|Alice Liddell's Golden Auturmn Stroll|
|The Paper Doll Costume|
One of the things I was excited about was already having a bolero jacket pattern from Alice Liddell's first two outfits. Yay! The dress is also the same basic design - bodice with row of buttons, big skirt. What's to sweat over this one?! How about paying a little more attention?!
|A Full View|
|Mr. Richmond's Painting|
Happy with the jacket, I began the dress. The bodice went smoothly. I used a tiny diamond pattern Italian shirting cotton for the collar and false sleeves. Exquisitely beautiful stuff. Two rows of silk ribbon hand sewn on. A row of tiny black glass buttons. Then I moved onto the skirt and everything came to a stand still. My confidence flagged.
|Beaded Reticule and Close Up of Motif|
I so seldom do that, ask for help. I teach myself how to do things through trial and error. I am a self taught artist, designer, seamstress, writer, poet...cook!...you name it. But, Mr. Richmond and Inga-Karin Eriksson would give me a challenge and a bet to win. Mr. Richmond being the artist that painted Alice and her sisters' portrait while on holiday. And, dear Inga-Karin for taking the design off Alice's older sister's skirt and deciding to create a dress for Alice with it.
|Heavily Machine Embroidered Jacquard Ribbon|
It was then that I considered, if I'm going to cut bits of ribbon up to do this, why not use the Heat n Bond method I used for the Halloween costume silhouettes? And, this I did. Thirty-two inches of fabric. It took me two dedicated days to make this design, but it is as Inga-Karin intended. Thanks, Mr, Richmond, for the challenge. I did sew the 1/4" ribbon bands, top and bottom of the design, and all the ribbon on the jacket is hand-sewn on. So give me break. Ok?
|Alice Celebrates the Wedding of the Prince of Wales|
This journal is getting a bit long in the writing, so I'll be brief. I fashioned her pom-pom hat out of cotton velveteen and buckram. Her little silk reticule has minimum beading and a bit of the pom-pom trim I used on the jacket. Instead of making boots with elastic sides, which I just was not up for, I chose to make gaitors out of gray lambskin. I feel this was an acceptable and pleasant alternative. Alice's little gloves are simple mitts of gray heather cotton jersey.
|Gray Lembskin Gaitors|
I will be working on a few thing for other people next, and taking a much needed autumn sojourn at the end of the month. Yes, we're headed to the red rock canyons of Utah again. I just love it there. During the down times and at night, I will be teaching myself silk ribbon embroidery. I have plenty of ribbon and three books on "how to". Perhaps I can incorporate some of this delicate embellishment on my doll clothing in the future.
Miss E. Mouse (Happy birthday to me! September 18th)
|Greek Mythology and the Labyrinth|
|A Close Up|
|Golden Autumn Stroll|