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More soft sculpture mini clothes

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One sided objects

We’re back at house number 2 and in their bedroom.  I’m using oblongs of fabric to create some of their spair clothing shaping the cloth with the odd stitch and may blobs of glue depending on the type of material and what I want to achieve from attatching one bit to another.  For example any hem turn up will probably be glued as it won’t matter if the edges are a little stiff but I will almost exclusively stitch knitted fabrics.  Ultimately it all depends how it feels at the time 🙂  Whichever is used it is only to catch the idea of the shape I’ve got in mind with, on the whole, no major seams involved.

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No wardrobe or room for much storage generally in these houses so am using pegs for hanging odd bits of clothing instead.

I like to use a cardboard form to start me off when making these which I yank out as soon as I’ve got the first stitch or blob of glue in place.  I find it very useful for starting the shoulder position and to push the folds of fabric from the visible back to the hidden front to form the sleeve shapes.
In the bottom pic of the three I’ve cut the oblong only for length of sleeve and I fold all that skirt excess to the front to add a little bulk, trimming off a little here and there if too much.

I used an old sock for the knitted item, cut from near the heel which provided the contrast colour at the neckline and hence the weird break in the pattern down the middle of the back of the cardigan.  I’ve pushed a little stuffing down the sleeves of the black coat to make them a slightly more rounded and used a piece of wire tag from the top of a packet of crackers for the silver clip on the back of the trouser braces.

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And now we have lurking clothes handing around that frighten sleepy children on a bad night

A bit of this and that

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I’ve not actually finished with the bedroom at no.2 but, as both houses need the same jobs carried out for them i.e. clothing or something to represent clothing to scatter hither and thither, it seemed a good idea to do them all together.

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But first of all I must own up to dropping a newly opeed gas lamp from the great height of 1″ and busting the glassware.
In its place I’ve added bits of two different sized plastic straws so that the rest of lamp doesn’t get wasted too.

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I’ll use it in the workroom corner at no.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

theinfill blog, theinfill dolls house blog – scratch build Victorian and Edwardian scenes, Victoria Villas - bedroomsI spent some time messing around trying to decide whether to use the tailors/dressmakers dummy or even a wire skirt stand, but decided in the end to go for something a lot smaller than either.
I made a skirt based loosely on a pattern from an 1890s magazine illustrated in “Patterns of Fashion 2 c. 1850-1940 by Janet Arnold”.

The outer skirt shape is stitched but the seams of the lining are glued.  I then lightly gathered the lining about half way up to help bring the skirt shape inwards a little, in the hope that the whole construction would look as if it had more hanging weight.  I find mini clothing can sometimes look a bit too square and stiff but yet lightweight so I tend to mess about with folds etc in an attempt to make it a little more realistic.  Sometimes works, sometimes doesn’t.

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The skirt and blouse viewed through the dormer window of no.1

I don’t think there would be any coathangers knocking about in these houses so have added hanging loops to the top edges of both the skirt and the blouse.

Lots more to do. as and when the garden et al leave time 🙂

Spectacles ‘fixed’ – work progresses

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Yes, the second DIY worked!  Can’t fold the arm but at least it now all sits on my nose and ears as was intended.  Hurrah!  No more foggy viewing and dizzy wandering around.

In this windy weather there has been no gardening instead we spent most of yesterday fighting the polythene covering our small growing tunnel and in the end just took it all down.  There were only tiny here and there mini-ing jobs carried out between rushing outside to retrieve flying plastic sheeting.  The plants both in the now uncovered raised bed and the garden area generally are bruised to blazes and ripped to bits. Still more of this weather tomorrow.  It will be interesting to see what survives as is (was?) and what is retrievable.

As it is still far too windy out to be able to stand up straight let alone do anything, now would be a good time to push on with the bedrooms of Victoria Villas.

Two rooms, six people

Bed for a baby

A bed for the last two inhabitants

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Bed and living space for the family of six.
Crowded but workable around daily housing needs, with a pump to share for water and a washhouse and lav in the backyard.

Still bits to finish off in here, particularly upstairs and I must sort out the lighting so that it’s easier to use in both houses.

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At no.1 (on the left) up in the bedroom there’s still a lot to set up in the work corner under the dormer where the housewife does her dressmaking and a decision to be made whether she could actually afford a tailors dummy or not.

 

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In building a pair of semis I tried for two very different households. I think some of that has/is being achieved, but not yet sure …

Grow longer arms

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A bit of whimsy

Some of you may well recognize the top title phrase as referring to the process of aging and the way it can have its effect on eyesight for some of us.  Not direclty in this case; that happened a long, long time ago for me; it’s that long ago that we’re almost talking of “ a galaxy far, far away“.  But, to be fair it is related.

I’ve broken my glasses.

One of those bathroom floor lie-downs that many an IBS sufferer may be familiar with.  Put my head to one side against the floor in what might be described as a curled recovery position, tried not to moan and amputated the whole ear piece of my specs on the right-hand side in a slightly twisted oner.

Now using computer glasses while pondering whether the ‘DIY fix mark two’ carried out on the mutilated specs will take or if I would be better to go for the long distance arrangement on offer at the moment from the optician to put up a new pair with the old script.  “What’s to think about?” do I hear you ask?  Well, it would be more than a bit of a gamble for me, as getting a replacement frame to fit my mush is not so easy, and I wear bifocals.  I doubt if it’s likely they’d be able to find the same model frames again, either as these are at least ten years old.

So what’s with all the moaning now?  I should just make a decision?

It’s ‘cos at this very moment I’m trying to thread a needle!

My computer glasses are designed for use with a desktop screen and the distance I chose to view at is just that smidgeon longer than that needed to reach comfortably with thread and needle in hand and still see the eye of the needle.  And as for trying to snip off any trailing threads or inspecting anything that may be produced once the needle agrees to be threaded, well, forget it.  This set of photos is going to be the outcome of a ‘what you can’t quite focus on is what you get‘ situation (once I’ve threaded the needle).  Doesn’t make a catchy acronym though, does it?  Hey ho.

But, having had my fill of gardening at the moment I’m determined to get on with the mini works needed and get the bedrooms dressed and done, if not dusted.  I’d really like to move on with the other half of this model (ie the backyard and outbuildings) before something else intervenes in all our lives.  When you’re ‘getting on’ you can really hear Time drying up your finger joints and brain into little crispy bits.  So carpe diem and all that, even if it’s in the wrong pair of trousers, er, sorry, I meant glasses.

Don’t worry, I will contact the optician once we’ve established whether fix no. 2 on the specs has or has not worked which should be tomorrow 🙂

This is the bed made with scraps of wood and bannister rails.

I do like creating messy bed scenes.

So far this is as far as I’ve got.  The patchwork is a cheat of a square of ready printed patches and I’ve given it a backing of the offcut from shortening a skirt which is quite thick. I do hate throwing those bits of fabric away, and at my height the strips can be more like big chunks by the time I’ve hacked off the excess length from a piece of clothing for me to wear.

I’ve not stitched all the sheet seams but ironed into finished edges (double folded) and glued the four corners only.  Holds the finished look edges in place and leaves the gentle fall I wanted plus, of course, it greatly reduced the number of times I needed to thread the needle.  I’ve no idea how the lad who sleeps up at the head climbs in there.  He must be the smaller of the two.  The whole arrangement is mostly held together by stitching to the mattress.

I gave up squinting at needles and thread and went back to the gardening.  So hot in the greenhouse today (tho not as hot as yesterday) and seedlings suddenly emerging under glass when I wasn’t looking have all burned straw coloured.  Oops.