I bought the fabrics earlier in the year from my favorite local quilt shop and put them aside for future inspiration. (Many of my fabric purchases start out that way.) I had a third fabric, a yellow-and-white gingham chosen to coordinate with the two reds, but not enough of it to feature prominently. It ended up as facing for the sleeve opening. It doesn't show, but I know it's there. But I am getting ahead of myself...
First, the pattern. I recently discovered Adele Sciortino's Costuming & Trim website. Someone on the Sewing for BJDs Yahoo Group mentioned it some time ago -- it just took me a while to follow up. You can find Adele's site at http://www.costumesandtrim.com/. I registered for her newsletter, and in the Summer 2010 issue I found a pattern called Country Ruffles, by Martha Boers. I recognized her model right away: Elfdoll Ryung, large bust. The same size as my Sooah.
|Country Ruffles, by Martha Boers|
|Martha's stunning medieval gown for large bust Elfdolls|
|Martha's Ice Fairy on left; the medieval gown is in the issue at right|
|Sooah's red dress, minus rosettes|
I was able to accessorize Sooah's new dress with a straw hat that I had used before. After spending a fruitless half-hour or so trying to add flowers to it without actually gluing or sewing them on, I remembered the flower wreath I had used with her 1790 dress. It fit over the hat perfectly. (I wouldn't be surprised if I had intended it that way back when I made the wreath.)
|Hang onto your hat, my dear. The wind is picking up.|
Stay tuned for the next Foto Friday to see if Sooah's dress got its rosettes.
Postscript added Dec. 28, 2010: The rosettes were much smaller than I had anticipated. Sooah's dress remains rosette-less until such time as I find a better size.
Postscript added July 6, 2011: Martha Boers is no longer associated with Adele Sciortino's Costuming & Trim newsletter. You can find her free patterns (and inspirational photos!) on her website and blog, www.antiquelilac.com.