Sunday, November 17, 2013

Southern Belle Tilda

Hello, Dear Ones!
Well, I made another Tilda doll and wanted to share her with you.

 This is a Southern Belle Tilda in all of her finery.
This is not exactly a tutorial but I'll walk you through my steps.
 I cut out the body and you can see I added a little bit of lace to the top of the bodice.
 I made her some little ankle boots and she began to act all floozie on me!
I told her that was not her role. She did settle down a bit after that.
 Whew! I made her some long bloomers as quick as I could and she changed her act.
 I thought they turned out pretty cute with lace around the bottoms and I added little pink bows.
 Next came a long full slip and I also put a little pink bow on it.
 My Southern Belle is so proud of her bloomers 
and just wanted to show them to you one more time! :)
 Now the only pattern I had was for the doll body. I had to kinda make up the other pieces of clothing.
The bloomers and slip weren't hard to make but I wasn't sure about the puffed sleeves.
I had to have puffed sleeves since she was to be a Southern gal!
I made me a pattern and sewed up the underarm seam, slipped her arm in and gathered the top of the sleeve and sewed it to the body. There is probably an easier way to do this.

 I wanted her to be all frilly so I added lace at the bottom of the sleeves.
 I'm still ending up with a wrinkle at my Tilda's necks! Ugh! I hate that. I have pinned so many from Pinterest and have seen some wrinkles on others dolls too but I hate that wrinkle. So...I put pearls on her and that helped to cover up the wrinkle. She got some little pearl earrings too.
 I got out of order here. After I make the doll body, I make the hair. I don't always do the normal Tilda hair and this time I did my own thing. I laid my yarn down, cut a piece of brown felt that measured from her forehead to the back of her hairline and sewed down the middle where her center part is. I twisted two long pigtails into Princess Leia style buns, tucked the ends under and then took brown thread and sewed to her head.
 I did love how her hair turned out. I also added four little pin curls for bangs ~ Scarlet O'Hara style.
I'm so good! ;) Across the top of her buns I added little pink roses.
 The next step was to make her skirt! I made it very full. So gathered and full it almost looks like she has a bustle in the back. I like that. You can see I bunched up a little of the sash at the back of the waist and added another little pink rose. I used pink silk shantung fabric for her dress.
 Down the front of her shirt I added a lace insert. There are 5 layers of lace there and it just so happened to have the same little pink roses that I put in her hair. She has a sash around her waist with one more little pink rose!
Well, there you have my Southern Belle Tilda. I've made her for a silent auction for an organization Mr. Precious and I belong to. 
Just look at her! I told you she was proud of those bloomers! :)

I'm joining Dwellings for Amaze Me Monday
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday 
Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Southern Belle

Na, na, na, na
When I moved south of the Mason Dixon,
I was hoping to find
The answer to my prayers waiting for me
On the other side.
I was chasing a dream, to play and sing,
But Lord have mercy, did my life change
When I caught sight of that blonde haired beauty
Staring back at me.

She was sweet tea sipping in a summer dress
Dancing around, her hair was a mess
Her pretty blue eyes, made my heart melt!
Raised in Dixie, washed in the blood
With long tan legs, what's not to love?
Driving a back road, with a rebel yell.
Oh the answer to my prayers
Was a Southern belle!

Na, na, na, na
With a slight drawl, from her soft lips,
She smiled and said " Hey, I'm Elizabeth!"
It was the prettiest name that I'd heard before!
Man, she lit up my world with her laugh and a smile,
And her down home charm was driving me wild
I wasn't sure just what I felt, but I knew I wanted more!

Sweet tea sipping in a summer dress
Dancing around, her hair was a mess
Her pretty blue eyes, made my heart melt!
Raised in Dixie, washed in the blood
With long tan legs, what's not to love?
Driving a back road, with a rebel yell.
Oh the answer to my prayers
Was a Southern belle!

Well I'm an Indiana boy on a Tennessee Night
With this Georgia peach laying by my side
Looking up to the sky, and thanking my lucky stars.
Na, na, na
Na, na, na

Sweet tea sipping in a summer dress
Dancing around, her hair was a mess
Her pretty blue eyes, made my heart melt!
Raised in Dixie, washed in the blood
With long tan legs, what's not to love?
Driving a back road, with a rebel yell.
Oh the answer to my prayers
Was a Southern belle!
Na, na, na, na
A Southern belle
Na, na, na, na
A Southern belle
Na, na, na, na
Oh a Southern belle
Na, na, na, na
I love my Southern belle!
~ sung by Zach Dubois