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.
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.
I’ve removed the top gold braid trim and sponge painted the shade to make it look like one of those parchment ones we used to have. Also touched up the bulb with a little paint and painted the stem brown down to the base
Thinking in terms of popping it behind the fireside armchair with a side table for ashtray and reading materials. Quite like the lamp in this room
That cup of tea
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
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