|Lettie's Christmas Doll|
Nada Christensen has been making these fabulous little "Petit Bleus" for years now, and her tiny composition, jointed body, makes the perfect 5" dollies for Lettie, Daisy and Polly. Upon finishing Lettie's Evergreen Dirndl, I wrote to Nada and pleaded our case. She had two brown eyed little ones, and I purchased them both. I had a feeling what I was in for with dressing this one, but I really wasn't prepared for just how much it would take to do so!
|From Betty Bonnet Shops Early 1917|
|Dolly's Coat and Hat - Next Year's Outfit|
|Merry Christmas, Lettie!|
Next year I'll plan to make the white dress with the red sailor collar and belt for Lettie, and the doll dressed in a red coat and hat with long brown curls. And, hopefully the process of dressing this size doll will go a little smoother. Right now I have her green coat cut out, but the prospects don't look too promising. I'm using the same velveteen of Lettie's outfit, and I already know what's coming down the pike. Fraying and pilling.
One more thought on how to achieve a nice drape on such a voluminous dress. Most people would only consider it a matter of fabric, but there is another way around this if you have a certain fabric in mind...like I did, wishing it to be the same fabric as Lettie's blouse. Steam! I have a little travel steamer and its not only the perfect solution for getting wrinkles out in a doll's dress, but the steam will allow you to manipulate the fabric into a soft drape if its standing out like a paper cup.
The bottom line is that I never stop working. There is seldom a day when I am not in my studio designing a pattern, sewing up a new outfit for a doll, or making an accessory to go with it.
Its Christmas Eve. Dolly needs her coat and hat!
Miss E. Mouse
|So many dolls and outfits to choose from!|
|A Dolly for Christmas|
|From Italy - Just Purchased!|
|From 1911 - My Favorite!|
|...and to all a good night!|