Seeing the joy in Ellie's face when we made Twinkles inspired me to make a new friend of my own. I have had this doll kit from The Black Apple for some time and had never gotten around to putting it together. So this week I did so during some Olympic watching (BTW, how much did you LOVE the Ladies short skating program last night?!).
Meet Odette...she's French.
The kit came complete with all the pieces pre-cut, including dress pieces made out of special Black Apple-designed fabric. The only hard part for me was what do to with the face. The pattern suggested painting it on, but I thought I would try my hand at embroidery. So, for inspiration, I looked at dolls Emily Martin (the girl behind The Black Apple) had made before and stitched a face up. I think it turned out okay...
Some additions I made was lace for a dress collar and a button brooch. I also took another button and some scrap lace to make a little fancy barrette for her hair. I like to think she looks tres chic. Who knows, maybe Odette will get a knitted shrug in her future.
I really love that Emily Martin. Her approach to everything is so whimsical and fun--whether she is making dolls, paintings, jewelry, valentines, or even cookies.
If you love these dolls as much as I do and want to make your own, Emily gave a tutorial on Martha (yes, THAT Martha!). You can watch it here.