I made these dolls for my best friend's daughter. It's PEI's famous red-head Anne "of Green Gables" Shirley and her "bosom friend" Dianna Barry. I love how they turned out - it was hard to give them away (but not that hard since I love my best friend's little girls).
I used this pattern, but drew thumbs on the arms:http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art19876.asp
And used this post by the same lady for sewing instructions and a rough idea of a dress pattern that I changed a bit.http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art19206.asp
Best friends! (Don't worry, I didn't leave them in the snow for too long!)
I know that little girls like to play with their doll's hair, so I wanted to make sure there were no bald spots when the girls decide to take out the dolls' hair elastics. I made the wigs similar to ghilie's tutorial here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=262441.0
with a few differences.
Here's what I did in a nutshell:
Crochet a foundation for the wig and sew it directly to the doll's head. Wrap yarn around a book to make hairs of equal length (I wrapped 200 times to make 200 hairs). Measure the distance around the circumference and across the diameter of the foundation. Make a weft of hair equal to that length by lining up a single layer of hairs sandwiched between freezer paper (which you then iron) or masking tape (which you remove some of the stickyness from by sticking to your pants or a blanket before sticking yarn on). Sew the weff down the middle. Cut the weft into two pieces (a short one equal to the diameter of the foundation, the larger one should be the distance around the circumference). Rip the masking tape/ freezer paper off the top side of the long piece. Fold in half and sew a few milimeters in from the fold.
You'll now have a long weft (one sided) and a short weft (two sided) and a bunch of left over loose hairs. Rip all the paper off the wefts.
Pin the short weft where you want the part in the hair to be (this doll has a center part). Hand sew to the foundation. Pin the long weft around the circumference of the foundation and hand stitich. Using a crochet hook or latch hook (see ghilie's method), latch the leftover loose hairs into the leftover unhairy spots.