My grandmother, Ruby, was a talented seamstress. She was one of the older children in her large family so there was plenty of work for everyone. Ruby's older sister was tasked with helping to mind the younger children. Her older half-sister had the job of scrubbing the floor as she was blind and that was a chore she could do. From about the age of 10, Ruby was the one who made clothing for the family, beginning with underwear and pajamas
When I was about a year old, Grandma made me two rag dolls complete with little dresses and bonnets. I named them Annie and Bonnie. They have long since worn out and live only in my memory. Recently I found a little green box and wondered what could be inside. When I opened it I realized immediately that they were some of the patterns and tools that Grandma had used to make my rag dolls. My goal became to see if I could figure out how to use her things to create dolls of my own.
It took me a while to think through the process. I did make some changes along the way. The original dolls had hair and faces painted on using stencils. The box contained a variety of faces.
When I looked at the various pattern pieces, I realized they were a mixture of different sizes so I had to make some adjustments there to make them fit.