The last couple of months I have been making dolls by two dollmakers: Carla Vigliucci and LuluCompotine. Their dolls are similar, and both have extensive, and different, wardrobes. Both designers use constructions techniques that create beautiful doll bodies. You can find their patterns here:
Since I enjoy 'Frankensteining,' I have taken the techniques I like the most from both of these designers to make Ella, Ivy, and Ann, the three dolls above. In their bare feet, they are 9 1/4 inches tall. I used Knit Picks Curio 3 crochet cotton for the dolls and most of their clothing, with mohair and wool yarn for their hair.
These simple dresses are from LuluCompotine, with shoes from Carla Vigliucci. The sweater is my own design.
The girls wanted nightgowns, so I knit them some. Thank you to Dawn Smith for the inspiration to use to the 'long tail cast on,' which creates a much neater neckline, and for the cap sleeve version of the nightgown (Anne in blue is wearing this). If you are unfamiliar with the long tail cast-on, check out Google and watch some video's. Once you get the hang of it, it will be your go-to cast-on.
Pattern for the knit nightgowns can be found here...caveat, they have not been pattern tested, so their may be some goofs (almost guaranteed!)
As always, enjoy the day and enjoy the crochet!