Over the last week or so, I've been crafting in miniature. Into the HenHouse came a new little lady I decided to give a make over. I've called her Jemima, don't know why but she looks like a Jemima to me. Jemima took up a ridiculously indulgent amount of my time last week!
With Jemima being somewhat more miniature than I expected when I unwrapped her from her brown paper, I found all sorts of things in the Den came in useful which I might not normally use that often: my mini ironing board, perfect for dolly sized clothes; and indeed, the travel iron (which never travels anywhere!) but is brilliant for ironing little things and tight corners.
Goodness me, sewing dolly clothes is an exercise in extreme patience. It's nice though, almost relaxing and soothing (except when things don't go to plan!), which I needed after my busy quilting week. I hunted out all my most cute mini-flowered fabrics and dinky little buttons. Most of the work was hand sewing. Dress making is not my most favourite thing but I have made a handful of garments, enough to know the basics, which I applied on a miniature scale.
Here's Jemima in a skirt which took me the best part of a morning to make! I had seen a maxi dress in a shop window on Oxford Street last week and thought I might make a similar skirt for myself one day, (photo duly snapped with 'phone), with tiers of fabulous flowery fabrics for the skirt. Instead, I ended up making it for Jemima!
But it didn't just stop with Jemima because another little lady was awaiting a make over too! She's become Mary Ellen (her name will prompt a chortle from my family, I know!) She is even smaller than Jemima!
And so my girls started to emerge from their chrysalis (errm, not sure what the plural is?) I loved paying attention to all the little details: beautiful millinery flowers recently bought from VV Rouleaux, pretty velvet ribbons...
..scraps of felt and teeny tiny beads...
...snippets of hand embroidery...
...vintage lace and teeny tiny glass buttons...
Here comes Jemima, resplendant in 1950's Mary Jane style.
And Mary Ellen, everything about her is perfectly "ditsy"!
When these dolls arrived in the post I couldn't help myself from having a laugh! They were a lot smaller than I had imagined, a bit grubby, Jemima's eyes were very faded (looked like she'd had a good night out on the tiles!) and someone had clearly given their locks a trim! But you know, I found this really endearing, indeed love the fact that some little girl somewhere once loved these dollies and took time to play with them and even style them way back when (Mary Ellen is dated 1965, Jemima 1980). I know I did the same myself. I remember cutting my Sindy doll's lustrous long hair and being so upset afterwards. As a die-hard long hair afficionado to this day, I should have known it would be a mistake! But on these girls, I like it, especially on Mary Ellen whose little bob suits her perfectly, I think.
So there you are, I have regressed back into my childhood, rather pleasantly to be honest. Now I must really get on and do all those chores awaiting me, it has felt quite indulgent making over these ladies, I confess.
Oh dear, what to do then, with this even smaller one who begged me to take her home from the vintage jumble sale on Saturday!
Will she make it to the "make over" mantelpiece?