|9" Lawton as Heidi Picking Wildflowers|
|Original Copy of the Book|
|1950's Heidi Paper Dolls|
|A Side View|
|The Back and the Hat|
Other seamstresses may often wonder why it takes me so long to make something, but this is because they select a fabric, cut out a chosen pattern and stitch it up. I design from the beginning with a pencil, then continue to design each step of the way carefully considering options and trying many before I actually get the look I wish to create. One of the considerations was that my friend wished the sleeves to be long. Many Lawton collectors do not like the wooden arms of their dolls to show. So with this in mind, I had to create a sleeve that would compliment the dress. Long puffy sleeves in this fabric overwhelmed the tiny doll, so I chose to use the white Swiss Bearissima bastiste. I would use this to line the dress, as well as make the apron and knickers.
|Hand-sewn Eyelet with 2mm Silk Ribbon|
If you recall, I was anticipating trying hand-sewn buttonholes. My first thought was to make eyelets with the same technique, for lacing the ribbon through the edge of the neckline. While this would work on a much larger doll, as delicate as the one threaded buttonholes could be, they would have crowded the neckline.
|Swiss Edge Lace Knickers|
Perhaps this may become a signature, but I could hardly just sell her a dress, when as I designed it, I envisioned an entire ensemble. This meant the inclusion of a hat, and then the knickers. The wildflower bouquet was a given, but these two other pieces, I felt, would turn a pretty Swiss frock into a beautiful chapter in Heidi's story.
There will be more outfits made for these 9" dolls. There is one I promised to make for a Helper Room donation, and I also have some lovely silk dupioni for two others. Will there be more beyond those? Let's wait and see. In the meantime let's celebrate Johanna's timeless classic and envision Heidi's first experience picking wildflowers in the stunning Swiss Alps!
Miss E. Mouse
|With Thread Spool For Size|
|I love this illustration! Maybe I'll do this next with edelweiss embroidery on the bib.|