Here is a blast from the past .... While cleaning up the spare bedroom, I found a photo of some of the first dolls I made - cloth dolls from 1980-1981. Dating them has been fairly easy from the photo below. I am sure the location is Bombala ( heavy blue curtains) and my daughter, pictured below with the dolls had lost her front teeth. ( Naomi was born in February, 1975)
The doll on the left was from a Simplicity pattern, the next one is an attempt at a sock doll, and the other two were made from a Style pattern. In those days, Bombala was a small, fairly isolated town (no sewing shops) and there was no internet or online shopping, so the patterns were mail ordered, or perhaps I had brought them with me from Tenterfield where I would have ordered them from the local haberdashery shop. I do remember at least making a few of the large "Simplicity " doll while living in Tenterfield, and I am sure my niece, Melanie owned one of those.
Cleaning up is not only good for our living environment, but it's good for the spirit. Amazing - this morning, I actually found the pattern for the boy and girl dolls - all still in tact - Style pattern #2011. I wonder if it is still available today, and how much it costs. When I bought it, it was $1.80 ( or only $1.50 in New Zealand!)