Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Raphael Tuck Dolly Postcards & Miss Ava

These oilette Raphael Tuck postcards painted by German 
artist and doll maker Kathe Kruse were sold in America
 in 1915.  I love her dolls & was delighted to find these
 postcards.  I thought you'd enjoy them too.
 Poor little fella, he's just not to sure about this.
 They were also sold in Germany, France & Holland,
written in the appropriate language.
Learn more about this extraordinary doll maker here:
 Kathe Kruse
These little wooden dolly postcards painted by British artist
Phyllis Cooper, were sold as a package of 6 in 1932.  I 
see lots of inspiration in these colorful cards!
 A few more Phyllis Cooper postcards.  Her illustrations are
just stunningly vivid & there is so much to see. 
This set of 6 are from 1924.

We are enjoying the company of our niece Emily and great 
niece Miss Ava this week.
 The dollhouse has been a huge hit!
 What's happening in your neck of the woods?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Aletha's Dress Finished

Letha Mae has finally seen her dress.  
Getting her to smile for the camera is a 
tough one, as she's a bit shy.  Inside, 
I know she's beaming!
I made her a little hankie.  It's actually cut 
from a old hankie, that I just added some
 lace to.
Her apron is made from a sheer stripped
batiste.  I added a pocket for her hankie.
Young ladies blow their nose, not wipe
it on their sleeves.
Miss Mary's dress is described as having a "full"
skirt.  I stitched 3 rows of synchronized stitches
 to gather her 160 pleats.  I removed the bottom
row, and left the top 2 rows in the finished dress.
  It's hard to see, but there is also a fold in the skirt
 to coordinate with the fold in the sleeve.
Here's a link to an earlier post on:
 Miss Mary's dress did not have buttons, but
I added 4 early 1900's milk glass as a decorative touch.
 Aletha is named after my mother & she loved milk glass.   
They're a bit too big, not the right period, but sometimes, 
that's what gives a dolly's dress all it's charm.
I stitched some old fashioned socks from a pattern I
found on Dixie Redmond's site, Maida Today.  They
remind me of the Wicked Witch of the West, but
red and white stripped socks were quite fashionable
in the mid 1800's.
Maida Today Old Fashioned Sock Pattern

Miss Letha's asked me to make a
 matching outfit for her favorite doll Jane. 

Jane the Cook is a character from the book
 The Tale of Two Bad Mice by Beatrix Potter,
Aletha's favorite story.

 This doll was made by Fred Laughon, a
well know wooden doll and furniture maker.
You can read about him at the link below.  If
you visit pinterest, just search his name to 
see some of his lovely dolls.
Fred Laughon
  I stitched a simple outfit for Miss Jane.  She
doesn't have an apron in the book, but I
thought she needed one.  It's made from an
antique sheer gauze fabric.  It was not easy to
work with & I'll avoid it in the future.  The 
pantalettes & petticoat have cotton string ties. 

 I made button loops for the
tiny buttons with silk thread doubled.
I have a couple stitches that aren't 
pulled firmly & I didn't get all the loops
the same size.   I have to say,
it was very tiny work & my eyes and
fingers just don't do what I want
 Button it up & it looks just fine.
 Next project is doing some work on 
her oak bed and making the bedding.
It's a large one, so I will use the dreaded
machine.  I think I'll use some red
and white stripped ticking for her 
mattress and pillow.  A quilt is
probably in order too. 
 Aletha needs some shoes, but for now she'll
just have to be content with clothes!
Happy Sewing!