but I have
There were to be no human figures in this house, just animals and toys. Then one day at home we had a conversation that wandered down memory lane and ended up for some reason talking about floral wrap-around aprons and head scarves and I just could not resist the temptation. Somewhere along the line, when I come to do the fences and what passes for a garden, I’ve taken a fancy to having a go at a woman standing at the side fence looking over – possibly chatting, possibly just being nosey. We’ll see.
In the meantime, having let figures creep into my mind, I’ve plumped for one in the sitting room, sharing afternoon tea with the dog on the sofa. I’ve used a kit doll (head and upper chest, legs and arms) from World of My Own. I like the ones with heads on elastic so that you can get a little movement. I think she’s the same model as in The Gossips in Hogepotche Hall.
Shirtwaister, hat, clutch handbag
and Great Aunt Agatha
About making this dress: well, put it this way, I can’t see me having a go again at this style of clothing anytime in the near future. Not just the usual fiddling around disentangling arms, legs and head from the sewing thread, that’s par for the course, but the collar was such a pain! I’ve used a close woven shirt material which is fine until you get across the weave when it runs away at the first whiff of a needle. Anyway, the bodice, hair and hat are on, with the three-quarter sleeves, skirt and belt plus the handbag still to come. Then she can have her cup of tea in peace. Poor woman may have to wait a little, sitting there in her underwear and top, as am tied up a little over the rest of the week.
Things beginning to arrive for the sitting room
A battery-powered standard lamp which came with a very, very white shade and bulb and a gold stem.
That cup of tea
Fire-irons and coal bucket