This is Louisa. I made her last fall for the annual auction at my middle daughter's preschool. She was meant to be an example of my work (the highest bidder would win a "custom made doll") and I figured I would find someone to give this particular doll to after the auction was over.
Did that happen? Uh, no. I kept her for myself! She is the first (and so far, only) doll that is MINE. Not my girls'. They play heavily with their dolls. Their dolls are well-loved and it shows. I wanted a doll that would remain in "new" condition, that I could continue to refer to as an example of my work. Not that my daughters' dolls look bad, but they are slept with (or on) every night, carried around by an arm, accidentally stepped upon, etc.
Her dress is a Vogue pattern and I love it! In fact, it may just be a staple on dolls to come. I had to make some alterations, but it fits great! And my husband used our snap-press to put a few snaps on the back.
Above is sort of how we had the display set up at the auction. The auction went well and I'm glad I offered to make one. It was well worth my time :).
And this picture below is one that I sketched up, influenced by a picture in a book called Doctor Dan (?) that had a little blond girl holding a doll. So, not an original drawing at all. But it did allow me to play with my Copic markers, which I still don't know how to use very well :). I need more time to draw!!!