Monday, December 14, 2009

essie

this is little esther, the doll that i have been stitching up for moonpie for the last month. i now understand why these dolls go for $150 on etsy! man, are they some work! but i really, really enjoyed the process of making her. i made her in front of moonpie, hoping that her seeing the work that went into the doll would inspire some affection for her. and it seems to have. even when esther was hairless, moonpie would cuddle up with her on the couch.

i purchased the pattern and supplies from joy's waldorf dolls. i felt like the pattern was very user friendly for a newbie doll maker. i had to re-attach the legs about 4 times, but besides that, everything else went pretty smoothly. the pattern for her sweater can be found on waldorf mama's blog. this was very fun to knit up (in rowan organic cotton). her t-shirt was repurposed from a baby shirt, and i made a simple iron on applique from some scrap fabric i had. her pants were made from the basic concept of my monkey britches tutorial (only i had no pants to trace). i've also made her some woolie pants out of that striped sweater, a skirt and a tu-tu. i hope all of these little clothes will make esther's final reveal on christmas morning somewhat of a surprise! oh- and i should mention that the name esther is all moonpie. she had originally asked if we could name the baby (the one inside of me!) esther. when we politely declined, she decided that esther would be a great name for her doll. and i think it suits her just fine!

7 comments:

The Kramer Family said...

esther looks amazing! you did an awesome job. i know essie will be in moonpie's heart forever....so sweet!

Crunchy Christian Mom said...

Oh, my gosh, she is SO adorable!! What a special gift!

Those nutcracker kits came from Hearthsong. :)

Cheryl said...

Love it! I used to have a doll that my mom made when I was about 4. I loved it so much. I still remembered how it smelled. I think Moonpie will cherish Esther forever.

Mandy said...

I so admire your determination to learn new things and not give up. Great job! Esther and Moonpie are perfect for each other.

nicola@which name? said...

i am so so so so impressed. thank you for sharing your sources!
nicola
http://whichname.blogspot.com

Traci said...

Mandi, just beautiful. I love her name too. I have plans for T1 to have a doll homemade by me one day...can't wait to see Essie in person one day..keep your legs on girl! You will make Moonpie very happy over and over with this special gift of love.

Naturalearthfarm said...

Your doll is absolutely beautiful. What a gift of love.
You came by my blog and I am happy that you did as I was able to read a some about your family and it sounds like we have lots in common.
Blessings.