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



54 comments:

  1. Oh, I love her. Great job. I ordered 2 Tilda books so I have a pattern now. I have received just one of the books so far. And I haven't done a bit of sewing. It seems like we have had something to do every day this week.

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  2. I cannot get over how talented you are sweet lady! I love your Southern Belle, Tilda, she's gorgeous and elegant in pink and lace! You're inspiring me to start embroidering something too, I love needle work like you. Have a lovely week ahead.
    Thanking you so much for dropping by darling.
    FABBY

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  3. She is an elegant southern belle and you did a beautiful job of creating her.

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  4. She is a beauty of a Southern belle, and I like all your original touches.

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  5. Yes, Yes, I can tell she is a floozy at heart, You can give her a nice prim hair do all you want but her wanton self will show through when she raises her skirt to show her pantaloons! xo Diana ps. She is fabulous!!!!

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  6. Wow, she is a knock out!!! Beautiful job on all the details, you are having way toooooo much fun!!!

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  7. She is so so cute, love the little details, her hair and her jewelry, all so pretty with the pink and the wonderful white lace, her bloomers are so darn cute...love her shoes too....

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  8. Seriously, does it get any cuter than that?

    You need to open an Etsy shop and sell these - they'd go like hotcakes - esp for Christmas!

    Love this Southen Belle, she is all that and more - your details are just adorable. Well done.

    Hugs.

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  9. Hi Shelia, good to see you again. OMG... your Tilda is so cute and beautiful. I'm impressed with your sewing skill. You're really creative and your work is so neat and tidy. 2 thumbs up for you.

    Have a lovely week ahead,regards.

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  10. Hy Shelia! Your Southern Belle Tilda is absolutely gorgeous. And you are so creative. I love the way her hair turned out. I'm having so many problems with hair done..I'm never fully satisfied of myself. Hugs, Cristina

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  11. She's adorable Sheila! You've put so much detail into her and I love the pretty pink fabric! I'm sure she'll be a big hit at the auction:@)

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  12. Oh Shelia! She is so pretty! And YOU my dear lady are so very talented! The details of your work are awesome! Love it! Love it! But please tell Miss Southern Belle Tilda to keep her dress down...I know she is proud of her bloomers, I mean who wouldn't be with the beautiful lace and ribbons... but unless she wants to be called a Floozy she better keep herself in check! LOL Great work Shelia!

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  13. Oh My, she is just gorgeous, Shelia! You are very gifted to make these Tilda dolls as I'm sure they take a lot of patience and facial expressions to get them stuffed and dressed. The lucky person who gets her! Have a wonderful week. Hugs.

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  14. You are so talented; she is amazing. I have so enjoyed this procession of Tilda dolls that you make! :)

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  15. Well now, you have blown my sweet little mind! I've never seen anything so gorgeous and I think she'll bring in big money at the auction. Shelia ... Shelia ... you are so talented I don't know what to say. This Southern Belle Tilda is your best yet - I am in love with her hair! her pantaloons! her lace! her roses! the color of her dress! and especially your sewing!!! BTW, I'm in the market for a new sewing machine, thinking of a Janome ... what kind of machine do you have?

    Big Hugs ~ Mary

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  16. She is simply wonderful, Shelia. I especially adore her feet! Thanks for the instructions. Sewing isn't my strong point, but I think if it was, I'd be Tilda-ing all day long!

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  17. And what exactly, is wrong with a Southern Belle having a little wrinkle on her neck??? I'm soooo offended!!! (Ha). Such a beautiful girl, and she's an inspiration in all her best finery!

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  18. Shelia,
    You are great at making these dolls! I love her dress and undergarments. She is really a masterpiece!
    Sherry

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  19. You made that!? I love it, Sheila!
    I have neck wrinkles...pearls is the answer! LOL!

    xo

    Andie

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  20. Shelia she is the perfect little Southern Belle! Love the bloomers and the hair is perfect! You are so talented my friend! Sending you big hugs!

    Linda

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  21. Shelia, your dolls are amazing! Such creativity! I have seen the ones you save on Pinterest too.
    Hope your doing well, you have been in my thoughts.

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  22. I am in awe of how you make these. Those tiny, delicate little stitches and seams. You must have wonderful eyes. I can't see that kind of thing anymore, even with my glasses. So cute - LOVE the bloomers!!

