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,


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

  2. The sailor dress is wonderful!
    Bye Faby

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

  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.

  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

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

  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.

  8. Oh My Goodness, this is incredible!

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

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

  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!