Hitty dolls are cute--everybody has a favorite and this is not mine, but she's cute and I wanted to try one this small. She's 6.5" tall, and the request was to make this one resemble Hitty AND a prior doll I'd made and sold through my shop. Not sure if I managed to do so, but she's finished and I'll list her today.
My husband just finished a custom order for a purse, which is the only kind of work he likes...he says if he's going to put in the man hours (human hours?) and expense to make a leather item, he likes to know it's for somebody who wants it rather than making stock he can only hope to sell. Of course, he has to work this in around a day job, so I can see his point. The purse was not only custom in its Hummingbird design but in the dimensions, so he had to create a brand new pattern to cut the leather out. We like collaborating on projects like this...I draw up the design and he does all the rest. :~) I think it turned out pretty well...
When Juliet sold after six months or so of being listed on Etsy, all of a sudden I had three more people saying "Hey--I wanted this doll! If the (layaway) sale falls through, let me know!" Okay...cool.
So I promised to get back to them after the recent doll show, and let them know when I make any more Queen Anne-ish type dolls like her. I like that idea, of making more of a certain type of doll because of requests, but I don't think I'll do any more specific custom requests.
So: Do you make custom dolls?
If so, why?
If not, why not?
How about a requested type of doll
rather than a specific customization?