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Daisy Made Using Simplicity Pattern 2729 from the Simplicity Archives

Daisy Made Using Simplicity Pattern 2729 from the Simplicity Archives

Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

The Bottom Line

I was very grateful to find Simplicity Pattern 2729 available again. I had made this doll around 38 years ago and had looked for the pattern to sew it again for each of my children to no avail. This pattern remains my all time favorite doll pattern!
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Pros

  • An absolutly adorable doll is your finished product.
  • The directions are complete.
  • The directions are easy to follow if you take the time to read each step.

Cons

  • I thought the original pattern had an iron on for embroidering the face but have not missed it.

Description

  • This is a 24" doll that can be dressed as a male or female with the clothing for either included in two different versions.
  • The doll is a learn to dress doll and the clothing patterns allow a child to explore all forms of closures.
  • A perfect baby gift for a newborn to grow into or a great big brother or big sister gift.

Guide Review - Sewing Pattern Review

When I originally made this doll I made view A, which became our 4H club mascot, even landing on a group picture in the local newspaper, won a blue ribbon at the county fair and became my youngest sister's favorite doll "Susie".
When I found the pattern I immediately emailed the link to my mother and sister who also recognized the pattern... but I had l already left to buy the pattern at a local store.
I chose to mass produce the doll when I got my hands on the pattern. I wanted to have one for every branch of the family tree once I saw that it was not only my sister but her daughter also loved Susie and loved playing with Susie.
I sincerely thought that the original pattern (thirty plus years ago) contained an iron on transfer for the embroidery and hair placement. Using basic transfer methods solved no iron on transfer being included. I also experimented with using a Dritz Iron On Transfer Pencil.
The clothing patterns that are included can easily be transformed into almost every piece of clothing a doll (or the child playing with the doll) could possibly want. For example, the peasant blouse could easily be elongated as a nightgown and the button down blouse could be elongated to create a robe.
The clothing and the doll are not complicated to sew but are not a fast project. I carry a bag of faces ready for embroidery when ever I have a free moment or I'm stuck wasting time while waiting and then sew bodies using the production method once I have three of four faces embroidered.
My personal preference is to saw the bloomers out of the same fabric as the blouse and add the same trim that I add to the skirt.
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 5 out of 5
She's Adorable, So Is He!, Member bjhir

I bought this pattern at Joann's a couple of weeks ago for $1.00, saving $14.95, since the price on the envelope was $15.95. What a deal! My little granddaughter just LOVES her Suzy. Samantha, age seven, prefers to keep the doll on her bed rather than play with her. Suzy looks lovely there. But here's a surprise, Sammy's brother, my five year old grandson, wanted the little boy version. He was crazy about it. So now I've started making that one. We haven't decided on a name yet. I have two other little garndkids over in Italy. When I'm finished with this doll, I'll start working on the same duet for the two of them. Thanks so much for suggesting this to all of us.

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