Coral was created from a panel designed by Stacy Hsu for Moda.
I have gotten much better at making these stuffed toys that originate from a fabric panel. A Hera tool by Clover is just right for coaxing out the seams after turning and it is excellent for pushing the bits of polyester stuffing down those long narrow arms and legs. Be sure however to cover up the pointed non-paddle end with the cap to a seam ripper or something similar to avoid poking the palm of your hand.
Using a zipper foot, I stitched across her legs and arms where they join torso so they will be able to bend there.
The doll comes with the options of fins or a skirt, each gathered at the waist with a belt threaded though a casing. For the fins, after centering the belt so about ¾" of each end protrudes, I sewed across the casing at the side seam, through the belt, to keep the ends from slipping inside the casing out of reach. It was not possible to do the same thing for the skirt. Being fuller, the skirt gathered more and the belt was too short. Instead I fixed each end of the belt to protrude about ¾", gathered the middle section toward the center and sewed across the casing, through the belt, at two places. The middle section would be permanently gathered but at least the ends would be prevented from retreating into the casing.
Coral is posing here wearing her fins and accompanied by her sidekick friend Mr. Bubbles.
I took this picture of Coral at night. I like to think of her basking in the moonlight, wearing her skirt.
The next morning I photographed a face-on view of her basking in the sun, shining down through our skylight.
Coral, Queen of the Sea is shown here with her wardrobe and swimming buddy, Mr. Bubbles.
Coral also has a blanket and pillow. I quilted the blanket in a swirling water current style.
Linking up to Let's Bee Social #176. Her post is about birds up in the air while mine is set "Under the Sea".