Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Two new American Girl Doll outfits Completed today......

I wanted to try smocking around the dropped waist of Josefina's Festival outfit and then the blouse needed some to match.  The shawl was the result of one night in front of the TV and the petticoat was required to fluff out the skirt.  I think Josefina looks very festive in her outfit, even though it is not exactly traditional Mexican gear.



The second outfit is a red tartan school dress and pantaloons for a doll like Samantha (circa 1904) or her friend Nellie.  Or it might even do for MaryEllen from the 1950s if the hem was shortened.......
I think MaryEllen would prefer bloomers rather than the pantaloons though. 







Friday, 12 February 2016

Introduction to Josefina

My doll is Josefina Montoya from Mexico, circa 1824. All American Girl Dolls have a story and come from an historical era.  Josefina (although my Spanish friend is always called Josie so maybe I will go with that) lived with her widowed father and two sisters in a Rancho. She also lived with her aunt and grandparents and the various family members spent their time cooking, weaving, farming, the girls being taught by their aunt and celebrating the various seasons. It is probable that in 1824, Josefina was called Josie anyway.........
Here is Josefina in the dress which I finished a couple of days ago.  It is my favourite so far....