|In retrospect, I should have left this one alone.|
Then my second, which I don't seem to have photographed. Recently I wiped her clean:
And today I tried again:
|I think what's wrong is the eyeholes. They're just so darn big!|
It didn't come out the way I pictured it in my head. I had thought I might do a better job this time because I got new glasses last week. I figured I could see better, so it stood to reason that I should paint better. Right? Looking at the results, I'd say not.
Thank goodness her outfit came out okay. Maybe it's because it's a mélange of two patterns. The current issue (August 2013) of Dolls/Haute Doll has a pattern for a workout set for 16-inch dolls such as Tonner's fashion dolls or Ellowyne. I thought it would be cute for Tamsin, who has a more petite figure than my other slim mini BJDs. The directions say to cut the workout suit and leggings from "double-stretch" swimwear fabric. I cut the leggings from four-way stretch fabric, which worked fine. The suit fabric stretched in what I thought were two directions (i.e., side to side) in exactly the way shown on the printed pattern piece. So why was the suit too short through the torso? I'm thinking I should have used four-way stretch fabric instead. Next time. (I want to make the workout set for MiniFees, but I will need to enlarge the pattern slightly first.)
|I bought the animal print thinking I'd use it for LittleFees.|
This left me with a useable pair of leggings and leg warmers, but no suit. So I turned to the All Dolled Up MiniFee pattern from Adams-Harris and made the cropped tee shirt in the same fabric as the discarded workout suit. The finished product still looked like it needed something, so I drafted a quick pattern for an asymmetrical skirt, sewed it up in a thin, stretchy fabric in the same shade of blue as the leggings, and ended up with a finished look that I really like.
I wish I liked her faceup better. Her shading came out too dark, and the smudges I placed under her eyes to suggest lower lashes remind me of the black stuff football players smear under their eyes to reduce glare. Eventually I may wipe her clean again and give her faceup another try. For now, the worst of the shading is hidden by her wig. The trouble is I know it's there.
I'll have to take her off the Den of Angels Marketplace. She no longer looks like the doll that is listed there. What I should have done was offer her for sale without a faceup. That way the buyer could either do the faceup herself or else send it off to a faceup artist whose work she likes. I may still do that, but I think I'll give her a rest before I strip the makeup off yet again. One thing is for sure: I won't be offering my services as a faceup artist anytime soon!