I was the type of girl who was obsessed with dolls--their clothes especially. I started sewing when I was six because I wanted to make doll clothes. My grandmother was a kindred spirit and she used to make the most wonderful doll clothes for me and my sister and our cousins, including fantastically styled, retro Barbie doll outfits. (I inherited her 1960's magazine of Barbie patterns and it is awesome.)
As an adult, I didn't lose my interest in sewing for dolls, so Grace and Brigid had pretty nice doll wardrobes, and I dabbled in doll making as well. I had a standard rag doll pattern and I used to sell or donate them or give them as gifts.
|My "standard" rag doll--not sure where the forehead stain came from.|
I had two kits, actually. The kit for the doll itself and another for a Shaker outfit. The doll was faceless and with no arms or legs. So I finished the doll and made the Shaker outfit. It was a fun project and not particularly difficult, although sewing in miniature can be fiddly and the straw bonnet was a bitch--partly because the glue that came with the kit was dried out and I substituted Martha Steward glitter paste, which is too stiff. (The glue itself isn't glittery, it's intended to affix glitter to things.)
|I had difficulty with the facial antiquing. |
The paints and varnish had dried out and reconstituting them with water wasn't entirely successful.
|Painted on shoes. The feet are filled with sand to give them heft.|
|Shaker dress and apron|
The bonnet barely fits over the hair, so I hung it from her neck by the strings and it looks like she's hauling a covered wagon on her back. I wouldn't have chosen all that brown myself, but it's what came in the kit.