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6-day dollmaking workshop with Mimi Winer. Almost 6 hours of video. Male and female mannequins. Pattern draping to fit clothing.
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Introduction

Mimi's Mannequins and Pattern Draping is almost finished and it is spectacular. It has almost 6 hours of classroom video full of techniques for dollmaking. We began this project almost 5 years ago, and we got interrupted by cancer. Now we’re back on track for Christmas of 2015. 

Mimi’s Mannequins presents quarter-scale male and female mannequins as separate patterns with a single set of instructions for both. The dollmaking workshop is all about techniques and the similarity of the human form. Mimi’s Pattern Draping shows you how to create patterns for clothing that will fit your own dolls. It uses the mannequins as tailor’s dummies for draping the clothing patterns.

We have condensed the 4-day dollmaking workshop and the 2-day pattern draping workshop into almost 6 hours of video. Unlike previous workshop DVD sets, we will not be manufacturing this one by ourselves. We are forced to go to a pre-ordering setup to have the money to pay for the manufacturing. 

In addition to the video, Mimi's Mannequins includes: 

  • A Shopping List e-book that you can copy to your phone or tablet (or print out) to take to the crafts store with you. 
  • The pattern sheets can be printed on your own printer, or you can take them to an office supply store or copy center. 
  • After watching the videos, you can use the included step-by-step, photo-by-photo storyboards on your phone, tablet, or computer to make the dolls and clothing. You can refer back to the video anytime you need it.

Who is it For?

In addition to the videos, the go-at-your-own-pace, step-by-step, picture-by-picture storyboards make Mimi's Mannequins & Pattern Draping suitable for all levels of doll makers from beginner to advanced. You need some hand sewing and machine sewing experience, and it's not really for first time (novice) dollmakers. It is particularly good for those who have trouble fitting clothes on dolls.

Sample Lessons

To see what a short storyboard [7 pages] looks like, you can view the storyboard for the opening video. 

Here is a full sample lesson that can be used all by itself for your own dolls. It runs 23 minutes and 26 seconds.
To see what a full-length storyboard [41 pages] looks like, you can view the storyboard for the Lesson 5 video.

Packaging

This is the sample packaging for the DVD (4 discs) and Blu-ray (1 disc) packages. 


Liner Notes

The liner notes are almost finished and will look like this:

Media

Mimi's Mannequins & Pattern Draping is available in four formats:
  • DVD set: 3 DVDs cover making the Mannequins and the 4th DVD is all about pattern draping to make their clothes. The videos will play on a television set with an attached DVD player.
  • BluRay disk (BD-ROM) contains everything on a single disk. The videos will play on a television set with an attached DVD player.
  • USB Storage Key. A business-card sized USB storage key. Use an adapter cord to fit your device if it does not have a full-size USB connector. You can play the videos on your device, but not on a TV. If you have a ROKU or Chromecast, or similar device on your home WI-FI network, you can also play the videos on your TV.
  • Digital Download. Just like the USB Storage Key, except a 7 GB digital download directly to your device.

Techniques for Dollmaking

Lesson 1: Introduction (37:24)

  • 1.1: Why & How the Mannequins 
  • 1.2: Learning from Video
  • 1.3: Pattern Sheets, Shopping List, Storyboards
  • 1.4: Scale & Proportion
  • 1.5: Balance & Motion
  • 1.6: Manikin vs Femikin
  • 1.7: Sewing Machine Basics
  • 1.8: Machine Stitching Techniques
  • 1.9: Disappearing Marker 
  • 1.10: How to Ladder Stitch

Lesson 2: Dollskin: Layout, Cut, Stitch (31:23) 

