Milie's finally ready!

she's finally there!

she's finally there!

She's there! Finally! After a crazy week I couldn't make it on time for Milie to be ready on Thursday, and I need to apologize for this short delay. But she's finally there! Fully dressed and ready to brave the cold weather! The days are really chilly nowadays, and I guessed I couldn't let Milie go in just a skirt and a blouse!

I decided to make her a comfy little fur vest, held at the waist with a long lace. It's also reversible, and the other side is made in a heavy woolen matching fabric that I fell in love with. 

tartan scarf

tartan scarf

I wondered a lot about the shoulder straps of her skirt. I found the solution thanks to the friends on facebook who gave me their opinions, and helped me opt for a pair of very simple and thin straps, in the same fabric as the skirt.
I like the aerial outfit thanks to the tulle that creases under the skirt. The small folds here or there allow the whole to create the movement.
I also added a tartan scarf, and a knitted lace bonnet (pattern by Winterludes).
I like the detail of the small buttons and dots on her boots too.

 

 

small buttons and dots on her boots

small buttons and dots on her boots

Milie has flexible legs, thanks to knees made of wooden beads.

Milie has flexible legs, thanks to knees made of wooden beads.

Milie has flexible legs, thanks to knees made of wooden beads.

She can also bend her head from left to right, and thus adopt endearing poses. Her head, and her body are entirely needle sculpted. I used a Rolling technique to form her limbs.
Milie's hair is made of alpaca fiber, sewn into wefts, which are then crocheted into a wig.

 

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Milie will be available next Tuesday, here, on my site. Her price is set at 595 €. The shipping cost is 40€ international, 25€ Europe, and 15€ national.
If you wish to welcome Milie in your home, you will be able to do so by filling out the form that will be available here on Tuesday, January 17, at 10am EST (16h heure française). This form will remain open for 24 hours.

 

If you have any questions, please contact me here, or on Facebook, or at lespoupz@sfr.fr

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Thank you so much for your interest,

Sev

 

Custom Spots for Titi Dolls

 

I have great news for the fans of very little dolls!

For this year, I'm starting by re-thinking my custom offers. I would like to organise it by proposing custom spots for Titi dolls, on a regular basis, that is once a month. Depending on the requests that will be made, I'll be able to offer spots for one, two or maybe three dolls to be made for the month after.

The payment is 50% deposit and 50% balance+shipping charges.

It'll be listed on ETSY.

THE FIRST SPOT for next month will be ready later today.. I'll announce it directly on Facebook once it's live. The next spot(s) will be scheduled later in the week and announced here on my site, and on Facebook.

You'll find a gallery of Titis on Flickr !

If you need further information, please comment this post!

I hope to see you there!

XOXO

Sev

Best Wishes from LesPouPZ

I'm wishing you all a very Happy New Year. 2017 is starting with plenty of new ideas and energy which I'll be so glad to share with you!

You can now subscribe to a newsletter with the button below or on the HOME PAGE to be notified of what's going on in LesPouPZ studio, or be informed of the coming dolls, custom spots and shop uploads.

 

Dollectable Dec 1st 2016

Liam, 12-inch Natural Fiber Doll

Liam, 12-inch Natural Fiber Doll

Liam, 12-inch Natural Fiber Doll

Here's Liam! What a funny little boy, so lively and happy!

We can guess he got his lovely red hair and numerous freckles from an Irish great great great grandfather.

A lively and happy boy

A lively and happy boy

Liam is 12 inches (around 30cm). His hair is bouclé mohair yarn, crocheted into a cap and tightly sewn on. His skin is cotton jersey from the Netherlands, in a fair pink complexion. His body, head and limbs have been worked with wool through different techniques of rolling and needle felting. He's weighted with dollmaker's glass beads, into his belly. I love his round shapes, with nice belly and bum.

 

Taking Walter for a ride

Taking Walter for a ride

 

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Liam will be wearing his boy's underwear, that is red checkered bloomers and a sleeveless undershirt with cute little boats prints.

He will also have his favourite handknit Irish sweater, along with a pair of woollen baggy trousers.

Liam playing with his plush doggie pet, Walter

Liam playing with his plush doggie pet, Walter

To comfort him as well, he insisted in taking his plush doggie pet, Walter, and promised he will be very careful, and feed him well.

