In the year 2000 I made my first formed Waldorf doll.
A formed doll means that the doll has arms and legs rather than being a cushion or bunting doll.
I went to a class run by a German woman whose name I am embarrassed to say I can't remember.
She provided us with the doll parts already sewn.
We just had to stuff and assemble the doll.
Rather than the tricot fabric that I now use for my dolls my first doll was made from ordinary t shirt fabric , tea dyed to be skin colour.
She also gave us copies of her pattern so we could make more dolls for ourselves.
Elisabeth is the doll I made at this class.
I loved her so much even though she was kind of chunky and couldn't sit down.
I tried using the class pattern but unless I found fabric with exactly the same stretch I couldn't make a doll to look the same as Elisabeth.
When I discovered the European tricot fabric that I now use the stretch was so different that I had to draft completely new patterns based on the class ones.
The dolls still couldn't sit and I experimented with drafting various other patterns, my dolls have been fat and thin and in between but they have all been able to sit with support.
This was important to Katie, my daughter because tea parties were a very important part of her play.
For many years my dollmaking was all about what Katie wanted.
Recently I tried to find my old original pattern out of curiosity to see what a doll would look like now with my 12 years of experience combined with that original pattern.
I still haven't found it but last week I did find the altered patterns that I had drafted all those years ago.
So I made up a doll.
I wanted her to be able to sit though because I can tell you Elisabeth is mighty tired of standing for all these years.
I also didn't like the chunky arm look so I used my regular arm pattern.
I attached the arms in rather a hurry because I needed to get finished and get on with cooking dinner so if I make the doll again I will finesse that part a little.
But I do like this girl.
I like that I can touch a little piece of my dollmaking history and bring it forward to be a part of what I am doing now and I am really glad I found those pattern pieces so I don't have to keep looking.
Most probably now that I have stopped searching I will also find the original class pattern too.
I put my little doll with one of my 17" Sweet child dolls too because I think they look cute together.
If you don't like the look of a bald faceless doll just try to imagine how cute they will look with hair and a sweet face.