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« on: September 15, 2011 01:16:15 PM »

Ok, not my first doll, but the first real doll I've ever made if you don't count Melchizedek the gnome I made for the roaming gnome swap a couple years ago. I had a pattern for the doll herself, but designed the dress and then had to figure out the hair. I made her for dd #2's 4th birthday last week. She loves fairies, likes dressing up as a fairy and dancing to "The Dance of the Sugarplum Fairies." I thought for sure the doll would be a home run. Well... dd didn't like her at all at first. She's slowly warming up to her. She named the doll Falilla. She doesn't really play with the doll, but I do hear her softly talking to her while lying in bed, so maybe Falilla is more of a confidante than a plaything. That's ok. I tell more of the process of her creation on my blog. ( http://2frogsngrasshopper.wordpress.com/2011/09/07/finished-fairy-doll-part-1/ )

Falilla the Fairy

As my daughter was going to bed that night, still somewhat suspicious of the doll, she asked me what kind of fairy it is. "Um... a dewdrop fairy." "What's a dewdrop?" Short explanation of dew followed by quiet contemplation by the 4 yr old. I asked if dd wanted to sleep with her in the bed, and she said, "No, she can stay over there." On the desk.

The next morning, dd came downstairs with Falilla and in a skeptical tone, asked, "How did you get this hair?" I realized then that the hair creeped her out. Dd thought it was actual human hair! Can't blame the poor kid; I would have been freaked out, too, if someone gave me a doll with people hair. I took her upstairs to my sewing room and showed her the Sinead O'Connor Barbie who had donated her hair. That seemed to make her feel better. She also asked that I put the hair in a ponytail so she could see the wings better.

I used some metallic polyester something or other from the remnant bin. It's stiff enough on its own that I didn't have to add anything to it to keep the wings standing up.

Leaf-inspired dress. I liked the shimmery fabric (also found in the remnant bin). A fairy should look ethereal.

I was going to make another fairy for dd#1's birthday next month, but she has request a cowgirl doll, which is her current obsession. It was a lot easier to make a fairy dress than it's going to be to make a tiny Western shirt.  Huh

« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2011 03:19:38 PM »

Pretty fairy. Smiley

Neat idea with the polyester wings too.

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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2011 09:54:15 PM »

shes sooo cute!!! i love the eyes =)


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« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2011 11:24:55 AM »

Thank you, both! I'm kind of a novice embroiderer, so I'm glad the eyes turned out like they did!

« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2011 01:02:11 PM »

Really cute..My dd and I love fairies also..Glad dd is warming up to her..
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