I spent the day doing photography for demos on patterning and making some basic stuff (smocks, skirts, etc). I’m working at sizes to fit Tyler Wentworth dolls, and I just had some sort of completely wrong notion that sewing a smock for a 16″ doll would be easier and/or faster than sewing for a human… But no. The seams are shorter, but little dolly armscyes are a giant pain the tushie. And as if that weren’t bad enough….
My sewing room is the garage, and it was about 95 with a million percent humidity here today. However annoying it might normally be to make a narrow french seam for a dolly armpit, it’s easy twice so when the fabric is sticking to your sweaty fingers. Le sigh.
The radio was on the whole time, and I kept hearing a commercial for the local ren faire. Apparently, it’s opening Real Soon Now(tm). And that’s fantastic, because I was out there working on stuff for Ye Olde Basic Ren Faire Garb(age). It’s not aimed at the hardcore authenticity devotees, so much as the large crowd of folks who want to visit a faire a time or few a year, and want a wardrobe that has a few options. Pattern drafting info and sewing instructions for:
- a drawstring neck/sleeve smock
- a simple square-necked smock
- a drawstring skirt
- a circle skirt
- a fun square overskirt
- a gored skirt
- a front closing boned bodice (based on the Basic Conical Block)
- a back closing boned bodice (based on the Basic Conical Block)
I’ll also be releasing patterns sized for Tyler Wentworth and (slightly later) Barbie.
I’m thinking, after that, of doing what I’ve always wanted to do and trying to recreate the Eleanora de Toledo burial gown for Tyler. Well, ok, the idea of doing it dolly size is recent – I always wanted to make it for me, but I’ve never gotten round to it and always suspected it wouldn’t be my best look anyway. Oooooh, and I could stray outside the 1560-80s, you know, and make something with an enormous hip roll or a full-on french farthingale… I’m still slightly stymied by the size of the darn dolls (have you ever tried to downsize boning? I’ve spent all these years making bodices that double as flak jackets…. Getting the support right for the scale is crazy-weird, and trying to translate all the fabrics down to something workable – Oy and vey!), but still, at this size I can justify making dresses from all the periods I love even if I have no place at all to wear them too! It makes me giddy with joy, I tell you.