The making of Poldark

Another of my recent projects – the making of the main characters of the new TV series Poldark.

I started with Demelza. She is Clementine by A Girl for All Time. I just changed her wig to be more like Demelza in the film. I was thinking of changing her eyes (to make them blue) but decided not to.


Her outfit consists of a few layers. The first one is a shift and a corset. On this teaser they are hidden by a piece of fabric which would become a shawl.


The next layer is a dress made to resemble one of Demelza’s simple dresses.



Now, I also needed to make Ross Poldark…


My Ross is yet another Prince Stephan by Carpatina. I changed his original wig and replaced it with curls. The first piece of the outfit that I made for him was a shirt.


These front-drop breeches didn’t come together easily. I had to throw away 3 versions before I got it the way I wanted. I am very pleased with these breeches!



Next, I made a waistcoat which has a traditional lacing at the back for a perfect fit. Ross’s hair was still a bit unruly at this stage but I trimmed it more after this photo was taken.


And Ross is ready to conquer the world! He now has a tricorn made out of woolen felt and a coat.


With Demelza.


And, finally, the finished Ross and Demelza, ready for their trip to Cornwall!



  1. Lydia Louise says:

    I love Podark very much and I’m anxiously awaiting the next season! It’s taking forever!! Haha but these guys are fantastic!! Demelza’s eyes look really good green! I always though her eyes were more green than blue 🙂 And also Ross’ hair gets a bit unruly towards the end of the season (if I remember correctly) so that wig looks perfect on him! http://www.swish-swirl.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_good.gif And those outfits are so good! Really screen accurate! Great job! 😀

    • Olga says:

      Thank you so much, Lydia!! http://www.swish-swirl.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_rose.gif yes, I keep wondering about Demelza’s eyes. They look green in many scenes, but in some they are blue! Believe me, my Ross’s hair (and Demelza’s, too) became much messier after the holiday in Cornwall and photo sessions on locations!! The wind there is very strong!!

  2. Somarie says:

    Oh my, simply amazing! I really love your customizations and the amount of detail you put into each one. The outfits are amazing.

    • Olga says:

      Thank you so much, Somarie!! I seem to have become addicted to customizing my dolls. I wouldn’t want to do it for sale but I love doing OOAKs for myself based on my favourite films!

      • Somarie says:

        Customizing is lots of fun! I started my first custom, a character from the story I’m writing with my friend, and it’s fun xD

        • Olga says:

          It is!! I have a few more customized dolls in store. All they need is outfits!! What is your custom?

          • Somarie says:

            I’m using a Monster High boy for an extreme custom, and it’s a custom on a budget xD Making everything (including eyes) from scratch is fun!

  3. Line says:

    It is lovely and so well made and so in keeping withe the time.

  4. tanya says:

    Наряды совершенно шикарные http://www.swish-swirl.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_good.gif Удивительно насколько подошел парик и кукла преобразилась в Демелзу. http://www.swish-swirl.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_heart.gif Я не думала, что треуголка тоже сделана тобой!!! Фантастика http://www.swish-swirl.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_wacko.gif Пошить костюмы… это я могу осмыслить, но эта треуголка

    • Olga says:

      Таня, спасибо огромное! http://www.swish-swirl.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_rose.gif Ты смотрела сериал? Треуголка (и, кстати, бриджи тоже) заставила меня основательно пошевелить мозгами. Получилось не совсем так, как хотелось, но близко. В следующий раз буду пробовать другой способ.

  5. Cindy says:

    Are you ever planning to offer these outfits as patterns as there is also the series “Outlander” where the past is only about 30-40 years before Poldark? And my poor Prince Stephen is woefully wardrobe challenged. By the way, I saw the original Poldark series years ago. And it would be interesting to compare the costuming. Experts know so much more now, although leading characters still have costumes, hair, and makeup “tweaked” to reflect current standards of fashion that will be more attractive to the viewing audience.

    • Olga says:

      Hi Cindy, yes, I am definitely planning to release a handful of patterns based on Outlander and Poldark – in two sizes each (the girls – for AGAT and AG, and the boys – for Carpatina and AG). And that will happen soon. And yes, I agree, some of them will be combined as some of the outfits from the 1740s and 1780s are basically pretty similar.

      I haven’t watched the original Poldark series. Have seen some bits and pieces on YouTube and I just can’t bond with those characters and their dated appearances. They look so 1970s, don’t they! I agree, that most films reflect the time when they are created.

  6. Kat says:

    Can you tell me what wig size the AGAT girls wear?

  7. Noelene Selmes says:

    Hello ….can you pl advise if the Ross & Demelza patterns are available yet & what size doll they fit pl . Can I purchase everything needed through you ?
    Also where can I purchase the dolls if needed
    Thank you
    (Apologies if the info I am seeking is listed already on your site I’ve just had eye surgery so not seeing clearly )

    • Olga says:

      Hi Noelene,
      No, the patterns are not available yet but they will be released in the coming months. The dolls on the photos are A Girl for All Time Clementine (Demelza) with a custom wig bought from monique.com (style Liza) and Carpatina Prince Stephan (Ross) with a custom wig also bought from monique.com (also style Liza which I had to trim quite a lot). I will also offer these patterns for American Girl doll size (standard 18-inch dolls). The dolls can be purchased directly from the respective companies.
      I do not sell fabrics and other materials for my patterns. Everyone has to find them on their own (ebay, fabric.com and other places). I myself am constantly searching for more fabrics as I never have enough!!
      Once the patterns are out, I will notify everyone here, on this blog, on my Facebook page, on my Instagram and on my Pinterest (the links to those are at the top of this page, under the menu).
      I wish you a speedy recovery from your surgery!! http://www.swish-swirl.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_rose.gif

  8. Linda Fairfax says:

    FANTASTIC!!!!! WOWZA!!!!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing & giving us all a THRILL!!!!!

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