The ladies at Badgers’ Wood liked the first dress we made for their new 1950s doll so much that they asked us to do another for them! This one is an elegant concoction of lace and chiffon, topped off with a giant bow at the waist (no wonder I like it!) Below is a picture of the original dress. As you can see, the skirt is pleated and the bodice has two terribly cute little straps over each shoulder.
Finding fabric was a bit of a challenge; of course, this dress needed lace, but Penny and the 1950s doll didn’t want the dress to be either black or red or white. Since those colors are three of the most common for lace, we knew we were in for a bit of an adventure! Happily, though, it didn’t take us long to find this glorious brown lace. It’s a very interesting and complex color, somewhere between chocolate brown and a deep maroony purple.
For the base fabric, we got a delicious red-brown silk; it’s soft and drapey, and pulls out the little bits of red in the lace very nicely. And it made a beautiful bow!
If you haven’t visited the Badgers’ Wood blog lately, I recommend you do so! Nora and Penny are posting lots of things these days, including pictures of the 1950’s doll herself and Penny’s recent trip to American Girl Place in New York. You can even vote in a poll to name the 1950’s doll! One of the most exciting things, though, is that they are giving away one of their dolls—so if you’re interested, go and enter: www.thedollwardrobe.blogspot.com.
See you all later!