|Alice Liddle - That's Where I Live|
|Alice's First Gown|
This was during a time when I was still making Etrennes, and tiny peg wooden paper dolls. And, so I made one of Alice Liddell, and if my memory serves me correctly, Betsy is the one that owns this tiny treasure (about 2" tall over all - see photo below).
|That's Where I Live|
What I was lacking was confidence and the motivation to begin such an undertaking. After all, these were "French Fashion" style garments, and I had a mind block from making them. There's no arguing with myself when I'm in a "no can do" attitude. So I continued to sew for Daisy, and once the Easter outfit was done, I guess I felt ready to jump in. I had no excuses, nothing planned, just a summer ahead of me ripe for a long and patient project.
|From Marcella to Alice Liddell|
It is made from an Italian shirting, textured cotton. From what I've learned, summer dresses in the 1860's were typically white, and of light cottons, especially for children. Children during this time were dressed very much like adults, and were often very uncomfortable. Their clothing was suitable for standing in and posing, and not for much play. So I have decided to give my little Alice a break, and make sure her dresses are as fun to play in, as well as look elegant in.
|My Marcella and Her Raggedies|
Was this a difficult outfit to make? Not really. Surprisingly so. Yet, the collar, those darned collars!, was something that took me two full days to make. This 16" wood body and porcelain doll is a thinner, longer bodied doll than the ones I've been working with. The problem with the collar when all was said and done, was that it was too long around the neckline, so redrawing the pattern just one more time did the trick. I've done ruffles, very complex and complicated sleeves with the Lettie Lane outfits I've made in the past, so no. This was not too difficult. And, I enjoyed every minute making it...except for the ruffle around the bolero edges. The little jacket looked like a porcupine by the time I had all the pins in place.
|Paper Lantern Sleeves|
I thought the false sleeves would be a challenge, but I made them as one would a gathered skirt with a waistband on the top and one on the bottom. I think Dodgson would have called them paper lantern sleeves. And, that is what I will call them. And, I've done plenty of attaching double-sided silk ribbon to edges and in rows. Alice's garments will require lots of embellishments, the gold silk autumn dress being the most fussy. But, I have time. We've only just begun!
I have to admit, finally, that I'm having fun sewing, and am grateful I took the pains to teach myself the most difficult things first. (I did that with painting, too!) There's so much more to learn, but I now feel like I sort-of, kind-of, know what I'm doing.
The Other Alice is one of the sweetest books I've ever read, and am rereading it now. I'll be living "Alice and Dodgson" for the remainder of the year, and I can't think of a better place to be. With each new outfit (and yes, I'll make her shoes as well - she is wearing the pair she came in), I'll share more on the story of Alice and her friend. However, if you love Victorian times, this historical time in England, and are enchanted with the story Dodgson wrote for his little friend, I would recommend picking up a copy.
Miss E. Mouse
|The Real Alice|
|Wendy Lawton sculpts a beautiful face.|
|That's Where I Live Close Up|
|Part of Her Elegant Wardrobe - False Sleeve, too!|
|Beneath It All|
|One of Dodgson's Photos|
|The Tiny Peg Wooden I Made|
|Just the Beginning. And She Lives Here.|