Thursday, 26 January 2012

My Monthly Make

I owe Annie The Felt Fairy a post. And an apology. Last year I took part in her year long Monthly Make challenge. It was a lot of fun and I was quick to say Yes! I'll do it again in 2012. It's even bigger and brighter this time round, with a monthly cheerleader to keep us all going. I'm going to be Miss November. But before then, I wanted to get stuck in cheering on January and February and - well, I hope to enjoy all the January makes by the end of the week.

And I have finally got round to posting my Make:

Felt pinafore and beret. Tights and tshirt top in jersey from an old tshirt

It's a set of dolls clothes made from some patterns I bought on Ebay about three years ago:

Patterns from D-Zinerclothes4dolly

Our doll isn't a Helen Kish, it's a Madeline (from the books by Ludwig Bemelmans). We have a collection of the characters, The (not So) Small One and I, gathered up over the years and pictured in an early blog post here. Sometimes we still find the time to dress them up; and sometimes I still like to make them something new to wear. Trouble is, once I start, it's hard to stop. I've got a rucksack to do..

But maybe that's for next month. There is still plenty of time to join in with the Makes - it can be anything at all and you may post a picture on the Flickr Group or find out more by reading The Felt Fairy. February's hostess will be Natalie of Hungry Hippie.


Annie, I think I'm back on track.

39 comments:

Julie J said...

That is so adorable. I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one who buys a pattern and then ha sit hanging round for years. Maybe when I retire..........

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

Madeline looks brilliant in her new outfit. Beautifully constructed :o)

Ruth said...

She looks adorable and I applaud your making something so small.

Jimjams said...

Wonderful - how lovely to still find time for dressing her up! Madeline is prettier by far than the one on the pattern - I find realistic dolls slightly creepy!

Lynn said...

She is indeed a lucky girl - those clothes are lovely!

Helen said...

Seriously lovely :)

Amy said...

Oh I am with Ruth, making little things - well, that is impressive!

Gail said...

That's adorable! I'm blown away by all that you get done.

Louise said...

oh what a lucky lady - i so bet she loves wearing her new outfit. She has a very clever mum!

JO SOWERBY said...

so cute Sian, I'm still completing my entry. Nearly there though,
Jo xxxx

heart.hearth.home. said...

Terrifically talented - its such a fun outfit and delightful colour scheme. Lucky girl indeed!

Amanda said...

Wow she looks lovely in her new outfit. I can't believe you made her tights too. I love her bag too.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Really adorable and terribly stylish, too! This week I'm working on the front hallway where many of Clara's American Girl dolls have migrated. I need to find a good storage system for them because they're definitely heirloom quality (even though she's past time to play with them).
Rinda

Jennifer said...

Oh you are so talented! This outfit is beautiful!! That is great that you are doing a monthly make again this year. Do you ever feel overwhelmed by your crafty world? I do and actually am feeling that way right now. BTW I still like the idea of playing with dolls. Before we moved to our condo, I finally donated the Barbie collection, but not before I fixed all their hair, dressed them up and bagged them with coordinating outfits. Yeah, I was just playing and my DH was looking at me like I had rocks in my head. ;)

Mel said...

She is so sweet, I would have loved a little doll like her when I was younger!

Susan said...

Oh my goodness, those clothes are adorable! I spent some time in my twenties making doll clothes. I guess I was hoping to have girls one day who would play with them. It was a lot of fun.

Alana said...

Clever you, she looks brilliant.

Ifa said...

She is soooo adorable.

Alison said...

You never fail to impress with all your 'craftiness' Sian...Madeline looks very stylish!
Alison xx

scrappyjacky said...

Just adorable,Sian....my 'monthly make' is nearly completed.

alexa said...

So very sweet, and beautifully presented - for a moment before I read below I thought you had made the doll too!

Micayla said...

Oh my goodness she is adorable Sian. Do your talents ever end?
x

Melissa said...

What a cute outfit. I especially like that hat - does it come in my size? :>)

Sandra said...

What a gorgeous outfit ..... Seriiously, is there anything you can't do? Lol

Sandie said...

Wow!! I am seriously impressed. Well done you!!

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

Go Sian! Amazing, what a gorgeous pattern, you have done it proud! Mind you, you have done lots of scrapbook layouts too and they do qualify as makes! You are a star!

Nathalie said...

How adorable is she!!! I love both her outfit and her face :) I love the Monthly Make idea and will go check it out further. TFS!

jennifer said...

She looks brilliant, I love the beret! X

Lisa-Jane said...

How absolutely adorable are these!? I love the pattern too. That beret looks really tricky but its come out really well and she looks very smart. I am jealous!

Scrappi Sandi said...

So lovely!! Making dolls clothes is very gratifying...like knitting baby clothes!! I used to love toymaking when the boys were tiny...but somehow they don't have the same enthusiasm these days!!! :)

Kirsty.a said...

She's fabulous

Lace hearts said...

I've only just joined and am so thrilled to have found the challenge. I love your doll clothes - really cute.

Twinkle Star said...

So cute! It's still January, so you're ok! x

Karen said...

Adorable! My mom used to make wonderful outfits for my dolls. Sarah was never a big fan of dolls so although I sewed for her, I never got into making doll clothes. This doll is so sweet.

Becky said...

Beautiful outfit - wish I had the time and patience to produce half the wonderful things you create!

Wanda said...

What a cute outfit. I admire you for sewing up something so small.

Me, not so much! I recently noticed that the elastic in the sleeves of the dress our 1980s Cabbage Patch Kid clone is wearing had worn out. So, I thought, time for a new outfit! I didn't find anything I liked in the toy store so I decided to look at newborn-size outfits, but nothing was quite right. Finally, I took the time to actually look at the dress and discovered that the elastic was in a very basic casing, so it was an easy repair to replace it and now Dolly looks almost as good as new. Of course, it was weeks between the time I first noticed the problem and when I finally fixed it. So, you can see, I'm not johnny-on-the-spot the way you are!

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Oh, Sian, I just love this! SOOOOO adorable. I loved looking at all the lovely details - SUPER LOVE her beret!

When Carrie was little I went through a time of making clothes for her Cabbage Patch doll, so I can really appreciate the small pattern pieces and challenge those present. Your little doll outfit is just perfect!

Jo said...

Beautiful outfit, you are so talented

Missus Wookie said...

Gorgeous, Princess would like a Mother like you - I made her sew all her own dolls clothes, or knit or... I scrapped the photos once it was all done tho'. :)

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