Sunday, November 15, 2015

Making My Own Babyland Rag Doll

 Ever fall in love with a doll that you your self created ? 
 I have totally, fallen in love with my Babyland Rag Doll. 
I have used the Babyland Rag Doll Body Pattern by:One of my hero's in the cloth doll world  Dixie Redmond
Actually I have had my 30 inch , Babyland Rag Doll and her 14 inch Baby finished and just standing next to me in my sewing room , For a couple months, Just enjoying her, Even though she is not dressed , I did make her some pantaloons and petticoat, Which I need to age right away.... That will be next to do.

One day Hubby and me were in Goodwill I saw this doll Aqua Blue Doll Stand, Sheeze, Tall heavy , sturdy, well for a $1.99 I grabbed that baby right up, It wasn't for several weeks later I realized "hey That isn't a tall doll stand, But it is a toilet paper holder *duh me* works beautifully as a stand!
As you can see I did pencil a face on her baby, Not happy with her nose, so will re-do her nose again, I could not for the longest time decide to place a face on either.
So went to my book shelf pulled out one of my very favorite books  "Cloth Dolls From Ancient To Modern By Linda Edwards, I think I have had this book about 12 years, LOVE it ,I do refer to it often, I do allot research,  I do mean way to much kind of allot research ,Those that do have this book look on page 61, -67, She shows how the  True  Antique Babyland Rag Dolls were dressed and facial features, if any.

What kind of styles for the period, How did they wear their hair, Their Clothing, down to their shoes, socks, What was going on in the world at that time period and much more.

Why you ask, Well I love History! 

Going to really pace myself for these special dolls, using vintage real thing as much as possible, It has always been my dream to do exactly that, Just wasn't sure enough of my self, Now well just jumping in, but going slow.YES I am very excited! 

NOTE: That I still  will be creating my Folk Art, Whimsy, Prim..No way Hosea  will I ever stop creating these, Love them way to much. Oh let's not for get my Quilting too :).

 Back to my Baby land Rag Doll, I have given her hand stitched finger and as you can see I always age my Body fabric before I cut out and sew.

 Her feet will have stockings and shoes .I decided to make her shoes from felt, instead of leather, I was worried about my sewing machine and leather.
YES! Finally decided ,yep I am going to dress her, My friend  and boss, gave me her Mothers Linen table cloth, The patina is just perfect, and the detail on this piece is just gorgeous

 I found this small shrug at Goodwill, Perfect to cut and add with cloth dolls.
 Last but not least, I decided to add a light color pencil face to my Babyland Rag Doll, Hopefully a YesterYear look and touch. As far as a name, that is far from thought at this point, But she will be my first FINISHED YesterYear Doll for 2015!!
Have to place her on hold a bit, Christmas sewing must be first right now!

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