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Betty Is Making Headway

An interesting head for an interesting doll

Betty Is Making Headway

Betty’s HEAD is without a doubt the most interesting part of the vintage doll pattern I have been working on. The head is made of a butterfly-shaped “pillow” which constitutes the face, and a completely separate “head back” which is sewn on separately by hand. That way, the face is flat and can lie on Betty’s shoulders, and the back of the head will be round.

Here you can see the face, with the back of the head pinned on. Half of her neck is dangling!  Don’t pay “no never mind” to her unfinished face, though. I purposely mirrored the template and traced it onto the wrong side of the fabric with a felt marker before sewing.  This creates an outline that will guide me to paint her face later.


BACK VIEW (before hand sewing and stuffing)


When the back of the head is all sewn and stuffed, a dowel goes into the body neck. (The body does have a normal neck with a front and a back.) Then the whole big head rests on that, and the back part of the neck is sewn in place at the seam.

This pattern is like nothing I have ever seen before and I am learning new techniques from it. My mind is already giving me ideas of ways I can use this technique!

This post was originally published in 2009.  It has been spruced up a little, and the original photos remain intact.  If you would like to make a Betty Boop doll of your own, grab a pattern from the shop!  Thanks for reading.  Boop Boop Be-Doop!

Thread bearer, clay musher, paint brusher, seam ripper. Turning whimsy into reality, one doll at a time.


  • January 2, 2010

    She's looking good! I just may have to make up this pattern myself. Some day?

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