As mentioned in the previous post, I tried my hand at making a Bunka-style doll.
To make the doll, I referred to the photos in this tutorial by Naramachi Beniya as a guide: http://www.naramachi-beniya.com/bunka-tukurikata.html
However, since it was in Japanese and did not provide pattern pieces, I drew up my own pattern pieces and put it together using my interpretation of the photos. I understand that traditional Japanese Bunka dolls are made in specific way, which is why I am referring to my doll as Bunka-style and not truly a Bunka doll.
I thought I would share how I put my Bunka-style doll together if you are interested in making one.
You can download the pattern pieces and instructions (in a zip file) from here: Bunka-style Doll Pattern & Instructions by One Red Robin (size: 4.8MB)
Although I’m really happy with the way the doll has turned out, there are a few things I would change with the next doll:
- Use muslin instead of calico
- Try a 2-piece pattern for the Head and see if this will produce less wrinkles and a smoother shape overall
- Use a slightly heavier fabric for the Bonnet (the Bonnet on this doll is quite floppy)
- Use a one-piece gathered panel for the bottom part of the dress for more volume
- Try colour-fast fabric markers for the face
- Maybe add some shoes :-)
If you make one, please do let me know as I’d love to see it!
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