It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a lone crafter in possession of a sewing machine, must be in want of a free tutorial. I’m Colleen Babcock, and I’m here as a guest contributor at the Jane Austen Centre’s online magazine to provide you with just that.
I am a cloth art doll and craft designer, as well as a Jane Austen fan, living in London. Originally from Canada, I teach and exhibit in the UK and across North America. With work featured in several books and magazines, I also write guest posts for popular craft blogs while keeping the creativity levels high with free tutorials on my own blog, The Magic Bean.
Paint Jane’s shoes black. Add her eyes and mouth with pens, once paint is dry.
While paint is drying, cut out pattern pieces. You will need one skirt and two arms.
Glue lace trim to bottom edge of skirt.
Wrap skirt piece around Jane’s body and glue in place. Run a bead of glue down the underside of the seam along the back to fix the fabric in place. Hem should end slightly above her shoes.
Wrap narrow ribbon around her waist about 1/4″ down from her neckline. Tie ribbon in a bow at the back
Glue arms in place at shoulder height. Glue a feather or feather shaped bit of felt in one hand to represent a pen.
Wrap narrow lace around her neck and shoulders and tie at ribbon-belt height, trim ends creating a fichu or scarf look.
Roll doll hair into a slight ball with a few curls hanging down the back. Glue in place so that there are a few curls in front as well.
Tie small piece of ribbon around her hair to act as a bandeau or headband.
Thread your needle with gold thread. Sew a loop on the top back of Jane’s gown and knot, so that she can now hang as a Christmas ornament.
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Available kits include: Lizzie and Darcy, Emma and Mr. Knightley, Anne and Captain Wentworth and Marianne and Colonel Brandon. Each kit contains the instructions and materials needed to create one male and one female doll as well as the Jane Austen variation found here and instructions for an alternate male costume (either officer or gentleman, depending on the kit purchased.)