This was a gift I'd been planning for quite some time. I wanted to make Miss Bee a handmade doll for Christmas.
I was a bit surprised to find it was difficult to track down a pattern... I found doll patterns but I had a doll in mind that would have felt hair and like clothing patterns seemed to be not a popular item any longer.
Finally I tracked this one down on etsy and I was in business.
I knew I wanted the "hair" to be a golden felt, like Miss Bee's blond fluff... and I had the white with red dots for the body.
One thing I really like about this pattern is that the "outfit" is just a little elastic waist skirt, not a dress to button or zip. I seem to remember Miss Bee's mama's dolls didn't have many clothes on when she was young since it was difficult to dress dolls. I thought this little skirt idea would be easier for a wee one to actually dress... and if not, well the polka dot body is cute too!
The pattern was a pdf I could download so not piece was larger than an 8 1/2 by 11 piece of paper... this meant that a fat quarter was enough for a little skirt! I will admit I got a tad bit carried away with the extra "outfits".
It was pretty quick to put together but if I made it again I would probably change a few things and do them a bit different from the directions.
By Christmas morning she was finished and under the tree... sporting her Scandinavian outfit and with her little red suitcase full of 5 other skirts... one even of flannel, sort of like her pj's that is. You may notice that I didn't make the headband... perhaps Miss Bee will share one of her own?
When Miss Bee got here with her Mama and Daddy it was time for a few gifts... close your eyes since I have a surprise for you!
Oops... I guess at just under 7 months we don't have that concept quite down yet...
But her grandpa helped her out and she seemed to like her first little rag doll. Do you see a resemblance? Between Miss Bee and the doll that is? I used the same shade of blue for the eyes!
This was definitely my favorite holiday project this year... even with all the turning and stuffing!
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season full of family, friends and memories to last a lifetime.
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