Sunday, 31 July 2011

Dolly Needs a Frock!

Are you sitting comfortably then I’ll begin………..

Once upon a time last summer Grandma went to a boot fair and saw …….
A pram and a buggy

 Grandma instantly thought they would make a lovely present for Caitlin. Caitlin was only just a year then and grandma thought her a bit small for them both, so grandma decided to give the buggy to Caitlin for Christmas with a dolly and a carrycot.

Grandma didn’t actually see Caitlin till after Christmas when her little brother Liam was born. Everyone had two Christmases and Caitlin got her presents late. Caitlin had grown so she was able to push the buggy around - empty! Whenever Dolly or a teddy were put in the buggy they instantly got tossed out! She prefered the buggy was pushed around empty.

Fast forward to Easter when they visited Grandma and Granddad, Grandma set up the pram for Caitlin to play with, really to see if she would fit the pram and that she wasn’t too short for it. This time Grandma found a teddy and put this in the pram so Caitlin could see what you are supposed to do. Teddy was pushed up and down the garden a couple of times, unceremoniously pulled out of the pram and dumped on the ground then put back much to the joy of everyone watching, but we all said we hope she doesn’t do that to Liam!

Grandma was happy that this year the pram would be suitable for Caitlin so she thought she would make another dolly for Caitlin. Grandma remembered she had a pattern for a very large rag doll, a life size rag doll in fact, but just couldn’t remember where on earth it was without upturning the whole house. Instead she scoured the internet and found a download for the same dolly as Grandma knew she had somewhere. This Dolly, being life size, would be the same size as Caitlin is now, so rather than printing it out on A4 paper she printed it out on to A5 and made dolly half the size and this size is more suitable for dolly's pram.

Dolly has been made a while now, but now needs some clothes. Grandma was going to the big town to meet a lady called Dee so while she was there she thought she would look in the shop that sold fabric. Grandma knew the price of cotton had shot up but didn’t think it was that expensive! Grandma was sad because she saw some really pretty fabric that had roses all over it but it was £12 per metre; even if she bought enough to make Caitlin a dress as well, she still couldn’t justify the cost. Then Grandma had an idea! She would look in the charity shops for skirts and dresses. She found one on the way home that day which was a skirt with the label ‘Liberty’s’
Then Grandma went to visit Caitlin’s Great Granddad and whilst there scoured the charity shops and found more skirts, she also went into a shop and bought Caitlin some pretty dresses for her birthday. Although it wasn't Caitlin’s birthday till August, Grandma thought it would be a good idea to give her the dresses when  visiting Caitlin on the way home from Great Granddads. The dresses were huge, so grandma offered to exchange them, but Caitlin’s mummy said not to worry Then Grandma had a secret idea in her mind! You see while she was visiting one of the charity shops in Tavistock she came across a vintage dress pattern so when she came home, Grandma washed all the skirts and hung them out to dry. Grandma took all the skirts to pieces after they had dried,. pressed all the material and made this pretty dress for Caitlin.

Then she remembered poor Dolly needed a frock!

So...........Grandma made this dress with matching knickers!

                                      And this white frock, also with matching knickers!

                                She also dressed the pram too ready for Caitlin’s second birthday.

Both dolly's frocks and knickers and Caitlin's vintage style dress  and the quilt on the dolly's pram plus the pram bedding were all upcyclced, dolly herself was made from new material.


  1. Well done Grandma! You have certainly been very industrious and productive! x

  2. Well done, a lovely story and what a lucky little girl.
    Hen x

  3. Sounds like the best granny a little girl could ever hope to have. M x

  4. Very clever... and entertaining. Perhaps you should make a little book up and save it for when she is a little older. I think she would love it and you have all the writing done already and the photos too.
    Well done Grandma

  5. Lucky little Caitlin to have such a talented Grandma!


  6. Beautiful little dresses! Well done - your upcycling certainly worked and your little granddaughter is sure to love her pretty dress and the lovely dolly too! I loved the sweet story - how funny little children are, it's such a pleasure to observe their little ways!
    Helen x

  7. Thanks for your lovely comment but really no medal is needed.....sewing is something I can do and I actually use it like a therapy [so if you see I have done a lot of it it probably means I am needing to keep busy :-) ]. I think we should all use the talents we have been given and I am really loving making these cute little dresses. I'd love to see the faces of the little girls too :-)
    A x


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