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.
Once the hem sewn, I made a cut-away in the middle for the legs, added an elastic for the ankles, et voilà:
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:
Off now to see what the other 'couturières' of this PuppenMITmacherei have created!