I was contacted by a customer who had just purchased a mint condition rare 40″ 1960 Raggedy Ann doll. The doll is perfect in every way except she does not have pantaloons or an pinafore. . .
She wanted me to make the pantaloons and pinafore. She gave me all the measurements and this is what I came up with. I do not have the doll so I just wrapped my mannequin in Raggedy Ann fabric for the pictures.
If you notice the fold just above the hem, that is called a growth flap. It adds a little something extra to the pinafore and if it were for a child, you could let it down as the child grew. I put it in this pinafore in case the customer decides she would like it a bit longer. Sometimes when I get measurements from customers there is a slight discrepancy between the way a seamstress would measure and the way the parent does, I try to allow for this.
When I looked at the photo of her doll I realized that she was also missing a mop cap-which every Raggedy Ann should have. So I also made her this cap.
I always try to include a “freebie” with any custom order and this is Raggedy Ann’s freebie. Maybe her owner will send us a picture of her all dressed up! That would be a real treat.