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Materials Needed:
# coordinating kimono colors (use bright calicos to start, silk when you're comfortable)
Japanese doll body (this includes separated big toe, and white porcelain face / shoulders
black viscose hair
accessories as desired
Tools Needed:
small sharp scissors
glue and glue dispenser
needle and matching thread
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Doll Body Construction:
Feet...  Paint white ankle socks on, making sure to have the one "great" toe separate from the rest of the toes.  Sand rest of toes to simulate feet in socks.   After paint is dry (and you might have to give it two coats), take tow small strands of bunka and glue from under foot, through the big toe gap around the sides of foot to underneath again.  Now take flat piece of fimo and shape to simulate bottom of shoe (whether "thongs" or okobo).   Bake in oven at 250 degrees for 10 minutes.  The heat actually "melts the acrylic pain" into a smooth finish.  When cool, paint shoe the desired color.

Assemble doll body (with arms).   We use double pipecleaners for flexibility and elastic wrap for bulk.  Our dolls are in a fixed position doing a specific action.

I didn't add the "correct" under garments to this doll.  My first garment consists of an underrobe which you do see.  I'm all for the theory of making it LOOK like it's there instead of actually make each piece and creating too much bulk.  Cut the underrobe pieces from print material #1.

Bottom...glue end under for finished hem, and glue under one side.  Now forming a tube, glue finished edge over raw edge.  Gather top with needlfe and thread, pull up doll and sew shut around waist.  Next wrap the top around the torso, making sure to keep finished edge to the neck (this will show).  See illustration above by shoes

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Kimono basic
This is created from 3 pieces.  Cut out robe and two sleeves from print #2.   Keeping right sides together, sew up each side of robe (arm opening, keeping right sides together) and then down the back of the sleeve.  Now take the sleeve, and fold under slight hem on bottom and front sides.  Glue this together, leaving slight opening for arms to go through (we added a 2nd, small sleeve from print material #1).   Next pin sleeves up out of the way in the back of head (just for now) and hike up bottom of kimono so resembles a little jacket (kimono's were all made one size, so it's necessary to fold up and under a section all the way around so it's not too long).   See last photo above.  Sew or glue in place.  The obi will go over most of this fold so if you sew, you can sew straight through dolls to keep in place
Take small piece of print material #3, and cut a 20" piece x 1/2.  Turn under top and bottom edges, and wrap around the dolls middle to form a cummerbund effect.  I cheated and cut off and glued down edges in back, and then created a fancy "bow" in the back, (see 1st page of FF8 photos for examples) and glued over raw edges.  One way to create this bow is to take a thin strip of material, sew long edges together, turn right side out, shove a wire down the middle, and then you can shape into whatever you desire.  Lastly you should add a small belt to put over over of obi (use flat bunka)   I left off so you could see detail of my obi better.
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It is extremely important to have a definite hairline for an upsweep otherwise the doll will look fake.  See first page of FF8 for examples of hairlines.  For basic wigging instructions, click on the Projects button.

Accessories charms found at craft store. Velvet Flowers, (see step by step instructions from Priska in the project pages or contact Gwen). Hair pins....stick pins with charms hanging off end.  An excellent source for small charms is in your nail section of favorite discount store (nail polish etc).  Some of the closest looking charms (i.e. looking somewhat like Japanese symbols) are upside down script letters......<G> NO LIE!

Pattern is available (free) by snail mail with a SASE to the address below.

Dana of Miniature Art
5531 Windsor Drive
Sheboygan, WI  53083

(Make sure to include a note stating *which* pattern you are interested in)

Dana of Miniature Art
Sponsored by Dana of Miniature Art
Specializing in Dolls of Romance

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