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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

My first and second attempt at an Edith Flack Ackley Doll

I have developed an interest in Edith Flack Ackley dolls.  I love the idea of making a fabric doll from scratch.  Edith Flack Ackley wrote a book in the 1930's with patterns for  making several varieties of dolls.  The dolls below I made from this 'Pattern for a Little Girl Doll'.

I found a copy of her book.

This pattern makes a 9 - 9.5 inch doll.

This is my first attempt.
I hand-sewed the dress.  This is really much easier than trying 
to make these tiny seams on a machine.
I also made my dresses removable, unlike a tutorial I watched
which sewed the sleeves of the dress onto the doll's arm.

The face is not quite right.
My embroidery skills are rusty!
I also did not stuff her face tight enough.
And she is slightly tilted to the right.

I tried following the basic instructions which said to "sew just inside the
lines of the pattern.  On my next try I sewed ON the line of the pattern.
Her right hand is a little smaller, so I made her a bracelet to make up for it.
: )

This little girl turned out  a little better
(in my opinion)
The face is better and using a lighter 
weight fabric for the dress
Made a big difference.

I found a trick for turning her arms and legs right side out at this link.
I put a straw inside the arm or leg, then using my turning dowel, very carefully
push the fabric back through the straw.
(One of those heavy straws from the sipping cups that are popular right now)

I still need to finish both these dolls with pantalettes and shoes.
I am searching thrift stores for soft leather gloves.
I read that this is a great material for making the traditional EFA shoes.
When I find some gloves I'll do a post on how my shoes come out.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

1975 Madame Alexander Puddin' Crier doll

 I recently found this Madame Alexander baby doll at a thrift store for $2.00
 She was wearing this horrible dress that was not original.

 She was very dirty and had ink marks.

 I gave her a bath with baking soda and water, just rubbing her vinyl skin with a 
washcloth dampened in the paste.  All the marks came off!

 I selected a dress I had made for an 18" doll I already had.


 1975 "Puddin" crier doll,
The pink is beautiful against her skin and brings out
her rosy cheeks.  The right outfit can make the doll!

 Before & After


I have rediscovered my love of dolls.  It all began when we purchased my daughter's first American Girl doll.  It was the smell of the package as it opened, the silky quality of her hair and the miniaturization of everything we collected for her.  Our American Girl Doll Blog

When I was a girl I had this doll, given to me by my grandmother:
She is a 16" Effenbee Petite Filles doll.  I would play with her for hours, washing her hair and curling it, washing her clothes, (I only had 2 dresses for her) I made sure she and all her friends were put to bed and tucked in every night.

Anyway, we now have a large collection of miscellaneous dolls, from American Girl to Raggedy Ann and Andy, Sock monkeys to Edith Flack Ackley dolls.

 Raggedy Ann I found at a thrift store.
Andy I matched with Ann is from ebay.

This little girl I found at the same thrift store as Ann.

 Edith Flack Ackley doll I made.

Sock puppy and Sock kitty that I made

SO, I just wanted to share all I enjoy about dolls and doll-making.  I also wanted to have a place to show case our existing dolls and any new dolls we add to our collection.  I hope you enjoy our journey into doll collecting!