The doll going to Australia has been a challenge to see how much machine work I can eliminate and also how to use pre-work most effectively. So here is what the "Down Under" doll makers need to get done before August. Start with 26" of 14 gage galvinized steel wire purchased at a hardware store and a needle nose plier. Bend the wire in half and pinch the fold. Twist down about 6 1/2". The remaining wire forms the legs and feet. Each foot is 1 3/4". Bend the wire to form a heal and instep. Form the arms using 7" of wire with a small loop in the center, pinch a hand at the ends of the wire. Slip the arms down the body 2 3/4".
Wrap the masking tape with craft batting and stitch the batting in place.
Use a 1" X 3 1/2" piece of batting to wrap the end of the foot. The head is stitched by machine and inserted into the neck. Stitch the neck in place. You can see that this is not all there is to the doll. She will be dressed using tee shirt knits starting with the socks. The shoes fit over that. The bloomers are formed by stitching a crotch into a tube, slipping that over the show and gathering them at the knee and the waist. Knit is very forgiving.
And that is a good thing, love.
After the clothes are in place I made the hair from a row of black beads topped with red ones. Do you love it?