I have added some links for the book and button. There is another source for the book in the comments.
This idea has been brewing in my mind for quite some time.
A while ago I won a set of Hannah's MiniMe Paperdolls for each of my girls. They came so beautifully packaged and printed on such quality paper that I hesitated to allow my girls to go at them with scissors! But of course what good would they do sitting in the closet all the time?
Along with the paperdolls, Hannah also sends me the Outfit of the Month email, a file that I can print off with the "in season" outfit. I look forward to each month and print off more than one so there won't be arguments over who gets to "wear" it first ;). I was particularly taken with one of the spring outfits and decided it needed to worn by someone of more substance than paper. Divine was the lucky recipient.
I added some hand stitching (french knots) around the neckline and chain stitched no big dill down the back.
I happened to have this blue polka-dot fabric in my stash already, just about a quarter of a yard.
With the simplicity of the dress, I chose a button full of character in the back.
Divine is really petite for her age, so I think I'll shorten the sleeves, but all in all, I am pleased with the likeness of the MiniMe Paperdoll. I am thinking of doing a few others now...that is if this baby will stay put.
The dress was a super simple pattern I have been wanting to try out from this book:
no sleeves to set, no lining, no facing, no zippers, no buttonholes. Just 3 pieces and some bias tape. Nice.
You might recognize the flower from Not Martha. I used some super thick wool felt. To glue each petal I followed her directions of fabric glue and clothespins holding them in place, but ended up using hot glue to fasten them to the back because the felt just drank that fabric glue up! Slurp!
Hannah gives you all sorts of options to order your own dolls, customizing them to your child. Check them out here. Right now she is offering free membership to the Outfit of the Month Club for an entire year! With any purchase, just mention in "notes to merchant" that you came from no big dill and your membership will be free! And I won't tell if you just want to order a doll that looks like you for you, to play with during nap time.
Pearl, in true Pearl fashion, was disappointed that I didn't make the shoes to go with the dress, and began giving me suggestions on how I could. **Sigh** Such high expectations from these baby dills.
More on the book I used. It is all in Japanese and you have to trace your pattern pieces, but anyone who is familiar with basic clothing construction shouldn't have a problem, using the illustrations as guides. I found three copies of it online here,
here and here. For more on Japanese Pattern book reading, I have a post here.
The button was sent by a kind reader who is aware of my
obsession affinity for fun buttons, but can be found at M&J Trimming here. They also have some cute red flapper buttons from fabric.com here.