There are some lovely sewing and knitting patterns coming out of France for the Kidz ‘n’ Cats. The knitting designs by (Monique) Soudane are particularly charming and stylish. I have had three of her patterns for two years now, but have only completed one of them, Trois Printemps. This pattern first brought the Kidz ‘n’ Cats dolls to my attention. Soudane is a fine photographer and her shots of her 2009 Helen wearing this charming little outfit just blew me away. I had to have this doll – oh, and the pattern too, of course.
Getting the pattern was easy, but to my disappointment by the spring of 2013 Helen was no longer in production. I ordered Sophie instead, sent off to France for the right yarn, and once it arrived got busily knitting. The outfit has been complete for two years now, but it looked disappointing on Sophie and I have only just found the perfect model to show it to you – Helen, of course! Last year I was lucky enough to find my own Helen – not the truly exquisite 2009/10 version, but the 2011 model is nevertheless a very fine doll indeed. And she’s extremely photogenic!
I loved the original colours, lilac and white, so much that I ordered the exact same shades of yarn, and my own interpretation of the pattern does closely resemble the photos in the pattern which you can see on Soudane’s Etsy page. The yarn needed is “Ambre” from Cheval Blanc, in shades 011-Blanc and 044-Lilas.
Casting my mind back two years, I don’t recall any problems with the pattern at all. My only criticism would be that it turned out rather large for the slim Kidz ‘n’ Cats. However Soudane does describe it as being suitable for both Kidz ‘n’ Cats, and for dolls of the size of American Girl, which are much more bulky. Certainly this set does fit my American Girl, Kit, perfectly. On Helen it’s a little roomy, particularly the hat.
All that being said, she wears it well, particularly when she removes the cardigan and shows off the lovely detailing of the dress’s bodice and skirt, worn as a pinafore over a white long-sleeved Gotz t-shirt. With the outfit Helen wears her mauve Monique ‘Ribbon side Mary Janes‘ in size 75/34.
This outfit looks so good on Helen because the colours enhance her delicate, cool Winter colouring. Kidz ‘n’ Cats Sophie, also a blue-eyed blonde, is by contrast a Spring, and this cool mauve never looked quite right on her. Sophie needs clear, bright, warm colours. It’s a good example of how the temperature, shade and tone of a colour can make or break an otherwise lovely outfit. On Sophie, this ensemble looked all wrong, and I could never get a decent photograph of it. On Helen, it’s simply stunning.