Saturday, November 28, 2009

Doll Matters

Still away from home!

First, thank you all for the unbelievable response to the Owie Dolls! I am still reeling from the speed at which it all happened - they all disappeared from the shop in less than 24 hours. It's wonderful that they are all going to good homes but I also feel bad for those of you who didn't even get to see them in the shop after reading the post, let alone buy them. I am so sorry.

I've had many inquiries about whether I will be making any more. The short answer is yes, if you are not in a rush to get them for Christmas gifts. I'd love to whip up a new batch right away but they are such a labor-intensive project with so many parts. I'm also thinking seriously about only doing them as custom orders, so that I'd only sew what is needed. The advantage of a custom order, of course, is that you'd be able to pick hair color, hairstyle, eye color and even suggest a color of the dress/shirt for your doll, or request special features like a hairband. Depending on what I have in my stash, I'd then make your doll to order. Emily asked for her doll to look like her so I imagine other little girls (or boys) might like that idea as well. I'll let you all know when I'm ready to make more.

The other question I've been asked is whether I will make an Owie Doll pattern for sale someday. I'm afraid I'll have to say not anytime soon. For one, it is likely to go on for pages and pages and end up as a miserable book because of all the parts. The reversible dress alone is a pattern in itself, for example. For another, the fabric is weird. The only way to find it is to go around with a little velcro square doing stickability (thanks, Lucy, for the word!) tests. But mainly, I am daunted by the prospect of taking thousands of photos in blah indoor lighting and writing instructions for all the parts. I am such a coward. And taking photos does interrupt the making process so. You wouldn't believe how many projects I'd planned tutorials for that I'd given up mid-photodocumenting, just so I could finish them. It's so sad.

Well, now that I've given Emily and Jenna the Owie Dolls that were supposed to be their Christmas gifts, what in the world are they getting for Christmas? I'll have to head out to Target and buy something plasticky.


  1. I know!! I made a "me" doll for my little girl- it was supposed to be her Santa present this year. Little stinker found it in my room and came running out "Is this me, Mom? Is it mine? Whose IS it?" Grr :)

    So glad your dolls found happy homes! They were sure cute :)

  2. Hahaha, just like my momma. She never could wait till Christmas to give me the presents she had made for me. Lol. I look forward to seeing the dolls in the shop! :)

  3. I'd love to special order one! :)

  4. Oh, I just barely saw the Owie Dolls. They are so cute! My daughter would love one of those. I would special order one. I can't wait to give my son his ribbon ball for Christmas, too. :)

  5. haha...oh that's sad about the plastic, but SO true.

    Well now that I just sent you an email telling you to sell the pattern, I see you've already answered that in your blog. Well said; I don't blame you in the least for not doing a pattern. What alot of work!!


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