For H's first Christmas, I was determined to get her a red-headed baby doll. This proved difficult to find, especially since I wanted one with baby-safe hair and eyes. I really didn't want to make one because I was afraid I wouldn't have time, but I eventually decided that was the only way to get just what I wanted, so I decided to attempt the Black Apple doll pattern that is very popular among sewing types. (Apparently it's been around for a few years, but I only started sewing in earnest last summer, so it was new to me!)
The pattern calls for a painted face and felt hair, but I wanted something softer and less pilly for the hair, and I knew I would make a hash of a painted face, so I opted for felt applique and embroidery for the facial features and a super-soft smooth minky fabric for the hair.
It's quite a bit orange-er than H's real hair, but it's very hard to replicate her sweet coppery color in fabric form!
And the face is definitely a bit wonky (I never said I actually knew how to embroider), but I think that adds to her "homespun charm."
|I named her Miss Liza, after a certain somebody I've always admired. That's Liza with a Z. ;-)|
|Yikes -- apparently last Christmas I was really bad at photography. Hopefully I'm a little better now!|
I gave her a denim dress with a lacy collar and ruffles, and under the ruffles I wrote a secret message with a laundry marker. I freely confess I stole this idea from these AMAZING dolls. I had wanted to buy her one, but they are in high demand and had stopped taking orders long before Christmas.
|Bible verse under the top ruffle. There's also a little love note under the second one.|
So now I'm trying to decide: flesh-colored patches or fun, mismatched, colorful ones? What's your vote?
|H and Miss Liza on Christmas morning|