A doll for exhibition in Japan

Sneak peak of my next doll! 19 inch Bru Jne 11 with antique blue eyes. She will be exhibited in Japan this December as part of Artist Doll Exhibition in Tokyo. She looks very different from brown eyed Bru I just sold. I like them both.


16 inch Bru Jne 6 is now SOLD

Thank you for visiting my website to view my new doll and many entries for lottery! New owner was chosen this morning and she is no longer available.I already emailed the winner of the doll so if you did not receive email form me, you didn’t win this time. I am so sorry. :-(   I truly appreciate for many complements I received on FB and Instagram.I am so happy that everyone enjoyed seeing how she was created. I am already working on my new doll and her photos will be on FB and blog soon! Please look forward :-)



Regarding inquiry of new doll

If you sent me an email inquiring about my new doll but never received reply from me by now, chances are your mail did not reach me for some reason. Please try to email me again or you can email me to this address instead. bebesbysayuri@hotmail.com

もし新作についてのお問い合わせメールの返信が届いてない場合は、何らかの理由でお客様からのメールがこちらに届いていない可能性があります。お手数ですが再度メールを送ってくださるか、もしくは下記の別アドレスまでメールを再度送ってくださるようお願いいたします。                bebesbysayuri@hotmail.com


16 inch Bru Jne 6 with antique body and antique Bru eye for sale

This doll is SOLD and no longer available. Thank you for viewing!

****************************************************************************************************I started making this doll in May and she is finally completed! I have been posting her each stages in previous entries so lets cut the chase and let me show her final look!


Close up of imperfection of antique body.


She is 16 inch ( 40 cm ) tall and has original antique Chevrot body and antique Bru brown pinched back eyes. I made her bisque head and bisque shoulder plate, upper and lower arms. Her costume is also hand crafted by me. I used antique materials for the dress, and hat, undergarments. Her jacket is extremely hard to find 19th century silk and very fragile and has already small tears in some area. I secured with fabric glue but I do not recommend to undress her frequently. She comes with tiny vintage earrings and antique purse she is holding.Her wig is vintage blond mohair wig. I hope you enjoyed seeing her birth process. Thank you all for visiting my blog! Have a wonderful August!


Shoes and corset for my Bru doll

16 inch Bru doll is almost  complete! I am going to show shoes and corset I made this time.


I traced pattern from antique Bru shoes and reduce the size to fit for 16 inch Bru feet. Bru feet have incredibly realistic sculpting and common one piece shoe patterns do not fit their feet very well.


Instead, Bru shoes were made from two pieces, front section and back section. This seems to create the perfect fitting especially around toe area.


And these are my reproduction of Bru shoes. I used black kidskin, much softer than cowhide and easy to manipulate. I antiqued silver buckle and sole leather to give more authentic look. The ankle buttons are antique glass buttons.


Wouldn’t you be disappointed if you don’t see her wearing proper corset when you undress the doll wearing such a lavishing dress I made last week? Of course you are! So here is a little corset for proper lady.


I used antique fabrics and lace so there are some stains. It’s custom fitted for antique Chevrot body that she has to emphasize her narrow waist.


I am hoping to reveal her in next posting. She will be for sale at the same time. Please stay tuned!


Bonnet for 16 inch Bru doll


I made the dress last time, it’s time to make a bonnet this time !   I gather materials fist to get some inspiration for design. I wish I could use all of them but it’s a small bonnet and I don’t think I can put everything on top. LOL 


I don’t really use pattern, I just play with the design as I build the hat. And here is what I came up with. I rarely use feather but I found this feather in my stash and the color seem to work with ribbons and fabric. Instead of adding flowers and more ribbons, I decided to go with simple look with lots of matched lace that I used for the dress.


Brim is two layered and I bent wire asymmetry to give unique look. I used the same ribbon as I used for the dress to give sense of unity.


The fabric of the dress is so pretty, lets not take too much attention away from that. Bonnet is gorgeous but simple enough to keep your eyes on the dress and the doll.


Dress for 16 inch Bru doll

I have been saving this marvelous antique silk fabric for a special doll and it’s time to use it! You rarely come across this kind of antique fabric with desirable pattern and color in perfect scale for dolls. Fortunately I just had enough piece left to make a jacket for my 16 inch Bru.

