When I was a young teenager , I made a special doll. She was special to the entire 4H club, she won a blue ribbon at the fair and became my little sisters "Susie". Susie was VERY well loved over the years. My sister and I BOTH remember when she decided Susie's embroidered mouth needed Chap Stick... it wasn't a pretty site. Talking to my sister, we think Susie is about 38 years old now. My niece loved Susie as much as my sister. After two generations of being loved, Susie is definitely worse for wear. I wanted to make a Susie for my daughter when she was young but the pattern was not available and the original had been lost in one of my moves... so my Melissa has a homemade doll but it wore a cream colored Victorian dress and she is special but Suzie always held a special place in my heart.
This past weekend I sent an email to my mother and sister asking if they recognized a pattern I found on the Simplicity website. They both recognized it but I wasn't home to receive their answer... I was already at the store to buy the pattern. Finding a pattern I had used that many years ago merited a special trip to the store.
Simplicity released a Retro Pattern Collection made up of patterns from their archives. The collection has many toys from the past but it also has clothes and aprons that may be retro but look great to me!
I do not remember the same directions for the eyes that are in the pattern today. The original "Susie" has embroidered eyes... that may have been an option I took or it may be an update to the directions to meet the options that are available today. I do know that I have three faces embroidered and three more in my "on the go" bag that I keep with me for waiting rooms and waiting to pick up my daughter.
I have one body sewn together and ready to stuff.... and a pile of various body parts ready for production sewing a pile of "Susie" dolls. Why? Because the pattern is available, because I couldn't make my daughters the family famous "Susie" when they were young and I want future family generations to have a special "Susie" doll that they can love as much as the original Susie was loved. I may even make a bunch of the "boy" learn to dress version so the future male generations have a special doll.
I know I made my oldest nephew a Raggedy Andy.. and Simplicity may have the same pattern in their Craft/Doll Collection. Whether it's the same pattern or not, it's on my shopping list for this week! I know I don't want to wait thirty plus years to find the pattern again! Once I have the pattern, I'm going to be sure to preserve both patterns so I will have them for many years.