Saturday, September 12, 2015
It has always been my dream do make a doll dressed as a martial artist. But my sons didn't want a doll, and I didn't know any little girls who practice martial arts. And now I got my chance. My son was invited to his friend's birthday, which happened to be in a Taekwondo school. I wanted to give a little gift for his little sister, since he will get a bunch of presents. And this cute little girl also practices Taekwondo. I started trying to remember how I made dolls twenty some years ago. I remembered making the inside of the head first. Using a white fabric, sewing and stuffing. The next step was to cover the face with cotton, to shape the cheeks and making a profile, then covering with a skin color nylon fabric. This part is hand sewn in the back of the head, stretching the material so it doesn't get wrinkly. Using the shape of the head, I estimated the rest of the body. Then cut and sew the nylon fabric, stuffing and attaching. Then I made the uniform in white. I wanted to give a special touch, so I painted my dragon on the back of the shirt. I made shoes in the same fabric as the clothes. And sewed on her feet. After dressing with her pants, I painted details on the shoes. To make the hair I hand sewed yellow yarn on half of her head. Then I did the same thing on the upper half. I did this so I could use some for bangs, and the sides to make a little ponytail. The eyes I cut circles of black EVA and glued to the face. Some blush on the face, and the mouth I painted with a pen fabric paint. I made her a bag using felt. And she is a yellow belt now, but I made her future belts and placed in the bag, so she can change the doll as she progresses. I was calling her Taekwondo doll, but I thought it would be fun to call her TaekwonDoll. Let's hope she likes the doll.