|Alice Liddell and Beatrice Louise|
We discussed Lettie Lane costume ideas, maybe Polly Pratt designs, or possibly a sailor dress as well. I was hesitant to try and recreate Alice Liddell's outfit in a smaller scale for two reasons. One, there was the price I'd have to ask, and the other was knowing how too much embellishment can overwhelm a small doll. However, my motto has always been making dreams come true, so I accepted the commission, and set to work. Back to blue!
|Botanical Garden Stroll for Katie Grace|
I must have worked an entire day on the collar alone just getting the lace sewn in between the layers. So many pins. So much deftness and dexterity to get the small pieces together and tugged between needle and plate. Slow stitching and careful turning of pieces under the needle. I must seriously be one of the quietest, if not craziest, seamstresses. My machine seldom makes the rumble-rumble-rumble noise of fast, straight stitching.
|Just a close up!|
I have to admit that the collar came out perfect. And, I cut just the right width for the two layered skirts. One inch more and the tight gathers would not have sewn onto the bodice. This dress, like many of the jacketed Lawton doll outfits, is made with a lined, sleeveless bodice, so the arms slip into the jacket sleeves nicely. The doll is much easier to dress this way.
Lastly the little hat was made. The dress is a variation in theme of the original, but it fits our little Beatrice Louise perfectly.
We've been blessed with a cool day today. It feels like late September outdoors, yet I'll not be fooled. The sun is strong and the triple digits are on their way back to make certain we know summer has only just begun. Make each day count. They fly by all to quickly.
Miss E. Mouse