Posts Tagged ‘fabric art’


Floppy Flo has got a new pair of shoes… well stripper boots…

April 9, 2013

Today we are going to give Floppy Flo some shoes, well thigh high boots.  The process really is rather easy.  The heel is already built into the doll fflowfeet1oot as part of the pattern.  I have folded chenille sticks in the heel for strength.  I then used my permanent, waterproof marker and colored in the foot and just above the ankle.  I didn’t do the whole leg as I was going to glue felt over most of the leg,  I then took my fabric glue, which I prefer Beacon’s 3 in 1 that you can get at any good hobby store.  It goes on thick and dries fast.  It also doesn’t expand or cause issues with the fabric.  I then wrapped the felt around the leg and cut the excess at the ankle so I didn’t have a lot of extra fabric to deal with.  Normally if you don’t like to glue then cut you can take the leg pattern of your doll and floboots1use that as a template for your boot top making sure you leave some allowance for the seam lines.  You can use whatever type of material you want for the boots. I have used leather, fake leather, suede, fabric, vinyl, felt, whatever matched the outfit.  Just so it can be glued and then thin enough to stitch through, as you are going to sew the laces down the front of the boot to give it more character.

For the laces you can use a matching thread, thin or thick thread, or a contrasting thread, it is up to you and the look you are wanting to get.  I like using a contrast color that matches the rest of the costume so I can use it as an accent, but that is my thing.  When you make your own doll you can make the boots any color you like, out of any fabric you want, and use any thread type you think will work.  I haven’t tried a metallic thread, as I find they stretch too much for me, but they would make a cofloboots2ol accent on your boots.  You can also just make ankle high shoes.  Instead of gluing anything to the leg just take your pen or paint and color the show up to where you want it to stop.  You could paint a set of pumps, baby dolls, sew toes on the foot aflobootsbacknd make a heeled sandal, it is completely up to you.  If you use a doll pattern that does not have the heel built-in then you could make flats, flat boots, sandals of any type, or make a pair of stripper heels as tall as you would like bflobootfronty using Fimo or some other type of clay and then attaching fabric to the clay heel, but that is for another post or book, as there are so many options I do not have room to even explain them all here.

Next I am either going to do Floppy Flo’s face or hair, not sure which, but I normally paint the face before the hair, as that keeps me from having to worry about getting paint on the hair, plus it gives me a bigger palate to work from, as I normally like to sew the hair down around the face so you don’t have those big blank areas on the head where hair should be, but has moved over and now looks funny.  Hope you are enjoying our journey with Flo and till next time…


Floppy Flo needs some fancy underwear…

April 4, 2013

floppyflowundiesAll good strippers need a nice pair of undies, even though they won’t be staying on very long.  In trying to decide what to use for Flo’s underwear I pulled out a couple of my lace bins and started digging.  I found two very pretty pieces of lace that I had hand dyed bright colors and decided they would make the perfect addition to her costume.  I then took these pieces and hand sewed them in place.  I then had to decide what I was going to do with her floppy parts.  This was a hard decision, as they are long and many of the pieces of fabrics I used just didn’t look right so I finally found a large piece of lace fabric and cut out pieces the size I needed and began making Flo a bra by hand sewing the pieces directly on her breasts.  If she was a real person this would never work, but since she is cloth, and I have no intention of taking the costume off, it was easier to just sew the fabric directly to her body.  What this did prove is floppyflowbutta good bra really does put the “girls” where they belong, as Floppy Flo isn’t as floppy as she was before the new bra. She is still pretty floppy though.  I am liking the way the underwear is looking, but I want to make sure that the rest of her costume enhances what is already there and not overpower it or cover it up.

The fun of working with cloth dolls is you have the option of being able to sew directly to the body or make the clothes removable.  You know that box or bag of little fabric scraps you floppyflo1don’t know what to do with?  Use them in making your costumes for your dolls.  Most sewing projects take rather large pieces of fabric,  but when you are working with a little 14″ doll or smaller you don’t need much fabric.  Also, after certain times of the year such as Halloween your local fabric store puts those fancy fabrics on 80 to 90 percent off and most people have no idea what to do with, well make a fancy doll with them.  You can make dancers, evening gowns, whatever, and you aren’t spending a lot of money either.

