Millicent, car trouble and split personality.

When you are a doll, life can be hard sometimes. Like having to push your racer because it keeps running out of gas. Or is it the carburator?

Millicent, signaling a turn. By Fig and Me. 

"You have to pay attention to the road. Oh look! a turtle dove! crash. "

"No, no, seriously. You have to pay attention to the road. Like for example, when you want to make a turn, you stick your wee arm like this, see? and then you make the turn. It's real hard when its the other way because then you have to do it with the other arm and I don't like driving with the other arm. It makes me tired. So I always try to turn to the right, if I can help it."

Millicent, a poseable art doll, all sculpted in wool with inner armature, and interchangeable wigs. By Fig and me. 

Millicent, a poseable art doll by Fig and Me. 

"See how hard it is? to drive with the other hand? You get tired."

"Also, one of the rules of the road is always wear fashionable accessories. Dang it! I forgot my goggles! Goggles are very important, they keep the mosquitoes out of your eyes that's why!".

"So for example (Millicent likes to say 'for example'), let me explain, I have my helmet, just in case I get in an accident. I bumped into a chicken once. Nobody got hurt, promise!. I also have my red pompom, it makes me look official, right? And I have my scarf, that I wrap around me mouth so I don't swallow mosquitoes…or bats or something."

"I also have my woollen cape. Fabs over there, has a thing for capes. I don't really think it's necessary but she wanted to make me one so I said yes. Gotta humour the poor woman, she likes sewing so, what else?".

 

Millicent, taking her car out for a spin. By Fig and Me. 

"See? And also, one other rule is you got to say goodbye. Try to keep at least one hand on the wheel. Ooops. I forgot!".

"The worst is where you run out of gas. Oh lord, I run out of gas all the time. If you get really tired there is just no other way to get home than to push your car. Gotta be done sweetheart, this baby ain't gonna' take himself home."

Gotta push this baby home. Oops…I forgot my shoes again! via Fig and Me.

"When you don't feel like being an ace of the road, and you feel more like being a pampered princess, then you gotta change. Bibi-di-bum or hocus pocus or cha-ching. A new person is out. I am Millicent, the princess likes to be called Millie. Entiende?".

Millie, a poseable art doll by Fig and Me. 

"Hi, I'm Millie, nice to meet you. I like to kiss frogs and drop golden balls in the river. Or is the other way around? Oh dear, I've forgotten now!".

"Well, it doesn't matter. I also like sunrises, and sunsets. The smell of the ocean when it sprays your face, and the smell of freshly-baked bread. I like to crumple sheets with my bare feet, and to colour my lips with the juice of berries."

"I read books all day, on the wooden doll chair. I fold napkins, always in six, and like two dollops of cream on my pancakes. Do you like pancakes?".

"I like to wear pretty dresses but some times I forget my socks. I wish I had very long hair, like Rapunzel. Mom says my hair will grow out longer, longer, when I am older. I go to bed and wish for it."

 

Millie, carrying her flowers. BY Fig and Me.

"I still believe in Santa, even though some mean kids say he's not real. He's real if you believe in him, right?. Mother says so. I like making bouquets and pressing flowers. I hope can be friends!".


Well there you have it. Millicent. Oh, how to put in words what she is to me? I really think I can't. I let her do her split personality thing because I just find it so endearing, but it's not really a split personality, it's more like pretend. She embodies pretend and imaginative play like no other doll I've met (much to Poet's chagrin, but she agrees).

She can be rough and tumble and go under her car to fix "the tubes" (bless her!) and then next moment, change into her white dress and dance on the grass all day. I have never seen a doll that loved to play so much as her.

I hope I haven't kept you waiting too long and that you had fun reading about the rules of the road and the many likes of Miss Millie. Who, by the way, is looking for a kind-hearted family that can adopt her and all her goodies, and bring her home.

Millie is an art doll, all sculpted in wool with an inner armature (not made of wire) that allows her to be posed and sustain her poses for fun and play. She is 16,5" tall, has embroidered eyes and blushes easily. Millie comes with two wigs, one made by me, the other one bought. Her brunnette wig is a mohair Kemper doll wig (size 7"/8") and her blonde wig is made with four shades of doll mohair. Both wigs come off, none are sewn to her head. You can buy Millie all sorts of wigs in t his size and have fun changing her personality. Also, due to the scale of Millie, she fits in most MSD sized clothing for BJDs.

