A Doll for My Niece

This is a doll for one of my three nieces. Last week we had an unexpected, but WELCOME, visit by my older sister and her family. We have been busy (everything but sewing)! So I finally just got around to finishing this doll last night and snapped a few pictures to share this morning.

For Christmas 2008, I made dolls for my three daughters and my youngest niece. A few months later, I learned that one of my older nieces wanted me to make her a doll, too. Uh, OF COURSE!!! I was touched. And even though it's taken me a long time to get around to making her doll, she still seems eager to have it (she's now 9). She actually saw the doll last week while it was still in progress and seems happy with it :).

I used a premium-quality muslin for this doll and she is stuffed with wool, as usual. Her hair is Lamb's Pride Bulky weight yarn (85% wool and 15% mohair). Her eyes, though not photographed well, are actually 3 different shades of blue. They don't "glow" so much in real life as these pictures might depict :). We still need our camera fixed (it's letting in too much light).

My niece's one request was that her doll have orange converse-style tennis shoes. I special-ordered them just for her. I thought the shoes would go well with this Heather Ross VW van fabric. Plus, the fabric is cool just like my niece. The dress is the same Vogue one I've used in the past (Vogue 7486) and it has orange metal snaps on the back. Cute!

Now I'm working on another doll for my oldest daughter. It will be the doll that she makes doll clothes for this summer/upcoming year(s). She's already named it...

I'll do a Mary Frances/summer sewing update later this week. My daughter has been busy.

I've also been getting several requests about doll hair...so I'm trying to put together a tutorial. Stay tuned!


  1. She is absolutely wonderful :-) I love the single ply wool yarn for hair. And those tennies are perfect!


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  2. I just LOVE your dolls. I found a vintage shirley temple doll pattern that I think would be perfect to achieve a similar look but I'm a big fat chicken. I know I won't be able to pull off something as gorgeous as these. LOVE the converse, very cool and the HR fabric. The girls in your life are lucky in deed.

  3. Thanks, Beth. I agree...the single ply wool is my favorite. And I like the weight of the Lamb's Pride yarn.

    And thank you t. Give your pattern a try! Beth (she posted up above) has some great advice on her blog that might help.

  4. Hi! I found your blog via the ice cream social on flickr. Your dolls are beautiful! Do you have a pattern or do you just make them? I also love that your daughter was able to wear the same dress on her first and last day of preschool. It is so great to get that much use out of something that you have made for her.


  5. LOVE this! I am so in love with your doll and the dress! And yes, please, a hair tutorial. I have a cloth doll in DIRE need of a yarn-hair makeover.

  6. She's just a beuty! Wonderful eyes! I love her!!!!

  7. @ Rebecca - Thank you. I use a self-drafted pattern that I've been tinkering with for the past 1 1/2 years. I love the O + S patterns and am so excited for the sew-along! I have my fabric all ready to go... :)

    @ Rae and melafragola - thank you both. I'm working on that hair tutorial!

  8. Please, please please please make your doll pattern purchasable...I absolutely love you dolls and I can't believe the amazing work you do! This is a pattern I would buy, in a heartbeat!

  9. I am so beyond excited to have found your blog. My three girls are still young but I fully intend to get all of the Mary Frances books (especially the sewing one) when they are old enough to be able to stitch and hopefully by then you will be offering a pattern to your dolls!? :)

    I design paper dolls and really enjoy this but how cool that you make actual dolls and outfits and they are SO BEAUTIFUL! Thanks so much for the inspiration and for sharing with all of us!