Said I wouldn’t

Standard

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

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She is still awaiting sleeves and skirt and even a brooch, but, to save the embarrassment, I’ve draped a piece of cloth over her pink satin bloomers. She’s also in need of a hair trim but that will keep until she is fully dressed.

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

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This I’ve had for a wee while. The cup of tea being poured and cake to come. Must get a milk jug and knife sorted out.

Fire-irons and coal bucket

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Fire-irons in the hearth and coal bucket to the side on the right – must put some coal in it. Magic cup of tea all set out and the standard lamp needs pushing back into the corner again along the chair and table too

 

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6 responses »

  1. Can’t make a house a home unless somebody lives there! Anyway, who would hand the dog a slice of cake and saucer of tea, but GA Agatha? She’s a lady from the past and no mistake! I love her.

  2. Do you have a particular and favourite place from which you order accessories for your houses? or do you try and make most of them? Would love to know some of your sources for small items like the teapot and cake ect. Love all your amazing work.

    • Hi Val. I just shop around (online as live out in the wilds). The teapot came up on eBay I think but will check. I make what I can depending on how gung-ho am feeling at the time so it’s a bit of a mix and match. I don’t usually make furniture but have done some but mostly hacked others about to make what I want. This 3-pce suite is homemade.

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