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New Lux Art Doll ladies Are Taking Shape

and taking over the studio. Seriously, they are everywhere. And if not the dolls themselves, it’s their bits. Legs and hands everywhere you look. It’s ridiculous! I need to keep building the girls and finding some order in the studio.

I’ve just taken a break from that to show the new dolls. I’ve done a new face which is a dream to paint. (Lady Pompadour is finished, but for her shoes. Honestly I was a little distracted first by a commission that needed to be done quickly and then my new doll sculpt :) I still intend to give her shoes, I’m just being slow and neglectful. Hopefully she’ll forgive me! I have bought her an amazing new desk and chair, maybe that’ll make up for it! Pictures next time.)

And again, I’m off on a tangent!

Anyway, here is a pic of the new gaggle of ladies….

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Here is a lady I’ve got big plans for. She’s the only one with any paint as yet, but I’ll get to everybody :)

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Gotta fly, so until next time, be good, have fun and thanks for reading!

~awsumgal

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Vintage Mego Wonder Woman – Dive Suit – Start to Finish!

I have set about creating a 12 inch version of Wonder Woman’s dive suit for underwater crimefighting! It’s a form fitting blue unitard with gloves and heelless boots, a hood, wrist guards, belt and lasso (of course!). Since I have already finished this outfit, I will recount the whole thing in a single post :)

I started with the unitard as it’s the basis for all things :) Here is the actual real life costume…

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I had some fabric troubles here and there. I was using a two way stretch fabric and altered my four way stretch pattern, but alas not enough, so it took a couple of tries to get it just right. Sadly, my sewing machine was in a long winded and sometimes violent argument with my sewing machine! What I mean is, my machine hated to sew this fabric! New needle, no help, top tension adjustment, pfft, nothing, bottom tension adjustment, a most minor of improvements, stabilizer….. Yes, with the reinforcements in the ranks by way of stabilizer I was able to successfully sew this up. Then, calamity of calamity, the delightful blue shiny fabric of which I was so proud and excited to have found, wore. I mean wore down, shiny all gone! Right on the bust points, and the hips. Well, that;s not going to do is it?

Here’s that one…

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I mean sure it’s a little light, but I could live with that. I couldn’t live with it wearing out before I’d even finished the project!

After all of that, I had to find a different fabric. My original fabric seller was most helpful, but didn’t have what I needed. Sigh. Just as well probably as time was of the essence and I am closer to the east coast and they are closer to the west coast…. Next time. (Cali Fabrics¬†Check them out!)

Luckily, my local had liquid metal! And in the right colour! So off to work again! From the beginning, and yes, new fabric, more pattern tweaks. My machine like this fabric only a little better. But we soldiered on and made it happen.

Here’s the new fabric beside her wearing the original version. You really can’t see that the finish has worn off the bust because of the flash glare, but trust me, wear off it did.

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This new blue is backed in black and your doll peeps know about that! For those who don’t though, black (or other dark or strong colours) can leach onto the vinyl, plastic or resin of your doll staining her. Most dark or strong fashions have a light, neutral lining and I have planned that here. The other reason for lining in this case is the impossibility of getting this unitard onto the dolls’ impossibly long semi soft vinyl legs! It’s like they grab onto the unitard and will not budge! So I nade the lining and put it on the doll and it’s great! So then I put the unitard on and it slips right onto her and I’m singing and it’s fabulous!

Silly me, then I attach the two together, and we’re back to an impossible tug of war trying to put it on her. Back we go, separate the two, and all is well again. So that’s how it will stay, thank you very much!

Tired of mediating the fight between the fabric and my machine, I moved on the gold bits for a bit of a break. (That blue hood is trashbound – wrong blue!)

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A little glue, a little support, and some “clamps” :)

 

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Proportion check…. The belt is good, but the gold cuffs are too wide. Ew. We’ll fix that.

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With that finally all sorted out, it was on to the hood, which I also lined. I left the back of the head open to faciltate putting it on and will add fasteners. It will need some gold bands and a red star.

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Then her red boots…. I looked at an episode I found online where she’s diving in this suit and her boots are heelless, so that’s what I’ll do as well. I toyed with the idea of incorporating them as one piece with the unitard, but decided against it. Realism (such as it is in this context) won out and I made them separate so they can be removed if desired. They’re stretchy and have the sewn on white tops and front stripe as they should. The soles and insoles are a series of fabric and card and glue and paint and stitching :)

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Next the gloves. These are always a challenge, but especially on this doll because of the shape of her hands. She is in a perpetual semi grip hand formation that makes it quite tricky to apply gloves. They too are separate from the unitard and need patience to put on! They are lined as well. I don’t want the doll’s hands turning black.

Her golden wrist guards need a tiny perfect red star each. I’ve done pearl shaped beads and stretchy thread loops for fasteners so they’ll fit over the glove and sleeve ends.

