When Phoebe&Egg dolls go out into the world, I am always happy to hear snippets about their new life. But this past month, two Phoebes got their own Instagram accounts. So I get regular peeks into their new lives.
One of them is an ExtraSmall Phoebe, whose has quite a big life for a little doll. Over the last few weeks, I've watched as she's acquired her own bedroom, books, teeny tiny doll, closet full of new clothes and some art lessons. And apparently there is a lot more in store for her.
ExtraSmall Phoebe is called Scout the Phoebe or Scout for short. I am going to assume she was named after Scout in To Kill a Mocking Bird, since early on I saw her reading her one tiny one inch copy of the book.
Scout belongs to 14 year old Elena. Elena is very involved in all sorts of creative arts, drawing, painting, theater and making tiny bedrooms, furniture and books for Scout. And Elena's best friend Maggie, who is also involved in all aspects of the arts (that's how they met) is Scout's seamstress. She made Scout's amazing wardrobe.
"I’ve always enjoyed sewing. I made a few (very tiny and very simple) rag dolls here and there, and then small stuff like pillows as presents for people. I also went to a camp where we would make larger rag dolls. I didn’t sew doll clothes or anything until I met Maggie."
"One day we decided to make two little matching dolls. They’re 6 inches tall! They were so much fun to make and I learned a lot along the way. Maggie has taught me almost everything I know about sewing, and I think that’s really cool.
"Now that I have Scout, we’re working on building her a huge wardrobe! Sometimes it’s fun to pour all your attention into one doll.
"Maggie surprised me with THREE dresses for my birthday, and they’re all so perfect and adorable!
I planned Scout’s room long before I even ordered her, and making the bed, the lamp, the corkboard, and the wardrobe was so fun! I’m hoping to make the lower floor of her “apartment” into an art studio - Scout loves to craft! We’re planning on making miniature art supplies for her."
I started sewing when I was about seven; I made a hand-sewn rag doll at camp. I got my machine when I was nine. I’m self taught (unfortunately, nobody else in my family loves to craft) and mostly sew dolls, stuffed animals, and doll clothes.
When I was younger, I would make up patterns whatever I wanted to make, so I made a lot of two-dimensional animals and doll skirts. After a couple of years I started using real patterns and got really into sewing for my dolls. I make them a lot of dresses and pajamas.( I want to make t-shirts, but I find knit fabric difficult to work with.) It’s really fun to make something that your dolls can then use afterwards.
"Right now, Elena and I are also in the midst of sewing larger rag dolls. We’re really excited for them; we thought hard about how we wanted them to look and picked out the perfect skin, hair, and eye colors. It will fun to sew clothes for them and give them personalities! Some of the most special dolls we’ve made, though, are Pippa and Peridot, two tiny rag dolls that we made together two summers ago."