Friday, August 31, 2012

Colette's new and improved wardrobe

It's been over 2 years since I have returned to my UFDC doll club.  We meet once a month for dinner and a program on various subjects relating to the world of antique dolls.  A few months ago the program was one of my favorite's, "Dolls and their wardrobes". Many of my dolls do have several changes of clothes so I starting thinking on which ones I would be taking with me for display.  My antique Daisies and the Helen Kish Chrysalis dolls couldn't go because they were needed for the 2 programs that came after the wardrobe program.  Then I thought about my 11" Maura Mura, Marjorie, but her wardrobe really doesn't have a big WOW factor.  There was my childhood Penny Brite and the Tonner Marley's and Alice...but no they would not do either.  Only one doll stood a chance of making an impression with my fellow doll collectors.  The one doll I own who truly embodies the essence of what a Doll and her Wardrobe should be and that doll was Colette, my vintage French Fashion reproduction.
Now you all have met Colette before in previous posts and seen some of gowns I have made for her.  After looking through the items that I had already made for her what came to mind was that they seemed to be a history of my ability as a Costumer.  Her early dress are simple and well to be honest, lack detail and historic accuracy . It wasn't until I made her blue striped walking dress that i thought my skills as a costumer were finally were they needed to be.
I also discovered that, after perusing Colette's wardrobe, she was in need of several more items than she already possessed.  There were some true staples of a French Fashion's wardrobe that she was missing.
Where else does one look for Mademoiselle's belongings but her boudoir!  And what is in her boudoir...but her bed of course!
Her bed you say? Well this little lady has had one for a long time and it was stashed away in the attic for a very long time.  It was high time to get it out for an inspection too...... as it was in sorry shape. It had been on display for many years before it was sent away do to space concerns.  I knew this was were my inspiration would come from though.
More on Colette's bed in part 2..............



Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Knitting for Fall

It's late August and summer is starting to wind down here in Western New York.  The hot and very dry summer has caused the leaves on some of the trees in the area to start to change color already. Nights here are getting cooler and fall is just around the corner.  

With the approach of Autumn  and cooler weather I get the urge to start some cool weather projects so of course knitting comes to mind.  At the end of last winter I had just a tiny bit to finish up on a shawlette I had started.  The pattern is called Tanta and it is made in a very soft grey hued sock yarn I got from Knit Picks. I finished it up in no time and was in the mood to start another.  
In my yarn stash was 2 skeins of a deep purple silk wool blend. They were originally intended to be a pair of socks but I didn't have the heart to hide such lovely yarn in my shoes so I decided to make a shawl instead.  I found the pattern, called Hanruni,  for free on the web and I am about half way done. It is coming along just nicely.  I am very pleased with the easiness of the pattern and i have been able to correct any knitting mistakes as I go so it is looking quite nice. 
It is a triangle shaped shawl knit from the top down on circular needles.
Since I've been in yarn mode I decided to stop at a local yarn shop on my day off today.  They didn't have a lot of yarn in the shop as they are about to move.  Last year the building that the shop was in burned  and the little shop temporarily moved across the street.  Now they are about to move back to their old location. 
I was able to find a delicious looking Merino and mohair fingering weight that will also become another shawlette. I think this one might go to one of my daughter-in-laws as a Christmas gift.