Millie comes to you with loads of goodies, to hopefully entice you to play the day away:

Racing Outfit

  • Gray cotton pointelle shirt, with cashmere elbow patches.
  • Raw linen overalls, with patch pockets, wooden buttons and snaps.
  • Underwear.
  • Cashmere blue socks.
  • Car racing, red pompom accessory.
  • Brown velvet and alpaca helmet with wooden button.
  • Blue cotton long scarf
  • Leather goggles.
  • Wool plaid cape, lined with linen and cashmere ribbing.

Fancy Outfit

  • White linen dress, with peau de soie on bodice and lined with organic cotton. Two crystals on centre front, and cotton lace on short sleeves. The skirt has a double layer of fancy soft tulle. 
  • Petticoat made of organic cotton, with fitted waist and wooden button, and handmade crochet scallop lace on hem.
  • (Both dress and petticoat are shorter at front and longer at back).
  • Repurposed wool capelet, lined with cotton jersey, shabby chic metal button and knitted inner secret pocket.
  • Vintage handmade cotton lace head band.
  • Wool flats.

Wooden Car

Millicent comes with her very own wooden racer, made of beautiful hard woods such as walnut, maple burl, maple, etc. This item was lovingly handmade by my husband. The car fits Millicent and other dolls of similar size.

Doll, clothing and car recommended for older children (8+) or adult collectors.


Now Millicent is the work of love of many hours, all enjoyable to me. I have seen the growth and slow evolution of my Mannikin style and I adore the little ladies they've become. I am very proud and happy with the way Millicent came to be and hope she can find a home where she is played with and enjoyed, the very reason I made her.

The price of Millicent is something I have wondered far too much. I went a bit overboard with her clothing, but truth be told, I was having way too much fun. I can't be helped sometimes. The hours alone that Derek, my husband, put into the construction of her wooden car, are staggering. So we would like to offer Millicent for purchase the following way:

We would like to receive a total of $1800 USD for the doll, her clothing and wooden car (plus postage, around $75 USD to the US and Canada). We realize this is a very high price, so we are offering Millie as a "Make me an Offer" with the following considerations.

If you can't afford to pay that price, offer what you can, all serious offers please. It doesn't matter it's not what we would like to get, it matters to us that you offer what you can pay. If, on the other hand, you would like to offer more, then by all means go ahead. But please only offer what you feel comfortable spending on this set. 

To my previous customers, people I know and trust, I offer a short payment plan if that is your wish. Whatever your offer is, we can divide it into two payments. First half tomorrow, when the doll is sold to you, and then the balance within a month. 

It goes to say that Millicent will go to the person who places the higher offer, even if that is below the retail we are requesting. We really want her to find a home and we don't want to hinder her chances due to my overexcited sewing heart. 

So now, the details. If you are wishing to place an offer on Millicent, please enter your details. If you need a payment plan, please write your options at the end of the note to the little rascal, so that we can chat about it when the time is right. I am going to bed wishing for Millie to find her true home. 

She will receive offers until tomorrow Sunday July 17th at 7 PM MST (9 PM EST).

- - - Millicent and her fast car have found a home. Thank you kindly to everybody that volunteered to welcome her in your family. I can't promise I will make another Mannikin real soon, but I sure hope it doesn't take me a year and a half like last time. Lots of hugs from sunny Mexico!.

Millicent having some car trouble. By Fig and me. 

I sure hope she doesn't encounter car trouble much more, and that she spends a happy life, racing and kissing frogs. Thank you for coming to read about her, and if you are being brave and volunteering to bring her home, please know that we are grateful for your kindness beyond compare.

I will see you all tomorrow. I leave you with this sweetness. Good night!. 

Millie, a poseable art doll by Fig and Me. 

Little Fig Doll Pattern, make it your own.

So pleased to be able to share this with you all. As part of my doll making journey, I am now on the slow climb to publish as many of my patterns as I possibly can, and here is the next instalment in the family: the Little Fig doll pattern.

The Little Fig Doll Pattern allows you to create a 14" tall doll, made with cotton fabric and stuffed with wool. A soft mohair wig adds so much charm and playfulness to the doll. (via Fig and me)

The Little Fig Doll Pattern allows you to create a 14" tall doll, made with cotton fabric and stuffed with wool. A soft mohair wig adds so much charm and playfulness to the doll. (via Fig and me)

A long time ago a group of friends decided to embark on a challenge and create a doll out of our comfort zones. We were all creating dolls around 16" to 18" tall back then, so we decided to create a little one, a 12" doll.