  • 2.1: Making Templates  
  • 2.2: Using Arrows 
  • 2.3: Patterns & Templates  
  • 2.4: Using Templates  
  • 2.5: Stitching  
  • 2.6: Trim & Notch Seams  
  • 2.7: Perforate Leg  
  • 2.8: Cut Out Ears  
  • 2.9: Layout Arms  
  • 2.10: Layout Legs  
  • 2.11: Layout Femikin Torso  
  • 2.12: Layout Manikin Torso 
  • 2.13: Layout Head  
  • 2.14: Layout Ears  
  • 2.15: Pin & Cut  
  • 2.16: Mark Reverse Sides  
  • 2.17: Stitching Arms  
  • 2.18: Stitching Legs  
  • 2.19: Trim Leg & Make Foot  
  • 2.20: Assemble Head  
  • 2.21: Stitch Ears 
Lesson 3: Assemble Fem Torso (19:48)  
  • 3.1: Stitch Fem Torso Back
  • 3.2: Stitch Fem Torso Front
  • 3.3: Assemble Fem Torso
 Lesson 4: Assemble Male Torso (18:06)
  • 4.1: Stitch Male Torso Back
  • 4.2: Stitch Male Torso Front
  • 4.3: Assemble Male 
Torso Lesson 5: Making Arms & Hands (23:26) 
  • 5.1: Techniques: Stuffing Materials 
  • 5.2: Techniques: Turning Fingers 
  • 5.3: Techniques: Finger Turning Tool 
  • 5.4: Trim Arm & Hand 
  • 5.5: Turn Fingers 
  • 5.6: Wire Fingers 
  • 5.7: Stuff Hand & Arm 
  • 5.8: Close Arm 
  • 5.9: Techniques: Pose Hands 
 Lesson 6: Making Legs & Feet (33:21) 
  • 6.1: Reinforce Foot Sole 
  • 6.2: Turn Foot 
  • 6.3: Floral Wire Armature (option)
  • 6.4: Steel Wire Armature (option)
  • 6.5: Insert Armature 
  • 6.6: Stuff Foot 
  • 6.7: Needle Model Toes (Optional)
  • 6.8: Finish Foot 
  • 6.9: Stuff Leg 
 Lesson 7: Making the Head (13:19) 
  • 7.1: Trim & Clip Seams 
  • 7.2: Turn Head 
  • 7.3: Stuff Head 
  • 7.4: Close Head 
 Lesson 8: Making Fem Torso (23:45) 
  • 8.1: Stuff Torso 
  • 8.2: Needle Model Breasts (Optional)
  • 8.3: Needle Model Nipples (Optional)
  • 8.4: Close Crotch 
  • 8.5: Shape Crotch 
  • 8.6: Close Neck 
  • 8.7: Side Openings 
Lesson 9: Making Male Torso (29:36) 
  • 9.1: Stuff Torso 
  • 9.2: Close Crotch 
  • 9.3: Shape Crotch 
  • 9.4: Needle Model Chest (Optional)
  • 9.5: Needle Model Navel (Optional)
  • 9.6: Needle Model Nipples (Optional)
  • 9.7: Close Neck 
  • 9.8: Close Side Openings 
  • 9.9: Stabilize Shoulders 
  • 9.10: Spray & Shrink 
Lesson 10: Finish Head & Face (17:34) 
  • 10.1: Face Techniques / General Information 
  • 10.2: Face Techniques / Shading 
  • 10.3: Make & Attach Ears (Optional)
  • 10.4: Face Techniques / Set Eye Placement 
  • 10.5: Locate Features 
  • 10.6: Outline Features 
  • 10.7: Paint Eyes 
  • 10.8: Face Techniques / Add Eye Light 
  • 10.9: Coloring the Face 
  • 10.10: Blend & Seal 
 Lesson 11: Assemble Doll (26:36) 
  • 11.1: Assembly Techniques / Drill Torso 
  • 11.2: Pin 1st Leg 
  • 11.3: Ladder Stitch 1st Leg 
  • 11.4: Attach 2nd Leg 
  • 11.5: Attach Head (Optional)
Lesson12: Hair (16:03) 
  • 12.1: Hair Techniques / Draping a Wig 
  • 12.2: Making Wig 
  • 12.3: Mounting Wig 
Lesson PD: Pattern Draping (30+??) 
  • PD-1: Introduction to Pattern Draping 
  • PD-2: Making Seam Lines 
  • PD-3: Pattern Pieces 
  • PD-4: Using French Curves 
  • PD-5: Making Paper Slopers 
  • PD-6: Fitting Paper Slopers 
  • PD-7: Muslin Half Test 
  • PD-8: Muslin Full Test 
  • PD-9: Making Clothing 
  • PD-10: Notes on Making His Pants 
  • PD-11: Notes on Making His Shirt 
  • PD-12: Notes on Making Her Shirt  

Requirements

DVD set: You must have a DVD drive connected to your phone, tablet, or computer to access the Shopping List, Pattern Sheets, and Storyboards. The videos are in NTSC Standard Definition format for DVDs, and will play on your phone, tablet, computer, or TV.

