Friday, December 20, 2019


Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Here's an old doll I made from the early 2000's. It's "Mary Christmas!"

She's the Hostess with the Most-ess for the Holidays!

I got the idea for this doll from a drag queen I saw when I lived in New York. (That queen was a hoot! -- So funny.)

This was one of the first cloth dolls I made. I think the design of the doll is good, but the technique is a bit amateur. I was still learning how to needle-sculpt. I was also learning how to color cloth. Because my previous doll making experience was sculpting with clay, I painted the cloth like I did  clay -- with acrylic paint. So, I painted the entire cloth doll with acrylics. (Not a bad technique, but I think letting the cloth show though is a better way.)

I styled her hair like the top of a Christmas tree, complete with a star on top --which I got by doing the bee-hive hair-do like "Patsy Stone" from the British sit-com "Ab-Fab" (that show was very popular at the time).

I used red & green printed cotton for her bodice, and completely embroidered it with sequins, beads, and rhinestones. Her tiered skirt is also reminiscent of a Christmas tree, made of green netting with swags of beads and dotted with miniature ornaments.

And, to complete her ensemble, she sport red opera gloves and a green feather boa accented with red poinsettia flowers.

-- An "entrance maker" if ever there was one.

Someday, I would like to make her into a pattern.


Mary Ann Tate said...

She is Absolutely Fabulous!!! Loved that show. I like the skirt idea using the netting. Very smart. I used to make Christmas trees from net like that way back when. I do hope you make her into a pattern one day.

Arley said...

Thanks Mary Ann. I would like to make the pattern, it's just finding the time!

Northbrook Designs said...

Arley, did you ever know of Chris March?? He was a Project Runway veteran, who passed away a few months ago. He was young by my standards. But he was into the drag scene but also made the most wonderful clothes and didn't shy away from his stylings. I loved watching him, what a laugh he had. It enveloped the whole room

Arley said...

Yes, I remember him. He was in the same season as Christian Siriano. He had a TV show for a season. I liked him a lot.