The doll project

You may remember me talking about sewing - well I have started, but not with what you think.  I have become a little side-tracked and have decided to make a doll!!!  Why, you may ask.  Well, my cousin Clara asked in her blog about the types of arts and crafts we have been doing.  As I was writing the list I remembered I had made 3 dolls when I was 18 and I loved making the clothes.  I have no daughters  (or granddaughters) so I have no one to make pretty dresses for - but if I make a doll and can sew beautiful dresses to my hearts content.

But first I need to make the doll . . . so far 2 arms and 1 leg.  I have started the dress, but you will have to wait to see that!!

As I haven't sewn for 22 years - I had to go and buy "stuff" - pins, marking pens, cotton, needles, un-pickers (very handy) . . .  plus a pin-cushion (I have never owned one).   My sons, when they saw the mouse (see photo) they thought it was pretty cool!! However I need to keep it away from Ruby - she wanted to play with it!!
However I have run into a little problem (don't laugh) . . . I have got older in the last 22 year (only just realised!) and my eye sight is not as good as it once was.  As I was hand sewing the arms/legs on Saturday night and I couldn't see what I was doing.  So . . . I am off to an eye appointment on Wednesday afternoon and once I have my new glasses I will re-commence my project.  I usually wear glasses for computers and reading but they are 3 years old and need replacing.

Stay tuned dear friends. . . 

PS Ruby was so good when I was cutting out the pattern (on the floor) she sat and watched, playing with the scrap paper.  As a reward she was given a piece of fabric to play with.

PSS - another sign of age . . .  had trouble getting up off the floor after cutting out the pattern!!!


  1. I've got a confession to make... I DID laugh! :P I hope you don't mind too much!! :)
    I'm so excited about your doll-making project! Looking forward to seeing more! :)

  2. Mmm... with old age comse license to be cranky at whipper snappers and the allowance to say inane things and get away with it... so it's not all bad ;) I'm starting to cash in that already, but perhaps it's still a bit early for me?

  3. Oh what fun! I can't wait to see how it all turns out. I made dolls when I was younger, too. I made a set of Little Women dolls, and sewed all the beautiful dresses for them. They had porcelain heads, hands, and feet. Where have they gone now? If I only knew! Enjoy your wonderful project.

    (I'm going through the whole eye-glasses thing myself just now. When did my cross-stitches get so tiny??)

  4. It sure does sound like fun. I look forward to seeing more of your doll making.

  5. Hey don't worry - I have trouble getting up off the floor. Something about 6 pregnancies and being overweight doesn't agree with my knees.

    I look forward to seeing your doll. (I tried to make my daughter some PlaySchool characters a few years ago. Humpty Dumpty turned out alright, but Jemima just doesn't look right.)

    Ruby is a good puss cat to let you cut your pattern without wanting to get in there and mess it up. I have distant memories of having to shut my kitties in another room when I was cutting a pattern.

  6. My how things do change as we get older! You made me laugh at your trials here! You and kitty Ruby will make a lovely doll I am betting. Can't wait to see the dresses you make also!

    Good luck with our new glasses - new ones are always such an adjustment!

    getting older - is not for the faint of heart!


  7. You are hilarious!!!!
    Eager to see how all your stitching goes!

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