After doing a little post on Annabelle yesterday, I decided to show you a little hat I had made her quite by accident. I had made it with one of the Poppy's in mind and was looking at her outfit and decided she needed a hat. Flipping through my antique reference doll costume books, I noticed some of the hats were big and sat on the head and had alot of flowers, feathers, ribbons on them like this one I had made and so I tried it on her. Voila! To my surprise, it fit her head! And here I was thinking I needed a complicated pattern, straw, etc. LOL...
Here she is in the previous dio that I did for Haunted beauty, Mistress of the Manor. I used the walls and a different floor, like an entrance hallway. Annabelle's hat matches her visiting attire. Now all she needs is a reticule. She is pouring tea for her hostess who has stepped out of the room.
Tea and cakes are served!
Uh-oh, is that a carriage outside I hear?
Annabelle goes over to the window to take a look...
She doesn't know who on earth it could be, or who is keeping the lady of the house...
It could be more guests to tea!
....and the back of Annabelle's gown, with the smart little flounce.
Back in the Victorian and Edwardian era, and around the early turn of the centuryin the early 1900's, women kept 'calling' hours, or receiving hours usually from 3 pm to 5 pm. in the afternoons. Ladies had 'visiting' attire, with hats, usually a suit or in the late 1800's full corseted dress, bustle, parasol, gloves, reticule, and calling cards. Your maid took your calling card and put it on a silver tray in the hallway if you were not at home or could not receive for some reason, and you returned the visit promptly on the ladies' day she received visitors, usually the lady would write on her card what day she received. A lady usually carried her calling cards in her reticule. They were also called Name cards, and printed up with lovely script, flowers and birds. I was thinking it might be neat to get a miniature silver platter and make up some calling cards for Annabelle to have.
I have a picture of the book that my doll is based on, written by Tasha Tudor. I got my book off of PaperbackSwap
I attempted first go to make the dress on the doll on the cover, and even found the perfect fabric, but never made the bonnet.
Here is one of the photos of the interior of the book, it is for the letter D, for the Dresses we like her to wear-
Tasha really had a way with her drawings and illustrations, the book is lovely and inspirational.
I hope you enjoyed this post. Lisa