Thursday, April 15, 2010


Meet Billy

I don't make too many boys. Not sure why, I guess I never was really been around lil boys. I have a daughter and I had two sisters. I did have a little brother but when we were young he mostly just bugged me. (I do love him dearly as an adult I assure you:) Perhaps it's because boys wear boring clothes, no pretty frilly dresses.

I do like Billy's little outfit though and would much like one in my own size. You may recall a while back the argument between me and my sewing machine, well it seems my sewing machine was just old and has finally bit the dust. So I had to sew Billy's clothing entirely by hand. I do a lot of hand stitching anyway so it's nothing new but I can't say I've ever sewn an entire suit from hand, thank goodness it's only 6" in size:)

I must be getting old as the thought of hand sewing this outfit by hand 10 years ago....well I just wouldn't have had the patience. Now I find all those tiny little stitches to be quite relaxing and rewarding. To be honest it didn't take nearly as long as I would have thought. I think there was more fighting with my sewing machine than actual sewing. Every time I would get it out my blood pressure would go up in anticipation of the trouble that was about to ensue. I guess that explains why the hand sewing was so relaxing.

Anyway, I have another little boy I will be working on today. I will be hand stitching his clothing as well and I'm actually looking forward to it.

Dear Sewing Machine - RIP


Lisa J said...

Oh Billy is great! Love that face~

oldblackcatboo said...

I know exactly what you mean! A lot of the time I think to myself that it would be much faster and a lot less frustrating to just sew by hand and not battle with that stupid sewing machine that makes tangled thread messes.
I promised my niece a rag dog doll for her birthday and the thought of bobbin battles makes me keep procrastinating!
LOVE the little Boy!

Pattee said...

I love Billy!!! You did a beautiful job on his outfit!

Sylvia-Louise Handbags said...

I LOVE Billy! And his outfit! Do yourself a favor, and upgrade your machine. It makes all the difference. Unless you now prefer the slower pace of hand sewing. I know just how calming working with your hands can be.

You're and amazing artist!

Sylvia-Louise Handbags

Tamara Dozier said...

Another wonderful doll. You should make more boys, this one is just a darling.

Patricia Wood said...

He is so beautiful! Love him!

Athena said...

Love him! I also find hand-sewing very relaxing- the sewing machine scares me.

I have two sisters and two daughters. I rarely draw boys, and have never made a boy doll.

Sue said...

Colleen, I love Billy!!! Glad to hear that you are making more little boys. Young Master Billy is adorable and you did an awesome job on his outfit.



Barbara said...

Billy is a sweet dear boy and you did a fantastic job on him!

Jess said...

There is just something about your dolls that makes me peer into my computer screen and just stare...I don't ever get tired of seeing your creations. He is adorable...


LoopyBoopy said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by.
It's funny when something new, like handsewing seems so daunting then when you actually do it something you really enjoy.

I outta try more new things:)

Kaerie Faerie said...

He is great, love his outfit, but how can you live without a sewing machine, it would be like losing a arm LOL. I do a lot of handwork too, but my hands hurt from it, gettin old is a drag
But he is a cutie
your fairy friend

Mary Togni said...

I battle with my sewing machine regularly as well. I love him! I must say I absolutely love the faces you give you dolls, and those eyes are so endearing. Creepy & cute at the same time.

julietk said...

He's great I like his suit too.
Sometimes i hand sew just because it's such a hassel getting out the sewing machine and setting it up,Oh for a bigger workspace where it could be set up and ready.

Anonymous said...

He is so cute. Love his expression. I've been wanting to do a boy myself lately. Now I have inspiration. Thank you!

littlebitwired said...

I love him Colleen, I know what you mean about the hand sewing. I like it too, find it rewarding and relaxing. Don't know where I find patience for it, I'm just a quick results kind of girl but I love costuming with hand sewing.

Odddollz by Jacqui said...

OMG Loopy, Billy is darling and so is his outfit!! Great job:)
I, on the other hand, hae a great sewing machine, I just have no idea how to use it!!! so all my sewing I do by hand. And you are right, it can be ery relaxing and rewarding!!

Billy is PERFECT!! I just LOVE him!!


Faerie♥Kat said...

Billy is just fabulous. He shows that woman vs machine is alive and well, and little boys can hold their own in frills! Beautiful job.