Essential sewing keeping me clothed and sane



Many of you have commented previously about my apparent productivity and how I seem to sew a lot of things, well sit back and be prepared to be astounded…. this week I sewed…

…. pair of jeans, a skirt with cross over straps, two pair of leggings, a bag, a coat and coordinating wrap skirt, a red dress, a tunic (or two), lacy tights, two pair of knickers, a posh frock for the opera, a t-shirt with sequins, a tulle skirt and maybe a few other things…


I would never, ever have considered myself I person to sew for dolls – honestly – it’s the very last thing I would do with my time….. except this time was different and very, very fulfilling and this is something I would never, ever admit to publicly (except I am). It’s also a very good use of teeny tiny scraps of fabric.


Oh yes, her auntie has the exact same coat/skirt outfit made in Linton tweed too…


Here’s Leigh – my one and only niece – nine years old and as a Christmas present, this was a little risky; I mean how many pre-pubescent girls play with dolls any more?


But this is her… Hair, face and glasses. Just imagine receiving a Christmas present that was You!


We had to manhandle the doll from her mother last night, who is now asking for one who looks like herself. The poor doll had every outfit on and off within 20 minutes. At least it was a real test of my sewing.

The pattern is the Kimberly Doll by Caroline, of Hand made by Caroline.



Wishing every one of you the best for the coming year.



16 thoughts on “Leigh

  1. A gift that trumps age. What a wonderful gift, and all of those fabulous clothes. What a dream. I still have the clothes that my grandmother made for my Barbies. True treasures 😊

  2. Lucky niece. What a great gift!

  3. I must admit I was a bit concerned that you had turned into a sewing recluse! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ So good of you to make such a wonderful gift. I still remember the doll clothes my older sister made me (from Santa). My sister even sewed them on to coloured card board like store bought clothes. I in turn made doll clothes for my younger sister’s dolls. It was a fun way to spend time together! Good for you! Happy New Year to you!

  4. She’s lovely! I’m tempted to start one with a wardrobe for my friend’s daughter now!

  5. Love your doll and her wardrobe. Are there any scraps of tweed left? Enough for your own doll? Fabulous idea making her resemble the person she is for. Loved the dolls that Caroline made but managed to resist the pattern as I don’t know any little girls only big ones. Having seen Leigh maybe the older girls wouldn’t be averse to getting a version of themselves, especially if I could make clothes similar to theirs as well – recreate a ball gown or two.

  6. What a lovely gift. Taking notes for my own nieces πŸ™‚ I particularly like her lace tights!

  7. I don’t have nieces or granddaughters. Taking note, though. Fabulous

  8. Lovely gift! I remember the clothes a neighbor made for my Barbie doll – in fact the memory of some of those have inspired my own sewing.

  9. Leigh is quite wonderful. Kudos to you for making such a lovely present. I recognized Carolyn’s pattern at the first photo. I haven’t succumbed yet, but I’m sure it will happen.

  10. Love this! What lovely creativity! Your post makes me smile… and wish for the younger days of my now age 21 and newly engaged daughter. Grandchildren in due time. πŸ˜‰

  11. Oh my goodness, this is brilliant!! I’m so glad your niece loved it, and why wouldn’t she??!!

  12. Gorgeous! Lucky niece! I bet she loved it, everything is so pretty. I used to do doll’s clothes for the girls’ teddy bears and absolutely loved it.

  13. So nice to see some whimsy sneaking into your projects!!!! Wishing you more fun and blessings for 2019, Ruth!

  14. Wonderfufl! I’ve been so tempted to make this doll!

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