Cissie has been putting embroidery stitches to good use by embellishing doll clothes for her granddaughter for Christmas. I love this little doll dress! From the dress pattern with the wide pleats, to the sweet, crisp fabric, to the little embroidered collar – it’s a little girl’s dream!
When I saw this dress that Cissie made for her granddaughter’s doll, I couldn’t help doing a wee bit of reminiscing. Two of my most memorable childhood Christmasses include dolls with handmade accessories.
In my family, we had seven girls. That’s shocking to most people today, I know! But it was great! (And, uh, still is, you guys. Really. Honestly!) The four oldest were the “Those Four Big Guys,” divided from the three youngest (“Us Three Little Guys”) by a break of a few years in Motherly Production. Us Three Little Guys often got variations on the same theme for Christmas. One year, my mom made the three of us Holly Hobby dolls, replete with wardrobe and accessories. Oh, those Holly Hobby bonnets! And braided hair! They were great!
The second doll-memorable Christmas had to have followed shortly thereafter, or we would have been out of the Doll Appreciation Years. And perhaps the oldest of Us Three Little Guys didn’t actually get a the same doll that year! Poooooor Sarah! Because that was the best Doll-bearing Christmas ever! Madame Alexander baby dolls – you know, the kind with the heavy bodies and the eyes that closed when you put them to bed! And if you tilted them stomach-side down, they cried! Mom (and an older sister) made at least two of Us Little Guys a whole set of bedtime accessories – mattress, eyelet-lined blankets, pillows – all neatly fitted into a wide slatted, handled basket. They were the Best Dolls Ever. I was eight years old at the time, I think. Do eight-year-olds receive dolls for Christmas anymore?! I loved my dolls to death!
I think Cissie’s granddaughter is going to be equally enchanted with her doll’s dress! Here it is:
I think (but I could be wrong!) that this is either Molly or Samantha, of the American Girl Doll line. My nieces have these dolls, and they love dressing them up! But I have yet to see as sweet a dress as this on their dolls!
The little collar is embellished with a red flower, dots, and leaves matching the dress, and then edged with Palestrina stitch, a perfect stitch for outlining a collar.
The doll is also receiving a new wool challis coat, which I’m sure will be precious. Lucky, lucky little four-year-old!
I wonder if people would notice if I … you know…. took up playing with dolls again? Possibly, that’s a bad idea. But making their clothes and embellishing them would be heaps of fun! Nice job, Cissie!
Thanks for sending along the picture and for drumming up good memories of ages past.
It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…..