Thursday, September 22, 2005

Dressmaking fits

I have been trying and trying to get my swap dolls done and they are all giving me fits. But first I must confess that poor Courtney's little EFA has not even been started. So Courtney, if you are a reader here, I offer my sincere apologies. I have every intention of making her, but the three dolls I am working on are driving me nuts.

First, Elaine's doll. She has had more faces than Eve, but I have yet to be really satified with any of them. The one she wears now is not horrible, but it's not ...right. Helene's doll in comparison has a beautiful face. Why one turned out well and the other not so much, I do not know. They are both fully dressed except that Helene's doll needs a sash. And they both need shoes which is another big source of frustration. I need some leather. I need time to shop for leather. Everyday I say "Maybe tonight I can get x,y and z done." And every night I feel that I get nothing done. That is not strictly true, but everything just takes longer than I think it will. Cindy's doll is absolutely beautiful, but making a dress for her has been a real test of skill. She has a one-and-a-half inch waist, for the cryin' out loud! I wanted to dress her in 1830's Romantic Era style. I found a pretty pink and white pinstripe in my stash, but unfortunately it is oxford cloth and it unravels the minute I cut it. She is actually wearing the dress right now. I cannot say that it is my best work. I don't think anything is more frustrating than working so hard on something and then being disappointed with the results. Like the face on Elaine's doll and the dress on Cindy's doll.

Sigh.

I think after this I'll just make aprons.

In other news, today I dropped by Donna Huffmaster's blog and found me in her entry! Along with other crafty bloggers whose hems I am unworthy to touch! That was rather nice. Thank you, Donna!

1 friends said....:

  1. I like to use glove leather for soft shoes. If you let people know you want their single gloves when they've lost the mate, you'll soon a a large collection of gloves to work with!

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