A Week of Handmade : Itsy, bitsy sewing

For my girl…. my 8 year old girl…. I sewed up a pile of clothes for her two favorite doll friends. Mostly of vintage fabrics that I had in my stash…. little bits and pieces of lovely fabric that were just too small for most anything else. I had no patterns, which made it a little, uhm…. interesting at times.

The first outfit included a recycled wool sweater and I really don’t like it, the sweater that is. I almost didn’t share it here with you… but then I thought to myself…. maybe it’s good to share the ugly things once in awhile so you know that I also have those grumbly crafting moments. I may have even tossed this sweater on the floor when I was done with it. Just maybe. And then perhaps my husband, who came in with chocolate to see how things were going, reminded me that a stuffed doll and an 8 year old girl are probably not incredibly concerned with a perfectly sized sweater. Turns out my girl likes that one the best due to the fact that it was made from an old favorite sweater of hers. Who knew?

  

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the sweater

  

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fortunately, things got better after that

  

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sweet well loved babies

  

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my favorite

  

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my girl has requested matching linen pants to these

  

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hat & sweater handknits for Lucy

  

See you tomorrow for some more handmade goodness!

{The beautiful knitted sweater came from a pattern by The Sitting Tree on etsy, the size small fits these dolls perfectly and it is very well written & easy to follow! We’re trying this one next.}

     

22 thoughts on “A Week of Handmade : Itsy, bitsy sewing

  1. Gorgeous! I haven’t tried doll clothes yet, mostly because my oldest refuses to touch a doll and I haven’t managed to make a pattern for stuffed octopus or shark clothing! Ooh, those would be wonderful big girl pants. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I THINK every last one of the pieces is to die for!
    OMG (I don’t *OMG* very often 🙂 ) I freaking love the little cardigan sweater pixie hat duo!

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  3. wow – i am partial to the unicorns too! and i’d definitely choose the handknit over the blue sweater – though it does NOT look ugly in any way, really! in fact, i’ve made far uglier! ; )

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  4. I just love these. Every time I see a waldorf outfit for the doll I envision myself wearing the same thing. That last sweater I would love in my size and the yarn you used is so wonderful. You are quite the toymaker these days. You are so very talented and I just love everything you’re doing.

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  5. Oh wow, little sewing is very different than big sewing… lots of hard to reach places! I'll take sewing big girl pants any day! {ps – good luck on finding shark & octopus patterns, that sounds like an awful lot of fun!}

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  6. Wouldn't that make a lovely summer dress? It came out as one of my favorites… especially with the old green button in it. I loved the sweater pattern! It was so well written & fit perfectly 🙂

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  7. Oh yes, everything is super cute! I agree, I have been sewing people clothing for almost 18 years but doll clothing.. I wish I loved it, I feel bad for not making more clothing for my girls dolls, after all, I make all the dolls, how can that be easier??
    Well still, your little outfits are inspiring, and I have been contemplating having doll cloths be part of birthday gifts this year, thanks for some extra motivation!

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  8. I'd love to see you creations! I think the knitted sweater & elastic waist skirt is the easiest combo in the long run….. oh yes and the wrap style dress too…. I should really draft up some patterns for these! I sure learned a lot through error in the process 🙂

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