Blu-Ray disc: You must have a Blu-ray drive connected to your phone, tablet, or computer to access the Shopping List, Pattern Sheets, and Storyboards. The videos are in NTSC Standard Definition format for Blu-ray, and will play on your phone, tablet, computer, or TV.

USB Storage Key: You must have a USB connection to your phone, tablet, or computer to access the Shopping List, Pattern Sheets, Storyboards and Videos. See Digital Format below.

Direct Download and Digital Format Information: The videos for USB Storage Key and Direct Download are in NTSC Standard Definition format MP4 files that will play on your phone, tablet, or computer.If you have a ROKU or Chromecast, or similar device on your home WI-FI network, you can also play the videos on your TV.

Previous Patterns & Videos

Please visit: Mimidolls.Com for information about our other dollmaking Video Workshops, Storyboard Workshops, and Character Patterns.

Stretch Goals

If we are fortunate enough to reach $6600, we will use part of the additional money to upgrade our video-editing computer for high-definition (HD, 1080) for our next pattern, Mimi's Wee Folk (Elves). We'll also use part of the money to send you a special, exclusive 2015 Kickstarter Poster featuring some of Mimi's dolls.

Review Copies Are Out Now (Nov 3, 2015)

If you would like to help us by posting a review, see complete details at our Facebook page. Facebook/Official.Mimidolls.

Risks and challenges

Fortunately, Mimi's Mannequins & Pattern Draping is almost finished. As you may know, Mimi has been battling cancer - that's why we're 4 years behind schedule. Except for some minor voice-overs, Mimi's part is done, Jim still has a small amount of video editing, package creation, and manufacturing/fulfilment setup to go. Jim takes care of Mimi. We currently are on schedule for delivery before Christmas, 2015, but a change in Mimi's health could delay delivery until 2016.

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    LIMITED EDITION (Kickstarter only, 200 Copies max.):

    Mannequins and Pattern Draping signed and numbered on the liner notes by Mimi & Jim. (signed and numbered liner notes sent by mail if you order the download version.) All of the Doll Lover Perks, Jim's E-Book, Free shipping, plus we believe we can get it to you in time for Christmas. (United States and Canada only. For overseas delivery, we will ship in December, but we have no way of telling how long it will take to get there.)

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    PARTICIPATING LIMITED EDITION (Kickstarter only, 200 Copies max.):

    Mannequins and Pattern Draping signed and numbered on the liner notes by Mimi & Jim. (signed and numbered liner notes sent by mail if you order the download version.) All of the Doll Lover Perks, Jim's E-Book, Free shipping, plus YOUR NAME as a patron in the credits roll at the end of a lesson in the video. And, we believe we can get it to you in time for Christmas. (United States and Canada only. For overseas delivery, we will ship in December, but we have no way of telling how long it will take to get there.)

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    SKYPE with MIMI:

    Skype with Mimi for an hour. Ask your dollmaking questions, or just gossip. Includes Mannequins and Pattern Draping signed and numbered on the liner notes by Mimi & Jim. (signed and numbered liner notes sent by mail if you order the download version.) All of the Doll Lover Perks, Jim's E-Book, Free shipping, plus YOUR NAME as a patron in the credits roll at the end of a lesson in the video. And, we believe we can get it to you in time for Christmas. (United States and Canada only. For overseas delivery, we will ship in December, but we have no way of telling how long it will take to get there.)

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    A DAY IN MIMI'S STUDIO:

    Spend a day in Mimi's Studio. Ask your dollmaking questions, or just gossip. (Includes lunch. Does NOT include transportation or lodging.) Includes Mannequins and Pattern Draping signed and numbered on the liner notes by Mimi & Jim. (signed and numbered liner notes sent by mail if you order the download version.) All of the Doll Lover Perks, Jim's E-Book, Free shipping, plus YOUR NAME as a patron in the credits at the beginning of Lesson 1 in the video. And, we believe we can get it to you in time for Christmas. (United States and Canada only. For overseas delivery, we will ship in December, but we have no way of telling how long it will take to get there.)

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