So about a month ago my internet went down (on a Saturday no less). The internet company said they’d have someone out to fix it on Wednesday. With my primary source of distraction taken away I was forced to look around my home for something to do. Turns out I had an entire shelf full of books just sitting in my living room. I stared it at intently for a little while, finally settling on some toy making book that I’d owned for 2 years and never really looked at.
Pft. Dollmaking. How hard could that be? I could probably do that, why the hell not? So I copied out the pattern and started cutting the fabric pieces. But me being me, I couldn’t just make some random doll, what would the point of that be? No. I had to make a Supernatural doll. I love Supernatural chibi fan art, and the style of the doll’s faces in the book lent itself perfectly to what I had in mind. So I spent all of Saturday working on my doll body. I hand basted in my garage while we celebrated my partner’s birthday, and our guests asked what on earth I was making by hand at 11pm.
Once I had all the little limbs and body parts sewn I needed something to stuff them with. I looked around my garage and found a bag of alpaca fibre I’d bought last year from a friend who has their own alpaca farm. It was perfect. And if you’ve watched the show at least up to mid season 6, then you already know why. Once I started stuffing, Dean started to take shape…
I sewed tiny channels with the casing tape I use for putting boning into to corsets, and I put wires into the channels so I could put them into the legs. After all he just wouldn’t look right without bow legs. I sewed the limbs onto the body and then started on the face. I used the template provided in the book for spacing and style, but I redrew the face myself until I thought it looked right. Then I had to transfer my drawing onto the fabric and embroider it on. I’d never done any real embroidery before so this was probably the most nerve wracking part for me. I chose 3 different shades of green for his eyes and tried to layer them as best I could. (try to ignore my hideous pyjama pants. I mostly worked on him at night while rewatching Supernatural of course.)
Then I started on his hair, but I felt kind of odd about him having no clothes on so I drafted and sewed him a tiny test pair of jeans. I had to rework the pattern after to make them fit properly but they did the trick so that he was only half naked. I crafted his Samulet from polymer clay and then painted it gold with acrylic paint. It was harder to make than I thought because it was so tiny and my fingers were much too large and clumsy to get it to look exactly right.
I continued work on his hair, but also made him a tiny black t-shirt so he could be a bit more comfortable. I redid the pants and used an emery board to make wear marks on the knees. And I gave him a little bracelet.
I have to say the amount of work I’ve put into his hair is bordering on ridiculous. You have no idea the hours I spent embroidering. My carpal tunnel was not happy with me is all you really need to know. Next he needed his green shirt… so I copied a shirt pattern from my apparel design textbook and sized it up to fit him.
It needed sleeves of course so I had to draft those and then hand sew them onto the bodice, and let me tell you set in sleeves in miniature are a pain in the tiny @$$.
Then I spent countless more hours on his hair, and added some detailing to the shirt like pockets and a proper shirt collar (also a pain in the tiny @$$).
He’s not quite done, but I think he’s kind of adorable and I wanted to share him with the world because I’m impatient. Once I finished all of that work I did the math to figure out the proper scale and I graded the pattern up to make Sam, because:
And then I did the math and pattern grading for Crowley because my partner in crime/bff loves Crowley and wanted in on the doll making action. I can’t wait to see him when he’s done!
And now I have the exciting task of figuring out how to cut his hair (anyone know any doll hair dressers?!) and making him a LOT more clothes (and maybe some shoes.. we’ll see). Oh and now my 4 year old wants me to make him the tenth Doctor as well… I think might need to summon some faeries to do all this work for me.
The moral of the story is that if you end up without internet for a few days you just might start some silly doll making project on a whim and it’ll somehow begin to consume your life.