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DOMinique and SUBrina
2006 ifdc August 9-12 at the Stardust Casino in Las Vegas
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IFDC 2006 Competition

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Explanation of the P-I-T-A Category

The IFDC is the International Fashion Doll Convention organized by Jim Faraone and sponsored by Jason Wu/Integrity Toys. It’s held once a year and features, among other things, a competition for OOAK artists. The competition categories are normally related to the convention theme. This year, the convention theme was Babes in Toyland.

Every year there are people who are unhappy with the competition categories because they are unable to create entries for them. For example, if an artist’s specialty is haute couture and there are no “fashion” categories, that artist would not be able to enter the competition. Similarly, if all you do are fairies and mermaids, and there are no fantasy categories, you’re out of luck.

Jim Faraone, the convention organizer, after listening to repeated suggestions from the many people whose work didn’t fit into the categories he created, suggested, jokingly, that he should create a miscellaneous category for anyone who wasn’t able to enter the “normal” categories but, rather than call it miscellaneous, he would call it the “pain in the ass” category. P-I-T-A stands for Pain In The Ass.

The people in Jim’s Yahoo group got such a kick out of this suggestion that the joke became a reality and the miscellaneous “P-I-T-A” category was born. It was intended to be a catch-all category for those entries that did not fit into the other competition categories.

Everyone who entered the P-I-T-A categories received an enema kit. The “prize” for the 11.5” category was a large box of PreparationH suppositories.

I had one entry in the competition,
in the P-I-T-A category
"approx. 11.5 inch pains in the ass"

As those of you who are familiar with my work will know, I frequently interpret the category titles in an unconventional way (for another example of this, press here for my entry in the 2005 competition ). When I knew the P-I-T-A category would be a reality, I came up with the idea of a doing a dominatrix. In other words, a woman who really did inflict pain, typically on someone’s rear end.

Although the dominatrix was my entry in the competition, I knew she would need a submissive to graphically illustrate the character she was intended to be. I was originally going to have the submissive wearing nothing but whip marks. But, in researching the character, I discovered that there were things I could do to ‘embellish’ her. I also had an extra corset – a lavender one I’d made to test the pattern for the purple one. Finding a doll in my stash which had ballerina feet AND an open-mouth head (crucial for the ball gag) clinched the deal.

For some reason, I’d always envisioned the SUB as a female doll. I considered having two SUBs, one female and one male (SUBastian), but the male doll just didn’t work for me. I guess SUBconsciously I figured that if I was going for controversial, I might as well go all the way!

Yes, I knew the submissive would offend some people, but it was crucial to the portrayal of the character. Personally, I think it’s a riot, and it did elicit many laughs at the competition. However, if you think either of these dolls will offend you, then please exit this page now.


When I make a gypsy doll, people do not suspect that I am secretly a gypsy, although technically, I am, as my great-grandmother was one. When I make a fairy doll, people do not wonder whether I can fly or perform magic. Everyone knows I’m not a flapper, bride, medieval maiden, or a drag queen. Even if I did a doll holding a severed head, no one would accuse me of murder. So, why, when I do a dominatrix doll, do people assume I’m making a statement about my personal life?

It’s JUST a doll!
And, if you like the doll, or even if you buy it, I will not make any assumptions about YOUR personal life! Except, maybe, that you like purple as much as I do.

The dolls I entered won a First Place ribbon AND the People's Choice Award!

These dolls will be sold separately but buyer of DOMinique will have right of first refusal on SUBrina. SUBrina will not be sold until DOMinique is sold.


The costume is worn by La Belle du Soir Kyori and incorporates the stockings and choker that come with the doll.

Although I did not pull three back-to-back all-nighters finishing the doll in my hotel room the night before the competition, like I did with Kween, I did sew the edge on the jacket there (which is why I know exactly how long it took) and, 20 minutes before the contest entry deadline, I discovered that I’D FORGOTTEN HER WHIP AT HOME!!! Well, without the whip the entry didn’t make sense, so I whipped up a simple cat o’three tails (pardon the pun) using the leftover cord which, thankfully, I HAD remembered to bring. There are no crystals on the ends though.

If you look closely at the pictures taken after the competition (at the end of this page) and compare them to the ones below, you will see the difference.

