Its May, the month of flowers, and what better way to celebrate the beauty of our blossoming gardens than to design a pretty pink ballet costume detailed in roses? Earlier this year I'd made a Mary Frances nurse's uniform for Wednesday's Child, and later learned that Tuesday had not yet been respresented/donated towards the Lawton Loop's Helper Donation sponsored by Jill Kaar Hanson. This Helper donation will be given to raise money for the UFDC (United Federation of Doll Clubs) at this year's summer convention in Washington, D.C. Jill accepted my offer to create something to represent the second day of the week (although I feel Sunday is really the first!), so I set my sights on creating a ballet costume. And, of course, I'd never made a ballet costume before.
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Finally it was time for embellishments. I had no idea what I was going to do. So I began rummaging through the bags in my sewing drawers and found some sheer pink rosettes and a length of silk bowed ribbon. If I ever do this again, I'd like to work with sparkly gold embellishments, but when I do, the edges will have to be sewn between the lining and the bodice. A friend of mine has asked several times if I have learned to enjoy sewing for these dolls. I suppose you can get used to sewing for such skinny little dolls, but as with anything, its the challenge that drives me to create.
Lastly, I made a little crown of rosettes and ribbons to top her head. The slippers are Lawton Emporium Pink Ankle Ties with longer ribbons added.
I like that I can now more easily switch between dolls for different styles and sizes of costuming. Doing this only grows me as a designer and artist, and of course nothing goes out my door without the Miss E. Mouse stamp of approval.
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