Progress has been made on my Jane Eyre doll project :o) This makes me very happy and I want to share some of the process here….
First off, Jane’s dress. Again this is modeled after the one worn by Zelah in the BBC TV version of the book. Here it is to refresh your memory :o)
And here’s my smaller version :o)
At this point the skirt and the bodice are not attached together. I had to decide on the right closures for this gown because the full sized gown has front closure for the bodice, but not for the skirt. I didn’t want to have a center front seam on the skirt and I didn’t want to disturb the lines on the back of the bodice…. so here’s what I came up with :o)
The skirt will cross over at the waist and snap closed and the bodice stays closed with hooks and thread loops. Decorative matte black bead buttons and a separate self belt complete and finish the look. She’ll have her brooch too when I’m finished :o)
Here’s a close up of the bodice……
With her dress all but done (I still have to hem her sleeves) I started on her hair style. I decided to do hair first and then her face up. When her hair is the way I want it, I’ll wrap her hair for protection while I paint her face. Again I will be emulating Zelah Clarke’s Jane Eyre look. The Melanie doll I’m using has the right colour hair, but of course it needs to be restyled into the bun, side sweeps and little braids.
I don’t often use character dolls, so the hair that I usually restyle is somewhat basic. This Melanie doll has a pretty sort of chignon. When I began to take it out it was interesting to see how it was secured at the factory.
It’s sewn and pinned and bound. I carefully removed the pins and the threads…..
And hey look, it’s a braid! Who knew? lol
When I took the braid out I was surprised to discover that the hair on the back of the dolls hair had already been removed!
Having styled dolls hair I have found that sometimes you have to remove some hair for the style to work. I guess they run into that at the factory too. I don’t know why I was surprised :o/ makes perfect sense if you think about it, lol! Even after the factory hair cut she still has quite a lot of hair!
Here is her hair from the front so far. The side sweeps are in place :o) The braids are done, they just need to secured in the back under the bun.
More to do, it’s still messy and Jane Eyre is, well, not. And of course her face up needs doing. That’s next! I’m excited to paint her!!It will have to wait until next time however :o)
Thanks for reading and have a great day!