Friday, September 20, 2019

Stop the Falling - It's Tilda Time!

Hello, Dear Ones! I had to stop all of my falling because I was getting tired but I can't sit still, well, unless I'm cross stitching. I went to my very well organized sewing/craft room and started pulling out supplies to make a Southern Belle Tilda doll! I made a Southern Belle Tilda in 2013 (has it been that long?) and put her in a pink ball gown. If you would like to see her just go HERE.
This Tilda is dressed up in her very lovely lacy day dress. I tried to dress her in correct period style. I'll share my steps with you. A lady in the 1860s during the day, was covered from neck, to wrists to feet. Showing a little bit of skin came in the evening. This is really a fancier day dress that would be appropriate for 'tea time'. See how informed I am? :)
Let's take a peek at her little face. Now don't look too closely at her little eyes. I didn't do a marvelous job on them and the ink bled on the fabric! I have decided I'm going to use little seed beads the next time for her eyes. Well, she is a cloth doll and all are a little different. She has sweet pink checks and freckles! My doll is fashioned after Marie "Bell" Boyd. She was a rebel spy and had auburn colored hair and freckles.
 Here you can see her auburn yarn colored hair! I love how her hair turned out. I made her hair very long with two braids and twirled them around each other on the back of her little head. Three red roses adorn the left side of her head.
 The back, and now that I'm looking at this snap I think I should add another red rose to the part where you can see my stitching! Live and learn.
Moving right on down to her long slender neck  - I made her a lace collar and placed a pearly button down to fasten it. I took my little wire cutters and removed the raised part on the back where you thread the thread through and glued it down.
 Look at her sleeves. Ladies in the 1860s didn't have lots of clothes and they had lots of little tricks to change up a dress. One thing I've learned is lots of the ladies used 'under sleeves' that only went half way up their arms to add a different look to the sleeve and they would turn under the bottom of the dress sleeve to make it shorter and this gave the dress a different look. You can see where I added ribbons, bows and more red roses to her sleeves. She is all fancy!
 I think her skirt turned out really cute. I don't know if you can tell, but the very bottom of her skirt has a ruffle then it's topped with the pretty lace with three roses. I added two more strips of lace each with three roses. She also has an 'over skirt' which opens up in the front and is gathered up on each end and a red bow was added. You can see the 'over skirt' better in some of the other snaps. Her waist has a red ribbon around it and a ribbony bow.
I crocheted her a little reticule with red string. Every lovely lady of the time needed a nice little bag for a hanky and smelling sauce.
 Moving right along - her little black boots with red flower bows and a little bit of bling. Gals in the 1860s loved bling too!
 I told you I wanted to stay as close to period dress as I could so she got some little frilly pataloons with red bows! Instead of ordinary white fabric, I decided to use a light cream with a tiny little white print.
I couldn't forget her slip with a ruffle. I used the same lace as on her pantaloons.
She was feeling very comfortable at this point and is showing how dainty she looks underneath it all. Now I did not make her a corset as Tildas are very thin and sleak at their most tiny little waists.
 Here she is in all of her glory! I forgot how much I enjoy making these little dolls. Well, they aren't so little probably about 24 inches tall. I do use the pattern from the Tilda books but just wing it on making the clothes. I go to town when making these as they are quite time consuming. But Mr. Precious understands and baby's me. He went to Costco and bought some alfredo chicken for dinner.
Yay, Mr. Precious!

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Paper Doll

  I'm gonna buy a paper doll that I can call my own
A doll that other fellows cannot steal
And then the flirty, flirty guys with their flirty, flirty eyes
Will have to flirt with dollies that are real

When I come home at night she will be waiting
She'll be the truest doll in all this world
I'd rather have a paper doll to call my own
Than have a fickle-minded real live girl

I guess I had a million dolls or more
I guess I've played the doll game o'er and o'er
I just quarreled with Sue, that's why I'm blue
She's gone away and left me just like all dolls do

I'll tell you boys, it's tough to be alone
And it's tough to love a doll that's not your own
I'm through with all of them, I'll never fall again
Say boy, whatcha gonna do?

I'm gonna buy a paper doll that I can call my own
A doll that other fellows cannot steal
And then the flirty, flirty guys with their flirty, flirty eyes
Will have to flirt with dollies that are real

When I come home at night she will be waiting
She'll be the truest doll in all this world
I'd rather have a paper doll to call my own
Than have a fickle-minded real live girl
~ sung by The Mills Brothers



11 comments:

  1. I have never heard of a Tilda doll They are precious! It must take a lot of time to make all of the clothing. Everything is perfect. I just love them.

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  2. Love her so much! You did a fabulous job, Shelia.

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  3. Oh Shelia, I absolutely love your Tilda dolls. And this little Southern charmer is adorable. I can almost feel her sweet southern hospitality. She is a sweetie. Thanks for showing your beautiful creations.

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  4. She is absolutely beautiful!! I love all the details you added to her - she's so special!

    Blessings - Julie

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  5. Miss Tilda is just precious! I'm sure she must have taken a lot of time to make. My sewing skills are not equipped to make things like that. My grandmother and great-grandmother could both sew anything they saw - with or without a pattern, that gene skipped me. :(

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  6. Wow, she is wonderful. What a grand lady she is, you have done an amazing job.

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  7. Sheila this doll is BEAUTIFUL!! Love her!! wow, girlfriend, you are so talented!! Love her cute little pantaloons and all the frills and ruffles. That doll is a treasure for sure.

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  8. You did a great job making the pretty doll. :)

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  9. She's lovely! I remember the ones you made before. Time sure flies.
    Blessings,
    d from kansas

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  10. Shelia, she is just utterly adorable from the tip of her red hair to the pretty adorned shoes! Your one talented lady!

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