My 5 year old, who was never really interested in caring for dolls much before, told me before Christmas that she’d really love a nice girl doll to learn to sew for. Truthfully, I’d already had my mind on several really cute doll projects that I’d seen here and there recently anyway, and her request was received with a lot more excitement than her usual ones…..”I want a Frozen dress. I want princess shoes….” “Eeeehhhhh…..”
I was thrilled to give her something high quality, and not weird and cheap, or age inappropriate like a lot of dolls out there these days. The pattern came from a book called Storybook Toys. All of the projects are vintage toy inspired, and have a sweet throwback quality to them. The details are excellent too. This wasn’t the easiest intro to doll making I could have chosen. But It turned out SO GOOD. Like, even I was shocked at the results.
It took me days and days to finish Annie (Clover named her), and I barely got her done in time to wrap up on Christmas Eve.
Lots of evenings with the husband, stuffing and stitching, embroidering and adding hair.
I took my time, and although the doll is certainly not perfect, I think the extra time and attention to detail paid off.
Once she was done, I was crazy excited to give her to Clover. I knew she would love her.
She does. Her gasp upon opening the package was more than enough thank you. Annie has gone everywhere with my girl. Clover is normally a very literal person. She’s got an active imagination for dressup for sure, but normally she doesn’t appreciate fiction being introduced to real life – silly statements or questions tend to bother her. But she’s been very matter of fact about telling me that Annie likes this, enjoyed a trip there, was cold, liked the swing. It’s really cute, yet I’m still getting used to her imagining in a new way.
“I dressed Annie warmer because she was cold.”
“Clover, Annie couldn’t have asked for a better owner or friend.”
“Yeah, she hasn’t so far.”
This doll has been everywhere, man.
Even baby brother has been taking care of Annie, snuggling her and reading to her about Darth vader. Her gorgeous new dress was a gift from Kristin. Clover saw it and said “Mama! Kristin must know how to sew really well. The dress looks like she bought it somewhere, but she DIDN’T!”
The adventures of Annie continue. She’s played in the snow now, and we’re planning a sleeping bag project for her. And I’ve got two boyfriend options for her in the works!