Last month I started sewing a Raggedy Ann doll using Pattern 9447 by Simplicity. I am making it for a gift for my Step-father’s Mother, my Step-grandma, who just moved into a new apartment. I wanted to have it finished sooner but I was just having too many problems with making the doll hair.
Except for the doll hair the pattern was very easy to follow. Other than my softie doll I had never made a doll before so I was very happy with the ease of this pattern.
My only real problems came after I had sewn the doll. The directions said to sew on the button eyes after the doll was stuffed. When I tried to do that the only thing that I succeeded in doing was poking my finger with the needle several times. I decided that painting on the eyes would be just fine. Next time I will either sew on the button eyes before I sew the doll together or else I will use a satin stitch. I will also use a much narrower paint brush to paint on the eyelashes and mouth.
The other problem that I had was with putting on the doll hair. I understood the theory behind the pattern of sewing the yarn to the fabric wig and then sewing the wig right to the doll’s head. However, I could not seem to sew the yarn evenly onto the fabric and it kept coming out lopsided with one side being way too short while the other side was way too long. After using up an entire skein of yarn I looked on the internet and found quite a few ways to put on doll hair. In the end, I combined the methods that I like the best and found a way to sew on the doll’s hair so that I was satisfied with it. I will post a tutorial on making the doll’s hair here real soon.
The dress, bloomers and pinafore were very easy to make and I was very happy with how they turned out. I am definately hooked on making rag dolls now! The pattern comes with pattern pieces for 15″, 26″ and 36″ dolls. The doll that I made was 26″. I am going to try the 15″ doll next. Even though the doll’s eyes gave me a little bit of a problem I still had so much fun painting on the doll’s face. It was like I was giving her a little personality. I really enjoyed making the dress and it turned out cute! It was so much fun to just watch the doll start to come to life as I made the body, the face, the hair and then the clothes. It also made me feel good while I was making the doll to think about my Step-grandma and how much I hope that she will like this doll in her new apartment.