(photo via Rachel at Stitched in Color)
The question was: what would you make with this bundle of fabric? Rachel wrote that she'd select her four favorite answers and Pink Chalk Fabrics, which sponsored the challenge, would send the fabric to the challengers to manifest their ideas.
As someone who has only been sewing for a few months, it's far easier for me to come up with ideas than it is to enact them. That's why I love answering questions like this. They make me think. What would I really do? So I posted an answer. Why not, right? Here is what I said:
I'd love to make a boy-doll for my boy-kid. He has two older sisters and plays with lots of girl dolls :) He's two and doesn't seem to mind at all but wouldn't it be nice for him to have a boy doll? I can see that burnt orange as the hair and the crossweave as the pants and that floral block print would make a great tiny necktie, wouldn't it?Easy peasy. Maybe. But I was delighted to be asked to compete! So I got to find out if I could bring my vision to reality.
I started with the Hans Doll pattern from Retromama on Etsy. It's adorable, but it's for a regular boy, and the thing about my boy is that when you say hi to him, he answers with "No you say hi to me! Me no a kid! Me a tiger!" And then he will roar at you. You had best faint from fright each time. It's pretty much a rule. So I decided that if I was making a boy doll specifically for my boy to fill a boy-doll need, I wanted to make a tiger-boy doll.
Because I was shaping the shoes from fabric instead of felt, I simplified their design, and added a little topstitching to mimic some of the felt details.
And those older sisters? This was the first doll I've ever made but they saw in a picture from the pattern that Hans knows a girl named Greta. They've already stipulated that I'll be making more dolls. Soon.
Thank you so much to Rachel and Pink Chalk Fabrics - I hope I did you proud!