Michelle Lord

Michelle Lord

The Gaudy Angel

Friday – Saturday, July 24-25, 2015

See more of Michelle’s work on her website.

$25.00 Kit Fee, All Levels, Project Workshop, Maximum class size of 20 students


Anyone who has basic sewing skills and willingness to learn can do this project. We will start with doll making 101… Start with cutting out pattern, sewing the doll with tips and tricks on how to sew fingers where they are easy to turn plus how to sew a large droopy breast and it still look realistic. Once we are finished with sewing of the body we will then learn how to body sculpt with thread and needle, sew on the extremities and heads, make articulating fingers, and how to stuff correctly. Once the body is finished we will then paint the face using different types of medium including paint, pens, and pencils. When it comes to the hair the student can either by a crocheted yarn wig from me or provide whatever they would like for the hair and then it will be attached. We should be able to cover most of this on the first day.

The second day will be all about costuming, embellishing, and making her wings. I have a simple technique using layers of fabric, fusible backing, and chenille sticks to make posable wings that can be finished within an hour. I will have a box of fabric scraps for the students to choose from for their costuming. I like to use the draping method when costuming my dolls, which is what I will be teaching. How to add volume to the skirts; apply pasties to the breast area, and other fun techniques to get the best effects with the least amount of work. Most students should have their dolls close to being finished by the end of the second day.

Supply List:
  • Sewing machine (Michelle will have 2 with her)
  • Chenille sticks in flesh color – minimum of 6 sticks (full package best).
  • Chenille sticks in colors that coordinate with wing fabric.
  • Fabric: Doll – variety of costume type fabrics, laces, netting, trims, etc. plus I will have some samples they can use.
  • Fabric: Wings – Two fat quarters of coordinating fabrics – more colorful the better – and 1/4 yard of fusible backing.
  • Hemostats
  • Polyfil stuffing
  • Basic sewing notions – straight pins, air soluble fabric marker, nippers, scissors, Long John James darners #5 and #7, hand needle with large eye for embroidery floss, whatever else you like to have when you are sewing.
  • Sewing threads in a variety of colors to match your costume and wing fabric.
  • Embroidery floss, variety of colors.
  • Micro pens 0.05 in black, brown, earth tones (optional but gives you more options).
  • Color pencils (Prismacolor best) – makeup colors, flesh tones, nice variety.
  • White paint pen and black paint pen – Fine point.
  • Acrylic paints: Basic color set.
  • Hair of your choice – or can buy a yarn wig from Michelle for $3.00


  • Complete pattern with full instructions
  • Body Fabric
  • Stuffing stick
  • Matching thread