I proceeded with fervour to downsize my then pattern, and over the years many modifications have happened to this little doll. In order to share it with ease, I simplified it a bit and offer it to you in what I feel is a perfect size for a small child (and a beginner dollmaker) to create: a 14" tall little doll, with chubby body, 3-year old body proportions and the minimalist face characteristic of waldorf-style dolls.

I did a lot of visualization and envisioning this pattern in the hands of mothers and grandmothers, caretakers, dear aunts, ladies with a strong need to be crafty and wanting to tackle dollmaking next. I also envisioned a male dollmaker or two, zealous of his alone time, crafty by nature.

I also envisioned many an afternoon, while the kids play outside or the older children are already living away, and you: seating down with some wool batting and your little pattern on your lap, sewing away. Little gifts for those you love, a small little doll for your own collection. Someone made by you.

The Little Fig doll pattern is here. Make a little doll with cotton and stuffed with wool, waldorf style. via Fig and me.

I hope it entices your creativity and that you spend lovely hours making this little doll. I have fallen madly in love with her, even though I already make them around that size, something was yearning in me for the simplicity of this kind of doll. 

I am glad I took the time and the challenge to start putting some patterns into paper for you. It requires a special kind of diligence and a bit of inner work: would people like it? what if people get mad at me for not doing needle-felting for the face on this one? is it too simple?…you know the drill. 

One thing is for certain in my heart, no matter who you make this for, it will come from within you. There is just no other way because dollmaking truly requires you to pause, listen to your inner chatter, and get down to business.

The result is always a big part of who you are. It will never be perfect, just as you are never perfect. And it will also be a time capsule, what you did, who you made, at a certain point in your life. 

 

The Little Fig dollmaking pattern creates a small 14" doll. via Fig and me.

A waldorf-style dollmaking pattern by Fig and me. 

My advice to you is "cherish that time". Don't rush it. Don't wish it away. This might be your very first doll, or it might be your only doll, or maybe the 53th doll in your life. But she or he is special.

You will devote hours of your life to create it, and hopefully there won't be many issues, spilled cups of tea, pricked fingers, too many phone calls, unwanted visits.

If I had a magic wand (damn you Olivander!) I would make myself real tiny and spy on you while you make this. I would love to see who you create, what comes out of your hands.

But most of all, I would love to see your eyes and face as this little wool person develops under your gaze. The magic has never stopped for me and I wish to share it with you.

As you can see, the pattern has curved arms and chubby hands; little shapely legs with rounded knees, short feet, a little neck. The face is sculpted with the aid of needle and thread and has a nose and a little chin. All sculpting is done to a bare minimum. Not just to keep the doll simple, but to ease you gently into the dollmaking realm.

There are darts in the torso, but you won't be sculpting a bum or adding ears. Unless you want to and know how to of course. There is a cute belly-button rest assured.

Create your own little 14" doll with the Little Fig doll pattern. via Fig and Me. 

You can find it for sale in my shop and should you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. You can contact me directly or via Etsy as well.

Oh! I am going to be seating on my hands, waiting eagerly for the first little doll to appear in my inbox. Who would she be? Is he going to be adventuresome or shy? Would he be a playmate for a child or another doll at home? Is she going to like to sit in the garden? most of my dolls do. 

I hope you can share bits of your creative process with me by tagging me on IG or Facebook with #LITTLEFIGDOLLPATTERN. That is the only way I can spy on you and be part of what you are doing. Hope you are so kind to share with me.

The Little Fig doll pattern is available for your crafty hands. Create a 14" doll with this sweet design, via fig and me. 

So without much ado, find all the pertinent ingredient requirements on the pattern listing itself.

I am so happy and excited to see how many of these little ones find themselves prancing around this summer, how many of them will be made as Christmas presents or birthday presents, and how many of you fall madly in love with dollmaking. 

From my hands to yours with love, here it is:

 

Thank you for your continued support of my work, and the many encouraging comments as I delve deeper into this dollmaking arena. Very grateful and happy to be here. Hope you like it!!

**I hope to be able to create some doll clothing patterns for this doll to wear real soon. So just hang tight with me while I go about doing that. The little hat she is wearing will be offered as a freebie in the pattern support page (mentioned in the pattern) and I am working on the dress+embroidery+bonnet as we speak. Dolls are such demanding creatures I tell you!.

Posted on July 11, 2017 and filed under dollmaking, creative process, patterns.