|Daisy's Owl Hat and Kimono Costume|
While completing Polly's Orange Pierrot Costume, I switched gears for a couple of days and made Daisy a new costume, too. When I once again came across this well known illustration of an elegant lady in an owl hat, I thought to have one made for Bleuette. I asked a friend of mine if she might be interested, but she wasn't (I really do not like sewing for Bleuette), so I let the thought go, then decided to make a large version for Daisy. Why not?
I found three Bleuette kimono patterns on the Bleudoor Portal, selected one, enlarged it, redesigned it, and took to the sewing machine. Patty Kascsak was asked to make the fabulous Owl Hat, and what an owl hat it is! This artist's work makes me giggle, and takes my breath away all in one sweep!
Daisy's Owl Hat and Kimono Costume is made from a black jacquard fabric. It has a tiny stitched floral pattern in it, which I felt would be suitable for this beautiful kimono. I used a gold crinkle silk for the border and full lining. The redesigns were few, but did take awhile since the pattern was so large. I lengthened and widened the sweep of the kimono, opened the sleeves wider, and shortened the collar to include a gentle scoop back to the edge. Using my favorite Magalie Dawson lining technique, it went together fairly quickly. This Owl Hat and Kimono Costume, is at once elegant and whimsical.
|Examples of Japonisme in Impressionism|
Another note of French charm came with Pierrot, the sad clown whose origin is late 17th c. Italian comedy. It is said that Pierrot pined for the love of Columbine, who broke his heart leaving him for Harlequinn. And, as with the Japonisme kimono, the Pierrot costume passed the test of time and became a staple of costuming. Even Polly Pratt got one!
|Polly's Orange Pierrot Costume|
I use a decimal ruler for my measurements, and I found that .9 was the best in width, and 1.1 for length - taking in account the 1/8" seams needed to sew them together. Determination is the key. Also you had to back stitch the edges or they'd come apart when you turned the lined cuff inside out. Those done, I moved on to the rest of the costume.
The lantern is a soft sculpture. Its base is both buckram and cardboard to hold the shape of the two cylinders. This was another toughy. I have to laugh as I'm writing this because "who is crazy enough to go to these lengths for a doll costume"?! Me, I guess. More checkerboard had to be sewn for this, and lucky me, I had enough length left over from the good cuffs! The best way I can describe the construction is like a pillow case sewn up on the edge, then the two edges hidden ladder stitched together. Now to get the lantern hung! I threaded embroidery thread through the top, crossing the lengths to be centrally hung on a wire hook attatched to a pole. Since the center cylinder was longer, this was not an easy task.
|Puss In Pumpkin|
The last third of this cup of tea has gotten cold. The autumn wind blows the trees about in this pleasant, sunny afternoon.
Am I done with Halloween costumes? Probably not. There is yet one more I'd like to make, but this one will be for the French Fashion Portrait Jumeau (16 inches) doll when she arrives with a new shoulder plate. It is likely I'll use the leftover kimono fabric for it, but then again, a pretty satin or even black velveteen might be nice. Since she is a young lady doll, this costume might be my first outfit for her, and a new challenge. Dressing lady dolls.
Below are lots of photos of the details.
Miss E. Mouse
|Fabulous Owl Hat|
|Back Sweep of Kimono|
|Underneath it all, a tulle slip.|
|Lettie's Mask on Stick|
|Checkerboard Mess - Never again!|
|Costume for the Portrait Jumeau lady doll|