This is why I so love working with fabric, if you use coupons, look in the bargain bin, or check out fabrics that are holiday themed and you are now past that holiday, you can get some remarkable deals and have more fabric to play with.  I don’t know how many times I have gone to Joann Fabric the week after Halloween or when they are having 50% off the already discounted bargain bin and bought half a yard of 10 different fabrics and everyone asks what I am going to do with all that different fabric.  I get to tell them I am a doll artist and I just like the fabric and it is going in my bin for the next doll I am working on.  Even if you don’t make dolls, that fabric is great for wall hangings, art quilts, purses, or whatever type of fabric art you are into.  I really love the look of crazy quilts and those are great for using small pieces of weird or fancy fabric, as you can tie it all together with embroidery, trims, or whatever you please.

Next time we are going to see what Floppy Flo gets to wear on her feet.  I am thinking thigh high boots are in order, as what stripper doesn’t look good in a fancy pair of boots?  Till next time…


“Floppy Flo” a middle-aged striper doll…oh and I’m back…

April 2, 2013

I know it has been a while sinceImage I have posted to this blog. is still around and kicking, albeit not very well currently.  Business has been slow, but still doing custom embroidery work and designing fiber art items such as dolls, purses, and other fun things.  I am currently working on a couple of Kindle books and am going to start posting this week the progress of my new doll “Floppy Flo.”  She is my middle-aged stripper who is a little too big in a lot of areas, but still loves to dance.  The inspiration for this doll came from a TV show I was watching that is based in Atlanta, Georgia.  There is a bar called the Clermont Lounge and is known for being the place where old strippers go to still be able to work.  I mean these ladies are really something else.  They have a good time and just let it all hang out, if you get my drift.  Since I am a big girl myself and am overly well endowed, I just had to make a doll that was showing the affects of age and gravity, which is something that isn’t very nice to the “girlsImage.” 

The pattern for the doll is based of the Plus Size Body Basic by Mary Tressler (, but then I made a few adjustments and came up with an add-on gusset for the breast area.  This took a lot of experimenting, as the “girls” just did not look real enough for me so had to keep trying sew-on pieces, pieces that are incorporated into the sewing, and such.  I think I finally found a method that works and you will get to see how she progresses on my blog.  I think you will find her transformation quite interesting and I will be posting again to my blog, so a win-win situation…

I do have to admit though that making a doll that is well endowed is not the easiest thing to do.  You either end up with these weird looking attachments to the chest or something that looks like balloons that are sewed on or some other catastrophe that doesn’t look like a set of “girls” but as a deformity on the poor girl’s chest.  The next issue comes in when you start trying to costume the doll, which I will be showing you how that works in other blog posts.  I just wanted to concentrate today on how the doll came to life and that if there is a vision you have for a doll that you just need to get it on paper and get ready to sew several prototypes, but you will end up with a doll you really like.  If you have a doll pattern that you really like don’t feel bad about taking that pattern and tweaking it to fit what you are wanting to do.  You know, why reinvent the wheel?  Just make sure when you go showing people your doll or submitting it to contests or such that you acknowledge that the base pattern was made by so and so and the modifications were made by you.  Unless you take a pen and piece of paper and completely draw that doll up by yourself, then it isn’t your pattern, so give credit where credit is due.  It is just the right thing to do. 

I hope that watching my blog over the next few weeks will help you get in the mood to start creating your own “Floppy Flo” or whatever craft you are into.  I just love fabric though, as I can paint it, cut it, sew it, glue it, layer it, you name it, and it is a very forgiving medium to use, especially since if you don’t like the way something has sewn together you can just take out the seam ripper and start over again.  Not many other mediums allow for that… Till next time… keep creating!!