I am so glad I had little girls because what would I sew for them otherwise? I started making dolls about a year ago, and according to my count I have finished 5 dolls (all girls) and started and at least 4 more in varying degrees of completion.Since I am insistent on making my own patterns entirely from scratch, it has been a learning process. Especially since I am almost completely self-taught and I haven't ever read or even looked at a 'real' pattern. Finally, with this one for Fiona I got as close as I have ever gotten. It is almost just as I would have it and I am looking forward to beginning the next one and getting closer to the final product.
Incidentally, one evening when I was becoming increasingly frustrated with a construction issue, I emailed Hillary Lang of Wee Wonderfuls and just hoped she could take a minute and offer some advice. She was wonderful! She emailed me back within minutes, and we relayed back and forth a couple of times. I really appreciated her willingness and attentiveness. Plus, her stuff is super cute, so check out her book!
I also made her a dress, a quilt, and a pillow. I had wanted Timm to make her a cradle but I asked at the last minute so that will have to wait until Christmas.
Her birthday crown, again.
Michelle had the fantastic idea that my birthday crowns would make a great birthday gift. Duh! Bella was invited to a birthday party tonight with only two days notice. I didn't feel like spending any more late nights pursuing my doll perfection ambition, so I whipped this up while Fiona napped.
Then I added a wand to go with it, equally improvised.
I didn't have any wrapping supplies or car to get any, so I improvised here as well. I wrapped up the crown in fabric and tied the wand on with a ribbon.
Is it cute, or hobo-esque?
Apparently it's also really hard when it is a friend's birthday and not your own. Since I made these last 2 crowns Bella has informed me that she wants her crown to be taller, she wants a bow on hers, ribbon ties on the back, embroidered stars, fabric on the back, and a wand. Poor Bella, always gets the dregs of my creativity. Right. (Case in point: notice her handmade shirt and skirt, which she begs to wear every day. Ahem.)