|Katy's Red Play Sweater and Cunning Cap|
The Little Busybodies' Katy Curls was the first in a new series of paper dolls by Tipton Hunter for Woman's Home Companion, launched November 1922. Katy's outfits were illustrated to introduce patterns a mother could make up for her daughter's wardrobe, purchased through the pattern department of the magazine. She was given a year round wardrobe to include a Thanksgiving Party costume, a child's Russian Smock Dress, a Best Coat, and a Play Sweater and Cunning Cap you could crochet.
|From the Womans' Home Companion, November 1922|
|With A Plaid Skirt and Red Socks|
I discovered that by using the "cuff" band of the dog sweater that it would create a snug fit around her head, so I attached that to a square of the striped knit. The top of the hat is stitched together in four seams like a plus sign. I purchased whole bundles of red, white and green complimentary wool yarns to make her multi-colored pom-poms and braided the ties to swing them from the crown of her cap. I used a crochet needle to insert one end of the tie through the pom-pom, and then into the center of the plus sign stitch finish. This produced a "believable" knitted cap for Katy.
|The Cunning Cap|
And so on Friday the ribbon arrived and I began appliqueing the ribbon onto the sweater to complete the design by Saturday. The Petersham Grosgrain is flexible and worked beautifully for the curve at the boat-neckline to run down the length of the sleeves. I almost didn't follow the bottom three bands around to the back, but decided it would be best to do this right. Adding this ribbon is a lot of work. A lot of patient sewing. I'm glad I did though.
Having sweaters in my doll clothing collection from companies like Ruby Red Galleria and Tonner Doll Company, I was able to get a good idea of how they make their knit fabric sweaters open at the back. A turn under on the left side, and a piece of grosgrain added to the edge of right finishes the edges. While they typically use snaps (I hate sewing snaps on), I fastened the back with my hooks and tiny thread loops. This creates a much more snug finish.
|With Squeezicks in Her New Outfit|
One more note, I made Squeezicks something to wear besides her onsie. I have a very difficult time these days sewing for tiny dolls. My inclination is to sew them as I would a large doll's costume, and you simple must have a different approach. Finding thin enough fabrics to work with is another grievance. But, by a lark, I dove into my closet and found an old, worn out knit top that I could cut up for her Russian play set that matches Katy's. I could probably make a "third" one and do it even better, but I'd like to pretend that Katy made this for Squeezicks and therefore it has a child's simplicity.
The other outfit for Squeezicks may or may not ever be made. It would require a very super thin cashmere wool in a spring green, and this would be most difficult to find. Creating the paper doll outfits from the page was the purpose of this journey, and the accessories for Squeezicks were always optional. But, now Katy can take her doll out on an autumn day and play with her.
Below are photos from Katy's complete collection. If asked which one was the most difficult (and they all had their challenges), I would have to say the Best Coat. If asked which one I most enjoyed making, I'd have to say her Red Sweater and Cunning Cap (with skirt), this last one. This has been a wonderful experience, and I'll have to contact Candy for another doll in 2015. The plan is to make Jolly Jane from this line of paper dolls.
Enjoy the set of photos, and look for something wonderfully NEW in my next post.
Miss E. Mouse
|The Little Busybodies Katy Curls|
|Undies, Squeezicks and Puff|
|Play Apron for Thanksgiving Party|
|Russian Smock and Dress|
|A Variation on Pattern No. 4240|
|Katy's Best Coat with Bluebird Bag|
|Red Sweater, Cunning Cap and Squeezicks!|