Thursday, September 29, 2016
Prairie Flowers bloom again
Seven years ago, I created a cloth doll pattern I called Prairie Flowers, which is available here on the blog (look down the left sidebar for the doll and her clothing pattern).
That was the last time I made cloth dolls. Sitting at the sewing machine for hours on end gave me a backache, and crochet and knit dolls consumed all my interest...until Joyce introduced me to Ann Wood's Tiny Rag Doll. Hand sew a cloth doll? I was told you should never do this. But, at least at this small scale, it works just fine. In fact, in small corners and curves you have much more control over the sewing if you do it by hand.
So how about making a diminutive version of the Prairie Flower doll? How about a Pocket Prairie Flower :-) So I reduced the pattern by 50% (simply a printer selection before printing out the pattern) and here she is! The difference in instructions for this doll vs. her larger sister is that I made stiff templates for the doll body pattern pieces, instead of making freezer paper templates. Trace around your stiff pattern pieces to create the sewing lines, then cut out the pieces adding a seam allowance as you cut out.
If you want to make her the same wardrobe as the original doll, I would reduce the pattern by 50%, then trace your pattern onto fabric on the sewing line, not the cutting line. Cut out, leaving some margin for the seam allowance, and hand sew along the sewing line. At least, that is what I intend to do.
Don't be put off by the shape of her head. I tend to like dolls with slightly oversize heads, and this doll is no exception. I like a lot of forehead, and also like to place the eyes of the doll at the midpoint of the head. This gives a more childlike look to the doll, which is what I prefer.
Her hair is a wig cap with braids, made from Knit Picks Palette, a fingering weight yarn, and a size 1 steel crochet hook. I embroidered shoes on her feet, just for fun.
She likes the bed I made for the Ann Wood dolls, but fortunately for all of them, she cannot wear their clothing :-)