My daughter’s matryoshka nesting doll dress is probably her favourite piece of clothing, aside from the tutu she received for Christmas from friends (one of my late-talking daughter’s first and most frequently used words has been “tutu”), and of course any pair of shoes. I used the pin tuck dress pattern and didn’t change its design at all. I also made a second version of this nesting doll dress for a friend. For the new version I did away with the pin tucks and decreased each side of the centre front by 1.5 cm to make up for the loss of the tiny pleats. I also gave this second dress 3/4 length sleeves since our friends (who happen to be the same ones that gifted the tutu!) live in a colder Canadian climate than ours. Instead of contrasting, store-bought, black bias tape, I made my own out of the same very sweet nesting doll fabric from which the rest of the dress is sewn. I love both versions of the matryoshka dress.
This delightful fabric dictated that each dress must have a nesting doll of its own! For each dress I picked a couple of the dolls from the fabric, sewed them together and stuffed the resulting dolls with wool batting. Then I sketched out a cradle pattern on paper first and for each doll I cut two pieces of wool felt from the pattern. The bottom piece of felt is cut just a hair shorter than the top piece, but each are the same width. This makes room for the tiny nesting dolls to fit comfortably in their beds. I stitched the two layers together with black thread and then used the aqua thread to sew the cradles onto the dresses. To give the cradles a greater sense of depth, I decided to stitch around the cradles, as I attached them to the dresses, with a twin needle and two shades of aqua thread. I had never actually used a twin needle before. It was very easy to use.
Now that my daughter will soon be growing out of her matryoshka nesting doll dress I really regret not buying more of this fantastic print. I would love to make another to put away for her when she is a bit older!