This is what I’d been working on before my evening went crazy (as described in my previous post). Last year my mom gave Hazel an Effanbee “Wee Patsy” doll that’s a 5″ plastic reproduction of an older composition doll. I love this doll enough that I’ve already restrung the elastic that holds its limbs on, and repaired its outfit, more than once. Its original outfit is like this one (that I found a photo of online):
Hazel’s has a little bell with the bow that makes it even more appealing to a three-year-old. When Hazel rediscovered the doll a couple of weeks ago, she was super-excited that it was a Santa doll.
And here’s the dolly’s new outfit that I made by copying the old dress. I asked Mabel to make a hat. I had to sew the bow on the hat myself after Mabel got tired and went to bed, but she did all the rest.
Probably I should save this for next Christmas, or at least for Valentine’s day–but I can’t wait to give it to Hazel tomorrow.
Update: Hazel needed to have her sheets changed in the middle of the night, so after we got her cleaned up I went ahead and gave her the dolly with its new outfit on. At first she was alarmed because she thought I’d gotten rid of the Santa outfit, but once I reassured her we still had that one, she said, “This is her new cowboy dress! And cowboy hat!”