Making the girl dolls is the opposite of the fish- the fish are a fun and fast project and take no time to finish once I’ve chosen colors and sewed them up. The girls take lots of time and so many decisions. It’s good to mix it up.
I bought that blue dress fabric to make myself a shirt (which I haven’t done yet), but she claimed it first! I think there is still enough left for me.
I had so much fun putting these fabrics together!
The hair on her head is wool ribbing, the braids are wool roving.
Here she is, keeping me company in my studio.
I saw this pale pink fabric with castles and birds and I knew I needed to make this girl to wear it.
Here is a close-up of her hair in back.
She has a cream cashmere sweater with tiny 3-hole glass buttons. Someone who knew those antique buttons were just my thing, sent me a string of them and Thank You again!
She is “dressed” in light pink underwear. Her other clothes are draw-string pants, a tunic/dress, and her cashmere sweater.
A Spring girl on a Spring day!
This doll went through some big changes before arriving here. I had 2 dolls all planned out to use with the unicorn fabric. I thought I’d picked out colors for the dolls’ bodies that would compliment the fabric. Nothing looked right when I started putting them together though. I was feeling very frustrated by the end of the day yesterday. In a flash of inspiration as I lay in bed last night, I realized that I should take the legs off both dolls and switch them. Then put the finished dress onto this doll and go somewhere else with the other doll. And that is what I did this morning. I finished up all the little details and here she is. Phew- I am happy!
The other girl will probably have a dress made from some of the Liberty fabric I bought in Paris. *Reminder to self- don’t get bogged down or blinded by how I meant it to turn out. Be able to see what is happening and change the plan*
This little princess has a dress made of some more Heather Ross Far, Far Away fabric. Here she is with her other princess friend.
I will be posting these latest girls into my Etsy shop over the weekend. I put a note here when they are up.
she just looked like a princess to me. And the frogs, you know. Of course the story is called the Frog Prince.
More Heather Ross fabric- this time, Far, Far away double gauze.
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-
This is one of those randomly finished dolls I was speaking of in that other post. The poor girl has been waiting around for way too long- I had to get her done while it is still Autumn. Very different from 08 Autumn girl.
I made her a little leaf pin to hold her shawl closed. And a seasonal purse.
sometimes it can be a challenge to think of how to title these posts- hence the clothing references.
Here is my newest girl- She has lots of discarded clothing pieces on my desk- she was picky, picky, picky!
I love the red and red stripe. And I am sad because I have used it all- now there is only enough for decorative bits here and there.
In the garden, with the allium-
and 2 friends, or maybe sisters?, together.
I still have a pile of girl dolls, ready to dress, thanks to all the help I’ve been getting from my intern, Kelly. So much potential! I am going to change direction though and try to make some babies and maybe some big ladies so that I have more of a range at the market on the 14th.
And speaking (writing) about Kelly, she has opened an Etsy shop- check it out here!
Sometimes when the weather gets hot, it can be hard to find the wool inspiring. This little girl has a summery outfit-
Heather Ross fabric with little octopi and sea horses- love it!