Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Fleur : a handmade doll

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Recently I have enjoyed a little foray into doll making. The reason for this little dabble was Lisa from Big Little's call for pattern testers. If it had been anything else I probably would have resisted the call. These last couple of months have just been too busy. But, I saw Lisa’s photos and I was captivated – Fleur was beautiful!

When I got the email saying I’d been accepted as a tester I was excited yet a tad nervous; particularly about get the embroidered face (and especially the eyes) right!

But having pattern tested for Lisa before, I knew I was in good hands. And I was right – in this pattern Lisa guides you through a step by step process to achieve the end result. She includes lots of helpful tips and tricks and useful photos to help you along the way.

If you are thinking of giving this pattern a go, but are a little concerned about whether you have the adequate skills required, I think this description from Lisa (in her initial tester call) is helpful and accurate:


“She is suitable for someone who has used a sewing machine before and is willing to pay careful attention to details such as lining things up perfectly and taking the time to enjoy making her.  Embroidery experience is not required as everything is covered in the tutorial.  She is not a whip-it-up-in-an-evening project, although there are lots of elements which can be done in a spare fifteen minutes here and there so she does come together nicely.”

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Or, as I would say – give it a go! You wont just make a doll you’ll make an heirloom and you’ll learn some awesome new skills along the way. I, personally really enjoyed stretching myself a bit and am really happy with my end result. As you can see so is Isabelle! (It looks like I’m going to have to make another doll, because this one is heading to a dear wee girl turning one soon).


Thanks Lisa for letting me test this beautiful pattern… and make sure you pick up your own copy here. This PDF pattern has just been released and to celebrate that Lisa is offering at with a special discount of  15% off until Saturday 20 Dec with code FLEUR15.  Go on, add doll maker to your list of skills :) ... Or perhaps buy the pattern for a crafty friend for Christmas?

I’m joining in with the Big Little Blog hop – make sure you check out everyone else’s interpretation of this awesome pattern. Here's the line up:

Wed   Jenny @ Mend and Make New (Hey, that's me!)
          Kara @ Kara McMurray
Thu   Aimee @ Small Steps Big Noises
Fri     Leanne @ Paper Moon
          Sarah @ Squiggling About
Sat     Christine @ Beanniequilts
Sat    Imogen @ Imogen Eve

Also, Aimee has made a second doll and is donating it to a deserving child for Christmas! (How awesome is that?!) If you know of deserving child then you can nominate them here.

Also Joining in with Show & Tell and Sew & Show

Jen x

5 comments:

BigLittle said...

Congratulations on making such a wonderful doll, she is just lovely! Xxx

Leanne M said...

She is so beautiful, great job. Good luck prising it off Isabelle.

Wendy said...

She is beautiful, great job :-)

Ginx Craft said...

What a lovely doll. I love her face, and her lace trimmed dress is so pretty.

Leonie said...

She is absolutely gorgeous Jenny! What a lucky girl to receive her!