I had this sickness for the last 48 hours. The new craft project sickness. I was daydreaming and obsessing on this raggedy ann dolly in the worst way. I had forgotten how much I love raggedy ann until just recently (this seems to be happening so much! I thought I remembered every toy from my childhood.) Pete kept trying to talk to me while I was daydreaming of the best way to do the bloomers or the shoes, and the worst thing is, I would them tell him about the best way to make the bloomers or the shoes. Poor guy.
This raggedy ann is for Delia, Sadie would like raggedy andy, so he is in cut out pieces now. I had no idea what a huge thing raggedy ann is out there in the world, and it is huge! The amount of folk artists doing interpretations of this rag doll is staggering. I had to stop looking because it was just too much. .
Her she is all dressed up. She has bloomers, a dress and a pinafore. You can see more clothes photos and her whole body (naked!) here-
I need to make more of these. Sadie and Delia really love rag dolls. Floppy dolls, not firm, but loose and shakeable. And they do shake them a lot, it's sort of weird. I had so much fun making all the her and it was gratifying to give her to Delia who snatched her up, rolled around with her on the floor and said "raggedy mine." That's my girl. Sadie is being very patient waiting for Andy.
So, this is my first "designed by amy" type of dolly. I have made one or two from kits, which have taught me tons, but this was my first paper drafting-to- actual dolly experience. I think doing the dolly clothing patterns is the most fun for me (need to find dolly sized wooden hangers!) and if you all like her and are interested,let me know because I think raggedy ann and andy dolls would be a fun mailorder sewing project (maybe the dolls in one issue and the clothes in another?)