"It don't mean a thing if you ain't got that swing . . . "

His Details

Sporting spectactor shoes, red suspenders, a long chain and the baby bluist zoot suit you ever saw, this hep cat is ready to make the scene at the hottest joint in town.

I'll share this now: dressing male dolls in 1" scale is very difficult to do! Actually, suits in general are never easy. As usual, I had no pattern to work from, but made it up as I went along. I had a lot of pictures to work from, and the web site El Pachuco was a great source of inspiration.

His shoes are painted to look like the classic two toned spectator shoes. His suit is 100% cotton. I had found a perfect black pinstriped fabric, but it wasn't a natural fabric and refused to cooperate with me. I'm still looking, though! His tie is made from fabric from . . . a tie!

Her Details

This 40's doll (you know the slang - guys and dolls!) was an experiment. She is completely handmade by me! My latest venture into polymer clays. I'm fairly happy with the results, although I made a few mistakes along the way. One - it's easier NOT to sculpt the entire doll as one piece. I didn't like her first set of shoes, ended up breaking off her feet and attempting to bake new ones on. Apparently I didn't add on like I should, and her new ankle broke off again! I haven't gotten to repairing it yet. I also had trouble with adding painted color, so in some pictures, she looks really sunburned. Still, it was a lot of fun to research the styles, although what I came up with just kind of . . . happened. And yes, that is real pantyhose on her legs! Her necklace is made out of the holeless beads - tedious to work with, but look good!


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