Details and Matching Outfits!

I remember being a little one and being just fascinated with a button on a pink sweater that my Nonna had knit up for me. It was round and looked like a candy. I loved looking at that button and would spend hours just playing with it in my fingers. I remember lots of little things like that from being little, the color of my ‘Cool as a Cucumber’ tshirt, the softness of the hood of my red parka and the feeling of the back of my Cabbage Patch doll’s head. These memories have served me well in my dollmaking. I always try to incorporate details into my work. It may be a very special button on a cardigan, a soft cashmere for a sweater, a funny pattern for a kimono.. these things aren’t random- they are very much thought out because I remember being 5 and in love with a button.

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I also remember being 6 and being told that I needed glasses. I was devestated! So if these glasses can help Emily’s little one just one little bit I’ve done well.

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My friend Constance, seamstress extroidinaire, has made this matching Bamboletta and children’s kimono set, isn’t this so sweet?  I’m working with Con and developing some new pieces of clothing for the dolls. I’ll keep you posted.

xo

Christina

Monica - July 27, 2008 - 7:48 am

Love the matching outfits!!! Should I blush to admit I’ve already been in contact with her to make a custom for Emma and Paige? 😉 Great work!
I so agree with you about the details. My mom actually removed some of my favorite buttons from my hand made clothes. I have them til this day…one day they’ll adorn Emma’s hand made clothes.

admin - July 27, 2008 - 9:03 pm

That’s great Monica! This is what I want to create, a network of mamas all working together! She’s a peach that Constance!
You are so lucky to have those buttons, I wish I had my old buttons. Emma’s a lucky little lady :)

Monica - July 27, 2008 - 9:18 pm

Here’s another button tip. 😉 I shop thrift stores for buttons on old garments. I always have a stash of “modern” buttons at home. I’ll buy the garment and cut off the buttons then replace them with nice, but not vintage or unique buttons. Then I redonate them to the same shop. One shop knows me so well, that they’ll allow me to purchase and sew right there. 😉 They also give me a discount. lol. They offered me the buttons for free…but I didn’t feel right about that. So, I take my discount and leave with fantastic buttons! Try it…you may just like it! 😉 (But don’t get too hooked…it could get expensive! :) )

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