I have been meaning to get back to making big ladies (that link is from 2006!) for a long while but something else always seems to be ahead in line. Finallythey are back on the worktable after some pattern tweeking. But then this lady/mermaid needed to get made and she pushed ahead!
I will definitely be playing with this idea again- I love her! After her though, I’ve got some regular ladies that I am working on. The last time I really made any was around 2010 so yes, it’s been a while. I don’t know why I stopped after making these lovelies.
Here they are- the mermaid girl gang-
and I did make her a little shawl.
I have listed all these girls in my Etsy shop now. Maybe tomorrow I will get to the princess girls.
Why do I make dolls? Because every time I finish one, I fall in love.
I spent way too much time making this dress. But, I DO like it!
Hmm. Now I am remembering that I was going to make her a little shawl. I have just the right color- an ochre. Maybe I will go do that now.
Another girl with a dress made of Heather Ross Mendocino fabric. I love her fabric.
She has a cashmere shawl with silk ribbons-
that wrap around and tie in the back.
Here she is without her shawl-
It is a girl with mermaids!
And, the Heather Ross fabrics are out again.
Back of the pinafore- button and sash.
A double underskirt with ruffles at the hems.
I’m out of practice. I took her outside and took a number of photos, but couldn’t choose the one I liked best. This one shows her hair the most clearly.
I like the pose of this one.
And I like the color contrast on this one.
This was my studio, mid-afternoon. She was finished but I put her in the window to look at and be sure. There are 2 more girls on the desk, waiting for their dresses.
and another more classic one-
Some of my new felt- I love having so many colors to choose from. And the button- it has been in my stash since 1980.
Two mermaids together-
This girl is inspired by mermaids but is not a mermaid. There are loads of photos because I love how she came together!
When I was planning a mermaid inspired girl, I thought of doing it with just the colors. Of course it would have been subtle… and who wants subtle? I’ve been obsessing about Heather Ross‘ mermaid fabric (Mendocino)- knowing that I had to find a way to use it in something. So, put it all together and here she is!
She has an angora blend sweater with a little ruffle around the bottom edge. The sweater closes with an orange button.
Underneath she has a pinafore made from 2 of the Mendocino fabrics- seahorses and mermaids.
The back with it’s button closure-
And here is her cashmere underskirt. It also has a ruffled lettuce edge. And an elastic waist with a button closure.
The back view-
I’ve had mermaids on my mind for a while now and finally have had time to get to work on them.
Her bangs are dyed wool locks- I thought they looked very fish/ seaweed/ ocean look.
A little starfish in her head-
Hair back- sweater ribbing-
She has a ruffle fin on her bottom-
More photos on flickr.
Some mermaids that I love- Danita’s, Mariana Massarani’s (she inspired my first set of mermaids), and Amy’s to name a few.