I found the first doll I made back when I started making these vintage dolls in November or December, I like looking at it now and then to see how far I’ve come. Even though there is a lot I still need to learn and improve upon, this gal from a 1940’s pattern and her tatty looking suite with bad stitching (“Hemming? What’s that? Screw hemming!”) not to mention her incredibly sad looking hair, shows me that I’ve definitely improved!
Now, here are some photos one of the larger vintage dolls I’ve been making recently. I believe that the pattern I used for this one was from the 1950’s.
Like I said, I still have a lot I can and will be improving upon, but one of the things I like about making these larger dolls is being able to practice the different dress patterns and making modifications to them. This dress needs work, but I love the puffed sleeves and gathered skirt. Learning to make gathered skirts for these doll dresses helped me be less nervous about doing it on a larger scale, and so I’ve made myself a bunch of gathered skirts in the last couple of months! Including one in the same fabric as the doll dress above.
For one last series of doll pictures, here is a stuffed mouse I found yesterday that I made when I was a kid. This thing is ridiculous! I used to make these for my sisters and they were the first dolls I ever made. This one has weird features, like a really hilarious chin, a belly button and pimples. Because in my child mind, mice could get pimples, I guess? This dude is also covered in tattoos! And really bad stitching. I sewed a penny into the mouse with the stuffing, which is something I did for all the mice I made for my sisters, because I thought that if they ever needed money, they could open up the mouse and they’d have some. Ooh! A whole penny! But then, this was back when we had a corner store that still sold penny candies, so there’s that at least.
I hope you enjoyed these random doll pictures!