Thursday, January 14, 2010

Here is a GREAT idea!




The wonderfully talented Joyce has adapted an old Fibre Craft pattern for the original Free Spirit doll. Isn't her Scarlet absolutely wonderful in this outfit! And best of all, it is crocheted with worsted weight yarn :-)

Fibre Craft published skads of patterns for their 13", 14", and 15" plastic dolls in the 1990's, as well as for their air freshener dolls and Cindy (the mini Free Spirit prototype).

Joyce recommends using a size F hook (instead of G) and a soft worsted weight yarn (Caron Simply Soft). Other soft yarn choices would include Red Heart Soft and Bernat Satin. The bodice fit as is; the skirt needed to be shortened some (Free Spirit is 12 inches tall, these dolls were generally taller). The hat needed a couple more rounds to fit Free Spirit's larger head. Check the fit as you go; getting the bodice to fit is the most important part. Thank-you so much Joyce, for such a great idea; your doll is beautiful!

Need some patterns? Here is a great site listing free bed doll patterns, some are Fibre Craft and some are other very talented women making available their patterns:

http://barbscraftbooks.tripod.com/barbscrochet/id254.html


The link was a little cranky, a couple times it came back and said it couldn't find the page. Persevere! It is there. Most of the patterns have pictures, but a few did not. There were a couple dead links, but most of the links are good.

Enjoy a whole new vista of outfits for your Free Spirit doll. And, Joyce says the air freshener doll patterns fit Mini Free Spirit, with similar modifications :-)

So many patterns, so little time!

11 comments:

  1. Yay!! WTG Joyce love your Scarlet in her new outfit and thank you for sharing your idea!

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  2. That is adorable Joyce did a great job :0)

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  3. I don't know whether my comment went through. I just love this doll.I have some patterns which are copies under my bed from years ago,my friend made the bed dolls. Great idea.
    I've taken the opportunity to look at your stream. You have a beautiful home, I love your creative area, and your family are great. You all look so....happy! I also really love the Christmas stockings, they are my favourite.
    Well done on everything.
    Hugs and Love Suex
    suesfavouritethings.blogspot.com

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  4. Hi All!

    Thank you all for the kind words; I'm so glad Joyce let me share her marvelous doll and outfit here. I'm itching myself to dust off some of those 20 year old patterns and try them on Free Spirit. I've loved the outfits, but not cared that much for the plastic dolls they were designed for.

    Sue, thank-you for your gracious comments about our home and family. We are a pretty happy bunch; we laugh together :-).

    Take care, all,

    Beth

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  5. All your patterns are AMAZING! Great job! :D

    ~crocheter4jesus

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  6. Hi first of all love your patterns,haven't had time to post the dress I made for Free Spirit.So far I've made about a dozen Free Spirit & mini dolls not dressed yet.I also got another idea ,years ago I made a doll that a little girl could dance with,it was a doll that had extra long legs with elastic on the feet to slip over girls feet to dance with,well I think that you doll with a slight bit alterations would be just perfect.I'm working on it now,when I get it done I'll post it along with the other ones I have done...Diane

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  7. Diane, it will be fun to see all of your dolls :-)

    Beth

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  8. Any chance you will be posting the pattern for this outfit?

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  9. Hi Anonymous,

    This pattern is not mine, but a Fibre Craft pattern for their 13 inch plastic dolls. If you'd like to see some free patterns that are similar, there is a site mentioned in the blog post, and also listed under "Links I Love" on the left hand side of the blog page.

    I did find a copy of this pattern through Amazon...you might try there. They have a lot of out-of-print bed doll patterns from Fibre Craft. Not free, but some are still pretty inexpensive. Do an advanced search with 'crochet' as the keyword, and 'Fibre Craft' as the publisher...over 100 booklets will come up :-)

    Beth

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  10. I love the doll and the little dog! Beautiful! :)

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  11. Joyce did a wonderful job with these :-)

    Beth

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