Friday, April 6, 2012

Making Tiny

I love making tiny things and a friend's new little doll was the perfect excuse to dive into making teeny tiny little clothes. My friend Marilyn is an avid doll collector and she recently added a petite 4" tall, ball jointed doll to her little doll family. The doll you see pictured is my slightly taller (and far, far, less costly) model doll.

Last night I added a fashionable ruffle cuff sweater to the parcel of doll clothes I'll be sending along. I need to find some tiny pearl buttons.

This was actually the first item I made, I love this apple green color! I added a row of tiny seed beads, they're not so easy to see in the photograph.

Wednesday night it was ruffle bottom knit leggings. I hand dyed some mohair/wool blend Jagger yarn so that I could have a self striping yarn. I'm still patting myself on the back for getting the color bands on each leg aligned!

Of course I had to make something a little faeriesque, lots of gauzy layers and sparkles in this one.


My prototype denim jacket turned out a little too big for Marilyn's doll, so I made a smaller version in pink (In the first set of pictures)

So there you have it, my adventures in making tiny clothes. It was so much fun! In the beginning I felt like I had baseball bats instead of fingers. I told my friend, what I need is a fairy sized sewing machine and some of that magical potion from Alice In Wonderland, but I sort of got the hang of it. And while they may not pass inspection by the critical eye of a professional seamstress, I think they'll do.

Also, I wanted to update you on the fairy tale yarn I received. The story my swap partner spun for me was, The Elf Mound, you can click over and read the version she used when creating the yarn she spun for me if you like.

Have a fabulous weekend!
Blessings Friends!

17 comments:

  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE the little outfits. I think the pants may be my favorite of the bunch. I know I wouldn't have the patience to knit or crochet in mini so bravo for you doing it.

    Off to read the story behind your swap yarn. Have a great weekend!

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  2. Oh, Melissa---I am always in awe when you work 'small'. I cannot imagine working in such a scale without wanting to jump off a tall bridge! They are all absolutely wonderful, and I know that your friend will get so much joy from 'playing' with them! (The leggings are especially cunning!!) XXO-

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  3. Thanks for the update on the yarn story. I have never heard of that fairy tale. It looks like your model doll was having a great time showing off the new duds....I llke the one where she is looking over her back and flinging her hair all about. What fun!

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  4. She's going to be the best dressed. The other dolls will certainly be envious. ;-)

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  5. I love that green shawl!

    And The Elf Mound?!!! Huh?!!! I guess I need to read up more on my Hans Christian Andersen. :)

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  6. Love the doll clothes, especially the leggings (matching those stripes must not be easy). I like dolls too, mostly American Girls, but don't have the patience to make things for them to the right scale. My hands down for you!

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    1. I like the American Girl dolls too, many of my friends children have them and they adore them over all other dolls.

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  7. I think I'm jealous of this doll---especially that tiny, perfect little shawl!! My mom learned to knit and crochet making doll clothes for her little cousins, I can't imagine doing anything so fiddly! You've done a gorgeous job with all of these, they're going to be well-loved.

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  8. She is adorable and I love all her tiny garments.
    You have done a beautiful job and I know they will be enjoyed.
    Was it like knitting with tooth picks?

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    1. Thanks Jan, and everyone who left such nice comments!

      It wasn't too bad Jan, I used size 0, so not completely tiny. I know they have even smaller needles for miniature knitting, which I imagine are like toothpicks!

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    2. I really enjoyed the fairy tale of the Elf Mound. So cute but wished there had been more to it. Picked up on the red and gold.

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  9. What a well dressed dolly! When I was little, I so badly wanted lots of clothes for my Barbies ... I should have pestered my Mom to make them, rather than buy them ... she wouldn't have been able to resist such a challenge!

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    1. That brings back such funny memories, I was the youngest, so all the toys were hand-me-downs including the hodgepodge of barbies. I had the most miss matched looking dolls! Poor ken had to settle for some of barbies red bell bottoms and a left over plastic army cap from GI Joe (just to butch him up a bit, lol) I could never find a shirt to fit his so he was always bare chested! (I'm pretty sure he is still wearing the bell bottoms!)

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  10. That is just the best project ever! It is so satisfying making tiny clothes, I'm not sure why!

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    1. Andria, I think we must be birds of a feather!

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