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"Lady Sings the Blues"
Intermediate to experienced level Cloth Dollmaking Class

Ó 2001 Patti-Ann Stanley

 by Patti-Ann Stanley

This is a curvaceous 23" lady bodied doll, representing a singer in the middle of a song. She features instructions for sculpting an open mouth with added 'teeth'. She is constructed entirely from 'velour', a slightly stretchable fabric, her purchased wig is a size 8 and she holds a microphone made from Sculpey III. These instructions are also included. Although, Lady will balance unaided, for a short period, she is not a free-standing doll and should have a stand to give her stability.

The reason I have not recommended this class for beginners is primarily the difficulty in the open mouth sculpting. However, if they are up to a challenge, I welcome them and will do all in my power to teach them successfully. They will have no undue difficulty with the shapely body. It has been tested by a beginner.

We will have fun in this Class and hopefully pick up some new little 'techniques' that you hadn't thought of before, that will be useful in the future.

Class Outline

Lesson 1- Constructing the Head.

Lesson 2 - Nose sculpting.

Lesson 3 and 4 - Face preparation and Painting.

Lesson 5 - Head Cap, ears and face finishing.

Lesson 6 - The Body.

Lesson 7 - The Legs and Arms.

Lesson 8 - Assembling the Body.

Lesson 9 - Hose, shoes and fingernails.

Lesson 10 - Lace Bra and Tap Panty.

Lesson 11 - Evening Gown.

Lesson 12 - Microphone.

"On-Demand" and "Self-Paced" Class!
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All Registrations are done on the Doll Net Market Site!

Cost: $39.95

The full sized pattern is included online.

Note: There is an optional printed pattern available for an additional fee when you register.

Meet Patti-Ann Stanley!

I am the mother of five grown children, and have 13 Grandchildren and 5 Great grandchildren. I started sewing about the tender age of 6 and learned the finer points of the craft at my mother's knee, on her old Domestic, treadle, sewing machine. I believe that my one foot is bigger then the other today, from all that pedaling.

I almost failed Home Economics in grade school because I refused to "baste", which is something that I do, very frequently, now!!! My plans were to go to college and become as Art teacher. However, after one and a half semester, love got in the way. We will be celebrating 50 years together this January, 2003.

I did not start making dolls until the Cabbage Patch doll craze started, although I was deep into doll clothing and children's dance costuming. During my children's younger years, I must have made a boxcar full of Barbie clothes. I redesigned the Cabbage Patch pattern more to my liking ( a Campbell Kid look alike) and they were cute. But my other cloth dolls were pathetic.

When my children were in their teens, I saved and started taking porcelain classes. By accident I met a fantastic porcelain teacher who instructed me in the painting of antique reproduction dolls. We had an agreement - she taught me the doll making and I dressed her antiques. Later, I dressed all of her students dolls, especially those going into competition. I still make a lot of antique doll clothing and re-dress antique repros.

In 1989, we retired to Florida from Michigan. Moving from a 5 bedroom, three floor home, to a two bedroom mobile meant that the excess dolls had to be "adopted", a very sad task. I was supposed to bring only 30 dolls with me and sell the rest. (of course, another 20 were stashed among clothing and bedding)

A few years ago, I started making dolls by such wonderful doll designers as Judi Ward, Raine Crawford, Kezi, Mimi and Carolee. I called Mimi on the phone and we talked for a while. She suggested that I join FOCD, which I did. Then I became personal friends with Judi Ward, who encouraged me to become involved in the doll making market. After we swapped, she asked me if I would design some patterns for her Whatever! Doll.

I designed four different patterns, that are now on the market. In February 2000, I took Judi's, Beginning Doll Design, class on line and made my very first Original doll. That doll just recently won first place in the Professional category at the Round Rock show in Texas. It is also an available pattern.

Since then, all the cloth dolls you see on my Web pages have been born. I am so grateful to all the wonderful people who have encouraged me and helped me come this far.

Since retiring to Florida, I've also been very active in our Mobile Home Community. I was a member of a performing group called "the Pretenders" that "lip-synced" old songs. We did numbers such as, Judy Garland's Cabaret and New York, New York, (performing in glittery leotard costumes designed by Me, of course)!!

Now with all my dollies, I no longer have to "Be a Star"…

Patti-Ann Stanley

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