Friday, June 12, 2015

Anna Celeste; ready for the dance, and sweet dreams.

I spent the week working on Anna's dress for the ball :-)  It reminded me of the scene from the Disney's Cinderella, where the mice and song birds all work to make Cinderella's ball gown.  A little from here, a little from there, and hey, presto!  a lovely dress.

I have a pattern for the bodice, which is a simple adaptation of the camisole pattern.  I was caught up the making process and did not write down specific instructions for the skirt and bodice trims, but there are suggestions in the bodice pattern.  Use some of your lace patterns and create a lovely gown of your very own :-)

Evening Gown Bodice

You may notice that Anna has a different hairstyle for the ball.  With this doll it is so easy to make more than one wig for her to wear :-)  This one has a center part created with double crochet and slip stitches, and numerous long curles caught up at the back of her head, with a couple along the neckline.  White roses decorate her hair.

After the ball, Anna will be very tired, so she will slip into her nightgown and snuggle into bed, dreaming of the wonderful time she had at the dance:

Victorian Nightgown

Sweet dreams, Anna Celeste :-)


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    1. Gracias tan mucho, Isabel :-)

      con cariño,

      Beth

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  2. She is darling. Cinderella came to my mind right away!! The ball gown is perfect, but the nightie is so very sweet. You may get me back to roll making in yarn instead of fabric!! Judy

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    1. Thank you for your sweet words, Judy :-)

      Warmly,

      Beth

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  3. Beth, The ball gown is absolutely gorgeous and the nightgown is lovely as well just love them both cant wait to finish my China Doll and then get started on her wardrobe!

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    1. Thank you so much, Typs! These patterns fit a slightly downsized version of Sarah's China Doll pattern, but if you check the fit against your doll, you should be able to use these patterns with no problems.

      Warmly,

      Beth

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  4. This china doll has captured your heart, and in doing so, your wonderful imagination. She has certainly captured mine.

    Ok Fairy Godmother, you have created this lovely doll and her beautiful clothes and accessories with your magical hooks and needles. I can see the fairy dust flying and the mice scurrying to do your bidding.

    Anna china doll is up there with your Bluette patterns, which is one of my all time favorite patterns.

    My neck and shoulder are much improved and I've started gingerly knitting another china doll following the modifications. I too will be digging through my patterns for the magic of "make".

    Fondly,
    Joyce

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    1. Dear Joyce, the best news to hear is that your neck and shoulders are improving! Take it easy with the needles, and hopefully you will not have to come to a full stop in your knitting and crochet.

      And yes, I really love this doll form. I've started a companion for Anna Celeste today, and have her shoulder plate, head, and wig finished :-) I also ordered a boat-load of Dover Publications paper dolls and coloring books for fashion ideas; not like I already have a few!

      Take care, and be gentle with your shoulder, and I can't wait to see your next doll :-)

      Warmly,

      Beth

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  5. Ha, you ordered Dover Pubs and I ordered fashion dolls crochet outfits of the 1800s at Annies Attiic e-patterns central for only $2.00 ea. they are having a sale. Not that I don't have enough patterns that I'll never in this lifetime be able to make. But, seriously, can ya ever have enough patterns, yarn, hooks, needles oh my out of control...AGAIN!

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    1. So very true my friend :-) I have patterns to last several lifetimes, and I love it!!

      Warmly,

      Beth

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