 

He will also bring his handknit knee-high socks, just in case the winter becomes really cold, because he hates cold feet.

Liam will also have a cute green aviator-style bonnet that is not pictured here.

just in case the winter becomes really cold

just in case the winter becomes really cold

Liam and Walter will be for sale during Dollectable on December 1st 2016, 7pm EST on hyenacart.

I'm also finishing two Christmas-themed Titis that will be listed in the shop later today!

 

Link to the shop below

About making tiny dolls

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.

Lola

Lola

Lolita

Lolita

 

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.

I love making realistic clothes for my dolls, even the tinier ones

I love making realistic clothes for my dolls, even the tinier ones

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.

cute shoes and socks for Liam

cute shoes and socks for Liam

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,

 

Noah's available

Noah is a Petit Pois boy doll. He's 12 inches (30cm). 

Noah is a Petit Pois boy doll. He's 12 inches (30cm). 

Noah is a Petit Pois boy doll. He's 12 inches (30cm). 
My Petit Pois dolls have flexible joints which allow for many funny baby poses. Their head, body and limbs are made hard for durability and consistence. They are weighted with glass beads for a better feel. Their onesie is not removeable, as it is part of the body construction. Noah's made in a very soft-feel jersey fabric, with cute little mice. 
I operated a little change into my pattern for this petite model of doll, in order to add more consistency into the hips joints. He can now sit properly on his own, and even stand alone with some little assistance!
This cute and plump baby boy owns a full boy's wardrobe, and is ready for a coming chilly winter.

This cute and plump baby boy owns a full boy's wardrobe, and is ready for a coming chilly winter.

Noah's got blond bouclé yarn hair and tanned skin. He's made from soft carded wool that I've worked through different techniques. His head was needle felted, and his limbs rolled.

This cute and plump baby boy owns a full boy's wardrobe, and is ready for a coming chilly winter.

Noah will come with the following clothes you can mix and match: a sailor long-sleeved T-shirt, jeans overalls, papi trousers -as I like calling it!, a handknit high-neck pullover, a jacket, a pair of handknit lace-up boots, a handknit big pompom bonnet, a handknit scarf, his favourite 6'' cuddle doll of course won't be forgotten (I measured her without the pompom), and above all his glasses, because the eye-doctor said he really needs them on! But the little fella heard it and is not at all reluctant! He even loves trying them on his little dollie!

He even loves trying them on his little dollie

He even loves trying them on his little dollie

Noah and his accessories are all handmade by me -except for the glasses!, and can be handwashed gently in tepid water with a few drops of wool soap. Dry flat away from the sun or any heating source.

This doll is not suitable for children aged under 6. The presence of long fibers and small parts could become dangerous to very little ones.

Here's the link to the auction

Noah

This cute and plump baby boy has got a full boy's wardrobe already

This cute and plump baby boy has got a full boy's wardrobe already

Noah is a Petit Pois boy doll. I operated a little change into my pattern for this petite model of doll, in order to add more consistency into the hips joints. He can now sit properly on his own, and even stand alone with some very little assistance!

 

Noah's got blond bouclé yarn hair and tanned skin. This cute and plump baby boy has got a full boy's wardrobe already, prepared for chilly winter. But I'm adding a few more items before he'll be looking for a home on Wednesday November 23rd, notably the cutest little cuddle doll ever! More pics to come of the little fella, so keep tuned!
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Sev

Madelaine

When you make Madeleines a sponge-like batter (actually a genoise) is used. And like most sponge batters it starts with a beaten mixture of eggs and sugar into which is added sifted flour. The difference between a regular sponge and a genoise is that we add warm melted butter (can use browned butter) which makes the Madeleines light and tender with a nice buttery flavor. The melted butter needs to be warm, so it does not solidify once it is added to the batter, causing streaks. What makes these little cakes so unique is that they're baked in special oval shaped molds with ribbed indentations that gives them a pretty shell shape. (However, you can use small tarts pans or mini muffin pans.) It is important to properly butter and flour your pans so that the baked Madeleines release easily after baking. Madeleines are....
I remember the moment this little butter cake came to life in my hands

I remember the moment this little butter cake came to life in my hands

 

I remember the moment when this little butter cake came to life in my hands. I instantly guessed she would bear the name of a famous French patisserie, the Madeleine.

