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Where’s my (non-Almond) Joy?

I love what I do. Normally, I bop around my little workshop like Hammy – with about the same attention span. But sometimes things get me down, like working on serious things (websites) and that gosh-darned eleventh century shmata which continues to defy me, and I start to lose my Joy. And then I was get email from people, and they had they Joy. And it’s making me sad. Laura has the joy, Rebecca has the joy, Mo-geek has the joy…. I decided to take my Joy back, by force if necessary.

Never one for pesky logic, I hatched a brilliant plan: the best way to get past the frustrations of the eleventh century dress was to make a new eleventh century dress. What huh? Ok, but I decided to just use the pattern and make something fantasy. I have a hard time finding sympathy for princesses – that comes from studying history. But a Maid Marion character who’s bloody given up waiting around for Robin Hood and his Merry Men to leave the pub and take on that overbearing Sherif? That I can get excited about!

So I gave myself a stress day on sunday, and made:

A little chemise with artfully frayed cuffs and hem...
A "leather" trimmed underdress...
And some adorable little gauntlets. Pretend the safety pin in a dagger, please. (I often do...)
archery pose
She still needs an overdress, a cloak, some dolly daggars, a belt, boots, and, obviously, a bow and quiver.

Details later – I have to go be an adult now, even though it’s completely obvious that I should be playing with dolls….  ;)


  1. Laura
    Laura March 22, 2011

    LOVE this. I am so in awe of people who can sew doll clothing. Just sewing teeny-tiny sleeves into teeny-tiny armholes makes me insane, so I have DEEP admiration. Plus, the safety pin is excellent.

    Bring on the JOY! Have some of mine – I’m happy to share. Also? Thanks for the shout-out!

  2. Jen
    Jen July 29, 2011

    you still need tiny daggers? I’m a stay at home mom with jewelry training and time on my hands…

    • missa
      missa August 3, 2011

      I still need them, but I’ve got my supplies and I’m sort of looking forward to a little therapy time with the baby-anvil. (Major therapy will have to wait until I start digging up the back yard.) Thanks for the offer, though!

  3. Ana
    Ana November 4, 2011

    This…is…brilliant. I want a dress like that in real life!

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