WIP Friday – Maminka doll

This is not such a great photo — I just couldn’t get a good one today as I left it too late and it’s quite overcast this afternoon — but you get the idea.

So, this is my WIP for today – a doll made from a pattern in this wonderful Japanese craft book.

It’s designed by the very talented Mitsuko from Maminka — which theoretically should look a little like one of these girls, but there is no way the pattern piece for the head will result in a face as round as these… instead it comes out looking a little squished. I am a little disappointed in how she is turning out as my doll making skills are a little rusty (see the puckered neck, the wonky eyes?) and I wasn’t as careful as I could have been with the stitching.

Never mind…

It is nice to make a doll from someone else’s pattern once in a while – I find it so much easier just to follow the directions rather than fiddle with pattern pieces of my own concoction which don’t always quite fit together in the way I imagined. It’s also good in terms of studying how someone else tackles the shape of an arm, the way a head fits on to the body or the proportions of the limbs to the torso etc. Unsurprisingly it isn’t quite as satisfying as visualising, designing and stitching a character all of your own but it’s a good exercise for someone who is feeling a bit out of touch with it all.

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12 Responses

  1. Well I think she’s lovely.: )

  2. kipwich@satx.rr.com says:

    I like your doll better than the pattern photo. She has much more personality! She most defnitely is quite lovely.

  3. I think she’s quite sweet. Her face and hair remind me of raggedy ann.

  4. it is nice to just follow along with someone else’s pattern sometimes. i find that i can learn a lot from that sometimes to add to my own sewing…i think your doll looks so sweet though. and i wouldn’t mind a dress in that fabric either!

    (so glad you signed up for the miniswap, too)

  5. I love it! I tried the same pattern a while ago and wasn’t totally thrilled with the results either…my head turned out much to thin and long. Yours looks great.

  6. i like the wonky eyes-i bet your girls love it-don’t be too hard on yourself.

  7. I love the dress on this doll! It is so pretty. I wish I could sew clothes a little better! I think you did an awesome job. 🙂

  8. Your doll is beautiful, and I think the aspects you pointed out make her all the more lovely!

  9. yours is much cuter than the originals!

  10. The doll is darling! I just bought that same fabric on Friday, except mine has a brown background. I love it!

  11. Hello. It is MITSUKO.Thank you for making my HANA.
    HANA is like to my daughter.
    The doll that you made is arranged very lovelily.
    It is very glad.
    May I introduce the doll that you made with my Brog?