Monday, April 30, 2012

::April Windfall Dolls Giveaway::Meet Abbott and Abigail

Each month leading up to our regular Seasonal Large Waldorf Doll giveaway as promised...we will be sewing up a few smaller dolls for giving away.  This includes not only our Lillipals variety of dolls, but our Swaddle babies, newborn babies, and any other smaller dolls that we happen to come up with..

A bit of a tide-me-over for all of our readers. 

Each monthly small doll's name will be inspired by the month in which they were created.

As our April giveaway, we have a surprise!  Twins! 

::Abbott:: The father of the abbey

::Abigail:: Father's joy

The story of Abigail and Abbott::

Abigail and Abbott came to be after a long talk that I had the Emelia.  She knew that I was deep at work on the Summer Windfall Doll, which is a baby per her request.  She has hinted ump-teen times about how she wanted the baby to be hers.  Asking such innocent questions as "Why does the baby have to go to someone else's home?"  and  "Don't you think that we would have fun together mama?"

I told her of all of the families that don't have the resources to buy dolls for their little ones, of the children who would snuggle and love the baby just as much as her (if not more).  I also reminded Emelia that the baby was exactly her size, and that it would be awfully hard for her to carry around a baby that big.

To make my girl feel a bit better, I offered to make her either a swaddle doll or a teether doll for her to hold as a baby of her own.  

She snorted at me "Humpf!  Mama!  Swaddle dolls are too big for me too!  And a teether doll?!?!?!  Those are for babies and I am a BIG girl!"

My mistake, sweetie.

And so, I got out my supplies and made a new template.  I shooed my girl Emelia out of the sewing room, setting her up with some tea and cookies in the kitchen.  Only then was I able to get to work.

After an afternoon spent creating, I snuck away myself, to pick up my boy from school.  

Why I got home, I heard whispers coming from the sewing room.  I peeked through the door frame and there on the sewing room table was Miss Emelia cuddling a new babe with her lips to his ear.

When I asked Emelia what she was telling the baby, she told me " I was telling the baby not to cry.  I told him that Mama's a little slow with making faces and for him not to worry, he would get one soon."

She knows me all too well that little one.  I am slow with faces.

I told Emelia to skeedattle once again and promised her that the next time that I let her into the room that she would have a surprise.

And so she did.

When I let her back in later in the evening, the giggles and squeals of excitement were undeniable.  For there in her arms I laid not one, but TWO new babes.  

Just her size.

She immediately got into the motherly role.  Rocking and snuggling her babes until they drifted and cooed off to a peaceful slumber.

She then laid them in their makeshift bed and tucked them in.

While the babies slept, Emelia gave me the biggest hug and asked "Mama, what have you named them?".
I told her that I hadn't...that the honor of giving the twins names was all hers.

And so after many names being tried out and nixed, we introduce...

::Abigail and Abbott::

Abbott and Abigail are fraternal twins.  With slight differences, as all twins require, of course.  Abigail is a bit slighter that Abbott. (she's a girl after all) and her smile is a bit more prominent.  They both have blue eyes, but Abbott's are a lighter shade.  They are both made of interlock, uber-soft flannel, and are dressed in precious little ruffle bonneted sleepers.  They each measure between 6 and 7 inches tall. 

They are made using our newest Wee Ones pattern which is a hybrid of sorts between our swaddle doll and our teether doll.

Emelia surprised me and has asked that I give these babes away.  (Don't worry, she has already picked out fabric for me to make a new one just for her)  The only thing that she asks for her little twins is that wherever they go, there are promises of comfort and love whispered into those new little ears.

If you are interested in having Abigail and Abbott join your family, please let us know what it is that you love about them and how you will make them a part of your family.  

Also, please become a follower of this blog and leave a comment at the end of this post. The giveaway will be open for one week.  We will randomly choose a winner at night on May 7th and we will contact the winner via email.  

Be sure to leave your email in your comment so that we can contact you!

For an extra chance to win:

~Write about Windfall Dolls on your Blog (feel free to use a picture of the twins) and leave another comment letting us know that you did so.

Each comment counts as one entry
It saddens us to mention this, but we just want to be clear.  Please do not comment if you are planning on selling this doll.  She is meant to go to a family who will appreciate her.  It would break our hearts if she was given to someone with poor intentions.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Introducing Alexis:: A Windfall Doll

My twin Laura is my best friend in the entire universe.  She takes amazing care of my little boy while I work and her unwavering support of not only me, but my crazy tangents of interests never ceases.  I thought when I began making dolls that she would just nod and humor me as always, waiting for the phase to pass like all of the rest.

But she didn't.

She watched from afar as I made doll after doll after doll, never once judging a grown woman fall in utter love with the hobby of creating.

And then she took the bait.  She asked me for the directions and we bought some supplies and she blew me away with her talent.

It was amazing to see her first doll come to life.

Laura decided to send her first doll off into the world via a giveaway over at Smashed Peas and Carrots.  I have to say, I was a bit shocked that she wanted to give away her first babe, but I really do envy her generosity.

See why I love her so?

And so we introduce Alexis.  Named and lovingly handmade by her mama.

::A bit about Alexis::

Alexis is a little girl who stands all of 16 inches.  She is made using our original doll pattern. She loves to have picnics and eat oranges under the trees.

Her hair is silky black and she has two braids tucked under at the front.

Her dress is handmade using our patchwork pattern developed by her mama.

It has an gathered empire waist.

And a darling floor grazing ruffle.

Her Auntie (me) couldn't bare for her to go off into the world without a little shawl.  And so I made her one from a scarf that we had laying around.

