Meet Lily. (Her wardrobe is not finished yet, but I couldn't wait to get a photo!)
She was fashioned after a photo of a child in a ballet costume, and I'm so glad I had the photo. I would have never created a doll like this without the inspiratation of the photo. It's hard to see, but I stenciled red flowers on the netting to simulate the ones on the real costume. They show up better in real life, than in the photo.
I'm having a hard time intrepreting the pattern for the ballet shoes, so I think I'm just going to improvise a little.
She is to be a gift for the girl she was fashioned from, and a total surprise! Neither the child or the mom knows yet!
These 3 babes were born in December. The two on the left were gifts for nieces for Christmas, and the one on the right lives with me. She likes hanging out by my knitting chair!
Just wanted to share! You can read more about them at my blog, if you like. I just love this blog, and enjoy looking at all the babes! (btw...my 12 yr old wants one of those aliens!! Thats really cute!)
The eyes on all my babes are made from felt, and stitched on with complimentary colors of embroidery floss. I put a colonial knot in the middle for the pupil, then tiny straight stitches around for added interest and to secure the felt. The eyelashes are straight stitches too.
The hair on all my babes are hooked to the head with a crochet hook. I have a tendancy to make them with very full heads of hair, which is hard to style. I tried to make the Lily doll with a hair bun, like the model, but her hair was just too thick. Two of the dolls have hair made from fingering weight yarn, two have worsted weight hair. The Mouths are also felt, secured and embellished with embroidery floss.
The first 3 babes were made entirelly from my stash! For Lily, I had to get more pink yarn for the body, and I had to buy the netting for the tutu. The yarn for her hair and tutu was found at a thrift store. Other than that, she was created from my stash as well. The felt I've been using I got from an estate sale about a year ago. I had bought a whole bag with many colors no longer available on the market that I know of. Perfect for matching eye color to the intended "Mom". There are different shades of green and blue, and a couple shades of pink for the mouths.