So then it came time to make the clothes. Unfortunately, I’m not much at sewing. The knit group suggested that it’s easiest to make clothes from felt (rather than knitting small clothes) so I went that route. I almost always wear jeans and had just made some cut-offs, so I started to sew my mini-me a pair of jeans. I made the mistake of trying to sew them inside out so the seams wouldn’t show but then couldn’t get them right-side out since the legs were too narrow. I also had several problems with shirts since proportionately, the heads are enormous and the bodies’ quite stout for the skinny little arms and legs. In the end, what I thought would take me an hour took a bunch of days with big breaks in between.
Finally, our two were done and it was time for Francesca (age 9) to do her doll. She picked shorts and a red T shirt (also asked for an embroidered initial) but we had some problems with hair. While I had yellow yarn and this crazy black/grey curly yarn, I didn’t have any brown. Francesca looked through all the yarn and decided that she wanted red hair since she just liked it – a little bit of a surrealistic self-portrait, but that seemed fine. She also wanted her doll to have her mouth at an angle, which she thinks looks cool and sassy but her little sister came in and wanted to know why Francesca’s doll was angry. We had fun with some of the details. Laila loves fairies, so she gave herself fairy wings and a wand. I’m half French and am holding some baguettes. Here are the final dolls:
At this point, we are almost to the deadline of when our knitted selves need to be in East London. The final email came through…..and I learn that the knit selves would only be on display for the adults opening on the evening of Wednesday, June 30th. Sad, but I figure we’ve put in the work, so I spend about four hours on several underground subways and trains and hand delivered the dolls to the address in East London on the due date.