Last but not least, the embellishments on the upper chest of the untiard. Stars, stars and more stars!

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Big stars and little ones and one red band and one gold. Cutting out all of those tiny stars was a challenge as was placing them just so. Then they all got a single stitch each.

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Separately stitched, to preserve the stretchiness, and the fasteners down the back and it was finished :)

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I’ll be making a dress for someone next and then I’ll finish Pompadour’s shoes (finally) Phew!

Thanks for reading this long winded, entire project in a single post!

~awsumgal

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A Lady at Court WIP5

A lot has changed since my last post!

Her underbodice/stomacher is all finished. Here’s a pic when it was still full o pins!

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Her skirt has had embellishment applied. It will get a second row of froufrou :)

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I’ve made her some pantaloons :)

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Of course they’re a bit lacy!

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It looks more painful than it is, I assure you!

The overdress is what still needs attention. I’m having trouble deciding what to use to decorate the front verticals. I originally wanted lush and rich looking bows, which were popular at the time, but my attempts at silk ribbon bows are a disappointment, lol! Not to mention the fact that I’ll need to make rather a number of them and it would be best if they were as similar to each other as possible. I’m having a little trouble on that front as well! I’ll be looking in my reference books and such to find to best repeatable way to make a nice looking ribbon bow.

I also completed the work on the doll herself! I chose a girl who is a little pale, which is accurate to her I think. This picture makes her look quite a bit pinker and darker than she really is…

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I referred to the paintings of the actual Marquise for guidance in my painting.

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The book cover makes her eyes look brown, but on closer inspection I believe ¬†they’re blue-grey. Also, this is a terrific book if you’re interested in this amazing lady’s life!

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I’ve painted her features and blushed and detailed her body too.

I then worked on her hair. She is pre Rococo craziness, so there’ll be no ships at sea on her head or anything, lol! That’ll be next time. Maybe I’ll do Marie Antoinette :)

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It’s a little hardcap wig. I did add a few beads. She is a Marquise after all and anyway I couldn’t help myself!

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Ooh wait! I almost forgot! I’ve given her some jewelry. A pair of matching bracelets (common at the time) of silver rolo chain and a silver, double strand very fine double ring link chain choker with a larger central silver wire ball bead.

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So, really all that’s left (apart from an appropriate diorama), is the overdress, and her shoes! And maybe a chatelaine like this one…

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So that all of her important bits are at hand whenever :)

Until next time, thanks for reading and have a great day!

~awsumgal

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A Lady at Court WIP4

The tiny sleeves are embellished! They look like I hope they would. I just carefully blanket stitched all the edges and then added a few beads. Looks pretty I think.

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I then attached the scallops to the main sleeve part and hand inset the sleeve into the over dress portion of this Robe a la Francaise. It’s actually starting to look like a dress now :)

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With the sleeves sorted, I moved on to the under bodice, the thing that hold the stomacher. I’m using a combination of tissue silk and my dyed blue main silk. The stomacher part itself should be well decorated which I was only too happy to do!

First though I had to create the base to place all that fun ornament! Here’e the stomacher with no backing and no ornamentation…

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And here it is after I played with it for a while :)

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Tiny glass seed beads and dyed to match silk ribbon bows :)

I added a little of that dyed to match silk ribbon to the back neck of the overdress and decided it was time to try on my model.

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Of course the underbodice and stomacher will give her much more coverage, lol! Phew! I need to take a little break!

Thanks so much for taking the time to read! Have a great day :)

 

~awsumgal

 

 

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Resolution? Finish Pompadour! A Lady at Court WIP 3

Looking back over this project, I simply can’t believe I started it last April! Shameful that it’s taken this long!!

My blank dolly is unimpressed and stares blankly at me from atop my sewing machine….. barely perceptible sighs can be heard occasionally.

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Despite the silent brooding of the little lad, progress has been made in the last couple of days. It had been so very long that I had to back to the beginning (mentally anyway) to figure out where I was and what should happen next. Thank god for the toile!

Shouldn’t be long now and I’ll be at the major embellishing stage, which is so satisfying :)

Of course, I remember now, teeny tiny pleats! That’s where I was some months ago when I last worked on this.

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As you can see I am referring closely to my toile. Truly helpful, especially when a fair amount of time can elapse between sessions.

It’s really coming together and starting to look like the gown it will eventually be.

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Here’s a close-up of the scalloped lower sleeves.

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I have treated the scalloped edges with a fixative and will hand finish all the scallops. Originally I thought I would use lace or some tiny purchased trim, and I just couldn’t find anything that didn’t just about completely mask the scallop shapes and then really, what would be the point in all of that careful cutting of the scallops in the first place?

So instead, I’ve come up with a look that I like which is what I have been working on today. I think it’s going to look great :) Pictures tomorrow! The dress might even be all put together….

Happy New Year, and thanks for reading!

~awsumgal

 

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