Once there was a little girl who loved to sew dolls clothes. She had learned from her mother, who liked nothing more than to help Santa out by dressing a doll or two at Christmas. When she was about ten, her Grandma introduced her to an Aladdin's Cave of a shop: a sort of market stall with walls, with offcuts and roll ends and bargains.
It's still the best place in town to buy fur and felt; and I was over there the other day looking for a big piece of black felt. Because that doll dressmaking? It's a hard habit to grow out of and I haven't managed it yet.
I got two new books for Christmas:
One I found in a museum gift shop and it's aimed at girls starting to sew. But of course I was pulled in by the vintage Sindy dolls who feature inside. The other is from Japan and it's the latest release from a series called Doll Coordinate Recipes. The best place I've found for Japanese craft books is Pomadour24 on Etsy. The text is in Japanese, but the pictures are plentiful and easy to follow - and all the patterns in this one are cut from felt, which makes the clothes quick and easy to make up.
I bought some new shades of red and blue because our Madeleines suit bright, clear colours; but I didn't want to use it all up experimenting as I tried out the pattern sizes. So I came up with my Chanel Plan. One big bargain piece of black felt, one of white - and a wardrobe of Chanel inspired monochrome basics.
And then the snow came on and I decided to whip up a warm cloak fast, so I pulled out a piece of grey. I'm going back to balck today, though: there's a dress pattern I'd like to try next. And some long trousers might be good if this weather is going to keep up....