Sooo, I want to buy DD a Waldorf doll for Christmas. Currently she only has a plastic baby doll, and she's been inveigling my little sister into making clothes for it; and last night she helped me make it a little skirt (her very first sewing project!) *sniff*
It's cute enough, but I'd rather she had an "older" doll, and I really love the look of the Waldorf ones. I have no interest in making the doll itself, but I'd love to make it lots of little clothes.
So I've been looking round on Etsy. I love this one - but holy price point, Batman! Still, her skin seems to be made of a sturdy fabric (tricot) - a lot of the other dolls are made of cotton jersey, and I wonder how well that'd hold up over the years? I want this doll to last. I was thinking of asking the seller if she could sell me the doll naked for a slightly lower price, as I'm not too fussed about the clothes and want to sew some myself anyway.
Anyway, things I need to know:
-Is cotton jersey too flimsy/liable to stretch, fade, stain etc - for a long-lasting doll?
-Is Etsy the best place to get Waldorf dolls, or do you know any other great sites that sell 'em?
-I was thinking of getting a 12-inch doll - 18 inches seems kinda huge to me. Any thoughts? What about 10-inch?
-What kind of hair is best (for styleability, not going straggly/pilly, and so on)?
-Anything else I should look out for in terms of quality?
And do you think a Waldorf-type doll is likely to be loved by a four-year-old girl for years to come? Your kids didn't find them too babyish, or anything? I think they're adorable, but you never can tell with kids. :p
I want to get the doll soon so I can start working on a stash of clothes for Christmas. Thanks for any advice!