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« on: April 07, 2009 09:59:30 AM »

My daughter just had her first birthday and I wanted to make her something special that she would have for many years to come. I decided on a Waldorf-inspired doll after seeing these versions of the dolls: http://www.joyswaldorfdolls.com/waldorf_dolls/custom_waldorf_dolls/heavy_baby.htm

I researched these and found that the dolls have a sack body with arms attached and the outfit is sewn closed and is not removeable. I thought this would be perfect for my one year old. I found a website that teaches how to create these waldorf dolls and though I didn't need help with the bosy or arms (my own design), I had no idea how to do the face/head! So here was the website I used to create the face, I highly recommend it: http://simmy.typepad.com/echoesofadream/2006/10/basic_instructi.html

I ended up using an old pair of pale pink ballet tights for the outside of the face, if you wanted to know.




My favorite part of the whole thing is the outfit. This was a footed pair of Carter's fleece pajama's for my daughter that she had out-grown. I think they were 6-9 months at most. I used the arms to create the hat and the rest of the pj's to make the outfit. I love this idea of reusing an outfit of hers because its now become a keepsake and something I hope she will cherish when she is grown.

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« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2009 10:31:46 AM »

It's sooooooooooooo adorable!!!  I love that you reused her sleeper for the outfit.  Was it hard to make and did it take you a long time?
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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2009 11:16:46 AM »

That is adorable! Very fitting for the adorable little girl it was made for Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2009 01:36:54 PM »

how sweet!  I love it.   Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2009 04:18:56 AM »

It's sooooooooooooo adorable!!!  I love that you reused her sleeper for the outfit.  Was it hard to make and did it take you a long time?

It wasn't terribly difficult actually.  I had the most trouble with the embroidery for the eyes and mouth because I have no idea how to embroider.  I was just winging it.  The outfit was pretty easy too.  All in all I think the total project time was about 4 hours worth of work.  I'm sure the next one will be faster.  I just hope I can find the pattern I made for the doll so I don't have to draft another one next time!
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