Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Beginnings of a Doll Wardrobe

I didn't think I'd enjoy sewing up doll clothes as much as I have. It's satisfying to be able to start and finish these projects so quickly. It only takes a bit of cloth, so I'm using up some scraps that I just couldn't bear to toss out. The few projects I completed yesterday have spurred me on to sew some more! I'm hoping to sew a couple of tops and dresses today. Here's what I've completed thus far by simply measuring (more like eye-balling) and stitching together:

Doll Nightie

I used some jersey knit scraps and stretch lace trim. I opted for a sleeveless gown...easier for me and for little fingers dresssing the doll.

Doll Panties
I feel a little risqué posting these; however a girl has to have underthings! I'm not happy with the way I made the leg openings, so I'll have to make a better pattern for the next pair. These were made from lavender stretch lace scraps.

Doll Skirt
I've been saving this piece of red toile for quite a while.  It was just a bit of fabric, but perfect for a doll skirt! It's a simple gathered waist with a bit of elastic for ease. I think it took me all of 15 minutes from start to finish.

Crocheted Scarf
After turning off the sewing machines for the night (have to let the kids sleep!), I still wanted to 'create.' I pulled out the only yarn I have...can't even remember what project I used it for long, long ago...and decided to crochet. I do not have the dexterity for crochet. My muscle-memory in my fingers does not allow for pretty stitches. I had to use the largest crochet hook (I think it's a 19mm for in kids) and a single crochet stitch. It's the only stitch I know besides chaining! LOL Oh, how I miss my Grandma at times like these. I had the biggest urge to call her last night. She made the most beautiful crocheted items. In her later years, she devoted time to stitching each family member an afghan. I use mine every day. I love to cuddle up under it.  Grandma was left-handed like me. She would have been able to show me how to do more stitches. I selfishly only took time enough to listen to her and learn the chain stitch and single crochet stitch. It's a regret I have to live with. I miss her a lot. She's been gone almost 3 years now. Well, I've digressed. Here's the scarf I created. Perhaps, I'll try a hat...

Oh, how I can't wait to finish the little doll wardrobe!

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