is another charming character doll from Gebrüder
she is an unmarked head with a lovely serene expression. The Seeley
is known as Die Schwester II (there is a larger version I), which
means "the sister", and she has a little brother that
I may get round to making one day, called Bruder Ärgerlich
or "brother angry" - another character whose expression
I leave to your imagination! I think she needs all her serenity
to manage him. She has moulded painted hair with a curl "drilled"
to thread a ribbon through.
used the Joan Nerini pattern N139 scaled down to a size to fit this
slim 10¾ inch body. Both dress and jacket are constructed
in a fairly thin white linen. I made some small short cuts and alterations
as I went along to accommodate the smaller size - for example, I
made the sleeves on the dress, (which are hidden under the jacket),
somewhat less full. The ribbon trimmings I took from my stock, the
fine ones obtained originally from Little
Trimmings. The pattern calls for a double band of ribbon on
the skirt and dress sleeves but I thought this was too fussy for
the smaller size, and omitted it. I stuck the ribbon on using Allene's
Tacky Glue, which, despite being some sort of reproduction crime,
is a lot neater than sewing on this scale; you do have to be careful
though, as it does alter the drape of a fabric and can look poor.
However, in this case, the linen has quite a lot of body and the
jacket construction was quite rigid in its own right. To avoid as
much bulk as possible I used Fray-Check and folded hems and facings
are hand-knitted in white Coats Crochet Cotton 20 from a pattern
leaflet Yesterdays Knitting Patterns for Antique and Reproduction
Dolls [Doll Designs by Patricia Evans and Jane Woodbridge].
I did not make the shoes, which are vintage commercial. The underwear
is of white muslin (looseweave thin cotton), decoratively edged
with eyelet lace and yellow ribbon.
serene sister was offered as the prize in a "name the doll"
competition at the Bourne Quilters Exhibition in July 2008.