My latest craft project for the past couple weeks has been experimenting with designing and creating doll clothes. I am fascinated with handcrafted miniatures—scale models, stop-motion animation, and, of course, dolls—and I have always wanted to try creating my own.
Recently I have been teaching myself to make my own clothing patterns, and I used what I learned from that to draft miniature patterns for a Barbie doll.
Here are some of the first dresses I put together from the basic pattern shown above.
I also tried my hand at some miniature hand knits. I used crochet thread and size 0 knitting needles. I charted out some patterns for various Christmas sweaters with these results:
I designed and knitted up these sweater vests as well.
(Side note: If you think this is crazy, check out the video at the end of this blog entry featuring the crafter who created the knits used in the film Coraline.)
Overall, I've been happy with the results of my latest craft obsession. My patterns have been working pretty well. It's not too expensive; I can just use up fabric, yarn, and ribbon scraps I already have lying around. Also, I can finish up a project in a relatively small amount of time, which is good for my short attention span. Though it is a challenge to work at a small scale, I've found that it's a good way to combine some of my many interests—fashion, design, sewing, knitting, etc—into one fun project.