Monday, November 14, 2016


It's time again for the Indy Cloth Dollmakers Annual Show and Sale.  I've been very busy getting unique items ready which I plan to post as soon as I can get time to take pictures.  In the meantime, mark your calendars and make plans for a fun day in Irvington.   There are lots of other shops and dining experiences so it makes a great "Girls Day Out" .   Come join the fun.  

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Fun with Fur

Lately I've been experimenting with up-cycling vintage furs.   I hate to see the furs go to waste.   A lot of them have damage or wear that don't make them usable in their original style but there is still some good fur to be used.   In the past I've made neck warmers but this year I tried something different.   I wanted to applique fabric on the fur to make it more fun and casual. 

For my first project I chose a fur 3/4 swing jacket.   I don't know what the fur is but it is really soft and curly....very unique.   I found some fabrics that I liked and then I sketched a design so that I would have some idea where to place the fabrics.   To begin the project, I took out the lining and then the sleeves.   I saved the lining so that I could make a pattern from it.  
The pockets were completely shot, so I remade them.  Next came the fun part, how to get my idea from paper to fur.    My first step was to make the blue shape that wandered from the front over the shoulder and onto the back.  Once this shape was cut I added bias binding to the edge and then sewed it onto the coat.   Then I place the flowers and circles on the the coat and sewed them on.  I used raw edge applique technique for this project.   After the designs were sewn on, I added the lining and finished the edges with a striped bias binding.   

I had enough in the sleeves to make a cool purse.  


Saturday, February 20, 2016

2015 November Show and Sale Challenge Doll

Leather and Lace:  Rhapsody on the Runway

The 2015 Indy Cloth Dollmakers challenge was to include leather and lace in the design of the doll.  Back in the late 80's, I made a coat and dress for a dear friend that included leather and lace.   Recently she gave it back to me because it no longer fit. (After almost 30 yrs. things shift and we're just different!)   I got a little nostalgic and decided to recreate that outfit on a doll.  I used the same fabric for the coat and skirt for the doll as I used in the life size version.   I had to use different lace and trims to keep the scale appropriate to the doll.   
I called her Rhapsody on the Runway because she is posed like she is modeling the outfit in a fashion show. The skirt on the doll is real suede and the coat is silk that has purple, black and metallic threads.   The bodice of the dress and the yoke of the coat is purple taffeta that has been covered with lace and then embroidered with beads and sequins.   Tiny gold trim outlines the yoke, lining, and bodice waistline.  I made the slip-on sandals to complete her outfit. She even has black seamed nylons.  If you look closely you will see that Rhapsody has dyed part of her hair purple to match her outfit.  She is an original cloth doll that has a needle sculpted face that I painted with acrylic paints.  

Rhapsody has provided me with lots of memories of times gone by and I hope you enjoy her too. 

Inspiration Swing Coat
Inspiration from the 80's

Rhapsody on the Runway

Dress under the coat