|Mary Marie's Matinee Dress|
Sheila Young must have been a fan of matinees, for in her paper doll illustration of "A Little American Girl" from Lettie Lane's Around-the-World Party, she depicted a dress that would have been worn for this special event.
|A full view.|
I was recently commissioned to create the Matinee Dress as a gift for a UFDC official's Wendy Lawton Mary Marie doll. I thought, no problem! After all, I'd just created two Alice Liddell outfits on the same size body. The 16" wood and porcelain spring jointed doll body. However, and I do like a challenge, this one kept me quite busy and pulling hairs for a couple of weeks.
|Sheila Young's Lettie Lane Illustration|
The lace on the collar and sleeve edges had to be all hand sewn on. Top and bottom. I did not use a gathered lace by pulling the "hidden" thread in the lace edge, but applied it flatly making tucks as I went along. This seemed to produce a much smoother effect as the illustration depicted.
|A side view.|
The top of the box pleat was set during the application of the fancy collar, but it tucks in at the waistline, then flares out at the bottom. You just kind of have to make this up as you go along. But, don't I do that anyway...with each and every outfit I create? I had to pin this waist "indent" and manage to sew four tiny MOP shank buttons on to set the pleat - giving it definition. And, then I had to measure and machine stitch fourteen "half moon" darts along the waistline. Five on each side of the front, two on each side of the back. All of this was just a nightmare. This was not an easy dress to make.
|The back - pretty collar detail.|
|Wendy Lawton's Mary Marie - 2003|
At present I am working on another boy-girl matching set for Amethyst and Sterling. I want a bit more experience sewing with the quality dupioni before attempting to make a larger scale dress in the same for my Alice Liddell. I also tend to stay "on a roll" with a certain kind of doll for a spell, then launch into something completely different just to keep things lively around here. And, yes, the Matinee Dress is blue, too. I think I'm done with blue for a little while.
The other day a neighbor approached me suggesting I get into the business of making doorstops. You know, those long, sand filled door stops that look like animals or whatever. Really? Really. Fear not! Its not going to happen, but the look on my face must have been priceless.
Miss E. Mouse