LIESCHEN MUELLER

19/01/2015

I am a total fangirl when it comes to German artist and designer, Anneliese Mueller better known as LIESCHEN MUELLER, who has become well-known in the kids art, craft and design world for her whimsical dolls and a select collection of children’s clothing and accessories. Everything she designs oozes cool and a curious, delicate sense of wit and I never cease to be in awe of all her magical makes!

 

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I treated myself to one of her softie patterns before Christmas with the intention of making one of her dollies as a handmade gift for my little one, but alas as the holiday season swung into action, I had little time leftover for sewing. So my project was shelved in favour of the post Xmas period, thinking how nice it would be to while away those wintry January evening with a satisfying sewing project.

 

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I absolutely adore all of Muellers dolls, so it was really hard deciding on which one of her many amazing designs to choose from. I ended up settling on the mouse, as I thought it was so cute ‘n’ quirky and unlike any other toy Bou already had in her softies stash.

 

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Once purchased from Muellers online shop, an email was sent the following day including the PDF pattern and detailed instructions and step-by-step photos – all of which made sewing a total doddle. I’ve never bought an online pattern before, so wasn’t sure what to expect, but was really pleased with the overall usability and ease of working with a PDF print-out. Better yet, the pattern was full size too, so there was no fiddling about trying to copy it out or scale it up. Also luckily, I had all the materials required to complete the doll in my fabric stash already – including the perfect mouse grey coloured cotton! Making dolls clothes was likewise a totally new experience for me and working with dressmaking skills in miniature was a little awkward at first but I soon got the hang of it.

 

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Both Bou and myself were super pleased with the finished look ( my initial worry being that perhaps my version of the Mouse might not look or live up to the Lieschen Mueller made doll! ) But it came out great, which is a good sign of a well designed pattern. Buying into the Lieschun Mueller brand for just a fraction of the cost ( Muellers pre-made dollies are obviously much pricer ) as well as learning a new skill – sewing your very own softie doll is a brilliant idea! As selling handmade items is not always the most cost effective option for independent designers and a challenge I often come up against myself when considering putting my own items into production.

 

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All in all I think I will definitely be making some more of these mouse dolls to give as gifts for all of Bou’s little friends for high days and holidays over the upcoming year. Don’t forget to regularly check in at Muellers SHOP for all her latest patterns and products.

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