|A Travel Doll Suit|
So when she asked me to make a matching Travel Doll suit for Wendy's recent creation, the 9" Theodore David, Travel Doll's brother, I was most honored. And, a little awed. I never really intended to sew for the 9" Lawton dolls, as there are other seamstresses out there who've clearly made their mark among collectors as the "go-to" seamstresses. So I accepted this commission with great humility and did the best I could to come up with something fabulous for her.
|Travel Doll and Peter Modeling|
Years later, I would find myself trying to come up with a fabric match to the coat and a smart little boy's outfit to compliment Boneka's fine couture. I'd just purchased a small book called English Children's Costume 1775 - 1920, and found a boy's outfit that inspired Theodore David's matching suit.
|Bottom Left-hand Corner Inspiration|
|A Smart Little Suit|
The pants would be knicker style with the banded knee, and this, the top and pants, are sewn together as one piece. This is the way Lawton's creates their boy costuming, so I follow suit. The doll is easy to dress this way, and the sleeveless "top" allows for a nice fit under a jacket.
Then I had to come up with a hat. I adore the little newsboy caps, and made this six piece crown with visor out of the same corduroy the pants were made from. This took two tries. I guess I'm still better hats than jackets. And, yet, in the end, the little suit was a perfect match to Travel Doll's Boneka outfit. While I prefer black boots and stockings on the boy, he could easily wear a pair of black and red boots to match his sisters.
Theodore David was dressed by the Lawton seamstresses in an entirely different color theme. They chose a brown silk dupioni sailor style and Wendy gave him a travel steamer all his own. To be honest, I was thrilled by the challenge to make a matching suit since this is how I love to dress my own dolls. Peter, of Wendy and Peter (Pan), is my model for Theodore David's Travel Suit.
Presently there is a yard of gold silk on my table and I just finished the jacket pattern for Alice Liddell's fall ensemble. I realized I needed one more size of double-faced, black silk ribbon for the trim, so I had to order some today. Hopefully by the time it arrives, I'll be well on my way with this luscious gown. And, I'm looking forward to making the black velvet toque with the huge white pom-pom.
September has always been travel time for us here. The weather is perfect, and the shorter days bring cooler temps to the Sierras. There is just so much I wish to do! I think I'll let the dolls travel, even if its only in our imaginations.
Miss E. Mouse
|Theodore David in his own colors.|
|Travel Doll - Guild Quarterly 1997 - Left Page|
|Travel Doll - Guild Quarterly 1997 Right Page|
|Ready For Travel!|