Hands up if you remember Emmaline, the doll I made for a very special baby girl? Well, I was always a bit concerned that she was living in a box and for some reason I had quite a visceral reaction to this fact (I suffer from anthropomorphism, apparently), so I’ve made her a carry basket/basinette, complete with bedding.
I made a pillow and mattress from some quilting cotton I had in my stash. The pillow gave me the opportunity to use my ruffler foot, sewing the ruffle straight onto the pillow.
here is Emmaline ensconced in her new bed. I also made her a pair of pyjamas from some fleece scraps. I did originally make her some silk pyjamas, as every girl needs silk pyjamas, but they weren’t very robust and I didn’t think they would survive a child pulling them on and off, so she got this rather matronly pair.
I also made her a quilt, which I backed with some organic cotton, and used the ruffler again for the edging.
The basket is made from two different lots of macro suede bought separately, but which are identical in colour. I decided that macro suede would be ideal for this basket as it’s strong, tough and hard wearing. I interfaced it so that the sides would be a bit more rigid, and used some plastic from REmida (a recycling facility) in the base. I got the pattern for the basket from a book I bought in an op-shop, called the “Treasury of Dolls and Cuddly Toys”
It’s a great book. The basket is so big, though, that baby may not be able to lift it until she’s five!
It’s a little known fact that Emmaline has an evil twin called Enid. Enid tested the all the outfits and the basket for me, but she does lie there looking, er, a bit evil!
Emmaline now has a reasonable sized wardrobe and I am hoping that she brings baby H years of pleasure. I have made sure that everything is washable and that she can survive the rigours of being a plaything.
As for me, I can now rest easy that she has a proper bed, bedding and nightwear. I am also going to add this to my Sew a Seasonal Wardrobe: Sleepwear Edition. Not sure if it’s valid, but I’ll give it a go.