Thursday, June 11, 2015


Hi all,
I'm still working on my new, improved "OPERA DOLL". Here are some WIPs:

Here's the body pinned together:

 She will be holding a spear in her hand when she's finished.

And, here she is with shoes and underwear:

 Notice I didn't bother to "clean finish" the top of the underwear -- that's because once her skirts are sewn on, you will not be able to see the top of her underwear. (I strongly believe in not doing any more work than necessary!!)

And, here is the completed outfit:

 The skirt and sleeves are made of a light blue knit (the same fabric as her underwear!). I added some silver lace to the hem of her top-skirt and sleeves. I hand-beaded some silver fringe to the bottom of her top-skirt. Her armour breast-plate is made of a cool stretch silver metallic that had some texture to it. (I fused interfacing to the fabric to give it strength and not stretch.) You can hardly see the silver bead caps I stitched to the center of each breast. Maybe I'll go back and add some beads to them.......
Of course, lots of silver braid is added to everything, And, I added a big drop-earring to the bottom edge of her breast-plate -- just for fun!

Her little wrist cuffs are made of felt and braid.

So, moving on to the head. I had made several prototypes of heads, both for the original doll, and for this. Some, I finished, some I didn't:

Notice the second-from-left -- she looks like she's crying more than singing. That's when I learned to make the open mouth as narrow as possible. The more narrow it is, the more it looks like "singing".

I'm also trying to add a large "double chin" under the mouth. To make the the jaw and chin area larger, I added two small darts at the bottom of the jaw.

I chose the last head on the right.

She still needs her eyelashes.

Here's how she looks with her head on:

Notice you don't see her neck? That's on purpose. I stitched her head directly to her torso. (She has a neck - it's just inside the head.)

I've researched singers and I noticed you don't see their necks when they have a large double-chin. Also, when you open your mouth that large, your neck almost disappears.

She still needs her wig and horned-helmet, her cape, and spear!

Stay tuned........


Northbrook Designs said...

Awesome Arley... Love the row of faces too....;o)

Arley said...

Thanks Romona!

Zia Joey said...

Love her Arley.

robin said...

what fabric do you use for body thanks robin

Arley said...

Hi Robin - I use a knit fabric called Doe Suede/Deer Suede. You can only buy it online at doll supply sites.

Hi Maria - thanks for the comment!

robin said...

is this pattern going to be for sell i need her
she great robin

Arley said...

Hi Robin -- Yes, she will become a pattern. First, I'm teaching her as a class in Oct, then she will be a pattern by the end of the year.

Unknown said...

I just love this doll, can you tell me if the pattern available ? I named our motorhome Brunhilde and I have to confess I have a picture of your doll on on bulkhead of the motorhome. We love Wagner, would love to have the real 3D doll. Anne

Arley said...

Hi Anne. Yes, I do have a pattern for this doll. It's on my Etsy page (www.etsy.com/shop/ArleyDollDesigns) The pattern is called "She Sang, It's over" for $15.