Well, Hello Dolly!

My younger daughter recently asked me if I would make a doll for the child she is expecting.  She wanted a doll the same as the one I had made for her when she was little.

You can see the doll peeping out of the cardboard box on the left side. I’m not sure if that is her doll or her sisters.

FionaShe doesn’t know the sex of the baby yet so I can only make the body of the doll and do the rest when the baby is born.

I made dolls for each of our children.

jeremyThis one is in the toy basket that sits in our family room now for when the youngest grandchild visits.

jeremy2 The first doll was Jemima, named after the Playschool doll.  The second doll was Josephine and the last one, which you can see here, was Jeremy.

Jeremy was our son’s and it got a bit more wear and tear than the girl dolls.  It has had some repair done where the arm came adrift after some vigorous tussling!

The pattern is from 1978 but as I keep all my patterns I found it in my pattern box.

doll patternUnfortunately I don’t have the shoe pattern but I should be able to conjure something up.

pattern backI generally have some calico in my stash and so I was able to get the pieces cut out yesterday.

pattern piecesI should get the body of the doll done today then we just need to wait until the baby is born to do the hair and clothing.

Making Christmas gifts

I have been trying to get my Christmas gifts finished in plenty of time for Christmas. This particular gift has taken a bit of time but I managed to get quite a bit done while I was watching the first Ashes test match. I am making a rag doll with a mix and match wardrobe.

These are some of the pattern pieces before I started to make the doll.

pieces

This is the doll in the process of being stuffed.

stuffing
I have made rag dolls before but this one is to a completely different pattern and nowhere near as easy as previous dolls I have made. It was all a bit of a fiddle as it was hand stitched, apart from the legs.

doll1

The doll has turned out ok but I am really pleased with the knitted parts of the wardrobe.

poncho skirt

I particularly like the hat.

hatThe dressing gown without the nightdress.

dressing gownThe cute slippers

slippersI haven’t quite finished yet as I have still to complete the sewn items in the wardrobe.

sewed items