The Way You Wear Your HAT

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1p1234“Hmm. Hmm…..,” I said, as I tried the little hairpiece this way and that. Patsy sat quietly in my lap, freshly cleaned and strung, with her rosebud lips touched up, her eyes shining with excitement.

Finally, I gave up. “What we have here is a conundrum,” I said. “This is the wig that was meant for you. It came with you in the box and everything! The problem is the base of it is too small. If I spend time trying to sew the hair to a larger netting, I won’t have the time I need to make your clothes.”

Suddenly, Patsy’s eyes weren’t just shining; they were filling with tears.

I touched her little nose with my index finger. “Wait a minute! I know just what to do.”

Patsy looked at me hopefully and I started laughing, patting my own messy hair. “The same thing I do when I’m having a bad hair day and have someplace important to go. Hats. HATS! I’ll make a hat for every outfit you wear.”

Thus begins the description for Patsy, O.L.D. No. 66 (which is lucky number 33 twice, and therefore not unlucky at all!) and SECOND in the Sewickley Series. You can see her adoption page HERE.


I didn’t make all the outfits. Some I just mended and modified.

It’s always a relief to me once I have a direction for a doll, and then all I have to do is sew. So I happily sewed away, planning different hats for each outfit this girl wore. When she was put up for adoption, I proudly sent a link to my doll friend in New York, Brenda. Which begets the second part of this post, and the second part of Patsy’s description on ebay:


Here’s Patsy before and after her wig was shifted. I can’t believe I made a mistake! I’M AS SHOCKED AS YOU ARE.

“I’m not so sold on that wig,” my friend, who knows her dolls very well said.

“How come?” I asked.

“Well, her molded hair is showing…”

She was right. In my defense, I’ve seen dolls with molded hair showing beneath their factory original wigs. Also, this exchange all took place via email, as she and I have never actually met. Which is good (for her). I’ll often wistfully tell my sister that sometimes I wish she would come and sit in my sewing room with me so that I could bounce ideas off her.


Patsy got bunny slippers too. Hers are in blue instead of pink. It wasn’t until after I took this picture that I realized I forgot the little pom-pom tail. This shall be remedied.

Alas, Julie knows me too well. She knows that I would ask her opinion, she’d give it, and I’d quickly shoot it down and go my own way. Plus, I’d laughingly bounce wads of fabric off her head and say, “Get it? Get it?!”

However! This just goes to show you that sometimes I DO listen. NOTE PATSY’S NEW ‘DO. There was a section of the wiglet that had some shorter strands. I decided to try the wig with those as bangs, so I removed it, rotated it, and voila! Whaddya know? My friend was RIGHT.


No. 65 Patsy Joan and No. 66 Patsy.

You may notice that No. 66 Patsy looks an awful lot like No. 65, Patsy Joan (PJ). That’s because Effanbee made a whole bunch of slightly different molds and called them the “Patsy Family,” when Patsy – the original – proved to be so popular. There’s even a Patsy Ruth! She’s rare. As am I. Ahem.

Speaking of Patsy Joan, she was adopted by Michelle! Ma Belle! of Hudson, Colorado. Thank you, Michelle. I hope you adore her.

HT11Book #1 was one by…Shawn P. of Loma Linda, California. Guess who he bought it for? His granddaughter. Guess what her name is? HAZEL. How nifty is that? She’s only three, so it will be awhile before she reads it. But when she does, I’ve snuck a few tidbits throughout the pages. Shawn is the proud owner of THREE of the top 10 books! Thank you, Shawn.

And with that, I leave you! Happy sunny day! You’re my favorite.


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