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Baby Brynlee’s Doll

Published July 29, 2013 by funkefragmentz

This is the beginning of a doll that I made for my oldest daughter’s best friend’s baby girl…phew! That was a long list of relations šŸ˜‰

I love making dolls and this one was an exceptional pleasure since it was to be for my daughter’s long time friend. I started with the Simplicity pattern you see above #2462.

I decided on using (trying for the first time) a pre-set face that would be pressed onto the fabric. It was actually quite easy and I liked the outcome.

This fun pack of iron on faces came in 3 different colors, blue, green and brown, all in the same package which was a great buy.

Following the pattern instructions, I began the body and stuffed it. As you can see I had marked in the face in the beginning, thinking that I would embroider it. Then I decided on the pre made/iron on style face.

This is the body and face put together.

The material that I decided on and the hair type (below) that I used. The hair is a synthetic curly style that I hadn’t used before. I searched online for a video that would show me how to make a wig out of this type of hair and didn’t get much help. I did find a short clip of a make-shift wig and went with it.

It worked great for the style of doll that I wanted to make, she has a bonnet that covered the head and made it easy to use less hair and not worry about the part as much.

This method worked very well for a doll with a hat. I started by cutting similar lengths of hair and laying them side by side across a strip of copy paper. When I felt that I had enough to cover the top of the head, I ran a stitch down the length of the paper and stay stitched each end. I placed the strip on top of the doll’s head and hand stitched it in place, making sure that it was positioned in the center and had just enough length for the bangs to reach nicely above the eyes.

This is the bonnet (above) that came with the pattern as a choice for types of dolls that you could make. I chose to make the pinafore (reminded me of clothes that my Mother used to make for my girls) and pantaloons. I added a shoe that I had from another pattern, its actually a shoe for a “real” baby but I cut it down for this 18 inch doll.

This was a fun doll to make from beginning to end and I’m looking forward to beginning the clothes for my grandson’s “Woodsman” doll. It will be on a shelf as an addition to his foresty themed bedroom.

I didn’t capture many of the clothing stages of Baby Brynlee’s Doll šŸ˜¦ but will definitely not let that get lost this time around with the Woodsman!

These are a few of the finished images of Brynlee’s doll…..

IĀ  hand stitched all clothing, hat and shoes onto the doll itself so that they wouldn’t come off. I thought that most likely it would stay on a shelf…but…just in case Brynlee wanted to play with her šŸ˜‰

Thanks so much for stopping by, I’m off to work on the Woodsman and also a cart cover for Mr. Cole (most shopping carts are larger than the pre-made covers)!

Michelle

The Little “White” Dress

Published June 26, 2013 by funkefragmentz

Beautiful in white eyelet
This is a dress that I put together for my youngest daughter, she needed something “White” to wear to a Spa event that she was volunteering at.
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This is the top portion of the dress and I will say that this was quite the challenge, but a lot of fun too. The top called for a bit of detail, covering inside waist seams, bias tape on armholes, buttonholes and some hand stitching.
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The bottom of the skirt has a beautiful eyelet embroidered edge that was just waiting to be shown off, I made a few adjustments and worked this piece in.
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The finished dress was to have buttons and buttonholes but with the time allowance that we had to work with, I opted to put in snaps and a waistband eye hook.
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A stretchy, full length strappy slip, a gold metallic belt and sandals to match! She was read to go!
I’ll post a picture of the finished dress with my daughter in it soon.
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I do love my New Home sewing machine…it does make sewing that much more interesting and fun!

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