|13-inch circa 1930s composition boy named by me: Little Boy Blue|
This 13-inch full-body composition boy arrived nude during the late 1990s/early 2000s. He traveled here with two other black composition dolls: Debutante by American Character and another unmarked doll that wears a dress made from flour sack fabric.
Little Boy Blue's name was inspired by the color of the suit I had made for him. At one time he had shoes and socks, but another composition boy borrowed and kept them as his own. After recently sharing Little Boy Blue's photo with members of my doll group*, I decided to make a pair of black felt shoes for him.
Here's what was done:
|A piece of felt fabric, wide enough to cover the entire circumference of his foot, was wrapped around the foot. It was removed and the bottom edges that cover the sole were hot-glued together.|
|The extra felt at the toes was tucked under. Some of the felt at the top of the sole area was trimmed before tucking.|
|The tucked area was hot-glued together and allowed to dry. An identical piece of felt was cut to use for the opposite foot followed by gluing, tucking, trimming, and gluing to fit the other foot.|
|Two additional strips of felt fabric were cut to create the heel, sides, and top flap of the shoes.|
|Shown from the side angle, in this photo, one of the heel/side/top strips has been wrapped around Little Boy Blue's foot. (His foot is turned to the side.)|
|Shown from the bottom angle, the heel/side/top flap has been hot-glued onto the top portion and the sides tucked under and glued to the bottom of the shoe. Additional hot glue was added to the bottom of the shoe before a felt sole was attached.|
|A small piece of felt fabric created the sole of the shoe.|
|After applying glue to the bottom of the shoe, the small piece of felt used for the sole was pressed onto the bottom of the shoe. This was allowed to dry and the excess felt trimmed.|
|The soles after trimming|
|His bare feet were traced onto cardstock to create innersoles. These were cut out...|
|... and placed inside the shoes.|
|After the glue dried, a black button was glued to the front of the shoes where the two sides of the heel/side/top piece meet. I painted any excess exposed glue with black acrylic paint.|
|Here is a closer look at the socks and Blue's new shoes.|
|The height of his shoes covers the bare areas of his sockless feet. (Notice that one shoe is taller than the other, but he doesn't mind.)|
Blue needed a tie; so I made one for him.
|Using a piece of black ribbon, I fashioned a necktie for Blue.|
|Here's Blue, dressed in his suit, tie, socks, and shoes looking as good as new.|
*One of the members of my doll group commented that Blue looks Asian. Black composition dolls were usually given a darker brown complexion whereas Blue's complexion is tan, the color that an Asian composition doll might have have been painted.
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