|With Lucinda Marguerite|
|With the Doll People|
|Mary Marie's Paper Doll Dress|
|A Side View|
The details of the covered buttons came last, and there is even one closing the dress in the back at the top of the placket. I'm getting much better at making these plackets, but working with the lawn, this delicate fabric, was like sewing with tissue paper. Anytime you stick a needle and thread into a delicate fabric like this, it loses some of its stability. So I worked the hand-stitching, of which there was plenty, very carefully.
In the book, "Housekeeper", Mary Frances builds her own doll house and learns how to carry out the important household chores she will need to know when she becomes a young lady. Most of the drawings are in sillouhette, yet colored plates of the dolls and furniture are throughout the book, the back holding a set in cardstock for you to cut out. So even if you don't go the route of purchasing a second copy to keep mint, you can still retain the book in its lovely original format. By the end of the story, Mary Frances even learns a tune and song to sing while doing her chores! Would that I could read music, I might put that tiny piano to use.
|The Days fo the Week|
Miss E. Mouse
|Lucinda Marguerite, Hazel and Kitty|
|"Now you really must dress and practice the piano!"|