Making Something Simple

"Make everything 
as simple as possible, but not simpler.

Albert Einstein

I've been working on a dress design that is very simple for the people in my Izannah workshop.  Some people just like to make the dolls, and dress making is not their thing.  This design will be for those people. In designing something simple, there's a sweet spot somewhere in the process where everything works the way it's supposed to and it's not any more complicated than it needs to be.    A good meal of 3 ingredients is an example.  

Here's another picture, this time with the addition of an apron (apron is made with Edyth O'Neill's pattern).Anna-Jane, who was in Prims,  is the doll trying on the pattern prototypes.  The red fabric is an 1848 reproduction fabric called Susannah.

I have two more versions I want to try, and then I'll be using the pattern to make a dress for the doll below, who below finally has some arms and legs to be attached this weekend.  I'm looking forward to posting her as finished in the coming week.  :-)

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JDConwell said...

Forgive a dumb question, but how does that top bit stay up?

Dixie Redmond said...

By top bit do you mean the neckline of the dress or do you mean the apron? If you mean the neckline of the dress it's tied in the back. If you mean the apron, these are called pinner aprons and would have been pinned at the top in the 1800's. But because of the scale, and the fact that there are two layers of fabric bound at the edge with bias, the thickness of the fabric layers keeps it upright.

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

This doll is so adorable. Really like your blog!!

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden