Mini Mariane Doll

I received another order for a Mariane Doll mid January and this was for her friend for her birthday. The requirement was for the doll to be half the size of the normal Mariane Doll (which is approx. 32cm/12in) so “[she] …able to pin it on her or on her bag like an accessory”.

I was given a few photos to work with:

So I reduced the pattern for the doll to 2/3 the size (I first reduced it to 50%, but that was too small). I made the hair fully blonde as that was part of the request. I sewed on a ring to the top of the head and attached a red cord to it – she ended up being 25cm/10in tall. I quite like her high-top shoes and the graphic on her t-shirt


Groom Mariane Doll

Through the course of Yvonne’s Hens party, I had heard that Jimmy got a tan rafting during his Bucks getaway. So when I started to make the groom Mariane Doll I chose a different shade skin tone felt for the skin. Unfortunately, once I nearly finished the doll and stood it next to the Bride Mariane Doll, it was too dark. Looking at photos of Yvonne and Jimmy, Jimmy’s skin tone is very close to Yvonne’s, so I had to re-make it (pictures of the original darker skin toned doll below).

After looking in the felt drawer, I had discovered I had run out of the light skin tone felt. So, got the boys in the pram, caught the monorail to the city and bought a few more sheets of light skin tone colour, then back home to start on the new doll. I guess the good thing with having to do something again is that you do it a bit better than the original or discover short cuts on doing things. Once I knew how to do the parts of the doll, it was much quicker to make, until I got to the hair. I had to do that a few times as it didn’t look like Jimmy’s hairstyle. So, after 3am Saturday morning, I finally finished the groom doll. Photos of him below plus with the bride doll.

Bride Mariane Doll

So you saw the Tinkerbell costume I made for Yvonne’s Hens Tea Party and the Handmade Felt Envelope to pin on her veil, well this Saturday, 30th January 2010 is Yvonne and Jimmy’s Wedding Day.           

Yvonne wanted to have Mariane Dolls of her and Jimmy in wedding outfits. The requirements were:           

Yvonne: backless, cream wedding dress and hair up and Jimmy: Black Suit           

I’ve discovered that if I make the head first, then the rest of the body seem to come together a lot quicker. Because of Christmas, Zach’s 1st birthday (30th December), New Year’s, my birthday (3rd January) and the many events since then, I have been so busy. But I always work SO much better close to deadlines – the creative juices flow a lot better.           

So, I have finished the head and the body of the Yvonne doll. I also chose to embroider her eyes closed with lashes as Yvonne’s eyes close up when she smiles. As for her mouth, the 1st picture below had a much grinnier (is that a word?) smile and after looking at some of the pics from her Hens, the corner of her smile point down a little bit, so I un-stitched the smile and re-did it.             

Previous smile

New smile

Now for her body and the dress, of course Yvonne didn’t want to give too much away about her dress as she wants it as a surprise, so I am going to make a creative interpretation of what the dress may look like. I made a swimmer style top and then I’ll add the skirt part of the dress. Here are a few pics so far of the armless doll:            


I made her veil and attached it to the bottom of the bun and cut a small beaded and sequienced lace for her tiara. The skirt I made very simple, with gathering and 3 little pearl beads at the back (to hide the seam). The finishing touches were a rosette bouquet, pearl earrings and a lace garter for her something blue. I know in the past I’ve said I enjoyed making my Mariane Dolls, but I really DO!        

Here are some photos of her – hope you like.        

Bride Mariane Doll

Felt rosette bouquet

Back of the doll - with tiny pearl beading

Laced tiara

With lace garter


Mariane Doll Keychain/Emma’s Hens

Today was another good friend’s Hens party. Emma had a cruise earlier at Sydney Harbour, then a dinner at Gazebo Wine Garden, Elizabeth Bay. She’s a dear friend of mine from where I used to work and of course I had to make her something special.     

We had lost touch for a little bit with her going to a new company and me making my little brood, but she was never far from my thoughts. She is getting married to another friend, Brendan who I also used to work with (he was in the same team as me).     

I wanted something that signified our friendship and also something that can showcase my craft. I thought of making mini-Mariane Dolls in a key chain set (the tutorial from Nuno Life)     

I decided to make a doll of Emma and a doll of me, holding hands signifying our friendship. The photos I referenced from are below – the one of Emma is with a dress she wore to her engagement party and the one of me is of the dress I wore to my birthday party earlier this year (which is also the same outfit I wore to her Hens night)     


Hand stitching smaller dolls (6 inches) takes a bit more time than regular size doll of 12 inches, but the outcome is still very satisfying. Once I made the two dolls, I decided to stitch the hands together and place chains on the heads. I absolutely LOVE the finished product:     


Last night, I had thought of a little poem to go with my gift. After wrapping up the keychain Mariane Dolls, I stuck the poem on the gift:     


 So, I got ready to go to the party and asked hubby to take a photo of me in my outfit and new hairstyle:     


When I got to the Gazebo Wine Garden, I gave Emma her gift, she loved it and showed it off to her family and friends (I’m glad she loves it as I am very proud of the sentiment that went behind making it for her).     

Here are some pictures from the night:     




Kerry, Monika & I



"That's Me!"


I had a beautiful night and it was SO wonderful catching up with Emma.


The most recent Mariane Doll I made was for my husband’s boss’ brother (phew – that was a mouthful) who’s a big fan of KISS. She asked if I could make one of Gene Simmons’ The Demon. After thinking what material to use and how much embellishments to put on it, I came up with the outcome below.

“Oh my god! Those shoes! We were all so impressed. The bro loved it and it now stands within his massive music collection very fittingly.” – D