Esmerelda

Because I’m an adult, I had a Disney movies afternoon last week with a friend. We watched Mulan and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and by about half way through Hunchback I’d decided to crochet a little Esmerelda.

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I had trouble choosing which thread to use for her skin colour. I didn’t want her to be too golden, so I finally settled on a greyish brown, which I think I’m happy with.

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I usually set out all of the colours I’m planning to use for a new doll before I start, so I can keep them together and think about how I’m going to tackle the clothing. For Esmerelda, I started with her petticoat and shirt, which I crocheted as one garment. I made a magic ring at her waist, crocheted down to the hem, then returned and crocheted up for her bodice. Annoyingly I ran out of thread and can’t do her sleeves until I get some more until Cleggs gets some more of the right colour, but that’s okay.

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Next came her purple skirt (DMC 685?),  which is worn over an aqua corset with yellow stripes. I crocheted the corset first, joining each round in the centre back to give the illusion of a join, then added the stripes (which I sort of hate but what can you do) before crocheting the skirt from the bottom of the corset (the join will be covered by her shawl). I tried to do something a little different with the lower half, increasing more than I usually do in attempt to create the draping you find in a circle skirt. At the moment I’ve run a thread through at the knee and hem lines but I think I might use hairspray and then drops of water if it needs help to ‘relax’. Or I might frog it and keep it A-line as I have in the past. We shall see!

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I don’t usually crochet accessories before having completed the doll, including clothes and hair, but Esmerelda’s tiny tambourine was just to tempting!

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I made it from an off-white and a pale brown thread, and tiny gold seqins. And hairspray. Naturally.

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Until next time! C.

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