Monday, June 18, 2012

A Special Project

Goodness me, how time flies!  I didn't realize how long it had been since I last posted anything on my blog, but I've been working like a bee on a very special project and I'm finally ready to share it with you!

A little while ago, I was contacted by Simplicity Patterns.  Yes, the Simplicity Patterns that have been around forever!!  They wanted to know if I'd be interested in designing a doll for their Spring/Summer 2013 catalog.  WOW!  What a question!  Of course I'd be interested!!  So, for the past couple of weeks, most of my time has been devoted to designing and making this little girl, her clothing and accessories.  Please meet Clara and Pearl, her bunny friend!

Clara and Pearl are both made from wool blend felt.  Her dress, jacket, shoes, convertible bag, as well as Pearl's bonnet, were made with hand woven felt.

The little flower on the front of the bag is set on a button pin, so it can keep the bag closed and also be used as a hair ornament.

As you can see, bunny fits snuggly in the bag, which converts into a little bed just for her.

Tucked inside the bag, is a little pillow:)

And when she's done her nap, out she comes and the bed can now be used as a little bag again!

Now that I'm finished working on the design, I'll be writing up the pattern and sending everything off to Simplicity's headquarters in New York.  Keeping my fingers crossed that they like what I've come up with!!
~Shelly xo