a doll for Penny

I made this doll from the Kit, Chloe and Louise pattern, to go to a little blond friend of ours. Our friend Penny is a super talented and creative girl and I was so pleased when her mom said she was loving the toys I’ve been making because I’d already had this one in mind for her. Never too old for dolls!

Her outfits were all made from recycled baby/kids clothes. I am definitely still loving this process, although it’s not always as quick and easy as I imagine it will be. I’ve probably had as many failures as successes but I learn a helpful trick each time. Once I have it nailed down I’ll post some tutorials. Basically I just use the pattern pieces from the clothing in the pattern and start cutting trying to keep as many finished hems and cute details as possible. If my Bernina was up and running I think these would be a breeze but as it is I’m having lots of machine-eating-knits delays. It’s worth it though because it’s so nice to have soft, cozy outfits for these soft, cozy dolls.

11 thoughts on “a doll for Penny

  1. Kelly says:

    So adorable! Does the pattern have instructions for mixing yarns for hair as you did? Also what yarns did you use for this girl’s hair? I love the chunky look!

  2. Jody says:

    Love Pennys doll! Oh the hair, the hair!!!!
    I’m so glad you shared how you are using used clothing to make doll clothes. My granddaughter really wants pants for her Louise doll (and for her baby doll). Do you ever do pants?

  3. Jody says:

    Thank you so much, Hillary! PJs would be fun for her to have and I think I can manage pants for her baby doll too. You’re a dear!

  4. Hillary Lang says:

    Hi Andrea, for the shirt I used the shirt pattern included in the Kit, Chloe and Louise pattern, slightly modified (I straightened the arms). The skirt is just a rectangle. The gathered skirt is just a longer rectangle gathered 🙂 Both were cut from recycled baby clothes so lots of details were in the original clothes.

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