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Finding Your Sea Legs & Taking The Plunge

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A piece of compo fell off while I was taking her “Before” pictures, even!

They don’t call me “Ol’ Sawbones” for nothing…

That pretty face beckoned me, and time after after time I would pluck her from the crowd, only to be reminded why I hadn’t chosen her before. Those legs! I would put her back, silently telling myself that when all the other dolls that only needed a cleaning were done, I would get to poor Felicity…

But thanks to a Giver, Felicity is finally up for adoption! You can see her page HERE.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou see,  there comes a time when a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do and I knew the thing that I needed to do was to take the plunge and perform a leg-o-lectomy. I didn’t even know if my plan would work; after all, I was exchanging one style of legs – jointed at the hip – for another style: swing legs. It was now or never! I got my scissors, and I cut Felicity in half. Gulp.

fbaHer legs were so bad that I didn’t even really notice how much work the rest of her needed. There was composition missing from the sides and back of her head, she had cracks around her eyes, and her wig was so filthy that it got noticeably lighter after a good washing.

Melody sailor

I love the drop waist and pleats. So cute!

How a doll’s hair turns out can greatly influence what clothing she’ll receive. When I saw those golden curls, all I could think was “Beach.” In the middle of winter! Maybe I should put her back and wait for a more appropriate time of year…NO. I’d already cut the poor girl in half after avoiding her for so long. A nautical theme it would have to be and it would have to be NOW.


It turned out just as I hoped it would. I love when that happens! (because it doesn’t always)

I’ve always wanted to do a sailor dress! And lucky me, I had some vintage navy wool on hand and some middy braid. I found a dress I liked for inspiration and got to work.

I still wanted to make a coat and hat for her, so was tickled pink when I ran across a nautical-themed sample square of upholstery fabric I’d purchased somewhere in my travels. There certainly was not enough for a coat, but there was enough for the brim of a floppy hat!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy sister The Mayor made fun of the huge ship’s wheel displayed so prominently, but I worked extra hard to make sure it was placed right there, because it was my favorite part of that fabric! I still like it, even if it is a little “busy.”


You can see her new lower half here. I didn’t have matching fabric, so through a series of eliminations, this brown was the right choice.

So now in the dead of winter we have a little bit of summer to enjoy! Even as the wind howls outside…

The unusual Tabitha was adopted by….Amy W. of Alabama! Tabitha will be clanking her way to you soon! Thank you!

And with that, I leave you! Happy Wednesday, you’re my favorite!

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