|I always wondered how one of these balloon skirts comes together.|
It's easy: the lining is shorter and narrower than the skirt itself.
You gather the skirt top and bottom to fit the lining.
The pattern is Petit Nuage, by MHD Designs. This version is for Kaye Wiggs 18-inch girls such as Layla (my Brooke). I was hoping that it would also fit Kay Wiggs' Nelly, who is taller but is similarly sized on top. I figured the fullness of the skirt would accommodate her wider hips. Well, I figured wrong. If correctly made, I'm pretty sure the dress would fit both Brooke and Nelly. The problem is the lower bodice. It is made up of seven panels--not a problem if one sews the seams no wider than the recommended quarter inch. Unfortunately, I may start out sewing one-quarter inch seams, but they soon morph into three-eighths inch seams. In no time at all the bodice is narrower than it was intended to be.
|It doesn't fit anyone. Maybe I'll frame it.|
Not a problem, I thought after trying it on Brooke. The Iplehouse JID girls are similarly sized. Maybe it will fit them. Nope. I resumed sewing, reasoning that the finished dress was bound to fit Soulkid Linn. Not a chance. Her butt was too big. Narae? Well, it fit over her butt, but the bodice was too big. There was no point trying it on U-noa Lusis, because her shoulders are too narrow. The bodice would simply fall off.
I ran out of time before sewing the coat, hat and purse. Far from being discouraged, I figure if I can sew the coat to size, I can make another dress to go with it. And I'll keep the dress that no one can wear as a constant reminder to Keep. My. Seams. Narrow.
|Humphrey Rolls Shirt, by Iplehouse. I wonder why|
they didn't use smaller buttons? These are out of scale
for a shirt.
|You can barely see the peek-a-boo lining.|
Sepia wig by Iplehouse.
Next week I hope to blog about YID Harin, who is spending Sunday at the Post Office until I can ransom her tomorrow or Tuesday. I have no "attempted delivery" slip, but the USPS.com website shows she arrived at and left Burlington on Saturday afternoon. They'd better not tell me that they attempted delivery yesterday, because I stayed home most of the day waiting and the carrier never came.
Iplehouse has released photos of their reimagined and redesigned YID girl body. I think I like her, but I hope they will make her available with a smaller bust. As it stands now, she is built like a Playboy bunny. It's a bit too much physique for a young teen.