Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Adventures in Wig-Making

So this evening, I had my first adventure in wig-making (not counting the ridiculously brief attempt at ventilating a wig one hair at a time, which is madness that even I find too tedious to pursue!) and it was not too bad! I really think the only major problem is that I used too much hair. . .

Side & back views:

And when not in a ponytail. . .

Eek! Yes, too much hair for sure! LOL!

Also, I was using hair pilfered from a cheap Halloween costume wig. In the next go around, I'll use a much nicer-quality synthetic hair. But, the important thing is, this is going to work, and I'm going to be able to make a fabulous wig for Fanny. This is awesome because I have had zero motivation to work on anything for Fanny. In fact, I found myself feeling totally blase about her all-together, and wishing I could find a different doll. I made myself analyze what was bothering me about her, and decided it was the wig. It's a lovely quality, but the style is not at all what I wanted. I rarely see French Fashion Dolls with wigs as insanely puffy and curly as hers was. If curled, it seems that they are curled into a specific style, and not just unruly curls all over, if that makes any sense. Or, maybe I only remember those sorts of wigs because I like them better. ;) At any rate, even though this wig wasn't perfect, when I put it on Fanny, I instantly felt better about her. She looks pretty, and more authentic.

Meanwhile, Fanny thinks it's ridiculous that I'm making improved wigs for her, when she is still nude. Apparently, six months of sitting there with nothing on is unacceptable in her eyes. She wonders why I don't at least let her wear the chemise I made her, and come to think of it, I wonder that too!

Monday, October 17, 2011

A New Chair & Doll Madness

I went antiquing over the weekend and scored a cute little chair which I'm pretty sure is not too old, but is about the right size for Fanny. . .

I tried Fanny in it for size, and it's a little bit off, but once she is clothed, I think it will suffice.

Speaking of clothing Fanny. . .

So, I'm having a bit of a flopping problem with Fanny. . .


I apparently didn't stuff her body firmly enough (or perhaps should have stuffed her part way and left her hanging for a while, for everything to settle, before finishing stuffing), combined with constantly trying to make her sit (which she can't do because her thighs are massive and do not budge). I've been so disappointed with her body (and starting to not like her wig too much either) that I haven't felt very inspired to do much of anything with her. What I really need to do is draft my own body pattern from scratch, because I dislike this one, and can not seem to find one that I do like! It's just going to be a crazy amount of work and I never seem to feel inspired to do it. . .

I think I'm beginning to feel a little overwhelmed with the doll madness around here!

Here is the crew that is currently waiting on all sorts of clothing, and two bodies, and four names:


(And, I haven't talked about that 2nd doll in from the left yet. . . I actually got her a while ago, but haven't got around to posting about her. . . I'll give her a post of her own some other time. . .)