Hi there. I learned about this community through revena
when we were talking on Girl-Wonder.org, and was immediately intrigued.
I actually got into the idea of customized dolls last spring semester, when one of my friends agreed to help me make a customized superhero Barbie as a birthday present. We never did finish her, since we got sidetracked by schoolwork, but now that I'm having my winter break I'm looking to get into dolls again. I'm mostly a DC Comics fan, so I'm likely to be making DC dolls--I've got a 1960s-style Green Lantern and Star Sapphire set I really want to give a go. In addition, I've just finished reading the delightful Howl's Moving Castle
and have been inspired to make Howl and the three Hatter sisters. (Something tells me that even amongst all the girls, Howl will still have the prettiest outfits and hair. That is, if I can pull off something remotely pretty with my very coarse sewing skills.) Finally, I'm also a Classics major, so I might be trying some projects like Helen of Troy, or Livia, the first Empress of Rome.
Anyway, I'm mostly posting to introduce myself and let people know what projects I'm interested in, particularly if they have any tips. I've been wondering lately about both shoes and doll sizes/heights. First of all, shoes. Would you recommend making them? Buying them somewhere in the Barbie section of the toy store, or on the internet? Barbie feet are so incredibly weird that they're not exactly easy to work with.
Next, doll sizes/heights. This is particularly of concern for me for the Howl's Moving Castle project, wherein the three Hatter Sisters (Sophie, Lettie, and Martha) are of all different ages, and therefore probably all different heights. If I remember correctly, Sophie's about sixteen/seventeen, Lettie's about fifteen, and Martha's about thirteen/fourteen. Any good tips about how to make dolls varying heights and figures? I just found out today that Skipper was discontinued in 2003, which was rather disenheartening.
Thanks in advance!