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Another figure ‘bites’ the dust

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Upstairs in the green schemed room

Well, the truth is her legs are rather weak and she has high heels which adds to her dilemma and so she won’t stand up particularly easily and the falling over is definitely happening.

It would be a pity to make her a seated figure as she is somewhat overdressed for that and needs to flaunt her outfit.  I think, therefore, the next job has to be to make her some sort of stand that can be hidden up the long skirt.  At the moment she can either lean against the door with the door knob strategically placed, or stand against the corner of the dining table with an arm out over a chair, looking as though she is directing traffic.

Does it matter where she stands?  For flashing the detail of her garb then she should stand by the door but the visuals may be better if the figures are swapped around.  Read on and you’ll see what I mean.

This is a figure of a very self-assured young woman.  I’ve not altered the figure from when it arrived in the post some years ago and she’s been wrapped up in a box ever since.

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Started with giving her some hair and shoes as my usual beginning, using wool for hair and just black paint for shoes, changing them into ankle boots.
There was a problem giving her a high waisted skirt as the fashions for the period dictate as the model has a very clearly defined normal waist height so she ended up with the indignity of wearing crossed thread braces to hold the skirt as high as I could get it to sit.

When the hair was dry I put most of it up, reserving a couple of hanks each side of the face for ringlets or similar and chopped off the excess wool, making the stub into a substantial bun over which I eventually built her hat.

I made a big mistake by not trying to do something about the setting of her arms as she has termendously sloping shoulders built for wearing lovely low necked evening garments but at The Old Misery this lady is wearing a riding habit as she has been driving.  I should have looked at her more carefully.  The doll mould is obviously one meant for Victorian-Edwardian style clothing with narrow waist and sloping shoulders for a decolletage.

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One hat, one riding skirt, one riding jacket with off-set fastening open showing lining and her cravat. The same silk lining is in the skirt. (You can see here with one sleeve on that the bare arm is set low. In the end I padded the upper arms to lift the shoulder level to carry the sleeve head.)

Working with black fabric – or nearly black as with this jacket – is such a nightmare as it picks up absolutely everything; but, if it doesn’t look too dirty it can look smart, so I ploughed on.

Does it matter where she stands …

It’s easy to see that if she is up against the table you can’t see a great deal of her garb so by the door would be preferable, but if the other ‘argu-ee’ (the fellow in the room) is up against the door the visuals of the two men back to back has its own appeal too.

The chappy in the room needs some work doing with those legs and needs to acquire some shaping so that his future clothing will sit as though someone was in them, that’s for sure.

Why still consider it?  The whole look of two figures back to back with the door sandwiched in between is lost if she (or the arguing he) is leaving the room, and yet it would very interestingly put the eavesdropper in jeopardy 🙂  So definitely something to ponder.

 

 

Someone to save the dog

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The large lady’s travelling companion

The woman with the stick is travelling with her ‘niece’, a very pretty girl, whom she hopes to marry off well.

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Used yellow wool for her ringlets gluing them only around the edges of her head as she’ll wear a bonnet. The wool is a very acid shade of yellow so darkened it a little with eye makeup

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All her limbs have been fixed fairly firmly but her feet are a difficult shape for shoes (or standing).
Got round it in two ways: she’ll be sitting and have built footwear over the whole of the foot moulding leaving her with flat shoes.

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After the hair and footwear I like to fix the design for the bonnet but not actually stick it on yet.

I’ve used craft felt for the base of the hat and built on that.  The previous female figure had a felt hat which I painted black to make it stiff.  This one I’ve stiffened it with matt varnish before dressing it in the colour range for this character.

The braid around the skirt is a little too heavy for the scale but as the colours are so much the scheme for this figure the braid stays, particulary as the way she is finally sitting doesn’t draw much attention to it.

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I’ve cheated also with the dresses/skirts and have just used tubes of gathered fabric rather than cutting and shaping the clothing according to what it should be like.

Young girl added to the tavern scene

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Which way will the terrier go?

 

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Everybody on the ground floor so far …

The figure in the jar

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An unpleasant character

We’re back inside the tavern itself and this doll is supposed to stand in front of the bar right at the front of the room.  A small warning but sadly she is not a dog lover …

This is a figure who has been lying around in one of the storage drawers for more than a few years. At various times I’d planned to use her as a housekeeper or cook but it never came to pass.  She is a solid body from tip of head to bottom of hips so not a lot of movement going on there.  She also came to me without arms and legs and I’ve since added both, using ‘men’s’ legs and some rather delicate hands.

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Used old jersey fabric for white stockings and stitched it up so that the stretch was downwards rather than width-ways to avoid the bagels at the ankles. The stockings are caught under the instep of the moulded shoe so that the bottom of the white fabric can be tucked inside any leather used to disguise the painted shoe.
Although the legs I added are on mulitple pipe cleaners I fancied them a little stronger so wrapped more pipe cleaner around the thigh area and covered it with glued strips of fabric.
Made pointed red shoes but her “feets too big”: she’s a big girl!

Quite early on in my adventure with minis I bought doll hair, but other than for the odd beard, I’ve never used it.

 

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And here she is with almost all her bits and bobs added. She still needs a reticule
She appears to be almost holding the stick as I’ve given it a spring shaped bead with a loop on it as a silver top to her cane. I’ve shoved the loop up her sleeve and stitched it in place

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Here we have back and both sides showing her hooded cloak over her day dress and her slightly bent stance

Adding her to the scene

She is so much taller than the barman

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The scene so far

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A worried barman follows the movements of his new customer.
Not only has she got the walking stick but her other hand is cupped around a full tankyard. Such a trusting dog waiting for a pat or and/or a little ale perhaps. 
Does not look very likely, well not in the form he’s expecting.

So how’s it all going?

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An open viewing of the two floors and a closed view through the window of the new character.

Under the archway 2

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The very tall female character is the only one so far that I’ve not butchered in any way.  I’ll only paint up her lower legs and shoes too as she has come with such detailed footwear

 

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Her dress and underskirt look a bit short but I’ll leave them like that, I think.
No point in adding dress sleeves as a pelisse is going over the top and the sleeves of this top garment will be difficult enough to get on with out reisistence and bulk from sleeves underneath – so don’t tell anyone I cheated.

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Meanwhile her husband has gained a large pocket watch to worry over

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and Moll tries to comfort him while they wait for their driver to arrive with the buggy to take them home at the end of a long day’s travelling

I really must give her some gloves to carry too … one should never to forth without your gloves.