Annie Louise

Annie Louise has a new wig and a clean face.  She looks so much different than she did before.  It’s amazing how cleaning 100 years of grime off her face brought back her color.img_1939 img_1909

 

 

 

Her wardrobe has started to grow.

It is fun to research what women were wearing in the early 1900’s.  I still intend to duplicate the dresses that my ancestors wore.  That is for another day.

I started with her underwear.  Her size is different than the patterns that I have collected, so I thought that I would make everything out of muslin first.  That way, I could tweak the size before I made them out of finer fabric.  The muslin  underwear is very nice.  That is what she will have for now.

rrr  Annie Louise has two pair of pantaloons.   I made one and the other was a gift from a neighbor.  Thank you, Amy.  Both fit her very well. The petticoat is her original one and goes very well with the antique pantaloons. img_1942

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img_1941Her petticoat has several layers of lace.  It is elegant even though it is muslin,  She will have to have full skirted dresses when she wears it.   When I make a slimmer dress, I will have to make another slimmer petticoat.

img_1945She has a chemise.  It doesn’t fit her very well and I will have to adjust the size.  It is lined which makes it heavy.  I think it would be better with one layer or a lighter weight fabric.

 

 

img_1940I made a doll quilt as a challenge for the Guild.  I named it “Annie Louise’s quilt”. It belongs to her.  There was a piece of fabric left over and I decided to make a day dress for her.  I laid muslin on her old dress and made a pattern for the new dress.  It was almost accurate.  It just needed a few adjustments before I cut the good fabric.  Now, I can use the muslin patterns and make other clothes.

img_1937There are two tucks at the bottom of the skirt.  I have a border guide foot that I’ve never used.  It was great to keep the tucks even.  There are many other ways to use this foot.

 

 

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The dress was hemmed by machine using the blind hem stitch.

 

 

 

Making doll clothes will be a good way to use all the presser feet that I’ve bought and left in the package.  Janome has many You Tube tutorials that have excellent instructions.

Have a great day and happy quilting.

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Annie Louise

  1. Annie looks so wonderful! What a great job you did bringing her back to life. I love the muslin and lace petticoat. Have lots of fun making her more outfits. Perhaps she needs holiday outfits. She would be so pretty in a velvet dress.

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    1. Thank you, Janie. What a great idea. I have red and green velvet to choose from. The next dress will be a white lace dress that was very popular in that era. Then, I will make a party dress. I hope to make one outfit a month.

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