Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sewing for my Betsy

A few months ago, I got a Tiny Betsy McCall doll for little Miss SockPixie. She fell in love with the doll and so did I... I resisted the urge to get a Betsy for myself for months. I rationalized that I did not need it, that I was too old to get a doll, that I had no time for another hobby... So finally last week I gave in, I bought my own Betsy.



I spent last night designing a little dress for her. It takes a little practice to sew for an 8" doll. I picked a lovely light weight polka dot fabric, and some light green ribbon to flatter her hair color. I started the sewing last night.



 I pleated the bodice, and added a lace trim to the bodice and the pettycoat. I finished it this afternoon at the Frog Pond while the children were playing. I used little bits of ribbon for the straps, and added a simple ribbon belt to highlight Betsy's petite waist.





On our way home, we stopped by Winmill Fabrics which is conveniently located close to the Frog Pond and picked up cute fabrics to make more dresses and a leopard print coat!

I am having so much fun!


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7 comments:

Bailey said...

She is beautiful. I can see why it was such a temptation to get one for yourself.

A said...

Ooh! What a lovely dress for your new Betsy! I too have a Betsy and your work certainly has inspired me to start making clothing for her!

grammynan said...

Neither could I resist buying a Betsy McCall doll back in March when I saw your previous post. I was a little disappointed that she is a collectible and not a toy but she is certainly darling.

SockPixie said...

Dear grammyman,

Which one did you get? Little Miss SockPixie plays with hers, and I am planning on playing with mine as well. I am even planning a dollhouse...

Caroline

toni in florida said...

The first thing I ever sewed was an outfit for my Barbie. I was 11 or 12 and did all of the stitching by hand. It was enough to make me want to sew for myself... with a machine, tho. Thanks for prompting the memory with your lovely Betsy and her dress!

Rumi said...

Very cute. Must be a challenge to make outfits that tiny though. Looking forward to seeing her wardrobe expand--especially her fabulous leopard coat!

Pandora said...

I don't think one is ever too old for dolls. She is very cute! Love the little dress.