Saturday, May 19, 2012

My Izannah Walker Inspired Doll is finished!

Izannah Walker Inspired Doll by Bethann Scott

My Izannah Walker Inspired Doll is completed. This doll is sold.

Friday, May 18, 2012

My Newest Izzy Almost Done!

 Today I finished her dress today. It's cotton with tiny pink roses.The cartridge pleating was quite interesting. Paula Walton shared a wonderful tutorial for the pleating technique.

Izannah Walker Style Doll

I chose the vintage white crocheted lace for the trim on her petticoat. I had to carefully remove it from a tattered and torn piece of linen. I never jeopardize or destroy any type of vintage or antique linens to make my doll clothing. I use linens that are beyond repair.

I took several photographs while hand sewing the dress for Izzy. To the right is a photo of me sewing the pleated skirt to the bodice. There are a couple of changes I will make the next time I do the pleating. For one, I found that the dress skirt was not as full as I would like it to have been. I used the suggestion of 3x the waist/bodice measurement, but there wasn't enought fullness. Must be due to her tiny waist!
I also added a false hem to the underside of her dress. I used a beautiful double pink cotton with tiny flowers.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


My sewing room is in disarray at the moment while I decide what lace trim to add to Izzy's petticoat.

Last night I finished sewing her "hand sewn" pantaloons. There are made from the same white linen as her chemise and I added four pintucks. I also finished her white linen petticoat with a single button closure all hand sewn. Now I'm trying to decide on which lace to trim the petticoat with. I have been gathering up Vintage Lace here and there whenever I can find it. I have quite a bit that is hand crocheted.  Some of the lace is done by tatting...very tiny.

Sunday, May 13, 2012


Today I finished my first ever all Hand Sewn garment. The garment I chose to do first is an chemise. Every inch is completely hand sewn and let me tell you it took quite some time. I've been to the local library to research how they look, how they were sewn and with what type of fabric. From all the information I gathered, this is what I came up with for my new Izannah Walker style doll. I sewed in the arm gussets and the skirt gores for an authentic look. All the interior seams are flat felled and yes by hand! Whewww!

Izannah Walker Style Doll

I was sooo inspired by all the books I checked out and now have the hand sewing bug. I still have quite a bit of work to accomplish. She needs her shoes painted on, pantaloons, petticoat, and then I am working on a new dress that will have cartridge pleating. WOW! After hand stitching this one small garment, I surely applaud all those wonderful ladies from years gone by who diligently sewed all their clothing.

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