I'm the next stop for Corinne Crasbercu’s new book My Rag Doll! Oh and feel like an excited little girl. I really enjoyed having a go and making my own doll.
The book teaches a variety of customisable dolls with 11 adorable outfits, including matching accessories like shoes and personality props. From London weather appropriated rain coat to a veil bride.
The book offers only one basic pattern and is divided by stages: Making the doll, where you can pick 5 different faces and hair styles. Than follows by your choice of outfit. Meaning that you can make combination of faces, hair and clothes you desire. The book says "make 11 rag dolls", but you can make so many more with your own creativity.
This book offers a fun a way to start on a rag doll making journey because it gives the tools to explore making awww-dorable creatures. You will find hard to give them away. I would say this isn't a total beginner project and be mindful of details like buttons when making for children under 3.
What I love the most is the quality of the details on each doll. The author inspiration of children's books like Beatriz Potter and Sarah Kay really shows as the dolls have definitely a personally ingrained in them.
I have found the aesthetics to be very pretty and clean. Every outfit more exciting than the previous.
The only negative about this book is the lack of illustrations. I would love to see the 'How-To' of the doll illustrated by pictures or illustrations. Only text instructions for a those with english as a second language can be quite confusing. 'Skeins'? what is that? Lol.. so many words I had no idea what they meant. Not much of a problem for the outfits because I just sewn them as I would my own clothes.
To do a honest review on books with patterns I always try to make at least one pattern because you cannot base a project book only by looking at it. I can really see myself making more of these dolls. The process was very enjoyable and was shared with Cris (and her sewing machine) as my mine was still on the her annual revision. (Ps: I have now bought a second machine #Sewaddicted)
The pattern requires to be enlarged 120% or bigger and do not including the seam allowances. My doll size was kept at 100% because I could print it directly.
Let me introduce you to Lady Godiva in her winter rose pyjamas.
The name was given by my crafty friend Trudi because I posted a work-in-progress picture of my doll and well, she wasn't dressed! For those not educated in English folklore you can read about it here. I couldn't give her another name... so catchy!
The basic doll pattern is clever because the 3D shape of the feet she can stand up. Her outfit was based on the blouse (page 24) with a gathered skirt. Used the basic shoe pattern with free hand cut bows to make her slippers.
Pyjamas with pockets, of course! The fabric was baby fleece scraps Cris had on her stash.
To be honest, she isn't perfect but I'm so proud of this first attempt. Don't use cheap calico because I used for the body and it was too thin. The embroidery stitches show a little bit. There are some imperfect corners on the curved seams but its all part of her personally.
I have an extra copy to giveaway but since there has been so many recent giveaways I'm keeping it to be part of a blog-anniversary giveaway bundle.
Book is available in May but you can purchase an electronic copy or the dolls patterns individually.
* Book Images used with permission by Stitch Craft Create.
Disclaimer: Please note that i'm not paid to write book reviews or be part of a blog hops but I do receive a review copy of the book from publishers/distributors. All opinions are my own.