So today I decided to finish up the Lonely Lisa doll I started fixing this week. I am cringing a little as I think about the following pictures coming your way. Don’t judge me! She’s still a pretty thing, she’s just far from perfect…..Remember, I rescued her from the landfill…..
So I started out by straightening out her original armature.
I wrapped a little stuffing around her legs before inserting them into her cloth body.
Now the legs go in the body. So far, so good.
Now it’s time to add a little more stuffing and slide the arms into place…..
Okay. The armature should have gone in completely before any stuffing happened. But that’s not what I did. I kept stuffing until there was the sound of ripping fabric.
Lisa is a vintage girl. She’ll be 50 next year. And that fabric is not so strong anymore. So now I get the bright idea that I’ll just do a reverse patch. I’ll have a piece of fabric on the inside, hidden from view, and I’ll stitch through the new fabric as I stitch through the old. The new material will keep the old fabric from tearing more….
Feeling clever now…..But this is where I should have stepped away from the project.
On went the head.
Tightening up the wire.
Nope, this is not going to work. More patch working here. And a little patch on the outside as well, just to keep things really secure. So this is what happened.
So here is how she sits now: