Missing out by just one day

This little custom doll came about when a young woman just missed buying Harriet by one day. The challenge for me was to make someone who she fell in love with again. I find that quite difficult, I can’t reproduce a previous doll. The doll was to be called Princess, dark skin and honey blond curls. She came out rather beautiful (just like her ‘mama’)

She is just getting her arms and legs made. The photo above she was unceremoniously wedged in a glass to pose! Here are the fluffy clouds of wool going in to stuffing her arms and the wool wand that makes rolling arms and legs a dream.

As part of a custom order you can choose your doll’s clothes. Princess is to have a pink knitted dress, I’ve ordered this lovely Qing fibre in colourway Cherry Hill. How pink is that?

She is also have a blue Azorean anorak just like Yonas , but this time I’ll use one of my new Liberty prints to line it. I’m also going to make something else as a surprise – I’ll keep you posted!

Part of LinkUp


A younger brother.

A brother and sister have been in my head for a while, I’d not made a 12 inch boy before; he was a joy to make, he’s called Yonas.

I had fun making these dungarees, there are so many lovely little details on them, the pockets and tool loop. I first made the pattern full size then adapted it for Yonas.

Then there is his anorak, again beautiful details in Noodle clothing’s pattern. I gave Yonas a fancy car print lining on his anorak. He looks so cute with his hood up.

Underneath those dungarees he has a little checked brushed cotton shirt. This I adapted from two garments! A pyjama top pattern and the cuffs from the robe which I cut on the bias. I also slimmed down the sides and made short sleeves. It was a little fiddly but I was pleased with the result.

Finally of course, his leather trainers and knitted socks.

Yonas goes up for sale Sunday 6th January at 18.00 GMT in my Etsy Shop. Part of Link Up.

This girl has style!

This lovely Izara has been through many changes of clothes. I’d imagined her in pastel colours, buttery yellows, powder blues, embroidery and tailoring. However she tried on the first pair of dungarees I made for Orla, oh and they suited her so much. The dark rich blue against her beautiful dark skin! I had to make Orla another pair (those green polka dot ones). Do you recognise the pattern? Yep Meadowfinch again!

The second outfit is yet another ‘hand me down’. This dress has pin tucks on the bodice and some more on the skirt and is made of a jewel purple linen from Ray Stitch. Then to keep her shoulders warm a knitted bolero, it’s a cute and easy make, from the talented Swish & Swirl. And the wool, the wool……..from my Loop purchase it’s the Life in the Long Grass hand dyed sock wool in ‘Weathered’ colour ways.

Last but not least ……..shoes and socks, leather Mary Janes and hand knitted socks, Life in the Long Grass ‘Baroque’. Finishes the outfit off perfectly.

Izara as goes up for sale Sunday 6th January at 18.00 GMT in my Etsy Shop.

Birthday clothes for Orla

Izara does love dressing up and so is modelling Orla’s birthday clothes for me. The clothes consist of my firm favourite Hawthorn dungarees by Meadowfinch.

This time I did something a little different with the pockets trying out a some polka dot smocking using a tutorial I found by Teresa DownUnder.

Then there is a hoodie pattern is by Flossie Potter that I made in the softest, snuggliest sweatshirting I got from my recent trip to Ray Stitch.

….and finally a little tote bag in a Cath Kidston like floral with leather straps. I make it about 3/4 scale as it’s meant for a bigger doll.

So there you have it, happy birthday to Orla (and Niamh) and thank you Izara for your modelling.