My Niece's First Dolls! ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

My Niece's First Dolls!

Today, I am sharing one of my "friends and family" posts as this week's theme!

You may remember my niece, who I have referred to several times on the blog.  I have taken her school supply shopping, gave her some sewing lessons, and bought her a fab Christmas gift this year!  I mentioned way back in June that we sewed a couple of dolls together, and I'm sharing it with you now.  :)

This is the only picture I have of the dolls because I was too engrossed in our lesson to take any pictures.  Silly me!





The whole reason for the dolls is because my cousin had some of my niece's old baby clothes that they wanted to display.  I already had the doll pattern for Simplicity 1900 below, so it was perfect!





First, we decided to alter the torso sections because they were not quite long enough for the clothes.  Then, my cousin and my niece learned how to lay out and cut pattern pieces properly.  Next, we started assembling all of the dolls while my niece loved threading and rethreading the machine for each color thread.  Maybe I should sew with her permanently!  While sewing, I explained to her all of the steps, and it was so much fun.  :)

She was in charge of the stuffing when they got home, and that's what they came up with above!  And yes, I realize that they don't quite look alike, but one is the big sister anyways.  :)


We have sewed together since then once more, and she sewed a tiny pouch using some scrap fabric.  Yay!

Because I was short on pictures, here is a picture she drew of me and my guy along with a champions cup for... being the best aunt?  Sure!


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20 comments:

  1. These are adorable! What a lucky little girl to have you as her aunt.

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  2. Thanks! She's the first of the "grandkids" if I'm considering myself a "kid." So yes, she gets spoiled just a bit. :)

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  3. SO cute! I love the dolls and I have to learn how to sew!!! Visiting from Bloom Designs linky ;)

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  4. Thank you so much for stopping by The Weekend re-Treat this week and sharing this post with us! Wanted to stop by your blog and Pin it to our Party Boards while I was here tonight !

    Shauna @ The Best Blog Recipes

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  5. awwwwh,how cute. You have created such wonderful memories for your niece. She is very lucky to have such a caring aunt. I am visiting from Crafts a la mode and am going to follow you

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  6. Love your blog! First time visitor and I immediately am a huge fan!!!! Keep up the amazing work!

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  7. what a cute idea love the dolls
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  8. Thanks! It was fun to make something cutesy for a kid, because I've really only made things for adults. :)

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  9. Aw, thanks for sweet comment. :) I'm so happy to have you as a follower!

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  10. Aw, thanks! I'm glad to have another fan. ;)

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  11. So adorable! :)

    Again, thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

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  12. Cute! Doll making is so much fun. It's good to pass it along!

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  13. Your niece did a wonderful job! I've had a similar interest in helping my nieces get interested in sewing too. They asked for a beginner sewing machine for Christmas this year, so of course auntie had to get it for them.

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  14. Agreed! It was my first time too though! Together, we learned how to stuff skinny limbs by the end of it. :)

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  15. Lucky nieces! It's hard not to spoil them, especially when they want to sew, right? :)

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  16. What a sweet project to do togehter. I still have the doll my mom made me many years ago. Thanks
    for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

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  17. Diane your dolls are adorable!
    Thank you for sharing them at Inspire Me Monday!
    Congratulations - you will be one of my featured guests this week at


    Create With Joy
    http://create-with-joy.com

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