Long time I had an idea of the new doll. I planned to make it like a medieval lady about 13-14 centuries. I spend some time for researching history of the woman's costume this time and for searching all stuff I needed for doll making. In the process of finding necessary fabrics I discovered some pretty fabric stores in NYC and was very happy when I found suitable piece of beautiful velvet and ribbons. For these purposes the "M&J trimming" store is excellent although it is not cheap. Then I thought about silk I needed and decided to order it on amazon.
What about doll implementation technique I choose a papier-mâché and wire armature for hands and legs. Oven baking clay is very nice for doll making but papier-mâché is very old and trusted technique. Parts that were made from Papier-mâché are strong enough, good looking and good combine with air dry clay.
Started to make doll from the scheme as usually. Hands, legs and body on the wire armature:
As I remember from my historical searching ladies wore dresses by bliaut or bliaud model: long skirt, slinky bodice and long sleeves.
So I decided to make dress that is very close to the historical original. It is not a historical reconstruction, but you can find some likeness :).
For the dress decoration I choose golden threads and pearl-like beads. Floral ornament.
So, my work will be finished very soon. Now I need to make a belt for dress, but this is a little bit later ;)