Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Design Work on Little Red Riding Hood

I spent some time tonight trying to remember how I had thought of the Little Red Riding Hood story when I was a kid. I remember waiting eagerly for the arrival of the wolf... the story was all just exposition till he arrived - shadowy in the background at first, then closer to her.

Before the wolf though, there was always a page about her wonderful "riding hood" and how her grandmother (or sometimes mother) had made it special for her. It was a symbol that she was loved (since relatives who dislike you rarely sew you gifts) - and this symbol meant that she would be missed if say... a big bad wolf were to do her in.

So thinking about how to make her riding hood special, I put a lot of pattern on it but also pushed the idea of the "jointed paper doll" from something with just movable elbows and knees to something that you could pose the outfit on as well. So at the shoulder joints there is now the option to make her cape billow out in the breeze... as well as the option to have her hood on or off.

This is the basic idea - the hood is going to have to be finessed as a last step once I get the doll on cardstock since I'm not sure quite yet how to keep it securely in place. Right now it's also part of the left shoulder brad... but I'm thinking it may need to be a separate piece entirely that "sits" on her head instead of swinging up and around it.

And oh yeah... someday she'll have arms and legs. Probably tomorrow. One of the things I'm pleased with on this doll that I didn't quite manage with Alice is to make the metal fasteners (brads) part of the design of the dress. The shoulder brads pierce through the "buttons" on her cloak, and her leg brads will pierce through her dress at the tops of the gathers. I think it'll look much more finished and purposeful than Alice did. It might even look like shiny buttons on her outfit - which is all the better.

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