|Fresh air and exercise!|
What was even more dear is that there was an Imitation Dumb-Bell Exercise in the book, and this inspired me further with Polly's dumb-bells costume from Sheila Young's paper doll book.
|Sheila Young's Design|
Polly's little uniform is dutifully nautical, or military in theme, with the appropriate sailor collar trimmed in ribbon, and a smart little pocket with a point-ended flap. This blouse if fully lined and has equally smart little cuffs trimmed in ribbon. Lettie's smock, however has facings due to the pretty, and a wee bit complicated, construction of design. There was alot of fiddling and foodling in creating this one, and while I am not posting photos, I can assure you that several mock ups were made in its behalf. Both blouse collars are then finished with silk ties.
One surprising thing I did not expect was that I had to make the bloomers for both girls several times until I achieved the right "bloom". Its amazing how much fabric pulls up when elastic is inserted through the waist seam. Before the elastic, the pants would look like the ads featuring a slimmed down version of a lady holding up the pants she wore when she was 200 pounds heavier. I am still not quite used to gauging pattern design, but again, when you're doing something completely different with each new outfit, its hard to refer to your experience.
And, how did I feel about using tans and browns? Okay, let's be honest. A country cotton brown, and tan, are pretty basic earthtone colors and don't create alot of pizzazz in theory. But, make them up into cute little gym outfits from around 1919, and you don't even notice the color!
Lettie, it turns out, has great hand-to-eye coordination, and is mighty competitive in the school yard. Polly's little dumb-bells make her pretty arms feel long and strong, and in turn give her wonderful ladylike posture.
Once again I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed making these outfits, and always feel that a doll never has enough casual dress or play clothing. I did make my own Polly one of these gym wear outfits, but I'm not sure I'll make my Lettie this one. There's a sort of scouting uniform, the same color as Polly's outfit, that I've been thinking about making for her. I have plenty of both fabrics left, but there was so much hand-stitching to Lettie's! And, needless to say, Lettie has far more to wear than Polly currently.
Easter is just a week away, and I so wished to make Polly the yellow "Chinese New Year" outfit. We had a little snowfall in the Sierra a couple of nights ago, and I may just take a day off tomorrow and go snow pawing with my pups. Each time I think one dress looks so like the other, when I begin designing it, it turns out to be quite another production. There is no speed when it comes to this kind of work, so I can't promise her an Easter dress, but I may have to try.
Miss E. Mouse
|Cup Girls 1919|
|Calisthenic Wands 1874|
|Polly just got a hat on Sunday!|