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My Rag Doll: 11 adorable rag dolls to sew with clothes and accessories [Paperback]

Corinne Crasbercu
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14 May 2014
This is the ultimate rag doll sewing book. Learn to sew cute rag dolls and their gorgeous clothes to make the perfect present for little girls. There are 11 adorable dolls to choose from, each with their own charming outfits. Each doll has her own name and personality and will delight children and adults alike. 

The step by step sewing instructions are suitable for intermediate to experienced sewists, as well as very enthusiastic beginners! The basic doll pattern can be used to sew all the dolls and then altered according to hair and eye colour and hair style. Includes full-sized templates for the doll, clothes and accessories.

The dolls come with a variety of hair colours and styles and their own individual outfits. Choose from Fleur who has pigtails and her own doll sized knitting bag; Jean who likes the outdoors with her red boots and dungarees; and Red who has gorgeous red hair and a fabulous red cloak to match.

There is a summer time doll with cute espadrilles and straw bonnet, a ballerina doll with a tutu and tiara, a wedding doll with a beautiful dress and veil and a bedtime dolly with her own nightdress and matching teddy. And don't forget the delightful school girl doll with her own very special school satchel.





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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (14 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1446304841
  • ISBN-13: 978-1446304846
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 21.1 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Corinne Crasbercu is a dressmaking expert having studied ready-to-wear and haute couture fashion design, and worked as a costumer for film and television. She is now a designer and stylist for Marie Claire magazine and author of Everything Patchwork.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
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Considering this book is printed by a dedicated craft press there are a) poor instructions b) no pattern pieces in it and c) a downloadable pdf for the doll only on the stitchcraftcreate website if you buy the book from them. In fact, the downloadable pdf's which will print all the pieces at the correct size will cost the price of the book again. All the patterns are available for each doll at 1.99 (clothes only) and the doll itself is seperate.The patterns copy at 120-140 %. The book does not read well, there is an element of translation involved which is obvious and poorly done. Definitely style over substance, any person wanting to make a rag doll and clothes would be better served using Pinterest for free patterns or another book. Def not one for beginners who will be frustrated from the start. Lovely pictures, poor execution.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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I've had to totally re-write this review after making the doll...
I'm certain this book has not been tested before publishing by anyone other than the author! There are so many mistakes that a sewing tester would've picked up and got corrected and I've only made the doll, vest and bloomers! The doll's head doesn't work...the amount of gathers in the head back are so obvious when the doll is completed that I know I'm going to after to reduce the number of gathering for the next doll. Also the author says gather the head back and adjust gathers to fit the head front, but then you have to attach the head back and front to the respective body pieces before stitching front and back together! How can you adjust gathers without pinning one to the other and then unpin to sew after the next step? To feet don't look right either the dart leaves a point in the wrong place (next time I'm going to have to try a curved dart), and she never mentions about clipping seams on the feet or arms which with 1 cm seams would be essential for the arms and legs to be smooth for stuffing. 1cm seams are in fact far too big for toy projects anyway...so it is a benefit that we are left to add our own seam allowances, I reduced my allowances anyway!

I'd also like to see how the author possibly manages to machine sew the stuffed arms and legs onto the body! Impossible! Also these pieces are really small so the author describes a technique of inserting a sleeve for the first dress after sewing the side seams on the bodice and sleeve, and then she says to sew a piece of tape to the inside of the sleeve for elastic after this! Again impossible with such small pieces, even baby clothes are made by attaching the sleeve to the dress BEFORE sewing any side seams! This method is described in a later garment...
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Painfully disappointing, terrible instructions. 11 May 2014
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This book is beautiful to look at, terrible to use. The instructions are poorly translated, possibly by someone with no experience of sewing this type of item.

The patterns have to be resized, mostly by 140% (which is about A4 to A3 on a photocopier) This is time consuming and costly if you don't happen to have your own photocopier or scanner and A3 printer.

BEWARE! The pattern pieces need a 1cm seam allowance adding before cutting, this isn't mentioned until MUCH TOO LATE in the instructions.

Overall, this is a pretty coffee table book, but useless as a 'how to' publication.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Book - Only for very advanced Doll Makers 11 May 2014
By Dustinb
Format:Paperback
I really like the ideas in this book and the Mood Boards for each design are very creative, making each project very exciting. The patterns do need to be enlarged by 140%. The instructions are impossible to understand and I pretty much put them aside and just sewed the pattern pieces from past experience instead. I had to look up on youtube on how to make the hair and made most of the outfits the same way. This is a great book if you are looking for a project to make your little girl happy, it just takes patience and a lot of knowledge and imagination to get the dolls right
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing! 14 May 2014
By Meggo
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This is a very pretty little book, however it is very disappointing in that there are virtually no instructions. I am an experienced sewer but could not make head or tail of parts of this book. The pattern pieces all need resizing which I was not expecting given the price of the book, may similar books now include full size pattern pieces. I have returned this item.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed. 26 May 2014
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Very disappointed with this book. Not only do you have to find a photocopier to enlarge all the pattern pieces by 140%, you then have to add a seam allowance to each piece - no mean feat. I complained to the company - twice - and have never received even the courtesy of a reply. I don't see myself using this book. Waste of money.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars awful instructions 4 Jun 2014
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Loved the look of this book , but am very dissapointed , it has taken me hours to photocopy just a few of the patterns and enlarge them , as you have to seperate the pieces and make sure to copy them leaving enough room to add a seam allowance after & its cost me a fortune in ink & paper.

Not only that but the instructions are dire , even some of the markings on the pattern pieces dont make sense . I have managed to make one doll , eventually , but only because I am an experienced sewer & made it up as I went !!

This is such a shame , as the book is well layed out with lovely pictures, but definitely not for beginners .

I will attemt an outfit once I have a few spare hours to spend at my photocopier, as I bought this book wanting to make as a present , so am detirmined to persevere !
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
absolutely fabulous, instruction east to follow, a first doll a real hit
Published 3 days ago by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars ... this book yet but the dolls and outfits look beautiful, I love...
I have not made anything from this book yet but the dolls and outfits look beautiful , I love browsing through the book and look forward to making items.
Published 12 days ago by Mrs Gillian Ward
2.0 out of 5 stars Lovely to look at but awful to follow!
I am repeating what has been said already but I was disappointed in this book. The dolls are lovely, as are the clothes but the instructions and total lack of any diagrams or... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Rebecca Black
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty pictures - poor instructions
As others have said - pretty but the instructions are dire. There are no illustrations to go with them and there should be. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Darling Gem
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book is lovely ! Cannot wait to make these
Published 14 days ago by mrs julie jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Book
I will agree with what some have said - the instructions are not as clear as I would have liked. I would have found a few "how-to" photographs of the steps in making and... Read more
Published 15 days ago by LindyLaine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it thanks
Published 20 days ago by MRS LYNDA RUSSELL
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautiful book with lovely illustrations. Easy to follow instructions. Delivered very quickly.
Published 20 days ago by busy lizzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book looking forward to making doll for granddaughters christmas presant
Published 22 days ago by maureen simpson
3.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating pattern pages
I bought this as I am an advanced sewer and thought this would be ok - I, after all draft my own patterns. The dolls looked lovely, but my god, the patterns are a NIGHTMARE!!! Read more
Published 23 days ago by Melusine
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