When I was searching the internet for photographs of David Bowie, I found a very cool costume and I wondered if I could make the costume. Not long after this I found out that this costume was also the favorite of my client and she liked the idea of making the costume very much.
The trousers were not very difficult, but the shirt was more of a challenge. I made it from multicolored catania fine, in the color blue-purple, -green. With some natural white I made the design of the shirt. I also made some nice booties to go by the costume. By the outfit belongs also a guitar and and eye-patch. These items were made by my client. She send me a very cool picture of the whole dress-up I think that meanwhile all readers have guessed that I wrote about David Bowie and his Rebel-Rebel outfit.
In the Icons book the doll was dressed in a costume made from felt. It was a nice costume but I found it a challenge to knit the costume. On the picture the result. The sleeves are actually arm pieces, so the doll can wear the jacket without them. He looks very cool in it that way.
The trousers and Jacket are knitted with Catania fine, and the ribbons are crocheted on the fabric. It gives a 3 -dimensional effect.
In this phase of making the doll ,I also made the wig. First I knitted from some thick yarn a model. I wanted to make whiskers and a neck piece in it. The second time knitting the model, it turned out to be right. I made the wig in garter stitch with Brazilia SMC. The original pattern had no ears, knitting turned out to be difficult so I crocheted them eventually.
Somebody very dear to me asked me, some time ago, to knit a doll she had seen in a book. It was the David Bowie doll in the Knitted Toons Book of Carol Meldrum. Because I like knitting and because I like a challenge I made a doll for her. The doll itself was easy to knit and very simple, I made first a test doll of cotton I had in my stash, that turned out to be a nice doll, but she had not the right color skin and hair so I ordered some yarn. After arriving the doll was fast knitted. But he turned out to be a bit bulky, I had adjusted the pattern a bit for the Bowie doll, for the test doll was to feminine. In the meanwhile I had studied some Bowie pictures and found a very nice knitted costume. I liked it so much that I knitted it right away. It is of course not the same but it gives an impression of the costume. In the picture the first glimpse of the doll in the costume I knitted. The doll is not yet finished as you can see.
Here is a picture of the two dolls. After the last post I have improved the woolen doll by stuffing it more tightly. It is still a bit shorter, but not so much as it was. On the photograph you can see the differences between the two dolls. The woolen is more hairy and feels warm if you touch it. The cotton one glances a bit. But furthermore there are no striking differences. So It is the preference of the maker which yarn to use. But Now I have a woolen doll, still naked, that has to be modified in a real doll, with hair and clothes. A challenge to make her a nice lady lies before me.
Yesterday I spoke of my testing doll. She is finished now and transferred into a lovely lady doll indeed.
I named her Zoë B. Because of the white frock Zoë Barnes wears. in House of cards She wears also white ballerina shoes and a silver scarf. All items are knitted. Also the funky hair of Zoë, It is knitted with so-called hairy or fluffy yarn on needles 4 mm. The dress is made of white luxury cotton with a thread of shiny material in it.
Knitting a doll is not very difficult and a small doll like Zoë B, is made in a few days. I like the way she came to life. I now can start with the ordered doll, with will be more of a challenge.