Custom Doll

© Melissa Gaggiano
armature doll

© Melissa Gaggiano
rag doll

I am an Australian, Melbourne based Textile Artist [Doll Designer] and you can commission me to make a one of a kind fashion, posable and rag dolls.

What sort of dolls do you make?
I make pose able OOAK cloth fashion dolls – both armature and rag doll variety. The beauty of my dolls is that no two are exactly alike. Each doll I create is as unique as you and I. You will not find factory run creations here. The dolls are designed, prepped, stitched, painted, crafted by one person – the designer, and that is me.

What is the cost of a doll commission?
$250 [not including postage cost].

How do I contact you?
Send me an email including background information about the doll you wish to be made. Include either a photo or a drawing of what you’d like the doll to look like.

What are my customizing options?
I encourage you to provide as much descriptive detail of how you want the doll to look:

  • You may have a photo of someone that you wish to be used as a basis, or 
  • you have an illustration that you can attach in an email. 

What is your process?

  1. If your commission request is accepted I will respond by return email with an invoice and an indication of when I can begin work on the doll [this is dependent on number of clients I am taking on at the time].
  2. A down payment of $50 is required. Once that has been paid I begin working on the doll.
  3. Upon completion of the doll you, the client, will receive an email with a photo attached of the finished doll.
  4. The remainder payment of $200, plus postage can then be paid. Once this final payment is sorted the finished poseable doll will be delivered to your welcoming hands.

How long does it take you to construct a doll?

Five work days.

What materials do you work with?
Typically I use synthetic filler, thread, yarn, felt, woven and knitted fabric, crochet and hand knitted, wire [armature], paint pens. I am ever expanding my material options so as the saying goes the sky is the limit.

Do you have an online store?
Indeed I do. You can also find me at Etsy.