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Beach Baby II

Added May 17, 2010

by seasidelaundry

Newport, Rhode I...






This is a second prototype in my dream of creating a handmade replica of my favorite childhood baby dolls-Tiny Tears, Betsy Wetsy & Ginny.
She is 13" tall, body and hair made of a soft cafe-au-lait denim. Her legs are sewn into bottom edge and her arms attached via tab method. The limbs move for dressing, but do not rotate.
Her sunsuit is knit fabric with boat applique and front snapping straps.
I switch out pattern pieces I have drawn for each attempt & forget to mark which shape used per project. Thus, if the perfectly proportioned & featured specimen ever appears, I probably will not be able to duplicate.
Good thing I am not a rocket scientist (although I did work on aircraft!) It is great fun, but with each little stumble along the way, my appreciation for Ellen Lumpkin Brown soars.

Material Notes

Lightweight cotton denim, cotton plaid, cotton knit, bias tape, ribbon, button, elastic, snaps, embroidery floss, polyfiller, plastic alphabet baby beads




Garment Type
Cotton, Denim, Knits/Jersey

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    Sep 10, 2010, 07.47 AMby junespoon

    WOW!! ..I LOVE this! What a beautiful pattern! It’s so difficult to make dolls/bears i think because i always want to get the expression just right….any little change can make the difference between being lifeless and being full of character. I really love this pattern – it is perfect! I’m so inspired to make something similar….if you ever feel like sharing/selling the pattern…let me know!!

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      Sep 11, 2010, 07.28 AMby seasidelaundry

      Thank you for comment & adding me as friend. If I ever get one set pattern down, I’d be happy to share. Pretty much sketch pieces & switch out as I go. I know you can do it because you want to so much! You are correct about features & proportions. However, I first saw some creature dolls in NYC 6 yrs ago & fell in love. But, for me, I prefer to make type to dress with outfits.

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    May 18, 2010, 04.45 AMby shedoz213

    Too cute!

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      May 18, 2010, 06.10 AMby seasidelaundry

      Thank you! Your turtle bib & two tone apron are show stoppers!!

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    May 17, 2010, 06.40 PMby tamezdc

    Wow. I like this doll. I have checked out of the public library several books on doll making but the instructions seem a little complicated. I would like to make a simple, but cute doll like yours.

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      May 17, 2010, 06.59 PMby seasidelaundry

      Like you, was always looking for the ideal pattern. I recently just decided to do as I did for the aircraft seats, etc. and draw around parts of a favorite doll. I then make the easiest pattern shapes-ha!-few seams as possible, I have been experimenting with heads made from designs used to make toy balls. Is this funny? The last was from a hackey sack ball—-just made it larger. So, books help a lot in basic-particularly ways to attach arms and legs. I do joint my bears, tho’-with cotter pins or screws. But, baby dolls….not so. Thank you!!!

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    May 17, 2010, 05.19 PMby nenasew

    Such a labor of love. What an adorable little doll. Love the beach outfit.

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      May 17, 2010, 06.19 PMby seasidelaundry

      Your sundresses are perfect beach attire, too! Finally, your summer has arrived!

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    May 17, 2010, 02.43 PMby wackyblonde

    She is adorable. Love the idea for the hair, very clever.

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      May 17, 2010, 03.43 PMby seasidelaundry

      Only because I am not good at yarn, wool roving, etc…even my own-ha!

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    May 17, 2010, 08.19 AMby seasidelaundry

    Such a kind remark! I visited your projects and was very impressed. Thank you.

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    May 17, 2010, 06.48 AMby badyan

    Love it! I´d wish one!

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