This is one of four dolls I have made so far.
I made this doll for my mother, re purposed from her own recently deceased mothers clothes and costume jewelry. The other dolls I will post are made from re purposed baby clothes. The first two I made were from my own daughters clothes, and the third doll I made as a gift for a friend from her own daughters baby clothes. After making my friends doll I realized that this was a great way to give someone something they can keep forever, without all the actual bulk.
When my grandmother died my mother got her place and everything in it. Grandma LOVED the color purple.(The color, not the movie) I took some of Grandma's clothes, things that we recognized and saw her wear, and I re purposed them into a rag doll for mom. Luckily I finished right before Christmas so, ha two birds with one stone. This doll ended up being more spindly-limbed than its predecessors. Grandma always encouraged spiders to live in her bathroom, the big giant wood spiders. They kill roaches she'd say. Yes, perhaps so, but equally terrifying. Maybe this was in my subconscious when I made it.
I use a sewing machine to make the long construction stitches of the doll body, but everything else is sewn (crudely) by hand. I'm a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind girl when it comes to making things (I do it all), so things such as measurements, planning and proper sewing tools are too much bother. I just start in one place and it evolves and works itself out as I go.
Her shirt is not actually that short. It has ridden up.
Here's a picture of the body, where you can see the lace detail, and buttons, and jewelry.
I have since been asked by a friend to make two dolls for her family made from her recently deceased mothers clothes, and we have discussed putting a vial of her ashes inside the dolls. Another friend asked if I would make a doll from the clothes her son actually died in. And one other, an older lady, has asked if I would make one from her deceased adult sons clothes.
I feel a great honor to be able to make these dolls for people, and I would never dream of accepting compensation. I'm really excited to get started on them soon.
Thanks for looking. I love everyone's endeavors!