who were only around 7 or 8 inches.
As I told you, Liam is 12 inches. This seems much bigger! But in fact it isn't that bigger! What really differs in the two girls above and Liam resides in their construction. The two girls above have a one-piece part for the body and legs. Liam hasn't. He's constructed like bigger dolls, with distinct patterns for the legs and the body. This allows for more mobility and flexibility. But it is also more complex in the assembling process.
With time, I've learnt how making small-sized dolls can be very tricky. But with time as well, I've learnt how to avoid the tricks. As I love challenges, I'm realising I'm making more and more small and tiny dolls. I love making realistic clothes for them too, which adds to the complexity. You have to design the clothes pattern again and again, to adapt to the extra-small sizes. I'm finding a lot of inspiration in real-sized clothes, so have to design my own patterns, sewing, or knitting.
As tiny dolls need tiny clothes, I designed these cute shoes for Liam. I found inspiration in Sue's super cute Kath Baby Shoes pattern, you can discover it on the site ithinksew.com .
Now, I'm going back to my sewing machine to make and assemble more tiny clothes!
Thank you for reading,