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Monday, October 20, 2014

FOLK ART AFRICAN AMERICAN DOLL

 She's wearing a red cotton dress with tiny yellow flowers, cotton bloomers, petticoat with eyelet lace, and a white cotton apron. I've had a few requests for these type of dolls. This may be the last one I make for awhile. I plan on making other African American Dolls but not in the older style.
Folk Art Black Doll by Bethann Scott
 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

RENAISSANCE WITCH

SHE'S FINISHED!
WITCH ART DOLL By Bethann Scott
  


Renaissance Witch by Bethann Scott
 My journey began with a thought of a Renaissance Witch. I wanted her to be a young pretty witch wearing a Renaissance outfit. I had no idea it would take so long to accomplish. But now that all the hard design work is done, the next one should be easier! 
 I had to make about 2 mock-ups for the vest, the chemise....and even the hat! The bustier vest had to have stays in order to keep it's form...I found this out by trial and error. The original chemise was gathered at the neckline but it was too bulky. These are the little stages that take so long when sewing a new outfit for one of my dolls. 
Whew! Finally done! 
She is wearing a three panel silk skirt, a bustier vest made using black satin, a cotton chemise and bloomers, leather lace-up boots and a black leather hat. I think the hardest thing to accomplish were the boots. The boots aren't perfect but hopefully the next ones will be. 
Now on to the next witch...

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

LACE UP LEATHER DOLL BOOT

Lace up leather boots
 I've been working diligently trying to finish her costume. I wanted to make her a pair of leather lace up boots. I looked at period Renaissance Shoes and thought a leather turn shoe may be fitting but I ended up hand sewing a leather high top lace up boot, something like a moccasin. This was quite the task.
 I finished her chemise and gave her bloomers and a purple silk skirt. She may also receive a petticoat.

Witch Doll by Bethann Scott
I've always longed to sew a corset for one of my dolls. I sewed her a corset style bodice with inserted stays. The vest is lined in silk and the loop holes are hand sewn. This took some time to get the fitting right. She's come a long way and now there is just a few more details to work out and she will be finished.