I recently spent an afternoon with an old friend, someone I’ve known for over 45 years, and gave her a little makeover with a leftover ball of handspun and help from another generous knitter. Poor Dolly had been woefully neglected and forgotten. I found her in the bottom of a box of memorabilia in the back of my closet when doing some spring cleaning and organizing. I was really glad to see her, but she stared accusingly at me, “Where have you been?”, she seemed to say.
I remember when I fashioned outfits for her out of torn napkins, but thought I could do better now, all these years later – so I poked through my handspun leftovers to make her a special vintage style dress to fit her 60’s hairstyle.
Using a free pattern – Some Tiny Hugs Mini Kimono – designed for charitable knitting for little angels born too soon, I fashioned the top of the dress. Once past the button holes, I knit front and back in every stitch to double the stitch count and start the full skirt. After knitting in stockinette until the length seemed about right, I added a few repeats of the scallop lace pattern and secured it on Dolly with some old buttons from my Grandma’s button tin.
Goodbye napkin dresses! Hello Dolly! ♥