A few days ago, Miss Loodyloo came up to me and asked if her Les Cheries Corolle doll could have some new clothes for christmas. Camille, aka Angel to the Loo, came to us woefully under dressed for winter in a pink and white ballet costume and while my mom had quickly knitted a few things for her, poor cold little Angel really needed a few more basics.
Of course, this Corolle was a French doll and there are very few places in the States that sell accessories for her here. I told the Loo to put it on her wish list and I'd see what I could do.
The first attempt was a polka dot red dress and it looks a little too Mrs. Beezus for me. I tried cutting it down for a cute tunic look but the Loo loved the dress and wouldn't hear of it. To salvage what I could, I tied on a ribbon sash and then went back to my doll workshop to reconfigure my working pattern.
In my second attempt, I reduced the width and used a scrap of interlock knit so it would stretch over her head (and I wouldn't have to bother with a back closure). The pants were a rough sketch but I found a bit of woven linen rescued from an old pair of my own pants. Not bad, I thought, and then I found my Smartwool scraps.
These were all made with socks that had lost a mate or had an irrepairable hole. Socks, I found, are PERFECT for 13 inch doll clothes -- they are wool and feel nice, the scale of the print works on tiny bodies, and the fabric stretches, both ways, for a close fit. Brilliant. I'm going to wear out more socks without feeling the least bit guilty, now that I know what I can do with them later.
And yeah, I totally made these faux suede boots. Pretty cool, don't ya think?