He also had many fabrics that he had picked out for his shirt.
So after much discussion the doll said "Let me see the photo of Fred and Frogs - I want to see what he is wearing." So we looked at the photo together and Fred was wearing a turtleneck shirt. Well, none of the fabrics we had would work for a turtleneck shirt - that needed to be a knit, stretchy kind of fabric. What to do? I wanted to make the doll happy if he was going to give up his 'girl making' shirt - so I went to my bedroom and opened my dresser drawer where I kept MY turtleneck shirts and chose a dark blue one that matched the other blue color in the sweatpants."How's this?" I asked the doll - think this will work?" Oh, he loved it! So I set out to make a pattern for the shirt - and after much trial and error there was NO blue turtleneck - for either of us. So back to my drawer where I found a red one, a very pretty red I thought, that would go with the blue sweatpants. I took it to the doll. "Do you like this?" I asked. "Oh, I like it even better!" he said and so once again I started to make him a turtleneck shirt - and this time it worked! I very carefully put it on him - slipped it over all of that beautiful red hair. I didn't want to make a slit down the back of the neck so it would look 'real' - stupid, but that's my story.
After I got it on the doll it looked so nice - but wait! Did that shoulder seam come open! Oh no, but yes it did and it began right at the collar where the shoulder seam met the neck like a "T" so I could not just stitch it even with a magic stitch. So off it had to come. OMG. So I get it off so I can resew the seam and the beautiful red hair was not quite so beautiful, but I had been very careful so it was still salvageable with a little work. I repaired the shirt and put it back on the doll. I do NOT KNOW why I didn't slit the back of the collar at that time. I DO NOT KNOW! But I didn't and half way over his head the shirt stuck on his ears and when I pulled it - the hair started to come out and once it was over his head - the beautiful red hair was all smished and flattened and ruined forever.
I had to tell the doll what had happened "I'm so sorry!" I said. "I'm so sorry! OMG I am so sorry!" I was in tears. The little doll said "Well, how does the turtleneck fit? Does it look good?" I said "It fits perfectly and looks great - but your hair!" He said "Well then, what other color of wool do you have to create new hair for me?" I looked at what was in the drawer and said "There is only the gray that I was going to use for when you were to be the Father of the Bride." "Well, then lets do it!" he said. I loved that little doll so much at that point that I kissed him on his pointy nose and told him that he was the sweetest, kindest doll that I had ever made!
So to make a long story short and bring this very long story to it's happy ending - I carefully cut off the beautiful red hair and created him an equally beautiful hairdo (according to him) with the gray yarn. Then I made him his funny tall hat and found a lovely red feather to put on it and made another trip into my bedroom and from a pair of MY socks I made him his socks - ribbing and all. He loved them so much that after the three frogs were made and it was time to put them all in the new sewing box that I had purchased just for them, he said "Lets have my feet sticking up out of the box with just my socks on!" So we did. We both loved the frogs - each one from the moment it was finished - and even though I had to re-do that pattern many times until it worked - it was worth it. In the end we were all happy. Me most of all - even with all the trial and error - as this was the most fun set of dolls I have ever made.
If you have made it to the end of this tale - thank you for visiting my blog today. And a heartfelt thank you for all of the very kind comments about my dolls! Wishing you a great weekend! I will have some paper projects to share next week as I have been working on Halloween - my favorite time of year to create for in addition to Christmas!