Friday, November 25, 2016
White Friday 2016
The Friday after Thanksgiving. White Friday. On this day I try make something special for someone; today it was apple gingerbread bars for a dear friend and her oldest daughter :-) My friend had moved several states away earlier this spring, and this is the first we have seen each other since. It was great! The South agrees with her, and our friendship is as deep and true as ever.
After our visit, I began working on these delightful dolls by Hillary Lang. The pattern is the Make-Along Doll, a very simple and sweet cloth doll with a years worth of wardrobe. At this point Hillary is at nine patterns and counting up to 12.
The pattern makes a doll 16 inches tall, but this was a bit bigger than I wanted. It is easy to reduce a pattern, so these dolls, reduced to 60% of the original size, are between 10 and 11 inches tall. Also, I chose to hand stitch the dolls, instead of machine stitch them.
You notice they are different sizes and proportions. No change was made to the pattern; this is the result of placing the patterns on the fabric either along the straight grain (parallel to the selvage edge) or on the cross grain (perpendicular to the selvage edge).
Believe it or not, woven fabric has a stretch to it. If you take your fabric and pull it parallel to the selvage, you will find very little if any stretch. Pull it perpendicular, and there will be a noticeable stretch to the fabric. Cloth dolls are stuffed very firmly, and will distort the doll in the direction of maximum stretch.
So, if you want a slender bodied doll, place your doll body pattern pieces perpendicular to the selvage edge. If you want a shorter and plumper look, place the pieces parallel to the selvage. There is no right or wrong way, just whatever way you like best!
As you can see, there is a good inch difference in the height of the doll, and the shorter girl has a rounder face and plumper body. Both are adorable; which do you like best?
So, I hope your White Friday was a good one. A gift of handmade is a gift of your time, a piece of yourself, and a very precious offering.