|The Delight of Fairytales - Red Riding Hood|
|Father Tuck's Fairy Land Panorama|
|Dressed for a walk in the woods.|
|Dress with button attached reticule.|
|With the velvet vest.|
I began with her shoes and socks. I designed the little brown shoes with the white buttons to have that peasant look about them. A pair of royal blue stockings finished the first day's work.
Since Delight is the same size as Alice Illustrated, the dress took a simple day to put together. I used cotton sateen for the aqua dress, and white shirting cotton with tiny satin dots on it for the cuffs and bodice. The apron is of silver and white striped cotton and hangs a bit below her dress, like an old kitchen towel, as in the illustration. Her vest is marine blue velvet, and this piece caused me lots of difficulties. First in that I had to recut the pattern twice for a deeper "neckline", and second because I had to pull lined velvet through a half inch shoulder area. I almost gave up. Why velvet? Why the richness of sateen? Because she's a Lawton doll and they are very used to elegant fabrics. White double-sided silk ribbon was laced through the vest. Both dress and vest close in the back with hooks and thread loops.
|Pointy Hood on Velveteen|
Finally, I had one more piece to make. The reticule. I used a small key ring as the base and wrapped it in silk ribbon. Then I used silk dupioni to make the little round bag. It is only cosmetic and does not open. I looped silk ribbon around the ring and knotted it on top, then sewed a small brown button to the bodice of the dress to hook the little bag to. Hah! Brilliant. A bouquet of daisies for Grandmother and a basket of goodies by Lawton Doll Company complete the look.
Delight will be costumed as Gretel, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Snow White (no, not Disney Snow White), and possibly other fairytale heroines as time goes on. She will need a dress up trunk, and I have the perfect Lawton doll trunk for her to store her costumes in. Suggestions of fairytales would be welcome!
Father Tuck was chosen for Little Red Riding Hood, but will not be used again. We have untold numbers of illustrators throughout time who've conceived their own versions of these fairytale heroines, and one will speak to me for each story. I was telling Jenny that working with red made me happy. Delight has a costume that will take her through the holidays, and Alice Liddell will get her red winter coat in December. She must.
Please enjoy a sampling of a few of my favorite Red Riding Hood illustrations below.
Miss E. Mouse
|My Childhood Book|
|Johnny Gruelle 1916|
|Unknown (to me)|
|Genady Spirin's Little Red Cap|
|Vintage Paper Toy|
|Trina Schart-Hyman (one of my favorite illustrators, I began collecting her books when I was 16)|
|(unknown) ...with now-a-days frocks|
|Off to Grandmother's House|