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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • CHAPTER 1 The Basic Body: Constructing the Model Doll
  • CHAPTER 2 1940's Haute Couture: Fashioning a Stylish Suit
  • CHAPTER 3 1960's Collage: Layering Appliqués, Fiber, and Transfers
  • CHAPTER 4 Draping for a Formal Affair: Working with Beads, Lace, Satin, and Silk
  • CHAPTER 5 Fairy Gathering: Styling a Whimsical Ensemble
  • PATTERNS
  • APPENDIX: BEAD EMBROIDERY STITCHES
  • RESOURCES
  • CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS
  • ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Title: Creative Cloth Doll Couture: New Approaches to Making Beautiful Clothing and Accessories
Author: Patti Medaris Culea
Publication Date: TPB:2006
Publisher: Quarry Books, Gloucester, MASS
Page Count: 128
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: 1-59253-217-9

PATTERN RATING:Star Rating Patterns are full size, well marked, and have great detail.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating Instructions are broken down into numbered steps, have good illustration and photos. I don't think you can get better than that, but I still wouldn't start a rank beginner out with this book. Working with small doll clothes and accessories can be very frustrating if you don't have some experience already with sewing.

BONUS MECHANICS RATING:Star Rating There are a huge variety of techniques showcased in this book, although instructions are a bit skimpy on how to reproduce them. Don't let that phaze you. There is also a nice section on how to make fairy wings and on draping technique for designing clothes patterns to fit your particular doll that are well worth reading.

SUMMARY- This is as much a showcase for artists doing Culea-style art dolls as it is a how-to book, and there are some really exciting examples of a lot of different techniques because of it. You can't mistake Ms. Culea's designs for anyone else's, and her designs are both beautiful and fun.