Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Meet Ellie!

I made this doll as part of the "Age of  Elegance" group over on Flickr. 
This group's focus is the era of Jane Austen. (early 1800's)
Our task was to make a doll and dress it in the style
of this time frame.

I found this doll pattern on Etsy.
She was created by Anne at 


The doll is made of beautiful wool felt.
I loved making this doll.
I've made dolls before, so
I found this pattern to be easy to follow
and understand. 
 The face is embroidered first, over butcher's paper.

Tear away the paper carefully.

 Then you cut the body out. 
A little pink eye shadow gives 
Ellie a sweet nose and rosy cheeks.

Cut out the arms and legs, stuff, stitch then assemble the doll. 
 She's ready to dress. 

The doll pattern also comes with 
an adorable dress pattern.
Includes socks and shoe patterns. 

However, I needed to create 
a Regency/Empire style garment.

This is the dress I used for inspiration.
Caroline, Archduchess of Austria 1817

 I used a doll pattern from
Josefina who is an American Girl Doll.

I had to re-size the entire dress pattern 
as my doll is smaller than the American Girl Dolls
I added some embellishments to try and get my 
doll's dress to resemble the inspiration dress.
 I hand sewed tiny glass beads around the neckline.
 Ellie wears a pearl necklace.

I love how the sleeve turned out!
Ribbon was added to mimic
a Regency style puffy cap sleeve.

Back view.

Her socks are made from antique remnants I
bought at our local county fair about 
two years ago. 
I followed the sock and shoe
 pattern included in the Ellie Doll pattern.
The shoes are made using  pink wool felt. 
Finally, I dressed her in antique doll pantaloons.