You certainly have noticed I decided to change the spelling in her name. This is just a little hint to her woolly origins, as "laine" is the material this little girl's mainly made of. ("laine" is the french term for wool)

I instantly guessed she would bear the name of a famous French patisserie, the Madeleine

I instantly guessed she would bear the name of a famous French patisserie, the Madeleine

Madelaine is 15 inches tall. She's exclusively made from natural materials, notably clean carded wool which has been worked through different techniques of needle felting, rolling, or stuffing.  Her tanned skin is jersey fabric from the Netherlands. Her hair is made of the softest alpaca locks which have been home wefted, and sewn onto a cap. It can be styled into many hairdos, or can be left unattached. This type of fiber shouldn't be combed or brushed if you want to keep the locks intact, tough it can washed gently if needed.

Madelaine's body is fully detailed with ears, knees, elbows, a navel and bottom.

soft pink gauze dress

soft pink gauze dress

Madelaine will come to you with a soft pink gauze dress with hand-embroidered flowers on the front; a pair of hand-knit shoes and a hand-knit big pompom bonnet, a colourful flower headband, and white linen bloomers.

Madelaine will be happy to be part of your doll family

Madelaine will be happy to be part of your doll family

 

According to the materials used in the construction of Madelaine and her accessories, these are not intended to little children, but to adults who would like to add to their doll collections.

The doll and her accessories can be gently washed in tepid water, and dried flat. No direct light is recommanded.

 

I love this little butter cake!

I love this little butter cake!

Thank you for reading about Madelaine.
ev

 

An invasion of Titi Dolls, and a coming shop upload

After some days feeling quite sick, I managed to come back working on to these two little critters. These are customs, but I'm reserving a little shop upload before the end of the week.

 

And as Halloween's approaching, I'm working on several Titi Dolls for the occasion, so, stay tuned!

 

Two Titis

On my work table these days...

Titi Panda Bear

Titi Panda Bear

Titi Butterfly

Titi Butterfly

I changed the Butterfly's wings pattern for a more consistent one. I wanted it to have real big wings, and felt ones, instead of the fabric version I had created at first.

Two more Titis are in the making, one cat, and a dragonfly.

See you then!

Leotie and Bintou at Dollectable

Leotie means Flower of the prairie in Native American

Leotie means Flower of the prairie in Native American

Leotie is a 12" doll, made exclusively of natural materials, from a pattern called Petite Fleur from Megan McGinnis, the maker behind Mon Petit Frère dolls.

Her skin is a cotton-linen blend, in a heathered coffee colour. This adds to the vintage looks of this little doll. Her hair is black mohair weft sewn onto a cap. She's stuffed hard with clean carded wool.

Leotie comes with pink panties, a silky tutu skirt, a handknit cat jumper, a pair of white socks, a pair of woolen crochet shoes in plum colour, and a flower headband.

silky tutu skirt

silky tutu skirt

cat jumper

cat jumper

Leotie and Bintou will be available in today's dollectable.

Here's the link to the shop underneath.

Thank you for reading,

Sev

Dollectable October 1st 2016

Bintou is 16 inches. She's ready to take part in the October dollectable sale which happens every first day of the month.

a second dress for Bintou

a second dress for Bintou

Bintou comes with another dress, made from gorgeous wax fabric which had been offered to me by one of my customers who lives in Africa.

focus on the gorgeous wax fabric and the bead necklace

focus on the gorgeous wax fabric and the bead necklace

Bintou is not made for young children; the fibers of her hair, or small parts on her clothing could be dangerous. She's a doll made for adult collectors, who will like to add this little gem into their doll collection.

Bintou's skin is sturdy fabric from Switzerland. She's made from wool, needle felted or rolled for a firm and durable result. Inside her belly is a pouch of stuffing beads to give her more weight and realism. Her hair is from tibetan lamb, in black colour. It can be gently combed and styled.

Bintou comes with two dresses, one is made from real wax fabric, the blue striped one is made from a cotton-linen blend. She also comes with her pair of green woolen socks, and leather lace-up boots, panties, She has many accessories such as a nice pair of earrings, a bead necklace, a big rust coloured satin bow pin, and a scarf made from vintage gauze fabric and vintage fringe trimmings.

The sale will happen on October 1st, 2016 in the collective Dollectable Hyena Cart shop. You can find a link at the bottom of this post.

