Like many Waldorf moms, over the years I've hand made my daughter some beautiful dolls only to have her cast them aside for simple store bought versions that relatives and friends have given her. It took me quite a while to figure out that it wasn't so much the manufactured playthings she loved more than those I lovingly and painstakingly crafted; rather, it was their fancy clothes collections and ease of dressing that were the magical draw!
(How come our children won't just love the toys WE love? A post for another time...)
Of late, her favorite dolls for dressing and playing are two Groovy Girls. There's something about the size (and freakish proportions) of these particular dolls that just really appeals to my daughter. I've embraced them but, if you're not familiar with these gals, they often come with some pretty racy outfits. We use them but have tried to add some fun, more young-girly ensembles through our crafting. Oma's been knitting them sweaters and skirts and I've sewn a few pairs of pants and skirts as well. But last week, Oma had a designer breakthrough and came up with this super-quick-and-easy-doll-clothes-in-minutes idea!
Basically, it utilizes the sleeves of old pajamas and whatever trim is laying around. In no time at all Groovy Rainy and Groovy Toni had garments for nearly every occasion.
We're always outgrowing cotton pajamas and they come in a pretty interesting variety of colors and designs. Simply chop off the sleeves, finish the cut edge (or don't) and add a little something to give the wardrobe some style...
Since Naiya started gymnastics, she wanted Toni to have her own leotard. We cut holes for the arms to go through and put in a few stitches by hand to separate the two leg holes. (Naiya insisted on the little circle of yellow felt for "decoration". The kid loves adornment.)
This cute summer dress has a ribbon sewn around the stretched bottom. Stretching the fabric as the trim was sewn on caused it to curl into the frilly pattern seen here. Straps and buttons (those were Naiya's idea) finished this summery selection.
Pants are basically a skirt cut and stitched for legs up the middle.
Roll those pants out and pull 'em up for a trendy jumpsuit.
(Wait... are these ridiculous things still in style?)
It's hard to tell in this shot but this mini dress has a white lace layer on top of the printed under layer.
A little gold lame fancies up any simple design.
Who doesn't have packets of mint green ric rac just waiting for the perfect project?
(And a child that thinks a bell would make for a fine bit of embellishment?)
Another gown dressed up with a small bit of lace and ribbon straps that tie around the neck.
Thanks Oma! Now we've got playtime outfits for every occasion for weeks to come.