|Daisy's Christmas Outfit|
There's a party at the Lane home, and Lettie's mother is hosting friends and family for the annual event. The children gather round the piano and sing with all their heart, while the adults boast the year's proud moments, and praise fine feast Mrs. Lane has laid about the table.
Out in the snow, making small footprints that will soon disappear, Daisy comes a calling from just down the street, bearing gifts and a merry wreath of holly for Mrs. Lane to hang in a special place. Christmas is here, and there simply is no better time of year!
|Daisy Brings a Gift|
|German Postcard Illustration|
|On the Snow|
At the beginning of the month after I'd finished The Mistletoe Fairy and Holly Sprite, I set out to make my own girls some holiday dresses. These two dirndl outfits had long been on my mind to make, and it seemed fitting to temper the festivities a tad after such merry costumes. I had a beautiful evergreen velveteen for Lettie's skirt, and the same cotton sateen I've been using for collars and bonnets, was used for the blouses Polly and Lettie are wearing.
|Lettie's Evergreen Dirndl|
Polly's Marzipan Dirndl is made from a cotton sateen. Marzipan is one of my favorite holiday treats, and is enjoyed widely in European countries. The pink marzipan pig is both a delight to nibble, but also a sign of good luck in the new year. This is why you might see little pink pigs on holiday cards. Polly's pink dirndl just said "marzipan" to me!
|Illustration from Betty Bonnet Shops Early|
Her skirt, or dirndl, was also interesting to design. I always have to ask myself what is going on in the illustration. I've been looking at this one for as long as I can remember now, yet when it came to designing the pattern I really had to pull out the creative machinery. The obvious is the pintuck pleats, and there is some kind of ribbon being strung through the bib.
|Polly's Marzipan Dirndl|
|Illustration from Polly Pratt's Christmas Caller|
|Pintucks and Velvet Ribbons|
Yes, I will work in my studio from time to time, but there is no rush. Katy needs a winter coat. And, I'd still love to make some outfits for the Lawton nine inch dolls. But, these will come in time.
|With some of Grandmothers Gifts|
So let's begin to fully enjoy the coming holiday celebration, and live, fully, the child within! I wish you all a peaceful and joyful Christmas. And, most of all, a Happy New Year!
Miss E. Mouse
|The back of Lettie's dirndl|
|How I finished the back of Daisy's coat.|
|A wonderful woven plaid with embroider-like lines.|
|We Wish You a Merry Christmas...|
|...and a Happy New Year!|