Thursday, October 20, 2005

Tea party

Here are a bunch of dolls I have lately completed. From left to right is: Gail Wilsons Hitty, Gail Wilsons Early American doll and her little doll, EFA little girl doll, EFA baby doll. The wicker furniture my big sister bought for me when I was a little girl at a toy shop. There are actually 4 pieces(another chair not shown) and I remember it was $12. ! The tea set was my mothers when she was a little girl in the 1930's. It is quite chipped and cracked and the sugar bowl lid is missing and one tea cup doesn't match! But doesn't that make it all the more DEAR!

EFA dolls

The first EFA doll I have recently made was the Baby doll. Her pattern is found in the "Dolls to Make for Fun or Profit" book, by Edith Flack Ackley, published in 1938. I love this book! Ediths positive attitude and enthusiastic writing style, as well as her practical humor just make it so charming!

I am not totally happy with the costume. The collar is too bulky, and her shoes turned out awful! I would like to make her some new shoes out of leather.Her dress is completely handsewn, and I always have trouble with bulk when I sew by hand. I think the seams just aren't as crisp so it is hard to get a sharp edge, even after pressing. I actually made this doll body, face and hair some time ago, when I first discovered EFA and her charming dolls. I was into using vintage materials then, and I did her face in vintage darning thread-which as you can imagine is quite thick. I had to redo some of the face with floss-it was just too harsh.

If you were able to examine my little decorative herringbone stitch you would see that some of it is very fine and some is slightly wider! Not exactly what I was going for, but practice makes perfect! hehe!