This doll also has an elasticated neck/head and as he’s not going to have a beard to distract from the join I’ve given him a bit of a bigger gathered top to his false under shift insert
By the time I’d got the body part of the tunic stitched in place I was regretting the choice of fabric. Not just because it’s green but it has no cotton or similar in the mix. It will not allow rolled glued edges and doesn’t stay flat when pressed and you can see how the skirt of the tunic body does not fall over the legs at all.
In the end I stitched the corners of the tunic skirt in place so that it sort of moulds a little more to the legs.
Working on the three roof workers I trawled through history of fashion books as usual but got kidnapped by the paintings of Adrien van Ostade (1610 – 85) who is more than a little outside the house time frame but whose paintings of everyday are so captivating. These were what I had in mind when dressing the new figures.
Van Ostade’s work is full of such lovely detail – if you click on the image for the first two paintings and go to the gallery there’s a link down on the right of each which will bring up a much bigger, enlargeable version.