Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Pattern Review - Superhero Doll by Dolls & Daydreams

Faster than a speeding bullet.
More powerful than a locomotive.
Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.
Look!
Up in the sky!
It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's.....
SUPER BROTHERS!!!!!!!!!
Oh my goodness were these little fellas fun to make!!!

These adorable and power-punching plush friends were made using the Superhero PDF Sewing Pattern from Dolls & Daydreams.
This was my first time using a Dolls & Daydreams pattern though I have drooled over all her cuddly creativeness for some time now. Did you know she first got started with designing doll patterns for a charity project? Yes, and she still keeps a running list of current Doll Drives you can participate in on her blog here. I love that!!!
Her collection of PDFs includes a variety of soft friends, but as soon as I saw this one I knew it was a must have! 
 And since I have 2 little boys, then that meant 2 Superheros.

This pattern doesn't leave anything out! The instructions are thorough and provide links to here blog with even greater details for specific features. The pattern also includes step-by-step photos for the entire process, making it simple for anyone with basic sewing skills to create their own unique version. The attention to detail makes these guys so special! They have their own glasses, mask, cape and superhero belt. The glasses and mask can also be worn by your child.....my boys immediately had to try both! :) Then they ran off with their new friends!
 There is also close detail to the doll himself. His jeans have a neat waistband and faux fly and his hair the perfect part. 
The face can be embroidered or painted. I hand embroidered the faces on these guys using the stem stitch. This was my first time using this stitch, but it was super easy and one I will most definitely use again! The designer provides details on her blog about varying stitches and links to videos at Mary Corbet's Needle & Thread. This site is a goldmine of stitching information! You'll want to bookmark it!

And I had the PERFECT fabric for their capes!!!
 I think I'll have to make the boys something matching from this fabric next. So fun!
My only variation was rather than gluing the layers for the glasses and masks, I stitched them. Not perfectly, but I still like the effect.

 SUMMARY:
Sewing Experience Level: Beginner with basic plushie sewing experience
Special Techniques: Hand-embroidery for facial features
Pattern Format: PDF
Materials Used: Cotton prints, stretch denim and wool blend felt. Embroidery floss for face. Small amount of elastic for back of glasses and mask, small amount of bias tape for cape collar and belt. Stuffing material.
Personal Notes: LOVE this doll! And so do my boys!

Proof that sewing for boys can be lots of fun too!
Kristy

11 comments:

Pam said...

So cute, Kristy!!!

Leigh said...

I have been eyeing her patterns, so this review was great for me, thanks! And well done, the super brothers look fabulous!

Melissa said...

Those are so Adorable!!! Looks like they will be well loved too :)

Sarah @ Fabric Seeds said...

so stinkin' cute! you always find the cutest things!

noreen claire said...

Adorable! I must make 3 immediately!

One question - where did you get the superhero fabric???

Kristy said...

@noreen claire, the superhero fabric is a Timeless Treasure print PATT# KYLA-C8159 It's been a while since I purchased it, but I think it might have been an etsy shop. Hope that helps! :)

Sarah@Dolls And Daydreams said...

Thanks so much!! So pleased you loved them! Off to pin you, hugs and happy sewing to you and your adorable boys xxx Sarah xxxxx

Stephanie said...

Adorable!

Danny Heyen said...

This pattern is so cool! I really love the doll patterns I've been seeing online.

Pam said...

Hi Kristy, I've featured your Superhero Brothers today...
http://threadingmyway.blogspot.com/2012/06/threading-your-way-features_23.html

Jessica said...

Ooooh! I love these! ...and I love Threading Your Way for bringing me to your blog so I could find them. My little guy is gonna love it when he gets one of these for his b-day...or Christmas...I haven't decided which one yet :-) Thank you so much for sharing about them!

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