|Just a girl and her doll.|
Last semester when I began at Kent State, I was welcomed by a lovely lady and fast friend, Sarah, whom I had met once before at the Genesee Country Village & Museum and befriended on Facebook. We immediately hit it off over fancy coffee, sewing and all things historical clothing, and parted with the promise of future exploring and period events. And, from that day forward, the rest is history as they say...As a side note, I must include a small story of coincidence. When I moved to Pittsburgh, I was welcomed by another, fellow living historian, classic novel reader, and seamstress extraordinaire, who I had just so happened to meet at GCV and reconnected with through Facebook. In fact, even more eerie, both Kaela's and Sarah's professions involve languages...moral of the story, I must have a type in friends haha!
Part I: A Visit to Hale Farm & Village
|Celebrating 60 years at Hale Farm & Village|
(Image via: Facebook)
|My well-dressed traveling companions - Sarah and Ginny - |
in the Jonathan Goldsmith House. Love that yellow!
|The three of us - Sarah, Ginny and me.|
The site was beautiful, and having a personal tour guide made the day trip all the more memorable. Hale Farm & Village was created to reflect a typical town in the Western Reserve, and the buildings collected and preserved represent a variety of architectural styles, built before or fitting with pre-1850 styles. There, the historical trades, farming, gardens, lifestyles and stories of the families of early Ohio are brought to life daily by costumed interpreters and community events. The village itself is made up of 34 historic structures and an array of guest facilities situated on over 100 acres, and entrusted to the care of the Western Reserve Historical Society.
In short, I was very impressed with what I saw there - the interpreters were very knowledgeable and engaging, especially with the many families that day, and the restored buildings and artifacts were evidently well cared for. In fact, several of the homes reminded me of ones at my museum. The log cabin resembled Hetchler, the church, our Brooks Grove, and the stenciling in the study upstairs at the Jonathan Goldsmith House is similar to that at Hosmer's Inn!
|Stenciling in the upstairs study at the Jonathan Goldsmith House,|
Hale Farm & Village.
|Stenciling in the upstairs ball room at Hosmer's Inn,|
Genesee Country Village & Musuem
|Intricate wall stenciling in the Jagger House.|
|Ginny coordinated with the mint paint in the formal parlor.|
Someday soon, I would very much like to go back for another event or just to walk around again...thanks so much for the wonderful day, Sarah!
|Ginny putting her feet up after a long day of being carried around.|
Being so popular and smiling for pictures wore her out ;)
Part II: Ginny's Green Sheer Dress
As for the new dress, it was inspired by an original sheer gown from the personal collection of K. Krewer. While I would have loved a new dress of my own, creating garments in doll scale is much more practical, and presents its own challenges and rewards.
|Sheer gown from the K. Krewer Collection.|
|Sheer gown from the K. Krewer Collection.|
|My reproduction, 18" doll scale.|
Construction: The first step was to drape the bodice. I wanted the front to have a half lining and "v" neckline like the original.
|Draped bodice pieces.|
Next came assembling the bodice. I chose to dart the fabric, rather than gather like the extant example. Both the ends of the sleeves and top of the front lining were finished with small rolled hems, while the neckline was encased in a narrow bias binding.
|Bodice ready for the skirt.|
|Bodice, interior view.|
After adding a small waistband, I ripped and seamed two panels for the skirt. I finished the hem with a wide facing, and gauged the top before attaching it to the waistband.
|Gauged skirt with hem facing.|
|Back, full view.|
Finally, closures and ruched trim were stitched to the bodice and sleeves.
|Ruched bias cut trim at the center front.|
|Side and sleeve front detail.|
|Side and sleeve back detail.|
Completed Project Shots: Please excuse the less than ideal background...
|Styling her hair was so much fun!|
|Silk belt with doll-sized, vintage mother of pearl buckle.|
And that's all...'till the next adventure, thanks for reading!
|Ginny in the pumpkin patch.|