"DOMinique and SUBrina"

I had originally planned to use an Amanda Lepore doll as the base doll but when she arrived, and I realized that she wasn’t articulated, I knew it would be impossible to pose her appropriately so I traded her in on some of the Modern Pompadour dolls.

I suspected that Kyori would be perfect as DOMinique (I chose the name when I conceived the character), not only because of her ‘haughty’ expression, but also because of her reputation as a bad girl. I tried the outfit on Veronique but it just didn’t work on her.

Kyori, however, has so much attitude, I just LOVE this doll!

Her corset is real leather with a purple metallic finish and real working eyelets; her dress and jacket are silk velvet, both fully lined; and the rest of the fabrics are limited edition designer fabrics that are no longer available.

Because this doll has the latest FR body, she is ultra flexible!
Here are some shots of the poses she can hold:

Comparison of the doll on original stand, and elevated slightly using risers (underneath the fabric):

The doll was elevated for the competition.

The fabrics:

The vision I had for the outfit on this doll was that it should be ultra luxurious with lots of different textures and hues. While it would have been easy to make a very large skirt, “large” to me did not imply luxury. The skirt had to have a train, to be sure, but it needed to be of reasonable proportions. It needed to be gathered at the waist but NOT so full that the doll’s figure was hidden.

What I thought would make the skirt voluptuous would be to make it from lots of fabric but NOT have the end result look large or bulky. The fabric had to be thin enough to accomplish this yet still be ‘opulent’.

In addition, because the front of the skirt would be open and the underside of the skirt visible, AND, to set off the folds in the fabric that I intended to have on each side, the skirt needed to be lined with a contrasting fabric (also thin but opulent) and finished on both sides. To complicate matters, both fabrics had to ‘match’ the metallic leather used in the corset.

After playing around with almost 2 dozen different fabrics and looking at every combination under different light – daylight, incandescent, fluorescent, halogen, and OTT – I chose a combination of fabrics that met all the above conditions AND appeared to match in all lighting conditions. Whew! That was one of the hardest parts of making this doll!

The jacket and skirt are made from an incredibly soft silk velvet that drapes beautifully! The lining is a thin stretch satin and the trim is a black and silver braid.

The back view:

My goal when constructing the outfit was to maintain the fluidity of the fabrics so it was critical to sew them together in such a way that they did not work against each other. I’m really happy with the way it turned out as the skirt falls into gorgeous folds. I’ve tacked them to make it easier to display but the tacks can be removed if you want to play around with the skirt. It was important that the folds at the side be symmetrical but not identical so they are intentionally ‘miss-matched’.

The lining of the skirt was originally cut the same size as the velvet but I’ve put a seam in the center to encourage it to drape. Therefore, the skirt is NOT reversible even though it looks like it would be. The seam could be removed, which would allow the skirt to be spread out, but I wouldn’t advise it as the sheen of the velvet is more visible when it’s folded.

Because the velvet is so dark the folds are barely visible in the photos but they are there and the skirt makes you want to touch it!

To assemble the skirt, I first sewed the black/silver braid to the velvet, very loosely so that it would not interfere with the folds when it draped; I then sewed the lining to the velvet, and finally sewed the picot trim on the edges. It was the only way to bring all the components together without having visible stitching and still have an edge that would drape properly.

You can see how the edge looks in the close ups of the jacket and of the boots further down. To give you an idea of how difficult this was to do, it took me 4 hours to sew the edge of the jacket (not including sewing the braid on), which is about 12 inches long in total. I LOVE how it looks, though, so it was worth the effort.

The “bustle” was cut from a piece of silver and black silk brocade. The Celtic Triquetra appliqué was made using purple rayon braid. Literally translated Triquetra (try-KET-ra) is Latin for three cornered. It is believed that the Triquetra represents strength and gives protection to its wearer. Not that DOMinique needs that….

Here is some shots of the gathers in the skirt. I had to lighten them a LOT to get them to show but they add to the voluptuousness of the skirt so I did want to make sure you saw them.

The jacket:

My primary goal in constructing the jacket was to get it to fit without looking bulky – a challenge when working with velvet – and still make it removable. The larger hands on the new body made this extremely difficult to do and the hands must be wrapped in plastic in order to get them through the arms or the fingers will catch on the lace lining. The lining was crucial as it protects the doll’s “skin” from the dark velvet.

