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Annie's Attic Cotillion Bed Doll
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Aug 17, 2012 03:37:43   #
viggosmaria
 
Hi all
I have a couple of questions about the gorgeous Cotillion Bed Dolls, I'm in UK and only just discovered these beautiful patterns. I knew the place to ask would be here!
I hope to order a pattern or two later today but was wondering:

1) do you need to buy some kind of framed underskirt to make these dresses fall so beautifully?

2) I see in an excerpt from a pattern you need bedspread weight cotton, we don't call it that here, but what do we call it?

3) it also requires some yardage of rayon, what is the British equivalent?

I'd also love to hear any tips that might help and if you have made one any pictures you might have.
I am excited at the thought of transforming a Barbie!! lol

Many thanks in anticipation

Maria x
 
Aug 17, 2012 07:37:27   #
Leonora
 
Hi Maria, I've seen those dolls myself and they are gorgeous. The crochet cotton you need for them is what is commonly called No. 10 crochet cotton. I have lots of it myself. If you do one, don't forget to post a picture of it. I'd love to do one myself, but have so much other stuff on, I don't know when I will get round to making it. Leonora.
Aug 17, 2012 11:25:54   #
EileenC
 
Wow, I have never seen those before, they are beautiful. I would love to see a picture of yours when you have completed it.
Aug 17, 2012 16:46:24   #
viggosmaria
 
They are stunning aren't they? I downloaded a pattern earlier today and it answered my questions, You are correct Leonora, it is No.10 cotton. . . the skirt is padded with fibrefill so it's actually like a big cushion!!
and rayon is just a thinner guage thread than the No. 10 cotton!
I have a few other projects to finish off but have ordered all the materials . . exciting eh?
If i ever succeed in completing the doll i of course will posst a pic Eileen. . .
Aug 18, 2012 08:33:53   #
Valanteen
 
The underskirt is crochet then stuffed with fiberfill. I use to make these to sell. I priced them from $125 up depending on embellishments. There is a ready market for them but I got tired of making them after about 20.
I also made her Victorian series as well.
Aug 18, 2012 09:07:40   #
knittingwitch (a regular here)
 
I have never heard of or seen these dolls could you post a photo of one please then i can also see them thankyou
 
Aug 18, 2012 11:04:28   #
Ronie (a regular here)
 
those are beautiful. Someone used worsted weight yarn and made one for a larger doll.. my daughter bought it second hand and knew I would love it.. She is beautiful even with her 'Winter'Frock on.. I have a few barbies I could dress up.. and a whole large bag of #10 thread... more inspiration.. YAY!!
Aug 18, 2012 11:11:01   #
viggosmaria
 
here's a link Knittingwitch. . . patterns are downloadable pdf files.



http://www.anniescatalog.com/list.html?cat_id=1116
Aug 18, 2012 11:12:16   #
viggosmaria
 
I am going to attempt the Cotillion Miss April. . . .attempt lol!
Aug 18, 2012 11:27:24   #
Valanteen
 
Beautiful and you wil be surprised how easy you masterpiece will be.
Aug 18, 2012 15:22:49   #
amudaus
 
They are really fantastic,but i dont think my crochet skills would go that far.
 
Aug 18, 2012 16:01:59   #
grammacat
 
You can use a small round pillow form instead of fiberfill for skirt. Much easier to work with.
Valanteen wrote:
The underskirt is crochet then stuffed with fiberfill. I use to make these to sell. I priced them from $125 up depending on embellishments. There is a ready market for them but I got tired of making them after about 20.
I also made her Victorian series as well.
Aug 18, 2012 16:05:55   #
Valanteen
 
You will surprise and surpass yourself!
Aug 18, 2012 16:05:55   #
EileenC
 
Ronie wrote:
those are beautiful. Someone used worsted weight yarn and made one for a larger doll.. my daughter bought it second hand and knew I would love it.. She is beautiful even with her 'Winter'Frock on.. I have a few barbies I could dress up.. and a whole large bag of #10 thread... more inspiration.. YAY!!


I never thought of that, what a great idea.
Aug 18, 2012 16:14:31   #
Valanteen
 
If you have a Goodwill store close by or its equivalent you can usually get nice Barbies for $1.00. Just clean them up, fix their hair and you have increased your profit margin.
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