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.

12 Responses to “WIP Friday – Maminka doll”

  1. kipwich@satx.rr.com

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

  2. mdbalint3@gmail.com

    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)

  3. ljm27@juno.com

    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.

  4. mingyta@aol.com

    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. 🙂

  5. koro@maminka.com

    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?

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