Little Red Riding Hood

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Calling Mr. Woodsman!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFaith is Finished! You can find her adoption page HERE.

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Dot has exchanged her bow for ferocious Wolf ears! RUN!

But she will be finished in other ways if she is not rescued soon by the Woodsman! For Dot is threatening with her shiny fangs and claims she has already swallowed Betty whole (which I doubt, because Betty is sitting right here looking at me).

Faith turned out very well! After a few modifications, I made her cape based on the one from the makeit-loveit blog. For the first time ever, I made a “muslin” version first (actually it was an old Shabby Chic sheet that was pink with tiny red flowers that had seen better days). I was cautious for good reason! I love, love, love the red wool I made Faith’s cape out of, but I only had enough to make it ONCE. I wanted a droopier, pointier hood. Mainly, I loved the drape of the cape and the idea of a very frothy slip beneath a full skirt.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIronically, the wonderful old red satin that I lined her cape with was from a vintage sheet! I like old satin best because it doesn’t snag on my easily snaggible fingers.

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This is the matching top to the antique underclothes I used for Faith’s dress. It has tiny yellow flowers embroidered on it. Thankfully, the slip that I used was in much better condition. Either way, isn’t it beautiful?

Her “shirt” is really interesting: Remember that old bag of vintage and antique undies I mentioned? Well, Faith’s dress – which doubles as her shirt and it could also be her nightgown – and her pantaloons were made from the oldest piece in that bag. It’s very pretty and somewhat fragile and took a bit of mending for it to be useful.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere’s nothing I like better than a good floral on black! I only had a small scrap of this fabric bought who-knows-where-or-when, waiting for just the right thing. Faith’s red riding hood skirt seemed just the ticket! It’s nice and full. And that fabric is gone now too!

She has a black leather lace up belt and black leather boots.

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What’s in them thar’ bundles…?

Red’s – er, FAITH’S basket is filled with fun things for Grandma. To see what’s inside, you can either go to her page on the O.L.D. Registry (link up above), or go to her adoption page. There are plenty of fun things in there for Faith and her grandmother to enjoy…

…that is, IF the Woodsman gets there in time!

Happy Monday!

 

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Have a Little Faith

Meet Faith! She shall be the next O.L.D. at Number 5. She could almost be a twin to O.L.D. Number 2, Emily Grace, but I assure you, she’s not!

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Faith needs a lot of help. It’s hard to tell from the photo above, but she’s filthy! Her limbs were loosey-goosey, not unlike Pinky in the book. Also, I think her wig is riding too low on her forehead. At the factory when a lot of dolls are being made at once, it’s bound to happen now and then.

You can see a little more evidence of the dirt on her face after I started to remove her wig for washing. The line of dirt precisely follows her former hairline:

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In addition, the composition on her left hand was lifting and had chipped:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter I cleaned and repaired her and washed and curled her wig and reapplied it, I took her into my sewing room and asked her what kind of dress in what color of fabric would she like to wear.

She became instantly overwhelmed.

I understand, Faith. I understand. It happens to me all the time! On an impulse, I asked her what her favorite fairy tale was. She instantly brightened and replied, “Little Red Riding Hood!”

Perfect.

I found instructions for this costume online at makeit-loveit.com, an excellent blog by an excellent woman!

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Faith’s costume will be loosly based on it. We’ll see what happens! Yesterday my sister Julie the Mayor found just the right basket to complete Faith’s ensemble and I’m raring to go. Expected adoption availability is Sunday, May 18, 2014.

Happy Friday Eve day!