Saturday, December 4, 2010

under the sea

One of the gifts I made my daughter for her birthday was this set of mermaids.  

I love making her dolls, but sometimes I dread the thought of making an extra dress.  So, trying to think up ways around that I tossed the whole clothing idea completely and settled on just a small top... 
and a fin of course.

I used this tutorial for sewing on the hair.

This first doll I made is my favorite.  I had absolutely no pattern and was at first a little disappointed with how skinny she was.

And then I met her friends, and I ended up liking the red head the best.

These two definitely have some funky issues.
But she still loves them.

The guy above has a fin made of taffeta.  Taffeta!  I've never used it before but was given a few scraps.
It cuts like butter.
It sews like butter.
And it falls apart like butter.
I don't like sewing with butter.

The day of her birthday I turned on 'The Little Mermaid' and let her watch.  I wanted her to actually know what these funky creatures were when she opened her gift.

I'll have to admit I was a little worried.  Sometimes it's hard to compete with store bought gifts.

But then she opened the bag, and while pulling them out she exclaimed, "preey!"

And then I felt much better.


Lydia said...

Oh my goodness I love the merman! He's so handsome :)

What I Did Today said...

They really are "preey!" What a lucky little girl and a very talented mama.

andreamichelle said...

The taffeta being like butter comment made me laugh. very good job on the dolls!

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

Ahhh, those are adorable! I'm glad she thought they were preey!

CK said...

This post is awesome, Becky

Jocelyn Christensen said...

That is adorable!

Anonymous said...

I love this so much

Liz said...

I love them!

Crystal Escobar said...

Aw, those are really really cute!!!

Modista Modesta said...

I love your mer-people. I'm so glad your daughter liked them also, it's a nice reward to all you hard work.

the sleepy time gal said...

oh my goodness. they are beautiful!!!! you did a great job!

Liz said...

Because of Ariel, Kate has FIRM opinions that all mermaids have GREEN tails! This yellow and purple would never do. Ha, ha! :)

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Oh my goodness! Simply ADORABLE!!!! And I love the little 'merman!' LOL!!!!


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