Doll clothes


I want to move on to knitting more than just scarves but I'm afraid a
full blown sweater would be too big a project for me just yet. So I
thought I might start with doll (cabbage patch) clothes...not too much
time lost if I mess up with them I think. I found some patterns on the
net and I may start my first one this week if I start feeling better.
I've got another cold. Now that my son is in preschool I get about 37
colds a month. Any advice for me? On the doll clothes or preventing
colds? :)
Pam
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Qintes
About the colds. Make sure that your son leans to wash his hands, and keep his hands away from his face, and not put things in his mouth. I know that lesson is the hardest job that a mother has, but it really may be the most important job that a mother has in these days of bird flu.
About sweaters, I like Jacqueline Fees's approach of doing a "sweater sampler" to learn all of the skills in a sweater, before taking on a full sweater. For a novice knitter that really wants to knit better, her book is worth while. With her book, and a tape measure, you can design and make sweaters for dolls and teddy bears. Then you would really understand the design process.
After she raided my FO bin and needle stash over the holidays, my SIL gave me "The Knitted Teddy Bear" by Sandra Polley. That book tells how to knit "Teddy Bears", with complete outfits. Very cute, but I have not gotten into it yet to see if the patterns work, but it looks like quite a varity of TB clothes that could be adapted to be doll clothes.
Aaron
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<agres
Qintes wrote in news:VI6Bf.22326$La4.21517@trndny08:
on the colds, wash your hands a lot. make the kid wash his hands. wipe the nose? wash your hands. hold his hand? wash your hands. do not ever touch your face unless you've just washed your hands. seriously, it helps. my son is 5 & in his 3rd year of preschool. can't help much on the doll clothes. i have made all kinds of blankets for my son's trucks however. truck blankies are good for testing new stitch patterns (although Boo's trucks seem to prefer feather & fan or old shale) lee
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enigma
Enigma i have made MANY doll clothes ever since i remember , in fact my first knits were made for dolls,,, than i developed ,,, Sleeves of old sweaters and shirt are wonderful to make skirts and Dresses ,, lay the shirt flat , put doll on the sleeve and decide where to cut it so the under side fits over her midrif or her chest, cut the length and finnish both sides ,,,, for a pantskirt seam 2 sleeves , use shirt fronts with the buttons and holes for the froont of Coats etc,,, felt is also great for dolls clothes ,, Old socks [ even ready sport ones can be turned into wonderful clothes ,,,,,[ another good use for singletons ,,] mirjam
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Mirjam Bruck-Cohen
I have knit all sorts of things for dolls - but then, I have lots of dolls to knit for plus all the dolls I have given the grandkids. Mostly I have knit for American Girl and Sasha dolls plus assorted doll blankets etc. I find it easier to knit for dolls larger than Barbie or the other fashion dolls. It is fun and you can get creative. If they don't work out, it is easy to rip out and start over. My doll room is my territory in the house. (Although my DGDs get to sleep up there when they visit.)
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JCT
That's just the kind of thing I'm looking for! Thanks, I'll pick the book up this week! Pam
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Qintes
Hi JCT! Do you have any pics of the clothes you've knitted? I'd love to see them if you do! Pam
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Qintes
And clean the door handles as well, when he has a cold.
I like the idea of truck blankets! We have bunny blankets for dd's little toy rabbit.
If your son is into Action Man/GI Joe type dolls, you could have a go at making clothes for them. Unfortunately, patterns for them are almost impossible to find - the only one I've come across was published in a magazine 20 years ago. (Barbie's friend Ken is a completely different shape - not nearly so musclular.)
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Penny Gaines
I will try to see if I can get DH to take some to put up on my yahoo site. Of course, the ones that have gone off to the DGDs are in New Jersey - so you will only get the ones that I have knit for my own dolls. (No snickers, now or I will claim I am a collector of vintage play dolls - which is my cover story.)
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JCT
That would be great. I'd love to see them. Maybe I could get some ideas of what to knit for my dolls!
Lol! I have lots of dolls! But they're for my nieces when they come over to play *winkwink*.
Pam
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Qintes
*grin* Barbie's friend, Ken. How many years have they been going together? You'd think they would have made a commitment by now, wouldn't you? LOL
Gemini - just in a silly mood.
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MRH
Advice for colds, and most other illnesses - get some tea tree oil (aromatherapy) and put 2 drops in your bath as soon as you feel anything coming on. It boosts your immune sytem. Make sure the tea tree is the proper undiluted stuff.
Catherine
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Catherine Milton
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oh, sewing doll clothes! i thought she meant knitting them. sewing doll's clothes is easy & a great way to learn fancy tailoring techniques. if you can do something in miniature, it's a piece of cake to do it on a full size outfit :) i suppose though that one could make a muslin of something for a doll, then use a guage swatch to figure out where to do increases, decreases, & what not to knit an item...
lee
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enigma
Lee Sewing for a cat ,,,, now that would never occure to me ,,, and now please all people excuse me ,, when i first saw a dog with a coat i laughed aloud ,,, i am better behaved Now !!!! but when in USA i read an article about people who think Cows` udders should be covered , since when they graze by the roads, they are embarassed by the drivers looking at their udders ,,,, I unashamedly LAUGHED till my ribs hurt ... Mu husband hints that i should knit the cat a sweater ,, but i reallly think it won`t work , he didn`t agree to a flea collar ... and has this Beautiful Felix [ of the cat food] like Suit ... I also thought the question was about knitiing dols clothes, i only wanted to share my experience in using old knits to sew those .. mirjam
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Mirjam Bruck-Cohen
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i was never fond of dolls as a child (and now i make them... how strange), so i made things for the cat. i had a nice dollhouse that my father made for me & i would make furniture & things for it, but it wasn't occupied by dolls, oh no! my mother had a collection of ceramic Siamese cats & *they* owned my dollhouse. one of the things i had in the living room(lounge) area was a little basket of knitting, with a tiny scarf started on straight pins, knit with sewing thread.
that is very funny about the cows. i know that in the Victorian time people had floor length table clothes so they could not see the table's legs. there were also special covers for piano legs... i do have a polar fleece coat for my Angora goat, because he is sheared in April & November and it's quite chilly here at those times. i shear the llamas every other year in May or June & they have enough hair before winter, so they don't need coats (although it would keep the fiber cleaner, i suppose). my goat is silver grey & his coat is bright yellow & red, with bells :)
no, cats don't appreciate clothes too much, but they do like cozy knitted & felted beds (or the yarn basket). old knitted wool sweaters can be felted & used for lots of things besides doll clothes, like mittens or teddy bears. my mom gave me a brilliant purple angora sweater that accidentally went through the washer & dryer with my jeans, so i cut it up & made her a bear out of it. it was such a nice color i couldn't see just throwing it away because it went from large to cat size :) lee
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enigma
I put a few knit doll clothes in my Yahoo folder - I haven't dug for others, these are what these dolls were wearing. Sasha clothes (on the baby and boy) were knit from patterns I got from Susanna Lewis who has a Sasha doll information website that includes patterns and kits. The larger doll is Lottchen, a Himstedt doll - I adjusted a pattern designed for the American Girl sized dolls for her. I have also made up assorted patterns for various dolls - I like making things for dolls at least as big as these, though. Here is my photo site.
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JCT
Hi Judy,
I love the Norwegian sweater. If you hadn't said they were dolls no one would have known they look so real.
Hugs,
Nora
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norabalcer

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