Friday, January 20, 2012

USING UP MY PINK FABRIC

First off I want to thank everyone who made suggestions for solving my blogger dilemma. I switched my browser and it seems to have corrected the problem on most of the blogs where I couldn't leave a comment. There are still a couple of them that aren't giving in that easily but I'm persistent and will eventually get to the bottom of this.

Now that I've started making messes in my work area after the "Great Cleanup of 2012" I've decided to keep at it. Since the pink fabric was just laying there on the table I gave some thought to what I could do with it.


At the beginning of last summer I stayed with my sister Maggie for a couple of weeks and while I was there she gave me a few things that were in her discard pile. I have no idea why these things were being tossed aside as they are really cool items. One of the items she gave me is a cloth doll with painted head, breast plate, forearms and boots. When I came home I tossed the doll related items into a box labeled doll supplies. After doing that I pretty much forgot about her. Now that I was trying to come up with an idea for using up some of the pink fabric I decided to give the doll a second look.

I make most of the patterns I use for sewing so I chose some fabric to work with, one solid and one small print and I started cutting and fitting paper and came up with this.






The dress has a dusty pink drop waist top trimmed with white lace hearts and a printed skirt and jacket. The jacket and skirt are fully lined in the pink solid.

There are a couple of you who seem to enjoy seeing pictures of fur kids so Sampson volunteered to join Mildred for the photo session.




I hadn't planned for Mildred to be seated in the bowl of hearts but was told she preferred sitting on pillows rather than the hard, cold marble. I can see how that would be preferable. I think I'll make her a cushion as her sitting in the bowl makes the hearts impossible to see. 

After making the cushion I think I might leave any more sewing for some future date. I'm not sure which direction I'll be heading next but will end up finding something that tickles my interest, no worries there. Perhaps later this morning I'll cook up some paper pulp and make a batch of paper mache clay to work with. I have a couple of pieces that have been around since early November that need to be finished.

My Christmas stuff is still waiting to be put away. I have high hopes that I'll have some help with that this coming weekend. It's a bit difficult trying to decorate for Valentine's Day with Christmas still hanging on. Wish me luck.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

20 comments:

The Bear's Blog said...

Hi Sampson, Hi Mildred. You both look so nice posing together.

Um, Miss Maddyrose - if you are looking for a project, something comes to bearmind - Bellamine & Wendy's Blog.

Did you know that they told Sweet Pea, Sissy Bear & Blossom that you have been dragging your paws about setting up their own Blog? Well they did. And I agree.

Hugs,
Prudence

Bird said...

She's beautiful! She looks divine in the bowl of heart pillows, which are quite pretty, too. You keep so busy. Your work sometimes reminds me of Tasha Tudor's, especially with this little doll, Mildred.

I am working on boxing up Christmas too but I'm so slow at it. I hate taking down the tree and lights. It's so cheerful in here. I usually wait until my son's birthday a bit later in January before taking down the tree but I have been known to keep it up until March! LOL Maybe I can just hang hearts and such on it for Valentine's day and some decorated eggs on it come spring.
;-)

Oh, and thank you for the laugh this morning at my blog. You made my morning.

Brightest blessings,
Bird

Ascension said...

Hola Maddy, me ha encantado como has vestido a esa preciosa muñeca, esta claro que eres una artista y puedes crear cualquier cosa y te queda perfecta.
besitos ascension

Crystal said...

What a great job you did making the doll. I can't imagine why Maggie had it in her discard pile and the only reason I could come up with is that she, like me, has a ton of stuff that I will never if I live 100 more years have the time to use. Love your doll dress...you are so talented making your own paterns! :-)

Cobblestone Creations said...

What a lucky little dolly to end up with you! Not only do you have a kind heart to care about the comfort of her bottom ~ you also have a a basket of soft hearts for her to perch upon.

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

What a wonderful doll to end up with.
Your pink fabrics are pretty.
Hugs,
Susan

Kays Kids said...

Hi Maddy, Samson looks just right in the dolls lap. Yes she does need a little companion and I'm sure Samson would love to stay with her.
While I was reading you blog, I thought of paper mache clay hearts for valentines day. I would love to know how to make them????
Hugs Granny and Wilbur

Boo-Bah AKA Iris said...

Mildred's dress is so pretty! It sure sounds like you do many creative things. Making your own patterns is something I wish I could do.

Well, I'm sure Mildred's little bottom will appreciate the cushion.

Hugs from
the Bears Who Live
At HoneyPot Lane and
Their Mama

Katy Cameron said...

Oh she looks fabulous in her new dress, very smart!

Looking forward to seeing your next direction :o)

Hugs

Mary @ Colony Mountain Stitcheries said...

Maddy, you are quite the designer and seamstress...love the dress. You did such a great job with the fitting. I think you might be leaning toward doll making!

orchid said...

Dearest Maddy or rather Mildred,
Oh, hi pretty Mildred♡♡♡ 
I am happy for you that you could be seated on the wonderful warm looking heart-shaped pillows with lovely Sampson♬♬♬
I cannot wait you get your own lovely cushion so that we can see the marvelous pillows again.
Love and Lots of Hugs to you, xoxo Miyako*

Carrie'sCreations said...

Phew!! I'm so glad I'm not the only one with Christmas decorations still up. I really have to get them put away today! Love your doll, she's beautiful! My Mom used to make handkerchief dolls have you ever made those, they're pretty simple in comparison to yours. Hope you're off to a great week!!

Maggie said...

Hi! Now I remember the doll that I gave you, and can't remember why I didn't want to dress her! Oh well, she looks lovely in the beautiful dress you made her. I know, I'll make more dolls and you dress them... ok?
And I totally LOVE the pretty Valentine Heart ornies that you made. Very prim and pretty.

Mina said...

I love it when my sister calls me to get her discards. She throws out the best stuff. It's like Christmas all over again.

I love Miss Mildred and her dress is so beautiful. I think it is incredible that you make your own patterns. I have several Barbie dolls that I have collected (maybe 100 or so) and one day I hope to learn to make patterns for clothes for them. Maybe like a renaissance style dress, Victorian, things along those lines rather than the "kiddie" clothes they sale in the stores.

Best of luck getting your help to put away Christmas. Maybe you could withhold food or something until they help. ;-)

Have a beautiful rest of the week, my precious friend.

Lisa said...

So, did your sister want the doll back...ha ha, you revived her. I still have a couple that aren't dressed yet...so gumption I guess.

I have a couple of Christmas items that I haven't put away yet, don't know why, one a silver tree, and a statue of choir boys, one with a black eye.

taking a couple of on line classes and have to go catch up on that.

Have a great Wednesday,
xoxoxo,

Sherri Farley said...

Thank you for joining my blog. The dolly is sweet. She was just waiting for you to make the lovely pink dress!

Astridbears said...

oh I love her dear Maddy, she is beautiful in this wonderful pink dress!
enjoy the rest of the week
warmest hugs
Astrid

Marijke van Ooijen said...

Dear Maddy Rose,

Ohhh...this doll is amazing!
I love this nostalgic doll, her dress is so lovely.

Wishing you love..
Marijke

Nezzy said...

Oh my goodness glory, you did pink and did it up proud!!!

What lovelies the little doll and hearts are. I'm thinkin' I need a bowl full of those plump hearts!

God bless ya and have a bang up day!!! :o)

orchid said...

Hello, this is orchid here again.

I tagged you an award, my friend(*^_^*)

Love to you, Miyako Yamada