I have come to realise something about my work style. When my desk/studio is a mess - I can't work. I need to clean my desk and start fresh frequently when I am working on a project. It's like I can't think straight when my desk is not straight. This doll is really taking me through a process of learning - what I need to do and what I like to do. I had a huge dilemma when it came to how I was going to dress her. I feel like I need a step by step pattern to make a doll. But, the reality is, it is so much easier not thinking or trying to find a suitable pattern. This doll will have her clothing stitched on and so her clothing can be quite fitted. To do this, the easiest way is to get paper towel, wrap it to the body part, I trim in darts or draw the shape (e.g. underarm shape) and then stitch up the paper pattern. Drape it on the doll and make adjustments, it is so much easier than trying to find a pattern part that will fit the body. In the past, I have made dolls with a mind to explain the process, scribble down each step, so that I don't forget it for next time. Well blow that idea!! No wonder I can't make a doll to please myself, I'm thinking about an imaginary doll maker while I'm still thinking it through! That's like an author anticipating what the reader expects the story to be, when it's not even written yet! Amazing - I could not put my finger on why I was so blocked creatively! What a revelation!
So here is the desk a little tidier. You can see the paper pattern for the gathered skirt on the desk under the doll. I think she is a little too lithe, the challenge was to make her features elongated, and it was good to try it, but I think a little more muscle would be nice, but she is very elegant - I think.