This is a doll for one of my three nieces. Last week we had an unexpected, but WELCOME, visit by my older sister and her family. We have been busy (everything but sewing)! So I finally just got around to finishing this doll last night and snapped a few pictures to share this morning.
For Christmas 2008, I made dolls for my three daughters and my youngest niece. A few months later, I learned that one of my older nieces wanted me to make her a doll, too. Uh, OF COURSE!!! I was touched. And even though it's taken me a long time to get around to making her doll, she still seems eager to have it (she's now 9). She actually saw the doll last week while it was still in progress and seems happy with it :).
I used a premium-quality muslin for this doll and she is stuffed with wool, as usual. Her hair is Lamb's Pride Bulky weight yarn (85% wool and 15% mohair). Her eyes, though not photographed well, are actually 3 different shades of blue. They don't "glow" so much in real life as these pictures might depict :). We still need our camera fixed (it's letting in too much light).
My niece's one request was that her doll have orange converse-style tennis shoes. I special-ordered them just for her. I thought the shoes would go well with this Heather Ross VW van fabric. Plus, the fabric is cool just like my niece. The dress is the same Vogue one I've used in the past (Vogue 7486) and it has orange metal snaps on the back. Cute!
Now I'm working on another doll for my oldest daughter. It will be the doll that she makes doll clothes for this summer/upcoming year(s). She's already named it...
I'll do a Mary Frances/summer sewing update later this week. My daughter has been busy.
I've also been getting several requests about doll hair...so I'm trying to put together a tutorial. Stay tuned!