A month ago I decided to make a craft swap with a talented artist from deviantart. She wanted a super chibi Sora [Kingdom Hearts] and she left me to pick the outfit. I wasted 1 week trying to decided which outfit to make since all of Sora’s costumes are awesome. Then I wasted another week searching for reference pictures —-pictures that I did not use because I changed my mind about the outfit I wanted to make. Not only I changed my mind about the outfit but I changed my mind about the size of the doll too. Making a different costume made me waste another week by searching for reference pictures which I have to say there were not many, so, I used a figure as my model.
Although, she requested a “super chibi” I felt like the super chibi doll looks kind of cute as a super-deformed [simplified] version of the character but the design of Sora’s costumes was too cool not to do a more detailed version. Therefore I made a 14-15 inch doll that allowed me to make a moderate version of the costume.
The clothes are not removable but each piece was made separately. Basically it is a 5 piece outfit: long sleeve shirt, vest, tights, pumpkin pants and shoes.
The hardest part of making this doll was the HAIR!!!! I just told my sister that I will not make another doll with crazy hair like this again. LOL There was a moment when I said to myself: Heck, I’ll make the hair out of felt! But that wouldn’t be me . . . I mean, I have never made hair out of felt, so, I do not feel confident enough to do it right. After endless hours of stylizing the yarn hair it came close to what I feel is “not so bad.” Unfortunately, I’m not so sure if it will endure the long trip to his new home.
I need to thank my sister for helping me straighten the hair of this little dude. I couldn’t have done it without her. Thanks, sis!!
This was the first craft swap that I’m part of and I had a great time working on it.