The jacket is fully lined with the same lace used for the ruffles at the end of the sleeves and the ruffles are attached to this lining. The ends of the sleeves, where they split and flare out, are lined with the same satin used for the skirt as it set off the ruffles much better. There is no trim around the edge of the sleeves as it made them too stiff. (Yes, I did try, but had to redo it).

The ruffles are made from two different fabrics – a purple and silver pleated metallic silk, and a lavender lace.

I originally envisioned the jacket with a full back and long tails, and actually constructed the pattern that way, but I didn’t like the way it covered the lacing in the corset – which turned out better than expected – so I chopped it off. I shortened the “bustle” too, which started out as two long points.

When the jacket is not being worn, it can be displayed on the mannequin as shown below:

The corset:

The corset is made from real leather with a purple metallic finish. The inside of the leather was white, so it is not lined, although I did use a purple metallic pen on the cut edges as they were very visible. The corset is cut in a single piece so there are no seams and it fits very close to the body. It will also fit other 11.5” - 12” dolls (the same pattern was used for the corset on SUBrina).

The purple eyelets in the front are for decoration only, the ones in the back are functional and enable the corset to be worn over something as well (like Veronique’s t-shirt or a ruffled blouse). The eyelets are threaded with thin metallic silver cord which was used for the straps as well.

The pleated fan between the breasts slides into a slot created by the piece of fabric used to reinforce the joins under each breast. These are glued to each other and then glued to the fabric behind them so they will NOT come apart. The joins, which are barely visible, become the slits over each leg threaded with the decorative lacing.

The pleated skirt underneath it has an elasticized waist and is removable, as is the pleated fan between her beasts.

I’m not crazy about the way the outfit looks without the jacket as the arms and neck are too bare for the weight and darkness of the skirt – I had intended to make DOMinique her own set of collar and cuffs (without the leash) but ran out of time – so on the right I added the collar and cuffs from SUBrina’s outfit. If you purchase both dolls, this is another variation on the outfit that can be created. However, there is more on this topic further down….

Here is a view of the back:

Here is a full-length shot without the jacket:

Gauntlets and collar:

Looking at that shot, above, I realized that the collar and cuffs for DOMinique’s outfit needed to be more substantial than SUBrina’s so I made a pair of gauntlets and a lace-up collar!

I designed them with points to mirror the design of the corset. The photos below show the collar with the point in the front but it can also be worn with the lacing in the front.

Because all three pieces lace up, they are removable. However, as you can see in the photos below, there is no way to hide the ends of the laces. If the gauntlets and collar will never be removed (the jacket CAN be worn over them), the bows can be glued and the ends cut short.

Here is a shot of the outfit with the jacket worn OVER the gauntlets and collar:

The short skirt:

Included with the outfit is a short ruffled skirt, made from the same fabric as the ruffles on the sleeves, which can be used if you prefer a more modest look. It also hide the top of the stand a bit better.

As you can see in the shot below, DOMinique is “attached” to her stand via a clear plastic strap, held in place with ResQ tape. It is this strap which holds her securely enough to enable her to bend her other knee without falling off the stand. If you would rather bend her left knee, the strap can be worn around either thigh.

I had considered making a clear plastic rod for the stand and gluing it into DOMinique’s body (yes, she would have had a ‘rod up her ass’!) but decided against it as it would not be adjustable and the stand needs to be lower when she’s standing with both feet on the ground. I think it would be possible to remove the plastic saddle from this stand and glue the metal rod into the body, and I am willing to do this if requested, but it will make her hard to redress as the stand would now be part of her body.

The boots:

The boots were made from a pair of FR boots which I cut off at mid calf as I wanted them to have a more Victorian look. I added the silver and black trim to the top edge and the toe box to tie them into the outfit.

The silver lacing is the same as that used on the corset and actually does go through the pleather but it is for show only. The boots zip open on the side and can be removed.

The pleated silver and purple cuffs match the pleats on the corset and are removable.

You can see how the braid and trim are attached to the skirt in this photo AND you can see the Swarovski rhinestones on the ends of each of the whip’s tails.

