As the only girl in my family, I spent a lot of time by myself playing with my dolls. They were my babies, and I cared for their every need. I got them ready for bed, fed, clothed, and diapered with the best of them. Even when I was too old to "play" with my babies, I made them wardrobes of clothes. Fast forward 25 years, and my oldest daughter doesn't play with dolls like I did. It's been a bit of a struggle for us to relate on this point. Then I found a darling book at the library.
The book is called Fanny, written by Holly Hobbie. Does that name ring a bell for anyone else born in the 70's?
It's a story about a little girl who wants a fashion doll (called a Connie doll in this book) who's mom doesn't want such things in her house. (Sound familiar, mom?) So, Fanny makes her own doll. Fanny also makes clothes for her doll, whom she names Annabelle. Fanny even makes a doll for Annabelle in the end. In one book, I was able to explain my childhood to Big Sister in a way I couldn't before. I think we understand each other a bit better. With my help, Sis made a dress for her doll, Elizabeth. I followed the Oliver + S Popover Sundress Doll Size, using scraps from the dress I made for Sis last year.
I also made a little t-shirt to go under the dress, using the Scientific Seamstress's free pattern. I used some snap tape for a closure, since that was what I had on hand. I'm slowly getting over my knit fabric issues.
The outfit was a success, and it was a nice time just me and my girls.
I am grateful for my sweet daughters. It's fun to have girly things to play with and share together. And, I can play with dolls again with no reservations.
Sharing with Freckled Laundry, and Creation Corner.