Miss Romy had a nap.

Sweet Romy likes to sleep surrounded by knitted toys and the odd doll I make. Truth be told, we like to spoil her and let her sleep as much as she wants to. After all, we need our beauty sleep, right Romy?.

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Miss Romy

in her cotton pyjamas, being cute and all...

I think we can ascertain I have a thing for dolls with white hair. White pulled mohair at that.

Over the years I have made quite a few, like Mimi Marion and Raisa to be more precise, but traveling back in time then there is Birch, Aurora Borealis, Beluga, Coconut Sugar and Vanilla Bean, Cygnet, Feodora, Sigrún, Freyja and Mathildis and Anwen. Most definitely a thing for dolls with white hair. 

**If you click on all those links, I am going to take you down memory lane. A very beautiful trip, hope you enjoy it!. 

Miss Romy, a natural fiber art doll by Fig and Me.

Miss Romy, a natural fiber art doll by Fig and Me.

Miss Romy playing with her toys, a custom natural fiber art doll by fig and me.

Doll clothing for Romy, by Fig and me.

And even though some are similar, none look the same. Take Romy for example, very girly, very sweet. Loves bows and flowers and bees. Plays pretend for hours on end, and likes to take many naps during the day. 

I do welcome said naps, as I am a busy dollmaker and it pays off to have the wool child sleeping while I hem her clothes, knit her shoes or make her extra treats. 

Romy has some of the storytelling disposition of Raisa, and none of the spunk of Mimi Marion. Thank God for that!.

Romy playing with her knitted toys, by Fig and Me.

Miss Romy, a 17" figlette, custom made, by Fig and Me.

Romy, about to take a nap. By fig and me.

I normally send my custom dolls with a gift of sorts. Some times it's a little doll to entertain them on their journey, and to arrive home with someone they already know and trust. 

Sometimes I make them an extra outfit, most likely pyjamas. I usually keep those outfits out of prying eyes, as a kind surprise to their mothers-to-be.

This time we decided to show her night clothes. We repurposed a cotton (brand-new fabrics) nightgown for this little girl, she asked for the envelope top and the bow to be left intact. So we did. We made her comfortable pants and it seems she is even more predisposed now to take lengthy naps.

At this rate, I am going to be able to send her home in no time. And good things, because the line-up of dolls in the studio is becoming worrying. Not to say the bickering has already started.

Romy, a sweet custom made art doll by Fig and Me.

But since things are still somewhat under control, we shall entertain Miss Romy a while longer. A few more things must be properly sewn, and then we can show her sweet mama what she's all about. Hang tight my dears, things are about to get cuter.

Posted on May 16, 2017 and filed under figlette, dollmaking, custom orders.

How to sew doll underwear, a free tutorial.

Sewing doll underwear is very easy when you use a one piece pattern. Even more so with a step-by-step photo tutorial that will teach you to do just the thing. Let me show you!.

A tutorial on how to sew simple, one piece, doll underwear for your waldorf style or natural fiber art doll. By Fig and Me.

In this little tutorial I'm going to show you how to sew doll undies, using nothing but a bit of jersey and some "fancy elastic". You can use other types of elastic, but don't use "fold over" elastic, as it doesn't work the way I am using it here.

Step 1. 

Cut your pattern piece like this, from jersey or interlock, any thin knit fabric will do. A bit larger for the bum part, a bit lower for the front. This helps your doll have a covered bum when she sits, no butt crack or bum showing off.

You can download the pattern pieces at the bottom of this post. 

Press down about a 1/4" towards the wrong side along the leg openings. 

Step 2.

Cut two pieces of fancy elastic a little bit shorter than the length of your leg opening. 

Step 3.

Fold one piece down the middle, and pin it to the middle of the leg opening, and to the beginning and end of your leg, as shown. 

Step-by-step photo tutorial to sew doll underwear, by Fig and Me.

You will be stretching the elastic a little bit, to match the leg opening, as you sew it down.

Using the widest and longest zigzag stitch, sew the elastic to the leg opening. 

Repeat the same procedure on the other side. 

 

Step 4. 

Right sides together, pin the underwear on one side as shown. You will be closing one of the side seams. 

 

Step 5.

With straight stitch sew this side seam close. Then using a medium length zig zag stitch, finish the raw edges of your seam. 

 

Step 6. 

Press down a 1/4" towards the wrong side, along the waist of your underpants. Cut another length of elastic a little bit shorter than the length of the underwear waist, fold it in half and pin it at the side seam you closed on Step 5, and at beginning and end of the waist.

Using the widest and longest zig zag stitch, sew the elastic to the waist.

How to sew doll underwear, by Fig and me. 

Step 7. 

Right sides together, pin and then sew the last seam with straight stitch. Zig zag the raw edges and you are done!. 


See how easy it is? Now, if you would like this to be even easier, and you want the pattern pieces and the whole thing as an easy and downloadable PDF pattern, just enter your email address and you will receive a link to download lickety-split.

The pattern pieces are sized for a doll with an 8" waist and a 13" waist, and the tutorial comes with amounts needed both of jersey and elastic, so no guess work involved.

Download an easy to follow tutorial to sew simple doll undies for your waldorf doll. In two sizes! by Fig and Me.

That's it. See how easy that was? I have to admit, when I started sewing for my dolls, I had to send them out into the world with no underwear of any kind. I was just terrified of using knit fabric and the whole thing scared me.

However, I got brave and attempted drafting a pattern and here we are. Over the years I have made little mods to my undies pattern, I add ribbing bands some times instead of elastic, or use an entirely different pattern that looks more like bloomers (for the antiquity-inclined dolls). Most of the time I hand-sew a lacy rose or a satin bow to the front. You use such little amounts of fabric and they always add up a lot of sweetness to the doll's outfit…never mind that they are horrified to be sent home without proper under garments. 

I hope you make some for your dolls using this little pattern and if you have any questions just let me know in the comments.