Thanks so much for the kind words, Spectre, Johnboy, Quazar, Phruby, Brent, and Glassman!
Quazar, yes, I know those POTF2 Leia heads are suboptimal. I just didn't have enough spare Padmé heads around at the time. I did a tiny bit of repainting on the eyes to try to make it just a touch different. It ended up looking a lot like a friend of mine from elementary school!
BrentS, Glassman, and Spectre, glad that Wiorkettle is to your liking! She sure is a funny looking one, isn't she? Flowing light blue dress and cape... topped with that head! But that's precisely why I wanted to make her, because that's the kind of custom I like to make -- beautiful, but still outlandish in that Star Wars
kind of way.
Phruby, I do sew all the outfits at this scale. Once in a while I'll use glue to attach small accents or that sort of thing (also I use self-adhesive Velcro, which saves work), but the actual outfit is indeed stitched together with needle & thread. I use a pattern to cut out fabric pieces at the right size, slightly adjusting the dimnsions as necessary so it fits the figure. Then I pin the pieces together in the places I'm going to sew, and then I sew them up (on the wrong side of the fabric, of course). At this scale it's not practicable to sew hems, so I protect the edge of the fabric with a very thin line of clear nail polish to prevent fraying.
For both Sheltay and Wiorkettle, the cloth parts are the skirt and cape; the bodices are part of the figure. You can use a pretty similar pattern for skirts and capes, though capes are usually bigger (at least these ones are). I have such a pattern posted in PDF format on here, on FFURG
-- the cape/skirt is the one on the lower left side of the page.
Thanks again, all, and very happy customizing!
... the Findswoman