August 12 was a special day for me. That morning I made a doll from fabric scraps I had lying around. I named her Karboojeh The Doll. She is stylish, cute, and above all a realization of an old dream – i.e to be able to make my own fabric doll one day.
I didn’t use a template to make Karboojeh The Doll. I free-handed her figure using a small tailor’s soap, drawing lines on the wrong side of the fabric. As I started stitching her front-side to her back, I made necessary adjustments to the not-so-accurate arm and leg lengths. So… whatever didn’t go right in the freehand phase was corrected in the stitching phase. Of course, I stitched wrong sides together then flipped the fabric over to attach the head, but let’s not go there, I totally improvised on that front!
I used acrylic paint for her face, threads of silk for her hair, and a traditional Syrian fabric called “Sayeh” for her body. Her facial ‘skin’ is made of faux linen ~ or so the salesman at the fabric shop said. Stuffing is re-used from the insides of an old duvet ~ so a bit of recycling went in there.
Wondering about her stylish outfit? Here is what Karboojeh The Doll is wearing:
Dress: Old Moroccan sleeve. Bought mother shirt from a local Casablanca traditional clothes boutique many years ago. Sleeveless shirt is now used as vest by me. Linen.
Belt: Formerly known as my brown Egyptian bag’s strap. Bag is now somewhere in the world; I gave it away. Leather.
Bag: Crochet basket made by me. Twine.
Dress: Old Kookai sheer shirt.
Belt: Fabric scrap I found lying around. Tied from the back.