Often I see in the fabric stores--and in my own fabric stash!--beautiful floral prints that would make lovely gowns, but the scale of the print seems too large for a petite thing like an Enchanted Doll.
But then again, there are some large-scale prints making up some very effective gowns in Tyler Wentworth's wardrobe, and she's not much taller than an ED....Then yesterday at Hobby Lobby, I spotted this Barbie calendar with its sketch of a lovely, romantic gown of large-print floral, a floral that just happens to resemble a length of fabric I already own, just waiting to be cut up and used for something marvelous.
So now a part of my brain keeps working, even while engaged with other matters like back-to-school shopping, on how to make this pretty little number for Yren. I think she wants it, don't you? (And she maybe wants an up-do wig, too. Possibly gloves. And as for that sweet little lavender petticoat, ohhh yes.)
For example, the bodice: I wouldn't really want it to button up the front. But I could fake a placket by sewing a tuck vertically on the wrong side of a little rectangle of cloth, then ironing the tuck sideways to form a fold along the front...Then, see, I could position the bodice pattern piece on the rectangle so that the placket falls just where it should, and the little buttons can go down it, and maybe even embroider some little teensy fake buttonholes with one strand of floss.
And as for the skirt, that would be easy peasy. I don't like to use a rectangle for bouffant skirts like this--it puts too much bulk at the waistline. Much better to use gores or a circle skirt.
The foregoing may be all the progress I ever make on this gown. Have been tired today, even though here in the US it's Labor Day and many of us, including me, did not have to work. But I will wander up to my fabric stash and see if I can lay hands on that lilac print fabric, just in case the mood hits me...
And in the meantime, it couldn't possibly hurt to pick up a copy of this Barbie calendar, right? For inspiration?