I have known for a while that I wanted to make a tennis-inspired doll. At first I was sure that it was going to be a Serena Williams doll I mean when you think women’s tennis she is probably the first name that comes to mind; however as I was watching this year’s US Open a rising star stole my heart and I immediately knew she would be my inspiration for my first tennis doll. I will certainly do a Serena inspired one but Sloan Stephens gave me all the black girl magic vibes for this one.
If you are saying to your self who is Sloan Stephens… I know, I know she is not a household name yet but anytime you can enter the US Open as the lowest ranked player she was ranked No. 83 when the US Open started and then beat Venus Williams in the semi-finals and then go on to win your first Grand Slam title in approximately 61 minutes yeah I think a doll to commensurate that moment is in order.
I used my favorite yarn Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton in my Chocolate Brown colorway for the skin tone and Caron Simply Soft in Black for her hair. I did a braid ponytail hairstyle which Sloan Stephens wore during the entire US Open. The doll has 15mm eyes and faux doll lashes.
I did a modified version of a doll pattern from Tammy B Creations. I used an 18″ doll tennis dress (modified slightly)and visor outfit it also came with bag and tennis racquet and a tennis ball. I purchased the white 18″ inch doll shoes separately. I absolutely love the way she turned out if I were to change anything I would probably do a different hand arm shape so that she could realistically hold the racquet.
She is doll number 2 in the My Pretty Brown Doll Holiday Doll Countdown as I am trying to see how many dolls I will complete from October 1, 2017, to December 25, 2017. I will share doll number 1 in a different post. This beauty is available and will be a great addition to any doll collectors collection. She is one of a kind and will not be duplicated she would be a beautiful gift for any tennis lover and or anyone who just loves beautiful dolls. Click the “Buy Now” button below to add her to your collection.
**Please note doll cannot stand on her own. You will need a doll stand for display. Doll is not a toy it is meant as art doll/collectors doll**
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