Thank you Joan of MooseStash Quilting for hosting this lovely blog hop. The theme of fairy tales is clever indeed. I interpreted my project not as a fantasy character but a real person who lived and made a difference.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a hero worthy of a full Disney feature film! She was an extraordinary legal genius who was both a working mother and loving wife. She helped her husband stay in law school while he fought testicular cancer. She attended both his and her own Harvard law classes to permit him time for treatment. Who does that!?? She was a brilliant student of law and accomplished a great many things even before serving as the 2nd women justice ever on the U.S. Supreme Court. She was a leading voice for gender equality, women’s interests, and civil rights and liberties. Regardless of your politics, you have her to thank for our children and grand children having more opportunities available to them. Thanks to her work, many more people will get closer to living a happily ever after. I couldn’t resist making a little doll to honor her life.
I started with a cute rag doll pattern from the Etsy site, “Tatadolls.” This designer has many adorable patterns! The doll I made is 13.5″ tall but there are other sizes to choose from. I didn’t embroider the face but used fabric paint markers instead. The markers do bleed, so if you’re looking for perfection, go with the embroidery. I love short cuts and am fine with the faces being a little wonky, but you may prefer a neater look than I do.
I added shoes and sleeves to the doll. I had to put Ruth in work-out clothes, because she regularly exercised every morning. Because a Supreme Court judge needs a robe, of course, that was necessary too. I converted this adorable cap and gown graduation doll clothes pattern into a judge’s gown. I copied the PDF pattern while reducing it to 75%. I hemmed the sleeves and length a bit, but overall it worked well for Ruth’s gown. The final touch was a lace collar and suddenly, a Supreme Court justice was born!
RBG has 3 clerk dolls to help her with the formidable work of being a Supreme Court Justice. Sadly, the real Ruth is no longer with us, but her work continues. I’m sure she is missed by many of her friends on the court.
I loved making these dolls. They began as generic figures but with Ruth, a new idea emerged. My next doll will be Frida Kahlo and who knows after that. The sky’s the limit!! I’m having fun and staying out of trouble. My kids better watch their t-shirts before they get repurposed into doll hair!!
Enjoy browsing the Pinterest Board for the Fairy Tales hop HERE!!
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