|13" Alice Darling|
Long ago, before there was online shopping, Ebay, and extensive Internet searching, dolls could only be purchased (at least for me!), through a brick and mortar shop. What the store offered was up to the discretion of the owner, and unless you were given, or purchased a catalog, you had no idea what else might be out there. For me, I was limited to what Toy World in Cupertino, CA had to offer.
|The Ultimate Illustrated Alice|
|Catalog Cover With Alice Darling in Pink|
|Alice Finds the Key and Queen's Baby Playset|
|The Ultimate Alice Trunk Collection|
|The Queen's Baby Playset Dress|
During this entire process, I was often dismayed that I could not replicate it exactly, but I continued to try for a close match. I was plagued by the construction of the apron, working with organdy, and helpless to find a pink and green striped wired ribbon for her hair. As I think back on what Robin may have used for the pink ruffled trim (attached to a band), it may have been a grosgrain ribbon trim. But, nowhere could I find this, so I used a pink sateen and made a facsimile of the pieces.
Earlier, I had collected a pig, and also a pair of slip-ons that I would create her "baby" and shoes from. Beneath it all, she wears her original stocking and under garments. As most of us know, the pig was the Duchess's baby, but perhaps "Queen's" rolls off a child's tongue more easily than "Duchess's".
|Trims and Appliques|
|All Tucked In|
The slippers were fun to enhance. I took a tiny strip of soft pigskin (don't tell the "baby") and made a tab at the front of the shoe to thread ties through. The ties are pink and metallic gold embroidery threads braided together. Her bow is a wired ribbon in green, pink and mauve checks. I have several wired ribbon rolls, tried, and stored now, attempting to find one that I liked well enough to use.
And, finally, I made a blanket for the pig baby out of cuddly baby blanket fabric. I tucked the noisy little beast in and he is quite warm and happy now.
|Where I Found the Tie in Back|
|The Back, The Bow|
Miss E. Mouse
|A Dream Come True|