Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Too many Maid Marions?

Kit: "Ruthie, I told you to come as Merry Men not Marion! How am I supposed to form a band of merry men..."

Ruthie: "But they sound so similar!"

Kit: "Ah, well. I see your point."

Kit: "To the treehouse!"

Ruthie: "Kit, I don't know if they had treehouses in Sherwood forest..."
Kit: "Use your imagination, ladies!"

Kit: "Wait, Ruthie, are you using this as an excuse to be a princess...?"

Robin Hood's stories were set in medieval England. The outfits are actually Renaissance. The blue and red gowns were created by Doll Clothes of Yore. The 1930s style outfit worn by Kit was created by Helionhaze.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

White Civil War Era Gown

I bought this one of a kind outfit for a pretty penny from another collector. The seamstress is unknown, but the quality of the gown is amazingly detailed. The seamstress added a generous amount of lace detail, including an attached lacy petticoat that gives the dress its fullness. The white fabric feels like taffeta though I'm not 100 percent sure.

Attached petticoat has generous lace trim that helps give the gown its fullness:

Monday, October 25, 2010

123MulberryStreet Orange Summer Top and Capris

This two piece modern outfit created by 123MulberryStreet is perfect for Lanie or any outdoor girl. The bright orange cotton top has shirred elastic bodice and striped ribbon straps. The capris are made from recycled denim and have bright orange top-stitching and an orange daisy detail at the hem.

Here's the accompanying story:

Lanie: "I brought my pet bunny!"

Ivy: "Oh, I didn't see you carry in a cage. Where is it?"

Lanie: "I walked him over!"

Bennet: "Ruff! Ruff! That is a weird sight! Grrrr."

Ivy: "There, there, mind your manners! Or I'll have to put you on a leash!"

The white modern dress was created by Heritage4.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Emma Woodhouse and Jane Fairfax

"It's too hot for strawberry picking!" says Emma Woodhouse (Elizabeth) to Harriet Smith (Lanie).

Harriet: "Fortunately, Mr. Knightley's hall is so much cooler. Oh, do you hear someone speaking?"

Officious Mrs. Elton (Ruthie) exclaims to Jane Fairfax (Rebecca): "But this post in Ireland will be very suitable for you. You will make an excellent governess."

"I thank you, but Mrs. Elton, I wish you would not intercede."

Harriet: "Oh, my, Miss Fairfax looks very unhappy. Should we help her?"

Emma: "Oh, there you are Miss Fairfax!"

Without saying a word, Jane runs off. Emma "Oh, she looked upset."

Mrs. Elton: "Those were probably tears of happiness! As she will be taking a post in Ireland and not be a burden to her aunt."

Mrs. Elton: "Mr. E is always saying how considerate I am, always thinking of others first."

Emma: "Indeed."

Emma's peach outfit was made by Vintiquedesigns. Harriet's blue gown was made by Jamiehistoriccostume. The Jane Fairfax gown was made by Terristouch

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Jane Fairfax Regency Gown

This dress made by TerrisTouch reminds me of Jane Fairfax in a 1970s production of Emma. The following are from the original Etsy listing.

These are my images:

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Yellow Regency Ball Gown

This yellow regency ball gown was created by Jamiehistoriccostume. The lace around the collar and the bottom of the dress have a little sparkle thread. The dress is a little tight, so the velcro on the back of the dress might not close all the way if your doll is a little on the torso-chubby side. On the left side of the gown, the pleating near the waist is not quite perfectly symmetrical. Nonetheless, the gown is very cute and generally historically accurate for the regency period.

Felicity as Becky Sharpe talking to Amelia Sedley?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

TerrisTouch Pink Regency Gown

This lovely regency gown made by TerrisTouch has delicate flowers set on a light pink background. All the seams are professionally serged.

I spent most of my last year of college writing about British colonial slavery and anti-slavery movements in the 18th and early 19th century. There were actually many people of African descent living in England during Jane Austen's time. So I'm intrigued by the character Rhoda Swartz, a biracial heiress, in Vanity Fair. I'm only partly finished with Vanity Fair, but Thackery's portrayal of her is not super flattering. He often uses her as a kind of puppet to highlight the greed and vanity of many of the characters in his long satire of English society.

From the Reese Whitherspoon movie version of Vanity Fair: Hmph! Rhoda, you're actually too good for George Osbourne.