mercredi 2 novembre 2016

PuppenMITmacherei - DollSewAlong,
5th meeting - Dressing the doll

As a first doll for a toddler, this doll looks always 'dressed' with its nickey velours body and it only needs a basic outfit that is easy to handle for little hands: dungarees and a hat.

To me there is a big difference between sewing dolls and sewing clothes. As much as I enjoy sewing a doll, I don't get so much excited about sewing clothes. But since a friend told me that my dolls were not finished because they were not really dressed (thank you Emmy!), I had to do something about that. This book by Corinne Crasbercu has been of great help to figer out the principles of how clothes are made. There are patterns and detailed descriptions, from simple or chique underwear, to dresses with lace - and there is a Little Red Riding Hood outfit with a lovely woolen cape.

I am learning, but I still keep it all simple: for the dungarees I used the basic pattern of the pinafore on the cover page, and prolonged the bottom part:
Once the hem sewn, I made a cut-away in the middle for the legs, added an elastic for the ankles, et voilà:

The hat.
I got some wool, needles and my knitting spool out and - while enjoying the warm October sun - tried different colours and stitches:

The idea was to knit a hat with a little stem and an irregular rim, - something like the ones Elsa Beskow's acorn children are wearing:


I finally  chose for a garter stitch, knitting sideways and with short rows. The stem was made with the knitting spool:

All set now. The next and last step for the December meeting is the little blanket I usually make to accompany the doll. Children often just love to wrap their doll up and carry it around like that.
Off now to see what the other 'couturières' of this PuppenMITmacherei have created!

3 commentaires:

  1. Hello Agathe,
    Really sweet. <3
    Especially the hat is so lovley.
    Best wishes

  2. Hallo Agathe,
    dein Püppchen ist so toll geworden und die Mütze... die ist einfach fantastisch!

    Liebe Grüße

    1. Thank you for the compliments! Das Ausprobieren gab schon viel Spass.
      Liebe Grüsse