Handmade Doll with Simplicity Pattern 1900
I LOVE handmade baby items. Don’t people make the sweetest things for the little gems in our lives?! I have a board on Pinterest just to keep track of it all. Dolls top my list though.
When I saw Simplicity Pattern 1900 I had to have it. Bless Jo Ann’s for running their 99 cent sale every so often so I can stock up. Honestly, who doesn’t love a handmade doll with removable clothes that include a dress, shoes and a beret? (Haters… refrain.)
Per usual, I entered my local county fair and thought this handmade doll would make the perfect entry into the Stuffed Animal/Toy category. You agree it is a stuffed toy since you can play with it, right? Also per usual, there was an entirely separate category for dolls almost guaranteeing I will not place again. It’s always something!
Anyways, I thought this pattern was wonderful to work with. The directions were clear and concise, helping the doll to come together in no time. I do have a few notes worth sharing:
1. The arms & legs were a bit skinny for me. I recommend cutting those pieces thicker so they are easy to turn inside out and stuff without ripping any side stitches.
2. Based on the comment above, muslin seemed a bit flimsy for me. If little kids are really the intended audience, I think it should be made from a more durable fabric. My muslin felt too thin to stand up to a childhood of use.
3. The shoes should be made of felt. The directions don’t call for a lot of finishing, so having a fabric that won’t fray makes the most sense.
4. The boy pattern needs completely redone… I had to look 3 times on the front to determine that was a male doll. I propose he lose the scarf and overall shorts entirely and simplify with a simple short and button down shirt set. If you’re sewing for a boy, make sure you bring your creativity to the party. Or, check out these similar dolls on Etsy that have a more manly feel.