Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Lazy Daze of Summer

I haven't done too much sewing or dollmaking, and I'd better get to that...
but I thought I'd show a few photos of Sophie in a couple of her little dresses I made her.
Here she is, wearing the same dress I made for her when she was a year and a half old. I have shown her in this on previous posts, when she first got it, and when she was two. It's a Civil War reproduction made from Civil War repro cotton. Amazingly, it still fits her and will probably fit her when she's four as well. I'll have to let out that tuck at the bottom by then. Got lucky and she was suddenly in the mood to wear her 'long ago' dresses and let me take photos.
Trying on her 'glass' slippers.
Sophie's third birthday request was a Cinderella dress. This came as a surprise, as she's no interest whatsoever in Disney princesses, Barbie dolls, etc. While she loves books, she's more Fern Arable than Belle. You'll see. Anyhoos, I remember how disappointing it is to NOT get what you ask for on your birthday...yet I could not bear to spend my time on a Disney production either. Since Sophie's never actually seen the Cinderella movie, I took great liberties. I made her another 19th century period dress...but in a lovely blue watermark print I have had laying in a drawer for 5 years (lots of things lie dormant in my drawers, and I mean that in every sense of the word). I decided to make a 'sparkly' overskirt that was removable so that she could have more versatility.

Here's Sophie tending her flock. She must have really been going for the Cinderella theme this year, because she also asked for baby chicks for her birthday. She received three chicks, oh so cute but my, how they've changed. They seem to be turning into chickens. Pooping, pooping, poopy chickens. We visit the poop coop daily. No eggs yet, but they will be fabulous colors when they start coming! No plain jane white eggs for this gal. And don't you just love a gal who's willing to wear her glass slippers in a poopy chicken coop? So down to earth.

Sophie and Blanche (she prefers the French pronunciation) . Here you can get a glimpse of her sparkly overskirt.

I didn't have any of those fancy new-fangled coverable buttons, so I used metal washers. Handmade the button holes. Unfortunately, this type of detail goes largely unnoticed in the three year old brain. That's why the good Lord helped us to invent cameras.


  1. Adorable...Wonderful dress and such a cute little girl!:)

  2. Hi Robin,
    Your Shopie ia absolutely ADORABLE!!! and BEAUTIFUL!!!! Her birthday dress is more beautiful then any Disney Cindrella could have hoped for!!!
    Your work is absolutely SUPERB!!!! and AMAZING!!!
    You have a most wonderful 4th of July weekend!!!

  3. What a darling Cinderella! Well done!

  4. Sophie is beautiful and a perfect little model for your exquisite dressmaking skills. Beautiful pictures!

  5. I envy your skill! This is absolutely beautiful, and certainly better than any Disney princess! Your darling daughter is very fortunate indeed!

  6. You are so absolutely amazing. This dress is beautiful. . .the first dress is beautiful. Perfect in every detail, and crafted so beautifully!

    The photo of her wearing her new lovely items in the chicken coop is priceless. She is quite a wonderful little lady!

  7. Sophie is a doll and your work is amazingly beautiful. Kudos too that you avoid the Disney stuff; so bourgeois and devoid of real romance. Keep up the enchanting work.


  8. It would be interesting to see the result of the top photo of your darling daughter in a sepia print. it would probably look like a tin type of more than a century ago.
    Love her Blanche pet chicken they both have beautiful coloured hair.(feathers in the case of the chicken!)

  9. Oh, Robyn. I laughed out loud at the "I mean that in every sense of the word." She is beautiful, and the dresses are beautiful, and enviable. :-)

    Northdixie Designs

  10. The dresses are just beautiful as is Sophia. So cute that she is Fern Arable..that was me as a child all the way.


  11. The dress and the little girl are perfection! You are a wonderful seamstress and such a good Mamma to give Sophie what she asked for but altered just enough to better suit her sweet personality.


  12. Why can't I have little girls so *I* can make little things like that for them? ::sniff::