Christmas with my sister, her husband, and their daughter was tonight, so I’m safe to post this already! I’ve been looking forward to giving my niece her doll since I started making it!
I came across some adorable Raggedy Ann patterns from Oh Sew Dollin! on Pinterest, and decided I had to make one for my niece for Christmas. The hardest part was deciding which of her doll patterns to make! I chose the Sweet Annie pattern partially due to the size of the doll (13 inches standing) and because she was so adorable. I like the Raggedy Ann stories, but the traditional patterns (such as from McCall’s) for the doll are frightening. This Raggedy Ann seemed friendlier 🙂
Annie was a success with my niece… just the right size for cuddles, and her arms fit very well in my niece’s hands. And Annie’s already had a few slobber kisses 🙂
I made a couple tweaks when I made Annie… she does have the heart embroidered on her chest, her dress is removable (future gift options – I would love to figure out fitting the bubble dress pattern to the doll!), and in addition to choosing a slightly non-traditional hair color (this Annie has a little attitude with a purple streak) I also sewed the female end of two clear plastic snaps to her head in between her hair clusters so her hair bow snaps on. I also chose to not paint on her black shoes and red and white stockings – since I plan on making additional outfits for her, I don’t want to be stuck with colors that will go with red and white stockings! You can’t really tell in the photos, but she also has white bloomers under her dress, and I’ve put a little bit of lavender in her head for a sweet smell. Her eyes and blush cheeks are painted on with fabric paint, and the rest of her face is embroidered.
I absolutely love how she turned out – especially as you can see in the first few photos she was a little scary looking! (In photo #2 in the strip above, I was referring to her as “Chemo Annie”) Amazing what a difference some hair, a nose, and lips will make! I’ve also made one for me (although she’s currently lounging about in her birthday suit) so that I’ll be able to make other dresses for my niece’s doll… and perhaps eventually some shoes. I also may take a few photos of Annie out having adventures to send to my niece, to see if she enjoys seeing “her” dolly out having adventures. If that goes anywhere, photos will be able to be found at annie.bymelissaruddy.com. If you clicked the link and got a 404 error, the idea didn’t go anywhere and got scrapped!
My niece may be a little too young at 15 months to be interested yet, but I also got her the “Raggedy Ann Stories” book that I loved when I was little… and partially because of her age, I also made a certificate for “free lifetime repairs” of Annie!
One of my aunts questioned whose lifetime the repairs are for… to which I answer, MINE! Unless she can find somebody else that will keep up on any repairs. I’ve made sure to save some of the fabric in case a large patch or a limb replacement is necessary!