The way this was done was by cutting off the point in the back of the lining and attaching the skirt to it. The point in the front is lined on its own, then the front edge of the "belt" is turned under and sewn to the front of the skirt with a ladder stitch. I'm sure it can be done differently, but this method worked for me. Its all so very much a puzzle when designing from scratch. The trim I used was an eyelash "picot" trim, and was applied by hand-stitching it on. I don't think this trim is wider than 2mm, and has the most delicate little fringes on it. Two buttons close the skirt in the back.
I do enjoy sewing for these 12" child Lawton dolls, so I just may have to make her a new dress each year. Or when the spirit hits! Merry Christmas, Hetty!
Looking back on 2018, there were definitely some pretty things made, and wonderful months of growth, both as a seamstress and needle felter. My favorites were the polichinelle costumes, which Louise and Lawrence wore up until The Nutcracker. I had a ball making Alice By the Sea with the Walrus and Mock Turtle. It was a struggle, but satisfying end, to figure out, design and sew the loop soutache for the violet Alice dress (with hippo bee and Bill the lizard). From the "squashed tomato" hat on Goldilocks, to the sculpting of the Lion and the Unicorn, its been quite a ride this year! Below I've included a surprise needle felt I've yet to share. The Nursery Alice White Rabbit.
Of course I have ideas for 2019. And, I'll probably get busy with one of them shortly. But, for the next few days, at least until New Year's Eve, I'd like to reflect a bit more, tidy up my work room again, and tuck into my new book, and simply still my mind. Its been a gracious holiday season this year. I hope you've had some wonderful surprises and precious moments for memories of your own. Wishing you the very best of the New Year with good health, and joyful times.
|Alice By the Sea|
|Alice and Bill|
|Through the Looking Glass|
|Goldi and Baby Bear|
|The one you didn't see: The Nursery Alice White Rabbit|
|A New Dress and a New Year for Hetty|