I am so excited by my new thing.
It all started when I went hunting for a lovely doll for Percy's first birthday in a few weeks (this little dainty baby is almost one! How did that happen?). And it turns out that pleasing, ethically made and all-natural dolls are expensive. I know, shocking, right?
And so I did what every self-respecting hand making person does. I went hunting for the tutorials to make my own. And lo, a new obsession was born. Seriously, it's all just so pleasing. From choosing the perfect tone of fabric from nine organic and European-made skin tones fabrics to matching the eye embroidery thread to the hair (I'm particularly pleased with the hair) to sewing adorable Liberty print dresses and knitting teeny weeny cardigans.... Ooh, it's all just so fun. And really not that difficult or complicated. A bit time consuming, yes, but not by any means the hardest thing I've ever sewn. And not even as time consuming as I was expecting it to be, really.
I went with a Waldorf inspired doll, mainly because I like the look of them and they are made with natural materials (I am in no way a Waldorf parent, but I have always believed in using quality, natural materials, and Adam and I have always been firm in our desire to nurture our children within a smallish, relatively low technology world while they are still young. I have no delusions about maintaining this as they grow older!). Waldorf patterns and tutorials are plentiful online but hugely varying in depth and quality - I'm planning a round up of my favourites, as I ended up cobbling together several online resources to make this doll.
Being a first attempt, Percy's doll is full of rookie errors - she has a terrible 'ghost neck' (get me with the doll making lingo), her head is a bit floppy, her body is unevenly sewn and her legs are, ermmm, a little stumpy. But I'm still thrilled with her, and given that she will probably get chewed to death within a fortnight I'm not about to spend another six hours improving her (it wouldn't be difficult to do - a bit of unpicking and resting and sewing would make her far better). Maybe if she survives the first month I'll perform some surgery.
Her dress is made from an old Liberty print from a few years ago called Adelajda and her cardigan is from a remnant of Rowan tweed that I found hiding in my stash - I love her autumnal hair and eyes, and I think her clothes set them off rather well.
Naturally, I need to improve on my (many) mistakes though, so doll number two is already in the planning stages - Jasper's birthday is just a few days after Percy's, and he loves a good soft toy, so I'm thinking he might go for a doll too.
Also, she needs a name, don't you think? Percy isn't in a position to choose, being under one and all, and I'm wondering whether it would be terribly rude to choose for her. Suggestions welcome!