Without the skirt and bustle:

Although this outfit IS removable, it is not easily done and requires both patience and dexterity. I did not get pictures of the corset before I put the skirt on and I don’t want to remove it unless the person who buys her will be redressing her. In that case, I will provide detailed pictures on the best way to remove the outfit and redress the doll. If you would like to see picture of the corset without the skirt, please let me know.

The hair:

The wig’s cap is made from latex with Tibetan lamb’s wool imbedded into it. The first one I made was a disaster, with latex and wool all over me and my studio! Not only that, but the latex was too thin and first tore when I removed it and then folded in on itself so that the wig was impossible to put back on!

The second one turned out much better – in fact my sister prefers it to this one as it’s much bigger (longer?) and fuller – but I thought it was too much so I made a third one. If the doll is not going to be redressed, then I will replace this one with a forth wig with a much thinner layer of latex.

The wig IS removable but I’ve noticed that the latex shrinks when it’s removed from the doll’s head which is not a problem with ‘normal’ wigs, but it IS a problem when it’s part of the design, as in this case. The picture below is of the second wig I made, on Veronique, which fit her head as closely as DOMinique’s when I made it. You can see that now, having been removed from her head, it no longer covers her hairline. (You can also see that this hairstyle just doesn’t suit her!)

Here are photos of DOMinique’s wig:

By the way, I have to thank Cheryl Danielle Bell for her suggestion to use latex as the wig base. I was going to use Plastidip and actually did try it, but the latex works much better! Here’s a link to Cheryl’s website: Learn Fashion Doll Makeovers

The makeup:

The makeup on this doll was almost perfect for the outfit, as it was purple and silver, but the lips were a bit too light so I covered them with a purple glaze and darkened the line between them. I also added lower lashes and shading around her nose and upper lip.

And, here is a shot of the DOMinique’s face next to a ‘virgin’ Kyori (wearing Vero’s wig). As you can see, the few things I did make quite a difference.

The tools of the trade:

In addition to the cat o’nine tails, DOMinique comes with a riding crop (horse whip) and a bullwhip, both handmade by me.

The riding crop has a hard plastic shaft with a suede tongue at one end, a wrapped handle at the other end, and a suede wrist strap. Its length (approx. 3 feet if it were human size) makes it a dressage whip.

The bullwhip has a six foot (well, it would be if it were real) black and silver braided thong, an 18-inch silver fall (the part narrow part at the end of the thong) and a 12-inch black cracker (the skinny part at the very end, which is what makes the noise when it’s cracked). The wrist strap is also braided and the handle is wrapped in black cord. The bullwhip is a very dangerous instrument that can do serious damage so DOMinique doesn’t use it that often but leaves it coiled at her feet for effect.

The cat o’nine tails was made from nine lengths of rayon cord, each of which has a Swarovski rhinestone attached to the end. Each cord is a different length with the longest being 10”, or 5 feet, if it were human size. It has a wrapped handle and a wrist loop.

Dominique can hold any one of these whips in either of her hands but they stay put much better if you use ResQ tape. (I will include some with the doll.)

With both feet on the ground and all three whips:

With the collar lacing forward:

For more information on these three items:
press here for bullwhip
press here for riding crop
press here for cat o’nine tails
For more information on the dominant/submissive relationship:
press here for Wikipedia
For more information on SUBrina’s outfit,
press here for corset
press here for ball gag
press here for ballet boot
press here for bondage cuffs
press here for collar and leash
Since these are all links to Wikipedia, you can see where I did most of my research!

The DOMinique doll will come with the following items:

1. The doll, her stand, the outfit (corset,mini,skirt,bustle,jacket, wig) the cat o’nine tails and the cat o’three tails
2. Two wooden risers which can be used to make her appear taller (I used these in the display to elevate her above the SUB.)
3. Two additional whips: a bull whip and a riding crop
4. A wig stand and her original wig
5. An FR mannequin to hold the jacket when not being worn. This will come in its original box with the extra rod to suspend it rather than support it.
6. A short ruffled skirt which matches the ruffles on the jacket
7. A lace-up collar and matching lace-up gauntlets.


