I'm trying out a revised version of Dixie Redmond's Izannah Walker doll pattern, the one I got when I took her class last summer. I made the following four dolls from her original pattern, (although one of them had a styrofoam head, so only her body was from the pattern) and learned a lot. Here are those dolls (last two sold on Etsy, first two did not.)
So those are Izzies #1 thru 4. I waited a while to make more...not on purpose (I don't think), and then the bug got me and I had to try again. Of course, initially, I did what I tend to do--which is get all excited and think I'm finished after the first attempt, which is "pretty good". But the sad showing one of my dolls is making on an Ebay auction prompted me to get over myself and really take stock. Nothing throws cold water on an ego like Zero Bids and this being my first time to put anything on Ebay...well, you get the picture.
So I looked at the dolls at that stage, and realized I had done what my art teachers warned about...I drew my version of a tree rather than a real tree.
Ah so, grasshopper...now it is time to
And this time...SEE.
My muse, instead of the floaty-fairy kind my writer friends all seem to have, is a stunted, grouchy, Mr. Miyagi sort of fellow. He basically made me understand that the reason my doll isn't selling on Ebay was that she was one of my first two dolls. But Mr. Miyagi...my other two sold for over $200 each! Doesn't that prove I did great? His answer: Tell that to the Watchers on Ebay.
Hard on the ego, but true, none the less. Then he asked me (please don't send for the guys w/ white coats...I promise I'm okay): Do you want an army of these little dolls, unsold, sitting around the house? My answer of course was no, to which he replied "THEN STOP PHONING IT IN." A most un-Miyagi construct, isn't it? But I knew exactly what he meant.
So I spent another several hours, adding, subtracting...reshaping the already thrice reshaped. (I never get to use the word thrice...isn't it cool?) Then another several hours, from breakfast to lunch yesterday.
The revision I made to Dixie's pattern is in the head shape--a thinner neck, which I will later re-thicken, along with some basic changes in the shape of the head/face pieces. The Revised Revision of the sewing pattern will need still more changes, but I have these four to a place that satisfies me.
They're not "there" yet. But I'm closer.
I didn't phone it in: I really looked this time.
So Mr. Miyagi...back off a while.
Besides, an army of little Almost Izzies sitting around might be kinda fun.