Ok, so I'm feeling sort of un-cultured... what makes a doll a waldorf doll? Also... totally different subject, was it difficult sewing the jersey fabric? I'm always a little scared of any fabric that stretches... BUT, as I try to be more environmentally friendly (had to buy a new car this summer, and spang for a Prius) the recycled shirt idea sounds spectacular!
The concept behind the waldorf doll is an all-natural material baby doll meant for (young) children (not just girls) to play with and consider as a special friend.
Based from a long history in all cultures of (cloth) doll making (germanic europe specific because that's where the schools originated) using a lot of TLC and recycled materials, or the materials that are on hand. They're more contemporarily a rebellion against the barbie fashion perfect idea of fitting into an unrealistic and anhealthy mould of vapidly shallow beauty. Depending on which waldorf school you go to they're also a status marker o_O
Often times in the actual waldorf classrooms the dolls won't have a face painted or embroidered on because the child is meant to imagine the face of his/her friend. The kindergarten and early elementary program is very focused on the realm of imagination and fantasy. Later on the attention put on creativity bleeds into mare technical subjects too (I learned math with the adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing gnomes XD).
They're also a bit of the waldorf school culture as making hand made toys and gifts is something started in kindergarten, and continued right through 'til graduation. Each grade has a 45minute class on textiles (called "Handwork") once a week.
The dolls aren't just for children though. I've found a demand for them in my high school classmates, co-workers, and friends' mums (I had to make one for my friend's mum so she'd stop wondering around with the one I made my friend for christmas last year ;] )
Edit: At the Waldorf Craft Fairs the dolls will easily go for anywhere from $60-$120