She likes it tied at the front.

I also made her a little hair ribbon from some fabric yarn that I had left over from a rug.

Her face is precious.  Laura used our Lillipal inspired star eyes and I have to say that I love it on the larger doll.  She almost sparkles.

And even though Alexis is soon to be on her way to live with another family.  She will forever live on in our hearts as Laura's first doll.  Fingers crossed that she is far from the last.

If you want a chance to win Alexis, please stop over to Smashed Peas and Carrots.  The giveaway ends tomorrow, so you still have some time.



Friday, April 27, 2012

::Emelia::Our Muse

Little Miss Emelia is my sweetheart.  She is my original doll, the one that was born while I made our Waldorf Doll Tutorial.

She is not my first doll though.  There have been many, many.  Below are just a few of the ones before her.  They are special in their own right, as they helped me to understand the construction of our dolls, as well as the proportions and characteristics that I wanted for our dolls.

And I will keep them.  As a reminder of how far that we have come.  
Doll making is nothing, if not an evolution.

But sweet baby Emelia.  She is my ultimate love.  She came together in one day, serenaded by the clicking of the shutter of my camera while I took photos for the tutorial.

I dressed her in a preemie sleeper half way through the tutorial process and she became a baby for all of an hour.  But man did I cram in the activities with her...all those months ago.

And then it was time to grow up.  There was a tutorial for a dress to make!  And she was oh, so happy to have a new outfit.

Then came the hair tutorial.  A mix of worsted wool yarn in red hues, she got the hair that she never knew she really wanted.

And with that hair and face came curiosity and interest.  She's got one hand into everything, this little one does.

She also begs me regularly for different hair styles, of which I oblige. 

How can I say no to my muse?

And now, my girl Emelia is the one to never leave.  She is my sounding board, the one who talks me through the birth of her fellow dolls.  She is far from perfect, but she is the original. The one who started it all.  She gives me encouragement to create and reminds me of why it is that I love this hobby of doll making.

Her baby hair makes me laugh, I don't like that yarn anymore.  Her little nose, her long arms... just right for hugging.  Her face is my favorite that I have ever done, I have tried to duplicate it with no success and have decided to just let it go.  It may be fate...meant to not be copied.

She's far from perfect.  I have updated the tutorials several times due to tricks and kinks that I have worked out, but she is mine.  My muse.

And now, we want to you have a muse?

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Doll shorts undies bloomers pattern and tutorial

I know that's it's earlier than we promised, but here is the tutorial and pattern for a sweet pair of bloomers for your Waldorf doll.  These bloomers fit perfectly on our Larger Dolls, but they will also fit any doll from 14 to 20 inches, as they are quite easily adaptable.

It is a very easy project, and just right for a beginner sewer.

~Lightweight cotton fabric
~ 1/4 inch elastic
~ sewing machine
Bloomers Template (print to fit a 8.5 X 11 inch sheet of letter paper. )

Place the template on top of a piece of doubled up cotton fabric with the straight edge on a fold.

Cut out 2 of these.

Open up each piece.

Fold over the hem of the pant legs twice ( inward towards the inside of the fabric), press and seam.

To add the bloomer effect ( or the ruffle)

 you will cut a piece of elastic that is approximately 2/3 the width of the bloomer leg ( see below )

To stitch the elastic and create the stretch and puckering with the elastic you will follow these instructions.  Using a wide and tight zig zag or a straight stitch, you will start at one edge of the bloomer leg, 1 inch above the hem and stitch and pull the elastic across to the other edge of the bloomer leg.


Pull the fabric through towards the back of the machine at the same time that you are pulling the elastic taught. By pulling in opposite directions, you make the elastic tension.

Now it will look like this.

Repeat on the other leg.

Fold each pant leg in half wrong side out and stitch the inner leg seam on the dotted as shown.


NOTE::  You can serge any rough seams if you have a serger.

Turn one of the legs right side out. ( pictured on the left )

Tuck the right side out leg INTO the wrong side out leg, so right sides are together.

Line up the crotch centers of the pant legs and pin the wrong side out body flaps to the right side out body flaps.
Pin and sew the body flaps together making a continuous line from the left to right, making sure that the crotch is at the center. Use a 1/3 inch seam allowance.
It will look like this.

 Turn both legs of the pants inside out.

Double fold over the waist band hem 1/2 inch each fold so that there are no rough edge, seam and pin.

Stitch all the way around the waistband, close to the bottom fold of the fabric, leaving a 1/2 to 1/3  inch gap for threading elastic. 

Leave a small opening once you reach the end of the waistband.  This is where you will feed in the elastic cord.

Attach a safety pin to one end of a length of 1/2 inch elastic and insert the safety pin elastic into the opening in the waistband.

Feed the elastic all the way around the waistband casing. Once you get all the way around and back to the opening, pull the safety pin back out.

 Cinch the waist to the desired amount.

Place a pin at that point, very close to the waistband, and use a zig zag stitch to secure the two pieces of elastic together, trim excess elastic. This makes the circle of the waistband complete.

Trim the excess elastic and tuck the rough edge into the folded-over waistband opening. You can stitch the opening closed now.

Turn the bloomers right side out and double check that the seams are intact. Then put them on an adorable doll!

These bloomers can be a nice pair of shorts if preferred.

You can also scrunch them up at the legs, and they become a pretty pair of undie.bloomers for your doll.

There you have it!

We hope that you will enjoy making lots of little bloomers for your babes.

And little miss Emelia can breathe easily, as we have kept our promise to her fellow dolls.