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2.0 out of 5 stars 1.5 stars, really., November 28, 2011
This review is from: The Complete Book of Dollmaking: A Practical Step-by-Step Guide to More Than 50 Traditional and Contemporary Techniques (Watson-Guptill Crafts) (Paperback)
The only thing that keeps my from making this a 2 instead of a 1 is the instructions for making pressed felt faces in the front section of the book. That and the hair section, small as it is. I did use those to great success.

Most of the time the directions are just, well, vague. If anyone out there understands Lavinia's knee joint, I would like to know how the top part works. I crafted a leg and got the part where you flatten the top of the knee to make the top seam horizontal, as compared to the vertical seam in the back, but then, sew S through P-Q? Are we supposed to dimple it, or somehow round it? Is that to prep the knee joint? It's confusing. Not to mention the thigh pattern. There are no pictures showing the step, or clear written instructions telling you how it's supposed to look.

I had to assemble a few of them before I was able to begin working out the puzzle. I'd almost say the book was badly translated, having read several foreign craft books before. I had some other people look at the book, including a few sewers, quilters, knitters and even a structural engineer, but we weren't able to discover the true technique.

What would make this book much better are a few more pictures, photos or illustrations, of the bodies in progress. The patterns are also somewhat rough, like Lavinia's feet. (I'm really picking on the poor thing, aren't I?) They're rough and unattractive, and I tidied them up a bit. I like her bust, though, and that came out OK. But they're lack-luster and rounded, almost frumpy.

All in all, read it at the library, but it's not needed for a good collection.
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Initial post: Jan 23, 2012 7:17:39 PM PST
But on the top of the directions are pictures of what to do for Step 4, don't you have them or is it sewing terminology you don't understand. If that's the case I think you should have started with an easier doll like the Basic Doll, but perhaps I am misunderstanding you.
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