On the one hand I feel bad because Cordelia has gotten the least amount of attention from me. I haven’t had the chance to write her story down, and her wardrobe is growing very slowly because I have to make everything. Writing the story in detail is so great for getting a feel for the doll, but finding the motivation to spend MORE time on the computer after work is tough.
And yet despite this, I find that the outfits I make for her tend to be my absolute favorites.
I’ve noticed a lot of the summer dresses girls wore back then on Nantucket were white –I can understand why, too, when you have SO many layers on. So I wanted to make Cordelia a nice white dress she could wear to a fancy lunch at the hotel downtown. I had expected just to use white linen but instead found this nice silky striped fabric at JoAnn’s. I wanted to make a dress reminiscent of these:
I used Thimble&Acorn’s “Mary and Laura” pattern again (used it first here), since it’s such a fantastic pattern to sew with. I keep meaning to alter it a bit so it’s only the top dress with no underskirt, but then wind up not doing that for no real reason. I kind of wish I had for this dress, but too late!
Unlike that pattern, I didn’t sew a ruffle on the overdress, and the necklace is actually a standalone necklace, not sewn into the dress itself. I was super proud of myself for adding the placket. 🙂
The second SUPER exciting thing is that I’ve started playing around with my sewing machine’s fancy stitches, and it occurred to me I could make a pretty cute little handkerchief for her that would actually look like a little girl had embroidered it, if I wasn’t too careful around the corners.
They were so fun to make, I guess all the girls are getting handkerchiefs for Christmas!