|The Paper Doll Illustration|
This particular illustration comes from Lettie Lane Comes Home for Christmas, but it is just perfect for the first days of summer. I was preparing to make this particular outfit for my 18" Lettie Lane when I came upon a small remnant of cloth that begged me to make up this outfit for the 10 1/2" doll. I knew I'd have to be very careful, and not make any serious mistakes, since there simply was no extra fabric. Of course I started with a mock up, and derived this from an original Bleuette pattern redrawing the neckline and shortening the length for the top portion of the drop waist dress.
|The Quick Mock Up|
|Added Belt, Working on Hat|
Of course, then, we needed a hat. I had one Bleuette sized hat mold and I formed the sticky, wet buckram over the mold, then hit it with a hair dryer. The over fabric is that lovely silk and the hat is lined in an heirloom muslin. The tails or ribbon of the hat gave me another chance to scratch my little head in wonder. My first attempt was to embroider these flowers, but even with one thread, it was not a clean look. Hand-painted silk has long been a lovely accessory for women, so I took the opportunity and did just that using Jacquard's fabric paint. While I'd painted the bands of the indian dress for Daisy last fall, painting on fabric is whole new ball game. All those tiny fibers sit up when dabbed with wet paint, so extra precaution must be paid to get the detail. I don't know if there'll be another opportunity to do this, but I have a full pallette of colors to work with now.
|Hand Painted Flowers|
Adding lastly, a basket of roses to complete the costuming, the outfit was finally done. Now I won't say I'll do this every time, but designing a new pattern on a small doll is alot quicker since there is less to work with. Now I have both a pattern and practice behind me to create two for the 18" Lettie Lane.
Each day I take the time to find a little sunny corner and enjoy what nature is blooming forth. A little time to read or reflect nourishes and inspires. Enjoy this re-energizing time of year!
Miss E. Mouse
|A Final Look|