The message was addressed to both me and my younger daughter, and we both got to vote on the name of the doll who is crossing the Atlantic with her marvellous wardrobe of clothes and accessories. A list of items to donate was included and we had fun choosing what we wanted to send.
My daughter decided to make the gardening apron and gym bag so I dug out some fabric from my collection for these.
From her birthday pattern book my girl found an apron sized for a Barbie or Sindy doll and I showed her how to scale this up on some paper. She wanted a pocket in the front of the apron (to hold the seed packets or gardening tools) so she cut out a rectangle for this. I showed her how to use the iron to double fold the edges so there would be no frayed fabric then helped her with the machine stitching (the curved bits were the trickiest). Once the pocket was stitched on she found some embroidered transfers in my sewing box and arranged these on the pocket, then ironed them carefully in place. The finishing touch was stitching on the ribbons - I showed her how to hand stitch these in place and she did a great job.
|close up of the gardening apron pocket, with the iron on transfers|
|hand stitched on ribbon ties, sewn by DollMum's daughter|
|The gardening apron, made by DollMum and daughter|
|my girl trimming threads on the gym bag|
|trimming threads carefully|
|the gym bag, made by DollMum and daughter|
|The Olympic side of the gym bag, made by DollMum and daughter|
|One very proud young sewer, with the gym bag and apron|
|Miranda models the dress, gym bag and apron for Charlotte|
|Miranda models the gym bag and dress in our spring garden|
|Knickers to match the smocked dress, by DollMum|
|Back view of the smocked dress, by DollMum|
|close up of the back view of the smocked dress, by DollMum|
|Miranda models the smocked dress, by DollMum|
|Miranda looking wistful in the smocked dress|
|close up of the smocking, by DollMum|