Recently, I laid down my yarn, crochet hooks and knitting needles and picked up my dressmaking shears for another 'unexpected' project!
A friend who volunteers at a local home for the elderly had asked my help on behalf of one of the residents, who had made a doll but was now unable to make any clothes for it. I say 'it', but of course this doll has a character all of her own and her name is Matilda!
The lady who owned her had made her from scratch, with jointed limbs....
...and an amazing Victorian-style hairdo!
.....but she needed some clothes to preserve her modesty!
My friend supplied a pattern and material and one Saturday morning a couple
of weeks ago I set to work with my shears and sewing machine.
So, she soon acquired a petticoat:
....and a blouse:
Then came a new over-dress:
(I had forgotten how fiddly 'rik-rak' braid is to sew on - I'm glad it was just for a 21" doll and not a full-sized garment!)
However, Matilda was barefoot and I couldn't have that!
So a bit of fiddling about with some brown felt produced these:
(They were as near to Victorian-style boots as I could manage!)
Now Matilda sits in splendour, admired by residents and staff alike; her maker was
absolutely thrilled to see her new clothes.
It took me a couple of long days to complete
(good job hubby was away, so I could just work right though!)
but hearing of the elderly lady's pleasure at seeing Matilda restored to glory
is more than sufficient reward!