I have been thinking about what to do for Amy’s second birthday coming up in November. I thought about making a cloth activity book — maybe miniature clothes she could button and zip (I saw one of those online once, that someone had made — very cute). But cloth books are so floppy. And so many tiny pieces.
Then it occurred to me I could accomplish much the same thing by making some clothes for Amy’s Waldorf doll, Rachel. Some that zip, some that button, some that snap, etc. And a play sling she could use to carry her around, like mama’s.
I’ve been having lots of fun in the sewing room so far. Do you think I ought to tidy it up someday?
Here’s the sling. I had a squarish piece of fabric that wasn’t long enough to do a seamless sling, so I french seamed a piece at one end of a strip. I should have had that end go around the back instead of through the rings — the best rings I could find in a hurry were 1″ D rings, and it’s a tight fit especially with a lumpy french seam. I got the idea from Jan Andrea, whose pattern I used to make my own sling.
I had enough left of some flannel pajama pants to make this raglan-sleeve sleeper; the zipper is from an old shirt. I bound the leg holes with a bias strip from the sling fabric in order to secure the bottom of the zipper. I just hemmed the neck and sleeves, though.
I had a lot of adjusting to do as I went — the body is rather baggier than I intended and the legs rather narrower, and both sleeves and legs are a little shorter than they looked when I pinned them, especially when the doll is sitting. But I’m pleased with how I fixed the baggy shoulders with darts.
This is fun.