26 January 2011

Dolly Jammies for my Baby's Baby

Baby had her second set of ear tubes placed recently, and she was such a trooper. After she finally settled down for a nap, I wanted to do something special for her. I had a pattern on hand (an ebay score!) for doll clothes that I've used before. I had enough scraps from Baby's Christmas jammies to make some matching ones for her dolly, Baby Ann.  With everything on hand, I thought this would be a simple project. 

Thankfully Baby took an extra long nap (and I had some extra fabric!), because the first effort was an epic fail.  The pattern called for ribbed knit cuffs and binding, and I tried using strips of woven cotton fabric instead.  The sleeve openings were too small for the doll's fists, and the bum area was too tight for her plump posterior.

I wanted to show you all that I'm as prone to making mistakes as the next person.  The point is to not let a failure get in your way of doing what you want.  Figure out what you did wrong, learn from it, and just try again.  The second outfit worked much better. 

I loved the wrap style of this top.  It fastens with velcro, which is easy for Baby to open and close.  Dollies need frequent wardrobe changes in our house.  Her footie pajama bottoms have an easy pull on elastic waist.

For those of you are curious, this dolly is a vintage Madame Alexander Baby Huggums.  I found her on ebay a few years ago.  She was made in the late 1970s.  She has a soft, bean bag type tummy with vinyl arms, legs, and head and sleepy eyes.  The newer dollies have fabric arms and legs.   Baby has recently fallen in deep love with being a mommy to Baby Ann, just like I did when I was her age.  I finally have a girl who loves dolls like I did as a child.  Huzzah!

Sharing with Creation Corner, Freckled Laundry, and Be Different Act Normal.

4 happy thoughts:

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

First, shot #3 is absolutely precious - and second, this outfit is such a special gift. I have seen these sort of dolls (being a child of the 70s, but I never knew their name or their history -so I thank you for this and the link)

I do hope your daughter finds some relief with the surgery, my older daughter has always been a sickly child and has battled hearing loss for over a year now due to tube troubles, so I am empathize with this situation.

PS Aren't doll clothes so less forgiving re sizing than real people clothes?

Jess said...

what a cute dolly! and the PJ's too!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Nothing room with a bit of plump postier!!!! :-)

You sound like a completely gorgeous mummy. What a lovely thing to dofor your daughter.


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

This is really sweet! I have LOTS of dollies so I really should try to make some! Thanks for the ideas! ♥

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