My good friend, writer and crafter Apol Lejano-Massebieau of La Pomme wrote me a few months ago. A friend of a mutual friend wanted to have a little Filipina doll made for a little Spanish girl, and would I take on the project? My answer was a resounding yes!
Not so resounding, however, was my action plan. There were two things that posed a
problem challenge: (a) I wasn’t confident about my head-attaching capabilities and, (b) I had never sewed a doll dress before. So I went in search of solutions. I trawled crafters’ blogs and ordered an autographed copy of Abby Glassenberg’s Stuffed Animals from Concept to Construction from her Etsy store. It arrived just in time! I salute her head-attaching technique — the book is an amazing source for crafters of soft toys!
Forming the butterfly sleeves was the most challenging part. I had no guide — I simply drew bell-shaped sleeves on fleece, and sewed along the lines. After three attempts, it came out quite well. I also made a retro-style olive green dress with a thick waistband, and a shift dress with a bird appliqué design — do you think I have a future in doll couture? 😉