Cart Before Horse

I already bought my new doll. Now I’m itching to get her into my hands so that I can measure her for her wardrobe. The dolls I’m selling are being offered by: Valerie Fogel’s Beautiful Bebes Attic Finds 425.765.4010http://www.beautifulbebes@outlook.com Several people asked for this info, so please buy my dolls so that I can pay myself back for the new one. I was also asked by a few people if … Continue reading

Au Revoir Huret

The last time I wrote a blog, 1 1/2 years ago, I wrote about Changing Direction. Last spring when I considered not renewing my WordPress account, I decided to give it another year before I made that decision. Part of my reasoning was that when I chose to sell some of my dolls, the blog photos and descriptions would be very useful. Now I have decided to sell a few dolls. … Continue reading

A Finish and a Fix

The other day I started trying to get a handle on all my unfinished projects and gave up. My solution was to just finish something. Anything. So I finished my Huret’s slip. Sorry the photo looks like a mug shot. With her kid body, it’s hard to get her to stand straight in her stand, so I just photographed her lying down. I love how the slip makes her skirt … Continue reading

The Gathering

It is no mystery to me why the 2003 movie titled, The Gathering, was a horror movie. I do not enjoy horror movies and I do not enjoy gathering. Cartridge pleating is such a neat, orderly, precise process. But for some applications, and for most ruffles, it’s just too much. Since I had hand sewn 6 feet of ruffles for the 42″ circumference slip for my Huret, I just had to break … Continue reading

Getting Back To It

I’ve been slacking lately.  I took the period between Thanksgiving and New Years to stay busy with stuff other than dolls, sewing, embroidery, and designing my mini casket. And since the New Year, I have been working a lot on the boring, tedious end-of-year accounting work my real job requires. Also, I decided to make myself some new clothes. I’ve started to bore even myself with my EVERY DAY wardrobe of … Continue reading

Where I’ve Been

Last weekend, Supergirl (SG), Dear Husband (DH) and I went to the beach.  SG had 2 days off school for teacher meetings. Several years ago, when DH and I went to the beach in December, SG scoffed at our silliness. Who would want to go to the beach in the winter time?? She gets it now. We visited her Great Aunt, who lives in Nags Head, swam in the hotel … Continue reading

Cartridge Pleating

For those of you who may not be familiar with the term, “cartridge pleating” is used to fit way too much fabric into a waistband. It creates a very full skirt. Here’s my Huret wearing her new skirt with her embroidered wool jacket. Pretty cute, huh? And here’s my Huret Book. It’s 3 1/2″ tall. Appropriately for a French doll, I bought it in Paris, in a stationer’s store in Montmartre. … Continue reading

Piping is Easy

I think the coolest thing about piping is that it looks impressive and finishes a garment beautifully but it is really easy to do. I have chosen to make my Huret’s new skirt with a peaked waistband and corded piping cut on the bias. Since the skirt will be cartridge pleated, I must finish all sides of the waistband before it is sewn to the skirt. The first step is … Continue reading

A New Project

It’s taken 2 days of struggling with my computer to get it to upload pictures to my blog. I’m pooped, but happy that I got it working again. That computers can be working perfectly one day, then all fouled up the next makes my head explode. Since I’m practically finished with the flip girls, I need a new doll project to work on. Since the other projects I am working … Continue reading

Costume Inspiration

Sometimes aimlessly wandering around the internet reaps rewards, but not often.  One such serendipitous journey led me to The Portrait Timeline website. It features portraits and historical paintings from ancient times to the 1930’s. I first searched the 1600’s and was surprised by this colorful costume on a 2 year old girl, c. 1602. I love this embroidered jacket and skirt from 1617. And what décolletage! Then I moved on … Continue reading