|Katy Curls ready to catch a leaf|
They are on a book I'm reading that I wish to pick up and snuggle with in the afternoon warmth of my special corner. They are as tired and restless as the fall, as the year becomes the busy season. And, yet Katy Curls is ready to skip down the streets and hop up now and again to catch the stray leaf as it sweeps from limb to ground.
Katy is dressed for the cool afternoons following a happy day of pencils and books, and Golden Rules. As you may recall Katy Curls was the first paper doll in The Little Busybodies collection by Frances Tipton Hunter, debuting in November 1922's Women's Home Companion. Her wardrobes illustrated real patterns that mother could buy to make both her daughter and her daughter's little doll. The first outfit I chose to make Katy was something to play in. I believe a little girl can never have enough play clothes.
|Her Autumn Play Suit|
Comfort was achieved in both style and fabric. Whereas for decades everyone had worn many layers, now a summer outfit might consist of just a single layer over underwear. Even in winter, clothing was kept streamlined with minimal layer. The emphasis was on good fabrics that would stand up to weather. A wool dress worn over stockings and a long knit underwear suit with a knitted sweater and jacket on top was common.
Katy's little play suit reflects the fashions of the time. She wears her undergarments comfortably under this linen tunic with a pair of poufy knickers. Jacquard ribbon trim decorates the tunic in rows down the front, around the edges of the belled sleeves, around the peasant collar and the bands on the cuffs of the knickers. She wears of pair of long stockings and casual oxfords (by Fran Quinn).
|Pattern No. 4240|
This is a simple outfit, but it was not easy to figure out or make. It also took a great deal of time and patience to sew the ribbon on, of which there was much. This had to be done first before the lining went in and the sides were stitched up.
|1920s Montgomery Ward - Notice the apricot outfit bottom row, center.|
My intention is to make the satchel that goes with the red school skirt and sweater next, and also a mini version of this play suit for Squeezicks, her dolly. Squeezicks' outfit may take me a few days to do, although it will be much simpler in design for construction. It is also notably a different color. I need a fabric that is thin and won't ravel! Good luck! This beautiful linen for Katy's outfit was a gift from a dear friend, and making this outfit (as it turned out), would not have been possible without her loving generosity.
I am tired. I need a break and this is exactly what I'm going to do first. Even if just for a few days! When I begin again, it will be with the holidays in mind. Katy has play clothes for autumn now, so don't be surprised if she's seen amidst a pumpkin patch or two, or skipping down the windy streets catching autumn leaves.
Miss E. Mouse
The leaves had a wonderful frolic.
They danced to the wind's loud song.
They whirled, and they floated, and scampered.
They circled and flew along.
The moon saw the little leaves dancing.
Each looked like a small brown bird.
The man in the moon smiled and listened.
And this is the song he heard.
The North Wind is calling, is calling,
And we must whirl round and round,
And then, when our dancing is ended,
We'll make a warm quilt for the ground.
|A Pullover, gathered at the neck as well.|
|Autumn Leaves Are Falling|