特別な子のために、この素晴らしいアンティークのストライプシルク地を取っておいたのですが、やっと使う時が来ました!似たような生地には時々お目にかかりますが、このシルク地のように色、柄、パターン、そしてストライプの幅がドール用のドレスにぴったりなものはそうそうお目にかかれません。ちょうど16インチのBru嬢のジャケットを作る分だけ残っていたので、さっそく使ってみました。 I am going to use dusky pink antique silk fabric to make skirt section but it’s too shimmering so I antiqued fabric to make it look even more aged.

スカート部分には、画像左のダスキーピンクのアンティークシルクを使うことにしたのですが、ちょっとテカりが強すぎるので、もっと使い古したように加工しました。 And here is the result. I used plenty of antique silk edging lace as an accent. This is one of my favorite Bru dress design.

完成品はこんな感じです。私が一番好きなBruドレスのデザインです。アンティークのシルクレースをアクセントにたっぷり使ったので、いつもよりゴージャスな雰囲気が出ました。 I could have used more complicated design but when I have fabric this gorgeous, it’s better to use simple design to showcase the fabric itself.

もっと変わったデザインを取り入れることもできたのですが、このように素晴らしい生地を使う場合は、デザインはシンプルにして生地の柄を引き立たせた方がいいと思います。 I don’t think I will ever be able to make the same dress again since this striped pattern antique silk fabric is extremely hard to find. What a lucky doll she is going to be!


Attached Bru arms to antique body

My doll making has been interrupted lately because I adopted a puppy! I have lost my beloved dogs last fall and I have been waiting for arrival of this new puppy since then.But raising a new puppy is just like having a new born in house ! I have forgotten how buys it can be. I have to get use to this new routine with my work but it’s all worth it. She is nothing but a bundle of joy!

So I finally managed to make Bru arms for antique body. Here is what she looks like now. I have posted I will finish her by October but I think I better finish her sooner so that I can concentrate on making a new doll for exhibition in Japan. I realized I do better if I work one doll at a time to give all my attention to each doll.Sounds good?


Back to Japan in December

I have received a very exciting offer recently. Antique decor furniture shop Geographica in Tokyo has been hosting doll exhibition during Christmas season each year and I was offered to display my dolls this year along with dolls created by top doll artists in Japan. I am extremely honored and have decided to accept this offer. This exhibition is a collaboration of art dolls and antique furniture, a perfect match to create a space filled with magical feelings of Christmas. I love antique furniture and I also use them as back drop when I photograph my dolls. It will be an ideal environment to display dolls for me. I am very excited at the same time I am extremely nervous because this will be my first time to exhibit my dolls in public in Japan. I am planing to make two dolls for this event and I have to juggle my schedule to complete them before deadline. I am still planing to finish 16 inch Bru with antique body I am working on right now as scheduled. She will be for sale in November then I will fly back to Japan in December for this event. I thought I will take it easy rest of this year but turned out be as busy as usual. But I am extremely thankful for people who gave me this opportunity. I hope I can create dolls that will meet their expectations.


These are photos from previous doll event at Geographica Tokyo.                             ( picture courtesy by Naruto and Hizuki doll )

Extra Doll Heads

While I was working on Bru Jne 6 head, I got side tracked and made few extra doll heads. It’s so great that I now have time to play with dolls I have never worked before. Here are some photos of extra doll heads I have made so far. Just let you know I made them just for fun for myself to enjoy and not intended to sell.



This is a Japanese bisque doll head painted to look more like Ichimatsu doll. I like to dress her in Western dress instead of traditional Japanese kimono.



This is Figure A Steiner doll head to make 25 inch doll. I have never made A Steiner doll in the past then I happened to have a vintage figure A Steiner head that eye cut was already done by other artist so I decided to repaint the head.  Her bisque was poured and fired in colored bisque, not white bisque I usually use therefore I did not apply any skin wash and left it as paler skin.  Her eye cut is not even but I set antique French oval eyes and that created more antique look on her. She looks great with this dark brunette antique wig that emphasizes her paler skin complexion. I really like how she turned out and I like to finish her with nice French style dress someday.                   


I am really enjoying doll making without being pressured these days and I believe this is very important in order to improve quality of my future work. I can now say surely that I made a right decision to become a full time doll maker. I hope I will able to reflect my calm and relaxed mind to my new creations from now on. :-)