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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.

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