I’ve wanted to try my hand at doll-making for a long time – ever since I received a hand-made cabbage patch doll, maybe when I was five years old. I still have that handmade doll, and I did hand-sew some dolls from felt with wooden-bead heads as a kid. They weren’t very fancy, but we had a great time with them. My siblings and I transformed a piece of furniture into an apartment complex and made things for the dolls – tiny paintings, violins out of Sculpey clay, violin cases and clothing from felt, and furniture from cardboard and other recyclables. We even had bank accounts.
So, I bought LiEr’s owie doll pattern and made these three dolls instead of packing for our trip! LiEr, the girls did have shorts, but Emma has vetoed their wearing them. She is a huge fan of the reversible outfits, though =) They are lacking accessories, but those will appear in time. I was going to make them look like the kids, but Emma vetoed that. She wanted brown hair, and I figured that – since we weren’t making matching dolls anyway – brown eyes would be easier to embroider.
For now, they are being played with most enthusiastically:
Although I find them to be exceptionally camera shy:
LiEr, the braids inspired Emma to (finally) let me braid her hair – and sometimes she even leaves them in! Hooray for Emma getting her hair done!!!