I've loved the simple look of Waldorf style dolls, and had planned to make one for little M eventually. With the new baby arriving soonish (ok in like 2-3 months) I wanted him to have a doll he could take care of and nurture to help prepare him. He loves other dolls he sees, so it seemed a good idea! So in stepped the Little Amigo doll pattern from Growing up Sew Liberated, and some serious help from my family.
I could not have made this baby without my awesome sister. Knitter and sewer extraordinaire, she and my mom have long been and continue to be my inspirations to sew and create. They can attest to still getting frequent calls for me for advise on things, most of them silly, ie. do I really need to pre-wash fleece? or other similarly important questions. And whenever I run into a knitting problem, I just put it away til one of them is over and can fix it for me.
So by no means can I take credit for the creation of this cutie. This was one serious joint effort! My sister and I got together one Friday and did most of the work on him. My sister skillfully prepared and sculpted his head, while I cut out and sewed the much easier body. She assembled him, started on his hair and embroidered his face, I finished that mop of hair and applied his blush. We also used the braided hair tutorial Meg posted on her blog, not the one in the book.
And my mom? She made his clothes, a couple diapers, two pants, and two western style button shirts. Thats right, look close, those shirts have man of the details of big people shirts! (although the buttons don't work, there is velcro hidden back there.
My sister and mom also made this awesome doll bed.
So he sure is cute isn't he? I love his mop of hair, much like the crazy uncut hair of little M.
When M first got him, he kept snuggling him calling him his baby and that he loves his baby. Later he named him after his daycare friend Marcus. Now? well, lets just say it's a developing relationship. Sometimes it's hugs, sometimes it's throw him on the floor and run the toy stroller over him, but he definitely likes him regardless. Our cat is also a fan, frequently sleeping on Marcus when he's left on the floor.
Too bad he was soo much work, cause I want to make more!