As I have written, our adoption travel group holds a get together/reunion each year on about our “Gotcha Day” anniversary. This year marks 5 years that we have had our daughters that we adopted in 2005. Because 5 years is a kind of a milestone, well to me anyway because I want it to be, I wanted to do something special for the girls.
I wrote to one of the moms back in March, and asked if she thought the rag dolls I make would be ok to give to the girls. She thought it was a good idea.
So, I sort of committed to making the dolls. I had to mentally work out all of the details. I wanted a special fabric, I wanted to make the dolls special. But it was right in the middle of schooling. It was March and July was a long ways off….
So I spent the next three months ”processing” my idea. Meaning I hadn’t done the first stitch towards making the dolls! I finally got my “thoughts” together about a week before we left for Chicago. I had 14 dolls to make. Actually I had 18 to make, but 4 of the girls were not going to be at the reunion, so I will finish them before school starts…I hope.
So anyway, I began making the dolls in an assembly line fashion. I tweaked my pattern so that each doll’s hair would be like the way each girl wears their hair, parted on the right, parted on the left, and bangs. I wanted each doll to be be different yet have something in common. The fabric I used for the bodies was the same design, but in the each girl’s favorite color. All of the skirts were the same fabric. Then I added a tag to each doll that reads “sisters” in Chinese calligraphy.
I sewed up until the last minute before we left. I actually had to hand finish the skirts on the way to Chicago. It was my plan to give the girls the dolls on Saturday night when all of the families would get together.
I had been so busy trying to finish the dolls that I hadn’t had a chance to take a picture of them. Here they all are. Not a good photo, but it has all 14 of them.
Here is the “sisters” tag.
Now to get ready for the fun night ahead!
More Chinapalooza to come…………