Grandma’s Got A Brand New BAG

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You can see why I thought perhaps she was a grandma when I could only see the top of her head.
S.J.’s hair got noticeably lighter after washing.

The girl standing at the door was rather large. Even so, it was impossible to see her face beneath the pile of clothes she was carrying in her arms. Was she a girl? Or a little old lady? The hair peeking out from the top of the pile was decidedly gray…

Thus begins the description for O.L.D. No. 118, Sally Joy. We call her S.J. You can see her adoption page HERE.

This is only the second time I’ve had this particular doll model walk through my door. HERE’S the first. Her name was Felicity. She’s the one I gave the first legolectomy to. Luckily for me, S.J.’s legs were just fine.

One would think with all the clothes she arrived with I wouldn’t need to make her a thing! That I could simply clean her, do a few needed repairs to her composition, and send her on her way. AU CONTRAIRE!

First of all, S.J. arrived just as the hasn’t-happened-in-20-years Polar Vortex was ending, where temperatures were well below zero for both highs and lows, and the “feels like” temps were -50 degrees! All of S.J.’s clothes appeared to be more suited to summer.

The dress on the right is a little large, but I didn’t show it on her adoption page so I’m showing it here. Not shown is a beautiful, crisp white on white embroidered slip that’s much older than S.J. It too is too big, but it’s coming with her too!
Bless her heart, S.J. doesn’t have much in the way of hips (I’ll share mine!) so I made the top with a bit of a flare.

One of my inspiration images.

To go with her summery clothes, I made some white leather sandals and the floppy hat with the large white flower. They go with everything.

Perhaps I was longing for a little summer myself; the first thing I made for her was a 1920’s style bathing suit. I also made a simple “wrap” – basically, a square piece of cloth, selvage to selvage and hemmed on either side, that she could use as a towel or simply to lay upon the beach. The fabric came from an old cardboard suitcase that was filled with 1930’s fabric that I found in the house I bought behind me. One of my FAVORITE FINDS EVER.

Thanks, Jule!

Then I set about making her more wintry outfit. A kind fellow Rolfian we shall call Jule H. – not to be confused with me wee own sister – had been cleaning out her fabric supply and gifted me with a bag of fabric! I LOVE fresh meat! I also love fresh fabric…When S.J.’s wig became so noticeably lighter, I thought that the pretty cream checked fabric contained within that bag would make her sort of glow.

That’s a lot of stuff. Believe it or not, I still need to make some undies.

I then made her a very heavy, very 20’s style coat, a coordinating wool cloche-style hat, and a pair of brown leather shoes. And of course, a carpet bag to carry everything in so she could more easily make her way to her new home.

She comes with a LOT of stuff. At 23″ give or take, she’s a rather large girl. But like all large girls, she can sit with several smaller dolls on her lap so barely takes up any space at all when it comes right down to it. And she is oh so very kind.

Wee little Pendleton, my very first composition doll ever, went to…the lovely Linda L. of Portola Valley, California! California happens to be where I was living when I adopted her in the first place. Pendleton has gone full circle. Thank you, Linda!

And with that, I leave you! I think we’re on our last single digit weather day. Spring is in the air! And YOU are my favorite.

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2 Commentsto Grandma’s Got A Brand New BAG

  1. Coppelia Agle says:

    Absolutely love the bathing suits for this one!

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