My goal with this doll was to create an appealing doll with Down Syndrome. After looking at a number of pictures of adorable children with Down Syndrome, my husband and I decided that we needed to celebrate the joy and beauty of these children. Looking at the commercially available dolls with Down Syndrome I found that none of them were appealing! They were either ugly characatures or simply not cuddly enough. So, off to the sewing table!
My first draft of the pattern is complete and it's a mediocre success. As my husband said as he looked upon his new "son"'s face, "he's not Down Syndromey enough!" Sigh.
Okay, so I managed to get a number of the physical characteristics down:
1. epicanthic fold painted on with the eyes
2. low-placed, folded ears
3. Simian crease on the hand
4. space between the big and next toes
5. flattened appearance to the head
I didn't want to do an open mouth with a big tongue. In all of the commercially available dolls, this is the one feature that looks least like it belongs on the doll... as if the designer couldn't find a way to add that feature without overdoing it. I'll have to think on it and see if I can come up with a way to do it pleasingly.
The other thing I didn't get right is the hyponia. My little fellow simply has too much movement, too much muscle tone in him. He looks spring-loaded, as if he'll start wiggling any minute. I think the next one will have arms that hang down lower to show this. I also want a bigger belly and bum with a smaller chest and a floppier feel to it. Maybe longer legs?
Oh, the potential!
before sculpting the body:
After sculpting the body:
To all those who have left comments in the past, I apologize for my delay in replying. I just received the comments now, in June of 2010. Please read my reply here.