You may remember me introducing Miss Thrift (Penny) to you awhile back.
She is made from flannel and has soft chenille yarn for her hair. She is the first doll made from this particular pattern and was easy enough to make. I always seem to tweak patterns as I go along - as was the case with Penny. Once the doll is made, the real creative fun for me begins! Making her clothes. I always love this part.
She looks good from the front, but there were some major issues to the back of this outfit. It didn't fit! I guess I make dolls too plump for their clothes? There was no way I was going to get the apron to fasten at the back of her neck (without strangling and disfiguring Penny - I know, because I tried!). Add in that the dress was also too tight to fasten without major wrestling and you can see the disappearance of the fun factor in clothes making. Phooey!
Now tell me, does she look fat to you?
I tried to get that first dress and apron to fit her. I played with several options in making it work. All would require extra fiddly work (including some stitch ripping... sigh). Finally I just decided to skip the alteration idea and start fresh. It was much simpler to just add extra allowances in the dress bodice to compensate for my apparent over stuffing of her. I loved the first dress (made from a vintage pillowcase), but I really think the pink print from the vintage sheet I used for her new dress looks pretty nice with her red hair. Perhaps I'm just biased. The fact that this dress actually fit without any extra fiddly work makes it a winner in my books. Do I dare attempt making her some shoes??? ;o)