in their skivvies

the Kit, Chloe and Louise dolls I’ve been working on are finally finished! now it’s time for some outfits…

handmade dolls

***updated to add***
I didn’t really have time to write anything yesterday so I thought I’d just do a little show and tell on the new dolls but Tim’s all “aren’t you even going to talk about them”. Guess he figures if he has to listen to me chatter on about these dolls all week that the rest of you should have to as well. So here’s some chatter for ya. These gals might not look it but are actually quite different than the Kit and Chloe I’d started a few weeks ago. I decided to make their bodies longer and thinner so they look more like the older girls they are than toddlers. This also will make them easier to dress I think. Another difference is I made their bodies out of two layers of quilting cotton instead of the wool felt I’d used on the first two. I was worried it’d be too lumpy when I stuffed them but the second layer of fabric seems to smooth it out quite nicely. After getting their bodies right finally I was stuck on their faces for quite a while. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do different features for each girl but in the end I think the slight differences that come out of being handmade give each one their own personality. And then there’s the hair! Or to be more specific, Chloe’s (the blond’s) hair. Kit and Louise were pretty straightforward but Chloe’s hair is a different story. Finding the right yellow and the right cut.. I’m still not sure I have her just how I want her. I have some “curled” hair that I might try out for her instead. Can’t decide if she’s got straight hair or more wavy curls. This is something I’ve been wrestling with for a while. Maybe this is why I can’t get anyone to take the fact that I am an actual *working* mom seriously, because my work is trying to decide between straight or wavy doll hair. I should make some spreadsheets about it. Maybe a pie chart!

69 thoughts on “in their skivvies

  1. Georgia says:

    Thye look fantastic – OF COURSE. Such sweet little faces.
    My quilting bee stitchette arrived yesterday – gorgeous, and i love the new thankyou card!
    (In Australia a ‘skivvy’ is a turtleneck. Just a piece of useless trivia for you there…)

  2. Holly says:

    My girls and I are eagerly awaiting your new patterns for these dolls. When I saw the photo today with the three of them, I thought, “Betsy, Tacy, and Tib” You have to check out these books if you don’t know them. We are currently reading them together and your dolls really evoke what the books are about.
    Thanks for being such a creative inspiration.

  3. Mean Mommy says:

    I just can’t wait to get my hands on those patterns! Are you going to do patterns for clothes too?
    I hope so, but if not, I have some great vintage doll clothes patterns that are sized just right for your dolls!
    Hurry up!!! 🙂

  4. em.s says:

    my partner likes to tease me about the sewing too. he puts on a high pitched voice and gets all ‘old lady’ and says ‘and what might you be sewing today Emily?’
    i ignore him of course.

  5. Jess says:

    I love them all! You are such an inspiration. I’m working on dolls of my own and sometimes get frustrated, because I am such a perfectionist…plus I’m in the creating stage and so you can’t have everything turn out on the first time! Your work is just beautiful!

  6. jodie says:

    Gorgeous ! I am obsessed with dolls clothes – currently working on riding cloaks, embroidered pantaloons and woollen felted duffle coats.
    Obsessed!!!

  7. kat says:

    when i was little, i had a small collection of cloth holly hobbie dolls. “heather” was my favorite – the brunette with braids. i still have her somewhere. . . these dolls remind me a little of the holly hobbie dolls, but they’re even better!! i can’t wait to see the outfits you come up with. very nice!

  8. Amanda says:

    Oh, they are adorable!! I love Chloe’s hair!! I think it looks really cute as is. I hope you put these out as a put together book, my daughter would love them!

  9. kern says:

    curly! curly!
    I’m a curly girl and when I was little ALL my dolls had perfectly straight hair. I will spare you the lengths I went to to straighten my hair but please make a curly girl.
    BTW, I love the dolls and the stitchette!

  10. Angela says:

    For what it’s worth — I love her slightly shaggy staight hair. It looks like she’s just a little bit of a tomboy and has just come in from playing outside. I’d say keep it.

  11. Erica says:

    I love these dolls. I cannot wait for you to release the patterns. My favorite is Chloe. I think her hair is adorable as is. You are so very talented.

  12. Sally McEntire says:

    I do like these dolls better than the first ones you posted. The changes you made do make them look more grown up! I would love to know how to put hair on a doll, is this going to be included somewhere? BTW – I just got the Big Footed Bunny pattern in the mail and can’t wait to start them. My son has been talking about them ever since he saw their picture while I was browsing your shop. I’m going to give them to my kids for Easter. But they wont be seasonal toys, my kids will love them all year ’round.

  13. meg says:

    No, credibility is measured in meetings (in my recollection of the working world.) You need more meetings, or perhaps a conference call or two….

  14. skinimini says:

    I am telling you, you are going to go down in history as one of the best, and most popular, doll makers of our time. I love everything you make, I love Olive and Archie, I love your sugarplum fairies, and I love these girls! You’re such an inspiration, really and truly. Keep up the good work.

  15. Sharmyn says:

    OH! these remind me of a doll my mother made for me when I was 8 years old. Such sweet memories – can’t wait for the pattern to come!!

  16. stephanie says:

    I can not wait until these little beauties are in a new put-together book!!! My 2 youngest girls (and myself, of course) are just dying to make them and dress them up!!! Yea! A dress-up doll!! Hope they are out in time for summer birthdays!

  17. Mary says:

    So sweet, and what a great idea using the double layer of cotton as well. I like the blonde’s hair, it just looks slightly ‘messy’ enough to look like a real child.

  18. susaninfrance says:

    agree…they look better longer and muslin would be better for a doll being more squishy for putting clothes on, not to mention easier to clean, well, not really sure about that. so these will be a put together book? I can’t wait and i like the suggestion earlier on doll hair instructions. that is a hard thing to do well. i do like the messy hair, if only because it looks like my girls!

  19. shannon says:

    We just home from hospital with daughter #2 and I am so ready for some serious sewing machine time…Georgia has pre-school Monday so maybe then. 🙂 If you need any pattern testers sign me up! With two daughters I’m diving headfirst into crazy doll makin’lady land – and loving it. *grin*

  20. Ann Eve says:

    Hi there,
    I’ve read your blog for a while now, & have had so much fun making pointy kitties (all greatfully received), & am procrastinating re. Olive & Archie – are you going to make a pattern for these girls? They are divine, & I’d love to be able to buy a pattern some time. Thanks for the wonderful blog – wonderful pretty things to look at whilst I submit grant applications!

  21. JennyC.No3 says:

    Spreadsheets and Pie Charts are so last year ;). Trust me, I look at those suckers all day long and would rather be wrestling with dolls and fabric. You do such great work!

  22. Bettsi says:

    Super duper darling dollies! I like Chloe’s hair the way it is. Don’t be afraid of the clothes- you can make patterns from paper towels- it helps a lot.

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