Evalina Rose and her little sister Posy Anna are the main characters of a series of children's stories that I am writing. In this blog I will share the final stages of crafting their half scale house--Honeysuckle Cottage--and the miniature stuff that will make up the settings of their stories.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Violet's New Wardrobe


In my last post, I showed you Violet and her little doll baby.  Well Violet has a new Mommy and before I send her off, she will get a full wardrobe.  I have a tendency to go too far, to want to add too many details, so I usually have to stop myself and move on to the next project.   I am so happy to be able to continue to make Violet more clothes.  I thought it would be fun to share the process with you.  
One of the dresses that Violet's mother would like is a sailor's dress with a  matching coat and hat. 
 I have a lovely navy  Gutermann's silk, which I have used for the body of the dress.  I made a stripped insert for the v of the sailor collar out of blue and cream Gutermann's cotton.
A closeup of the stripped insert of sailor neckline.

After I make a dress, I dampen it slightly and wrap it with thread, so that it hangs correctly. This is what it looks like before I have done that.  As you can see it looks stiff.  As a miniaturist  I am always trying to get my knit-work to drape nicely...it adds to the realism. 

A back view
I have discussed the method of how I  knit a dress on October 8 on  my Needlework blog    http://mini-needle.blogspot.com/ 

All of the components of a sailor dress: body, collar and insert.  After I knit, I block my pieces before I sew them. This makes them stiff and manageable, but it ruins their drape.  This is why I reblock the dress onto the doll.  I will show you a picture in the next post.

Next, I will Knit the coat.

Have a wonderful weekend,

12 comments:

  1. Lucy your knitting is awsome! I love the sailor dress and the doll is so cute!
    Hugs, Drora

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  2. The sailor dress is wonderful!
    Bye Faby

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  3. Wow Lucy I love your sailor dress its fantastic. Wonderful work.
    Hugs Maria

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  4. It's a beautiful dress. I knit myself a little to my next room kox, a children's store, I think it's hard to get a knit dress to fall nicely. I can see that there is a good fall in your dress. Nice work.
    Hugs
    Wyrna

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  5. Hi Lucy, what a lovely doll in her sailor dress, fantastic work as usual! I like your explanation how to knit and the detailed finishing of this tiny clothes, so thank you for sharing!
    Hugs, Ilona

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  6. Such detail in that tiny dress, so cute!

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  7. Good evening Lucy,

    I cannot tell you how much I admire your skills and eye for details.. You are so talented in many ways. Your work is beautiful... I love the sailor dress.
    Wishing you a wonderfull weekend.

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  8. Oh My Goodness, this is incredible!

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  9. I am always in awe of your delightful miniatures!
    Helen. x

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  10. Beautiful dress, Lucy, I love the idea of a doll with a wardrobe!

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  11. Hello Lucy, it's always a delight to look in on your blog and see your latest handiwork. I love miniature knitting, though I'm absolutely no good at it myself. The sailor dress is perfect - and so stylish. Have you ever tried working any of the Scottish Fair Isle patterns? I can't think you would find them at all difficult!

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