* the outfit is removable, jacket and skirt are fully lined

* the hair is a WIG I made using black Tibetan lambswool
* the wig IS removable but will not look the same once it is removed because the latex used for the cap will shrink slightly.
* the corset is metallic purple leather with lavender eyelets
* the corset, gauntlets, and collar are laced in silver thread, also used for the straps
* the pleated miniskirt, ruffle between breasts, and jacket cuffs are metallic silk
* the lace sleeves and jacket lining are limited edition French lace
* the rest of the outfit is purple silk velvet and lavender satin
* the skirt is edged in hand-dyed picot and trimmed with silver and black braid
* the pleats on the skirt are tacked to assist in draping but are easily removed
* the skirt is tied on around the waist (under the corset) with a black and white silk ribbon
* the ends of the skirt's ties are vintage acrylic beads
* the "bustle" on the skirt is silver and black silk brocade
* the Celtic "triquetra" on the bustle was hand made from rayon cord.
* the boots are original FR boots, cut off at mid calf, and with lacing and trim added to match outfit. The pleated cuffs are removable.
* the boots zip up the side and are removable
* the cat o' nine tails is made from rayon cord, each tail ends in a Swarovski crystal
*the bull whip is made from silver and black braided cord and has a wrapped handle
*the riding crop has a black metal shaft, black suede wrapped handle, strap, and tongue.
* silver "pasties" cover the nipples

* the doll is wearing her original black ribbon choker and black fishnet thigh-highs. The thigh-highs are removable, the choker is not.

The doll’s makeup was enhanced as follows:

* lower lashes were added
* nose and mouth were shaded
* lips were changed to metallic lavender
* purple highlights added to irises
* nails were painted metallic purple
* all paint was sealed


* doll is a Barbie friend Theresa doll with a poser ballerina body
* lips and nails were painted metallic purple
* "whip" marks on butt are burnt sienna paint
* hair was cut into a butch shag
* removable "ball gag" in her mouth made from a bead and black cord
*’pierced’ eyebrow
* removable metallic purple collar with silver plated leash
* removable metallic purple wrist bands
* original ballet shoes were painted metallic purple. Silver spike heels and lavender rayon ribbon laces were added (there is a name for these but I can't remember it). These shoes are not removable.
* silver plated nipple rings
* removable metallic lavender leather corset laces up with black cord (no eyelets). The lacing on this corset is accurate - this is the way "real" corsets are laced. Corset is lined with a very thin white fabric.

* the metallic silk ruffle under the bust is removable and can be used with the other corset as well for a more modest look.

The button below will take you to a page with additional pictures of SUBrina. If you think these images will bother you, then PLEASE DO NOT PRESS THE BUTTON.

Press here for additional pictures of SUBrina

Dolls will be sold separately but buyer of DOMinique will have right of first refusal on SUBrina so SUBrina will not be sold until DOMinique is sold.

Here is a picture from the competition room:

An Interesting Story (to me, at least):

While I was waiting for the competition viewing period to end, so I could gather her up and head on over to the FAO event, many people clustered around the doll asking questions and taking pictures. One person, in particular, scrutinized her closely and complimented me on the choices I’d made regarding the use and placement of the trim, etc…

As he was leaving, I asked his name as he wasn’t wearing a name tag.

You can imagine my surprise when he said, “Randall Craig”! My eyebrows disappeared into my hairline and I looked at Barb Jeffords (a reporter for Haute Doll) for confirmation. She nodded, so I knew he wasn’t pulling my leg.

Not only was I flattered by his interest in this doll, but I was amazed at how young he is. If you’ve never met him, he’s about 25 years old. Yes, really!

You DO know who Randall Craig is, don’t you? If not, here’s a link to his website:
Randall Craig Ready To Wear

Press here for the rest of my pictures of the convention.

The Bottom Line:

I realize that not everyone will be interested in the submissive doll. If she really bothers you, DOMinique could also be displayed as a large animal tamer although, to me, whipping an animal is worse than whipping a human, especially since submissives generally WANT to be whipped.

I also realize that not all collectors play with or redress their dolls so the final price will be determined by which pieces the buyer wants to purchase.

The price for everything shown on both these pages – both dolls and all their accessories – is $700.

If you would like to make me an offer in whole or in part, or if you would like more information on either of these dolls, please press here to send me an email.
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