A few weeks ago my husband had to leave town for a class, since he was gone I got a project going to entertain myself after the kids went to bed.
I got this pattern and made a doll for each of my girls.
My pattern deviations
- Hair- The pattern told me to sew strips of yarn onto some type of paper and then sew it onto the dolls head, but I just used my crochet hook and strung yarn through the holes in the dolls head. I made sure to fill the hairline in really well, the crown and part line too. But for some of the less important areas, I only threaded yarn into holes on every other row of stitches and the hair is still too full.
- body-I made underpants for them by using a fun color of yarn when I began the body, then when it told me to begin decreasing I switched over to the flesh colored yarn.
But the girls already love them and so I am happy overall.
Some of the things that I noticed about the pattern (good and bad)
- The doll is a great size because clothes for an 18" doll (American girl style dolls) fit them fairly well.
- The hair reminds me of cabbage patch dolls from when I was a kid, so it will probably be great for using to practice braiding and stuff.
- For the first doll I didn't have to buy any yarn at all. I just used some scraps that I had in my box of yarn. So it was basically a free toy.
- The necks are not very strong so the heads flop back a lot. (It's possible I didn't follow the pattern well enough.)
- The dress was too complicated for me to follow, I was catching on, but I kept having to unravel it and start over until finally I decided to get creative and make my own dress.
- I made about 1 body part a night so if you are working on this in the evenings too, consider that it will take about 6 nights. (arms, legs, body, head, + 2 nights for the hair)
I wouldn't go so far as to say that I am looking forward to Sam's next business trip (because I'd take cuddling with my hubby, a snack, and our favorite show over a project) but I have a few more toy patterns that I am wanting to try out for Toby that I will get started when Sam hits the road.