|Polly's Beach Balloons|
In Polly's Beach Balloons outfit, it was not the dress whose myth I needed to bust, but creating a grouping of balloons for her to hold. Sure, I've seen those itty bitty plastic balloons on plastic stems that display nicely with the likes of a Ginny or an 8" Madame Alexander doll. And, American Girl has made single molded, plastic balloons with molded handles for the doll to hold. The joy and fascination with brightly colored floating orbs has long been the delight of many a child and adult alike.
|The best I could do for the illustration!|
I've been wanting to make this little outfit since I first began sewing for Polly. It was always my intention to create this for her in summer. With a bit of time on my hands and some extra lilac fabric left over from her Halloween outfit (the laced up girdle), I decided now was the time. Earlier I had been figuring out a way to include the balloons themselves, and finally settled on a set of Martha Stewart Christmas ornaments. How I came up with that one is a mystery to me now, but I had initially intended on giving Polly a collection of American Girl balloons. Too big, too bulky, and what to do with those handles put an end to that idea. Remember, Polly is only 16" tall and a slender child doll.
|When the lining fell off the hat.|
|Petal Collar and Bib|
And, then we came to the episode of Miss E. Mouse's Myth Buster. Well first I pulled the silver cup and wire off the ornaments, and spray painted several of them (minus the light blue and green ones), the colors of the one's Sheila illustrated. So far, so good. I'd been experimenting with how to support these ultra light ornaments after I'd purchased them in March. Yes, I've been working on this that long. I first tried craft pipe cleaners, but the ornament flopped over. It was after I stitched millinery hat wire into her golf hat, that I discovered a very sturdy and multi-purposeful wire. So I tried that. And, it worked. So far, so good.
|The Hat Close Up|
For the time being, this will be Polly's last outfit until this fall. I will probably begin Lettie's Lawn Mower dress and then its time to launch into a large project I've been putting together. And, I might just even begin to work on Lettie Lane's tiny doll house. Remember that? I'm beginning to feel like I want to paint in miniature again, and Polly and Lettie have plenty to wear...or do they? And, it is also time to prepare for my trip back east.
Wishing you a day of colorful balloons and warm summer memories!
Miss E. Mouse
|Fran Quinn's precious little sandals.|
|A Bouquet of Balloons|