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Soldiers In Petticoats

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As you know, I cannot let a summer pass without doing a patriotic doll! I was looking through my folder of ideas, when my wee little sister Julie piped up.

“It’s the 100 year anniversary of women getting the vote in America!”

Voting! What could be more patriotic than that?

Thus begins the description for Hazel Twigg No. 130, Georgette the Suffragette. She’s this summer’s patriotic doll and you can see her adoption page HERE.

Georgette is a composition R&B (Arranbee) measuring 18″.

The minute I decided on a Suffragette, I knew what I wanted her to look like. I was going to use the dress that Rose wears when she comes onto the Titanic, except in white. But the Titanic sank in 1912, and the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote happened in 1920. No matter! There was precedent.

The vintage images I found had more of an A-line skirt, which was good, because I knew that I wanted her to have a petticoat, so I modified things to suit my needs.

Right on the heels of that, I knew what I wanted the title of this post to be, hence the need for that petticoat.

“Soldiers in Petticoats!” I crowed to Julie. “Do you know what that’s from?”

“Um, no,” she replied.

No matter. I did! There are some musicals emblazoned in my mind and I can quote every lyric from every song. “Mary Poppins” is one of them. We had the record, the piano music book, everything. SISTER SUFFRAGETTE. So why the petticoat? It’s in the very first line! “We’re clearly soldiers in petti-coats! Dauntless crusaders for women’s votes!”

Luckily, our Suffragette would only need one outfit. However! I really, really wanted to get elaborate with her underclothes and finally make that corset I’ve been wanting to make. Here was my chance!

Courtesy of Claire Hummel

But when you get right down to doing it, the details become persnickety. I found an illustration that was PERFECT.

I was given permission by the lovely artist, Claire Hummel, to use her art. Not only is it visual, it gives lots of details right down to layers and what goes where. I was intrigued by the garter clip stocking holder thingies, and decided to add them to my doll. They’re white on white, but you can see them if you look closely.

I love how her corset turned out. The outer layer is from a sample of 100% silk upholstery fabric. I used zip ties for boning.

Finally, there’s the sash. I, um, embroidered it myself. It’s based on the original sash from back in the day pictured on the left.

Our little Pippi Longstocking was adopted by Beth N. of Nipomo, California. I believe this is her second! I could be wrong. It’s happened before. THANK YOU, Beth!

And with that, I leave you! I’m grateful to those ladies of long ago. I’m grateful for you! Know why? ‘Cause you’re my favorite.

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Never Fear, AUTUMN Is Here!


In this picture, Autumn is paying homage to Dot with a hair bow of her own.

Well, not really. Not the season, at least – not for another two months and two days. However! Autumn the next O.L.D. is here!

On a day in a summer that has been unusually mild and even a little chilly in the evenings, not to mention the first day of RAGBRAI, today happens to be a tad hot and moist here in Iowa.

RAGBRAI1What is RAGBRAI, you might ask? Well, here you go:

RAGBRAI is an acronym and registered trademark for the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, which is a non-competitive bicycle ride organized by The Des Moines Register and going from west to east across the United States state of Iowa, that draws recreational riders from across the United States and many foreign countries.[1] Held beginning in 1973, RAGBRAI is the oldest and largest bike-touring event in the world.[2]

It’s gone through Rolfe once or twice and is kind of a big deal, almost like having the Olympics come to town, and it lasts a whole week. Lance Armstrong, love him or hate him, rides pert near every year! This year I happen to know a couple of people who are going part way. Good luck, people I know! You know who you are.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA But now! Back to cooler climes and cooler times! Autumn is a 21″ composition/cloth doll that I believe was made by the Perfect Doll Company, even though she is unmarked. Because, see? I’ve had her mold before and it’s one of my favorites. What a difference hair and eye color makes!


The girl on the left was here and gone long before the Hideaway came into play. I confess to having fond memories of her. So much so that I channeled her dress a little when making Autumn’s clothing.




Even with the time that’s passed, the sentiment behind the clothing and the dolls are the same.

Autumn’s day will be here before you know it. In the meantime, you can see her adoption page HERE.






And just like the season for which she’s named, she looks good coming and going. And then it’s Winter’s turn…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAUntil then! Bikers gonna bike.