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Which of all the doll outfits I’ve made is your favorite?


Bow and Arrows


Here’s my how-to on making mini bows and arrows 🙂  Not only are they great props for medieval dolls, they also are actually functional!

Supplies:

1 wire coat hanger

Thin elastic string (gold or silver looks cool)

Wooden skewers

Colored paper

Aluminum foil

Glue & scissors

Bow:

Cut from the coat hanger a piece of wire about 6 inches long.  Bend it into an arc shape and curve the ends outward slightly.  Tie the elastic string between the ends of the bow. It should neither stretch nor sag.

Arrows:

Cut the wooden skewers into pieces almost as big as the bow.  Glue 2 little rectangles of paper on opposite sides of each stick near the bottom.  Once dry, cut fringes into them. That resembles the feathers and adds to the look. (For more functionality, you can skip this step–as this is the part you will hold to fire the arrow, the fringe comes off after a few uses.)

Using a knife, whittle the other ends of the sticks into blunt points–not sharp ones.  DO THIS STEP VERY CAREFULLY.

Now cut rectangles out of the foil, apply glue to one side, and fold the glue side over the pointed tips of the arrows.  You’ll have a foil square at that end. When dry, cut the foil into a pointed shape resembling an arrow-tip.

Ready, Aim, Fire:

Due to the small size of this set, you’ll have to use the “pinch draw.”   Grasp the arrow with thumb and forefinger and set it in front of the bowstring.  Pull back the arrow, making sure it is in front of the string.  When you release, the the elastic in the string will propel the arrow forward a good distance.  MAKE SURE YOU ARE NOT FIRING TOWARD ANY PERSON.  For most of your marksmanship practice, you might want to use Q-tips instead of the wooden arrows.

Suggestions:

If you make more bows, you can have an outdoors shooting match with your family. Attach a paper target to a tree and dip the tip of each person’s Q-tip arrow into a different color of paint.

Have fun!

Group photo!


Here, at the end of the summer, are all 17 of my dolls 🙂

Buttercup Blue Dress


Buttercup Blue Dress

Okay, now for a fancy Buttercup dress.  This is the one she wears while sadly walking down the hall at the palace, and again while standing up to Humperdink.

I used a basic pattern but made the dress more fitted using the side seams.  The fabric is a real nice, soft one and the “wings”  are made from a sheer, silky material. There’s a slight train.  Instead of silver beads for decoration, as the original had, I used silver glitter paint.

Buttercup Red Riding Dress


Buttercup Red Riding Dress

And now for the most well-known of all Buttercup’s dresses–the Red Riding Dress.  This dress is based on the houppelande style that was used in the Middle Ages.

With this dress–for the first time–I had no pattern.  So i used pictures and existing patterns.  As the material was a T-shirt donated by my little brother, I had just enough 🙂  The dress was also done entirely by hand.

There are 2 pairs of knife pleats in the bodice front.  The back is laced up.  The skirt is made of 2 rectangular pieces of fabric that are knife pleated to add fulness without bulk. The sleeves are quite long and wide.  They are cartridge pleated, then sewn to the cuffs.

Actually, I was surprised at how FUN it was to sew this dress 🙂  Learning the style, history, different types of pleating…so cool!

 This dress is definitely the most movie-accurate one I’ve done, as well as the first historical one  🙂

Close-up for detail.

Buttercup jumper #2


Buttercup jumper #2

This is the second outift Buttercup wears in the movie “The Princess Bride.”  It’s worn as she says goodbye to Westley.  True, not a very well known one, but I really liked it.  The chemise is 3/4 sleeved and the dark blue jumper looks like a vest because of the apron worn over it.

Buttercup jumper #1


Buttercup jumper

When we first watched “The Princess Bride”, I really enjoyed it.  Only recently did I think of starting to make the costumes.

This is the first dress Buttercup wears in the movie. It consists of the blue pullover shift and light brown jumper, which is fully lined.

The dolls


Most of my doll costumes are patterned after movie costumes.  The movies I mostly use are “The Lord of the Rings” series, “The Princess Bride,” and the “Narnia” series–3 of my faves.

I also like to make back stories for my costumed dolls.  The dolls wearing the LOTR costumes I got from Hobby Lobby–they have nice long, thick hair.  The brunettes are supposed to be Aragorn and Arwen’s daughter; the blondes, Faramir and Eowyn’s daughter.

The black-haired dolls model “Princess Bride” dresses as well as other, non-movie outfits.

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