Sunday, March 3, 2013
Six years on, Nancy Ann and the dolls she inspired
About six years ago, I was smitten by the little doll above. She is a Nancy Ann Storybook doll. These dolls were produced from the mid 1930's through the 1950's, and transitioned from all bisque to hard plastic in the 1948 time frame. The little girl above is a hard plastic Nancy Ann, with move-able head and legs, and sleep eyes. She is 5 1/2 inches tall, and free standing.
I purchased this book at the time; it is a wonderful reference book for the bisque Nancy Ann doll, and is chock full of pictures, especially comparison shots of the undressed dolls and their dimensions. A dream book for a dollmaker :-)
The summer of 2007 found me making many, many little crochet cousins of this dear little doll. I wrote down some rudimentary instructions, dressed them in international costumes, then walked away from them...for six years!
So, this post is more about inspiration than instructions, although I do have instructions for you to make your own little doll, that I call Forget-Me-Knot Kids.
I'm afraid there are no instructions for the outfits above; sometimes it is just fun to sit down with thread and hook and create, without writing down every step of the way. However, I did record a basic bodice and underwear; every outfit I ever make springs from these simple patterns.
Here is my updated doll, free standing and with a move-able head and leg joints:
And the pattern: Forget-Me-Knot Kids.
A great source of costume inspiration is Dover Publications. I used a paper doll sticker book for the International costumes above; I think this book is still in publications. Paper doll books are inexpensive, colorful, and simply fun :-)
Coming soon: basic clothing patterns. They can be the start of a creative journey; enjoy the crochet!