Retail Therapy – A New Mignonette

I don’t get philosophical about the concept of retail therapy. I just know it works! So, here’s my latest doll fix: Her face is sweet and her blue eyes are captivating. The color on her nose is rubbed off giving her a bit of a pug-nose look. Since I live with the exquisite Lily the pug, I am charmed. I bought her on eBay from a French dealer from whom I have … Continue reading

Neckline Trick and a Thread Loop

I know it’s been a while… I haven’t had a lot of time to do creative stuff lately, and I needed to be quiet for a while. But I did finish my S&H 890’s slip/dress and I have a couple of things to share. First, I promised a trick for finishing the neckline with all it’s tucks. If I turned everything to the inside, it would leave a lot of … Continue reading

Real is Better

I have a confession. When I first started making reproduction dolls, I did so without ever seeing the antique dolls I was copying. Pictures of the dolls served as the standard to work from. Boy, did I get some surprises when I finally got to see the dolls in person. It is amazing to do research into a subject, like 17th century embroidery, and study volumes of photographs of antique pieces. … Continue reading

Tiny Tuck Tutorial

I’ve talked about tucks. And shown you tucks. So I thought that I should show you how to make them by hand. For the record, pleats are folds that are normally sewn only at the top and/or bottom, and tucks are sewn along the length of the fold.   Inspired by this slip/dress from La Poupee Modele for my S&H 890, I’ll show you how to make released tucks. In … Continue reading

I’m Back and I’m Busy

Last week, for spring break, DH and I took Supergirl (SG) and her parents to Disney World. It was super fun, exhausting and crowded. SG fell in love with Mickey’s new bear friend, Duffy, and collected a few. We had adjoining rooms with her parents, and she chose to sleep in our room. The last time she and I cleaned her bedroom at my house, she wanted to get rid … Continue reading

Happy Spring

I’ve got a very busy week this week and next week is Super Girl’s spring break, so I don’t have much time to write. But I wanted to wish you a HAPPY SPRING! And take a few minutes to share with you some of the bunnies who live with me and remind me of spring all year long. So, have a lovely early Spring and I’ll get back to posting … Continue reading

This is a test

On Thursday, I told you that I would finish my Bru’s smock and show it on my blog on Friday. When I hit the “publish” button on Thursday, my blog was sent to my e-mail list and Facebook. On Friday, I finished the smock and posted a blog about it. When I hit the “publish” button, it did not go out to e-mails or Facebook. This is a test to … Continue reading

17th Century Embroidered Smock Complete

Almost 11 months ago I decided to make a fairy costume for my 1870’s French Bru poupee, inspired by this early 17th century drawing by Inigo Jones. The doll stands just over 14″ (36cm) tall and has an articulated wooden body. The first layer of her costume is an embroidered smock, inspired by Janet Arnold’s book, Patterns of Fashion 4. The embroidery pattern was found, last June, on the wonderful Flowers of the Needle … Continue reading

Casket Update

My next step toward making more doll-sized 17th century embroidered caskets is to finish the inside of my first one so that I can make sure all my measurements work. I ordered miniature marbled paper from Jemma Lewis in England. I requested a mainly pink design, specifically a medium warm pink. I had collected silk and silk velvet in a medium coral pink, so I wanted the paper to coordinate. … Continue reading

It’s All a Blur

Last summer’s mega hit song, “Blurred Lines” just got slammed with a legal judgement for “copying” a Marvin Gaye song.  This case brings up all sorts of issues about what constitutes art. I am not naive. I know it is all about the $$$. But it also sets a dangerous precedent. Isn’t all art influenced by earlier art? Does an artist ever work in a vacuum? Can a copy/reproduction be … Continue reading