I made this Amy doll from the Women’s Day Book of Soft Toys and Dolls by Joan Russell that Mimi lent me. She is for my niece, Emerson, who will turn 1 on Valentine’s Day. I seldom make toys from patterns, but this one was really interesting to do. I like a pattern I can learn from. Her body is five pieces – two front and three back – so that when she is all stuffed she has a little bottom to sit on. Really good construction. And her head is so huge. Like a toddler’s.
And normally I don’t sew garments. Nope. One of the reasons is I have a fear of button holes. I have had my sewing machine for nearly 20 years and I had convinced myself all this time that I needed some kind of special foot to sew buttonholes. Since my machine is so old and is really a machine originally made for Home Ec. classrooms (it’s a Bernette 330), most of the accessories are not available so I resigned myself to a life of no buttonholes.
Then I sat down to make Amy’s dress and saw that it required buttons and, yep, buttonholes. I took a look at my machine and thought, hey maybe it does work…Um yeah. Hello. It totally sews buttonholes without any kind of special foot. Oh my god, people! I MUST sew buttons and button holes on everything. EVERYTHING. 20 years of no buttonholes to make up for!
And this doll gave me a chance to try out the satin stitch techniques that Mimi showed me. Wow. So much better. I’m not afraid of embroidering faces anymore. Now I think faces are really cool and not yet another chance to ruin a doll I’ve worked on for days and days.
Here is Amy in the buff.
There is something wonderful about dolls at this stage. Like naked babies right out of the tub.
Have you made an Amy doll? If so, I’d love to see your version. And if not, give it a go. She’s totally fun.