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  23. Shelia, you have the Tilda doll so perfected I think you need to open up shop. They are just adorable.

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  24. I can see why she is acting all floozie on you. She has a right , All dressed up like she is. She is a beauty. Hope she finds a great home.

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  25. Your Southern Belle is so lovely. The Tilda dolls are so cute.

    Jocelyn @ http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  26. You make such pretty dolls my friend. And this one has the most beautiful hair do. I collect dolls and I'm always happy when I see a doll that has little slips and under things! heehee! Enjoy your evening my friend. I wonder if you'll make a Christmas Tilda...how sweet she would be! Hugs!

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  27. I love your newest Tilda creation! She is so beautiful in her satin, lace & pearls. I can't wait to see what you'll come up with next!

    Smiles,
    Carol

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  28. I'm not sure I'm a Belle but I am definitely Southern and I love Southern Belle Tilda. All of the Tildas are just too cute, y'all.

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  29. Hi Shelia, Your southern belle is beautiful. The Tilda dolls you make are all so darling. This one is dressed like a true belle and she is looking so charming. Clever you. I mean it. I am scrolling down to see your latest felties. Your little grandies are lucky to have a grandma like you.

    Love, Jeanne

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  30. Great job, Shelia! I so love that wallpaper, too!

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  31. Such a beautiful doll ! You do fabulous work :)

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  32. Oh my word, she is totally amazing. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  33. Ooh, Shelia. I am in love with your Southern Belle Tilda. She will definitely be the crowning jewel at any gathering. The boys will be swooning. (And, aren't we all a bit of a floozie when we are in our bloomers?)

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  34. Such a cute doll, floozie and all.....LOL I just love all of your sweet dolls. You are so talented and it must give you great pleasure. Thanks for visiting me Sheila. it does brighten my day. xo Linda

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  35. What an elegant Tilda! I bet she'll raise a lot of money at the auction. I love her hairdo, and what pretty, feminine clothing! Every detail is amazing. I think I'll try the pearl trick to see if it covers my neck wrinkles! laurie

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  36. What a beautiful Southern Bell. Her costume is gorgeous. All of the lace and the pearl embellishments are so fitting for her. Beautiful job. I am even catching myself thinking that if I hurry up I can make a lovely Tilda for my grand daughters.

    Candy

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  37. Oh my…she is so beautiful and it is because it was lovingly made by you…!!

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  38. She is just beautiful! Not nearly as beautiful as you are...inside and out! Have a blessed day. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  39. Hi Shelia, Tilda is a true southern Belle. She is beautiful and you are amazingly talented. I love everything about this darling doll. Love the hair style and how you added lace and all the details. Even her face is so pretty. Such beauty from your talented hands and creativity.
    Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment.
    Be Blessed,
    Celestina Marie

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  40. What an adorable Southern Belle...How talented you are, Sheila, to sew like this.
    xo bj

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  41. Oh my goodness! She is gorgeous and so prissy in her pink and all those layers of lace. :)

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  42. she is adorable
    love her full southern dress

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  43. Hy Shelia! Tonight I am starting my first linky party wich will be about sewing and home living. I hope my party to become a place where to gather and share ideas, suggestions and sewing projects and I will be so happy if you decide to join me in the new adventure. Hugs, Cristina

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  44. Now that is a true southern belle in all her finery! She is just gorgeous.
    Your sewing skills are just amazing! Glad to see you.
    Hugging you close,
    Patti

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  45. Oh she's so pretty! No wonder she wants to show off all her pretty wares. (I use pearls to cover up the wrinkles on my neck too!)

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  46. Beautiful doll, Shelia! You are so good at these you are going to have to start selling them! Love the dress and your explanation of how you put it all together.

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  47. i love love love your doll! every details is so wonderfully done. happy pink saturday! xo

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  48. Your dolly is wonderful. I love the shoes !!xoxo,Susie

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  49. Hi, again...:)
    I've lost a favorite blogger...I think his name was Artie...or something like it...Color outside the Lines, I think but not sure...do you remember him. Such a sweetie guy.

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  50. What a beauty!! She's Southern alright!! Love the dress!

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  51. WOW!! She's gorgeous!! Love your Tilda's and the chairs in your next post above!! ♥

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  52. gorgeous doll!!!!! I love her hair and outfit!

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  53. The doll is just so darling, nice job and I love what you did with her.

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