This is the completed Phebe Delight. Body fabric is heavy osnaburg from Osnaburg Germany. Her head and torso are first padded with cotton quilt batting, then stuffed with wool and a lot of wool roving. Entirely hand-sewn, hand-made. A picture of her bonnet can be seen scrolling further down. She has mitt hands, fingers defined via top-stitching.. little faux leather shoes.. She is from a pattern by Ike's Pip Emma pattern series that I did alter significantly to suit my favorite design ideas. The most significant alteration was to the head/torso. The original pattern was a one-piece head/torso design. I cut the head from the torso, also added neck darts -- making it into 2 separate pattern pieces.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Her back hair is an applique made from a wool labelled "antique red" .. It is a stuffed applique made like a cushion. Wig has a front and back and is stuffed with 2 layers of thin cotton batting then sewed to the head. Barn red yarn hair is applied to the front of the doll's head ...
The apron's raw edges are secured with self-made bias tape. The dress is trimmed in 100% cotton trim ... fabrics were aged with Gail Wilson's overdye .. all raw edges are hand overcast so that I could avoid "turning" the edges twice thereby causing bulky seams. The back of the dress is secured by snaps with tiny white buttons sewed on top of the snaps. I enlarged the Gail Wilson pattern from her Historical Folk Doll #1 to make this dress and apron.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
She needs stockings .. Circe is a PipEmma Creations pattern .. Stuffed with wool, entirely hand-sewn .. Her face is modeled after a famous early American doll called the New York girl. The original New York girl is pictured on the front of the Wendy Lavitt book, American Folk Dolls ..
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
This is Drucilla. She's from a vintage Italian pattern tho I have redrawn it significantly. She still needs shoes and socks. The goal was to make her look like a doll made for a child living long ago -- made for her by her mother who usually had to use scraps of fabric she could find or salvage. She's 8-1/2"-9" tall and head is attached onto a shoulder-plate which was then attached to her body. She is entirely hand-sewn.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Essie was a LOT! of fun to make .. She is another doll from the Kay Cloud book but I've re-drawn near this entire pattern. She is entirely hand-made/hand-sewn .. made from Marcus Bros Aged Muslins. Stuffed with 100% sheep wool and weighted with steel shot .. so she's not for little kids to play with ... Let her be a small thank you to our long ago mothers who made by hand the toys for their beloved children.