Meï

a little princess with childish Asian features

a little princess with childish Asian features

Mei was born in Europe, but keeps within her heart a huge respect for the traditions of the continent that gave birth to her ancestors. She's a little princess with childish Asian features, and a wonderful mild character.

With her tiny eyes, she observes the world every day.

With her tiny eyes, she observes the world every day.

With her tiny eyes, she observes the world every day. She often thinks about what she could bring to it, when she's a grown up. Her dream is to be close to children in need. She wants to provide help and assistance in a charity.

Meï knows well what she wants to be when she's a grown up.

Meï knows well what she wants to be when she's a grown up.

 

Mei is 12 inches, which is about 30cm. Her black hair is mohair fiber, sewn into wefts and assembled on a cotton cap. Her skin is cotton from Switzerland in a dark tanned complexion, and her body is firmly made from carded wool. Her head and features are needle felted , and her limbs and body are rolled.
Mei can stand alone, with the help of her little shoes rigid soles.
I like her round shapes, with belly and bum.

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Due to her construction style, Meï isn't destined to children, but will rather be a little gem in a collector's collection.

Mei will be wearing white bloomers, a flowered dress with pastel shades, a gray alpaca jacket with a small pocket on the front, a pale pink hat with a flower detail, dark gray socks, and a pair of small brown suede lace up boots.

 

This little doll will be available on Septembre 1st, during the next Dollectable. Yu'll find the link to the sale underneath.

Thank you so much for reading,

 

 

Mei est née en Europe, mais garde en elle un grand respect pour les traditions du continent qui a donné naissance à ses ancêtres. Il est une petite princesse aux traits asiatiques enfantins, et le caractère merveilleusement doux. Ses petits yeux, elle observe le monde chaque jour. Elle pensait souvent à ce qu'elle pourrait apporter à elle, quand il sera grand. Son rêve est d'être près des enfants qui sont dans le besoin. Elle voudra fournir de l'aide et de l'assistance à un organisme de bienfaisance.

Meï mesure 12 pouces, ce qui correspond à environ 30cm. Ses cheveux noirs sont en fibre mohair, cousue en bandes et assemblées sur une calotte en coton. Sa peau est en coton Suisse teint mat, et son corps est fermement rembourré de laine de mouton cardée. Sa tête et les traits de son visage sont feutrés à l'aiguille, ses membres et son corps sont roulés.
Meï tient debout toute seule, avec l'aide de ses petits souliers aux semelles rigides.
J'aime ses formes rondes, détaillées d'un petit ventre et d'un petit fessier.

De par sa construction, cette petite poupée n'est pas destinée aux enfants. Elle fera le bohneur des amateurs qui inviteront ce petit bijou dans leur collection.

Meï sera vêtue d'un bloomer blanc, d'une robe fleuries aux teintes pastels, d'un gilet en alpaga gris avec une petite poche sur le devant, d'un bonnet rose pâle orné d'une fleur, de chaussettes gris anthracite, et d'une paire de petits bottillons marron à lacets en daim.

Cette petite poupée sera disponible lors de la prochaine vente Dollectable jeudi 1er septembre 2016.

Vous trouverez le lien vers la vente ci-dessous.

Merci de votre attention,

Pauline and Ninon

They're not sisters, but I consider them so because they were born only a few days apart. Their respective mothers live thousands of miles away from each other, but had the chance to discover their little dolls almost at the same time.

hese two little puppets helped me model some new clothes for another Petit Pois sister

hese two little puppets helped me model some new clothes for another Petit Pois sister

 

These two little puppets helped me model some new clothes for another Petit Pois sister who was born a few months ago, and who now lives away.  I'll write a new post soon on the new clothes I'll be able to propose for the Petit Pois Babies, or dolls similar in size.

I'm now on holidays till mid August. This long summer retreat is always the good time for retrieving, pondering, and thinking about the past months, what worked or not, and also of course, and above all I would insist, planning what's to come. This part of doll designing is time consuming, and what's best to make it during holidays?

Several ideas emerge here and there during the days, and I take notes, a lot of notes. Only a few are tested during the time I spend making dolls. So I need more time aside to think about all the other ideas that are there. I need to see if these are viable or not, if I will go on with them or not.

A new pattern for handknitted rompers 

A new pattern for handknitted rompers