Doll with Tailored Jacket
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Cloth Doll Doll Pattern Adaptation #1 Elizabeth

Cloth Doll #1 Elizabeth: Throwback Thursday

First Doll Adaptation

Introducing Elizabeth.  She is the first cloth doll that I adapted from existing patterns.  This doll was designed for my late auntie, Carole (Pitt). Carole wrote the DI Elizabeth Jewell murder mystery series.  Therefore, Elizabeth is named after Carole’s main character in the book.

Cloth doll with ears


Elizabeth’s body is based on one of the patterns by Jan Horrox.  This pattern is for Horrox’s ‘Anatasia’ doll.  In comparison, you can see that I dressed and adorned in Elizabeth (above) very differently to Jan’s original (below).

doll making journey


Creating Elizabeth’s Look

Elizabeth is an independent, professional woman who likes to wear simple, but smart clothes.  Therefore, she is dressed in slim-fitting jeans, a black polo top and a fitted tweed jacket.

Doll with Tailored Jacket


The Jacket

I adapted the jacket pattern from Patti Medaris Culea’s ‘Helen’ doll in her  Creative Cloth Doll Collection book. 

First of all, I really struggled with making this item.   For the reason that it was by far the most fiddly item to make out of the whole project, even more so than turning the fingers.  The sleeves were awkward to attach to the main part of the jacket.  The instructions suggested using the sewing machine.  This simply did not work out. Consequently, the jacket was easier to sew by hand.  This was due to my lack of experience, combined with the incorrect sewing machine foot.

Finger turned doll hand

Jan Horrox inspired doll


The Hair

Using a technique learned from one of my books, I used layers wool to created a layered hairstyle, which is complete with a stylish fringe.

Doll Making Journey


And finally, a gingham scarf completes her smart, casual look.

Doll with woollen hair

I really enjoyed the new challenges that Elizabeth created and I have already started on the next project!

This post was originally posted on 24th February 2015 and revised in January 2019.



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