7.26.2010

A Doll for my Oldest

This is a doll I just finished up over the weekend for my oldest daughter. We'll call her "Marie". My daughter is using her as the model for the clothes she's making from the Mary Frances Sewing Book.


I'm currently participating in the Oliver + S Ice Cream Social Sew-Along and I got a bit distracted :). Instead of making two dresses, it looks like I'll be making four. I'm now working on the size 7 version of this dress and my 5-year old wants a matching set for her and a doll, too.


The dress isn't to scale, of course. My dolls have large heads, chubby arms, etc. that needed to be taken into consideration when altering this pattern.


And this doll, Marie, still needs some shoes. I have a little pair of black corduroy ones all cut out. I'm just waiting for the patience and precision needed (for me) to fiddle with them. Right now, I'm busy sewing normal-sized things.


The feature I love best about this doll is her eyes. My daughter's eyes are dark grey/grey with some hazel right around the pupil. It's hard to see in these pictures, but I tried to replicate those eye colors on her doll.


Her hair is 100% wool. She is also stuffed with clean-carded eco-wool, as always. And guess what? I took pictures while adding her hair...so a tutorial will be up later this week. Finally!

15 comments:

  1. Marie is just beautiful! I love her wool hair, and the dress is so sweet and summery. Looking forward to your hair tutorial, too!

    Beth

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  2. BEAUTIFUL as always!!!
    Any suggestions for where to materials. I guess if I'm gonna try to make a doll I'd better get prepared. I think my biggest fear is the face. I'm not so much w/ the embroidering. DH and I were scouring Etsy for dolly dreads the other day LOL. Little bit seems to be on the fence about what colors she'd like.

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  3. @ Beth - *you* are the one that should have a hair tutorial! i feel like i am just making things up as i go, like so much that i do :). thanks for the kind comments though.

    @ t-beri - which materials? fabric? wool? yarn? patterns? i'd love to help you! and i think there are actually some great yarns out there that almost looks like dreads (slub yarn?). actually, this yarn here:

    http://www.colinette.com/categories/yarns/point-five/

    is great! i think it would look cool as dreads :).

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  4. Yeah, I've found some great yarns too, have to check out that site though. Mostly wondering about the wool stuffing and the muslin for the doll body. Thanks for the help!

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  5. Wow! This is such a lovely looking doll. You are so talented! I saw this over at SomewhatSimple and came right over. Great inspiration! Eve from Eveshouse.blogspot.com

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  6. What a pretty doll! I like the face alot, very winsome and cute, but the hands impress me most. Wow, great looking fingers! You do wonderful work.

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  7. @ t-beri - I use Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman a lot (for the bodies). I've also used a few different organic cottons from Michael Miller. And the high-count muslin came from the local quilt store. I wish I could find a local source for the wool (I've been looking). But you can by wool from various Waldorf doll online retailers. Or try A Child's Dream Come True.

    @ Eve and Ann - Thank you both!

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  8. I sent you an email last week, but I thought I'd leave a comment and ask if you wouldn't mind sharing your doll pattern with me. i just had my first baby girl and I would love to make her a beautiful doll. Thank You so much! My email is aubrielle.pluim@gmail.com or politically_incorrect2@hotmail.com

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  9. gorgeous doll. really sweet dress too - i've made one and we love it

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  10. Wonderful. The doll looks so much like my daughter, complete with pigtails, it really made me smile. That aside though, what a fabulous doll, so beautifully made and the face is adorable. And the Oliver + S dress! I've just done mine for the Social and I'm so impressed with the scaled down version - you'd never know you'd altered the proportions as it looks spot on.

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  11. @ sew nancy - i took a peek at your blog and i LOVE the fabrics you chose for the dress. perfect!

    @ jacqui - i'm glad the doll made you smile. she reminds me of my daughter, too. of course, she doesn't wear ponytails much these days (she'll wear one, just not two). and thanks for the comment on the doll dress. i'm looking forward to liesl offering doll-sized versions of her patterns. :)

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  12. Hi this doll is gorgeous do you sell them? my little girl would love one.

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  13. OMG. My little girls would love this doll. Do you still have a pattern for it? Would you be willing to share?
    dmtatro@gmail.com
    Thank you.

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  14. I also have the Mary Frances book and have been wanting to make the clothes, but have no 16 inch dolls for which to make them for. Does your book have the pattern for Marie? if not, would you consider a downloadable version for purchase?

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  15. I'd also love to know if the book has this pattern. If i could make it i'd go buy the mary frances one too. Hardest part of cloth dolls is finding patterns and then finding clothes patterns that actually fit it.

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