My Rag Doll by Corinne Crasbercu
Published by David and Charles
14th May 2014
This is the ultimate rag doll sewing book. Learn to sew cute rag dolls and their gorgeous clothes to make the perfect present for little girls. There are 11 adorable dolls to choose from, each with their own charming outfits. Each doll has her own name and personality and will delight children and adults alike.
The step by step sewing instructions are suitable for intermediate to experienced sewists, as well as very enthusiastic beginners! The basic doll pattern can be used to sew all the dolls and then altered according to hair and eye colour and hair style. Includes full-sized templates for the doll, clothes and accessories.
The dolls come with a variety of hair colours and styles and their own individual outfits. Choose from Fleur who has pigtails and her own doll sized knitting bag; Jean who likes the outdoors with her red boots and dungarees; and Red who has gorgeous red hair and a fabulous red cloak to match.
There is a summer time doll with cute espadrilles and straw bonnet, a ballerina doll with a tutu and tiara, a wedding doll with a beautiful dress and veil and a bedtime dolly with her own nightdress and matching teddy. And don't forget the delightful school girl doll with her own very special school satchel.
There is no doubting, visually, this is a beautiful book. I could have included all the photos right here because they are all so gorgeous! I first saw it advertised in Love Sewing magazine and requested a copy from the publishers. Initially there was a problem in that the book came with the patterns needing to be enlarged by a further 40% but now they are available to download for free online. How easy it is going to be to actually make the dolls and their beautiful outfits is another question entirely but if they look like the contents of this book, I'd have two very happy girlies!
The patterns contain full written instructions, but they aren't accompanied by photographs detailing each stage, which if you are a visual learner, like me, makes it a bit harder, but then I just like to be spoon-fed instructions! I'm thinking if I started now, I might have a doll made for Christmas?!