The children earned themselves a “one special toy” purchase this week and my daughter chose a 3 inch high Rapunzel doll with tower. I tried to suggest she get Cinderella since Cinderella had more outfits, but she was adamant about Rapunzel (which is good, I enjoyed that movie and didn’t find Disney’s Rapunzel to be a vapid doormat). This doll is made of plastic, as is her dress which comes in two halves that snap together.
Thus the challenge I imposed on myself was: how to make more dresses for wee Rapunzel (“Rumpunzel” as my daughter pronounces it). I conferred with my favourite sewing blogger, pillows-a-la-mode, who suggested using a thin felt to make the tiny dress. This was a brilliant suggestion since I didn’t know felt came in the “thin” variety and it would be perfect for this doll’s size. The problem isn’t with the felt but with the operator who is 3 and unable to get a dress over/under the doll’s arms, head, waist, etc. Buttons and zippers are out of the question too. So that left cape as the only article of clothing I could make for Rumpunzel for the time being.
The cape is made from a baby wash cloth, one corner cut out in a round (very accurately with the “eyeball it” technique). The corner goes on her head and becomes the hood.
Even though I hate hand stitching, it really was the only way to sew the little, tiny hem around the bottom of the cape.