Saturday, October 29, 2011
Today I found some books at the local used-book emporium.
This book has a delightful range of patterns for dolls that are from 9 to 22 inches tall. Many of the costumes are for fantasy characters, and they are very whimsical. Many of these clothes are made from odds and ends found in the home, such as ribbons, beads, artificial flowers, fabric remnants, gauze, and handkerchiefs. I have learned a wee bit about pattern drafting, and I am sterting to learn about how to adjust existing patterns to make a perfect fit. With this skill, I should be able to use just about any pattern out there to make clothes for Aalish, when she is finished.
The Perfect Book of Doll Clothes.
The Vanessa-Ann Collection.
NY: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., 1991.
I recently learned how to crochet when I crocheted a wig cap. This book is geared toward novices, and besides having a good introduction to crochet in the beginning of the book, also has 20 cool crochet patterns. I am looking forward to learning more about crochet when I try to adapt some of these patterns for Aalish, when she is finished. Full size patterns can be used to make doll clothes if a smaller hook and yarn are used to make them (or so I've heard).
The Cool Girl's Guide to Crochet.
Bath, UK: Parragon Publishing, 2006.
This book was right next to the crochet book, and they each were very reasonably priced at $2.10 and $2.15 respectively, so I picked it up too. I already know how to knit, so I got this book for the 20 patterns in it. Likewise for knitting doll clothes from full size patterns, if you use smaller needles and yarn, you can use the human patterns for dolls.
The Cool Girl's Guide to Knitting.
Bath, UK: Parragon Publishing, 2005.
Finally, I found this very interesting book about making Japanese clothes. I would love to make a kimono for Aalish, when she is finished, so I picked this book up as well. It has patterns and construction details for making all kinds of different Japanese clothing. One of the most interesting things I saw when I looked at this book was about how kimonos are cleaned in Japan:
All hand-sewn kimonos are completely un-stitched prior to washing. Then the pieces are arranged and basted together to resemble the original bolt of fabric from which they were made. Then the yardage is completely laundered; spots removed, faded ares retouched; then a rice or seaweed sizing is applied to the clean fabric. Then the weave is straightened and re-stretched to its original size by smoothing the wet fabric out on a long narrow board. When dry, the fabric is peeled off the board, the basting is removed, and the pieces are reassembled into a kimono.
Here again, I believe I can modify these human patterns to fit Aalish, when she is finished.
Make Your Own Japanese Clothes: Patterns and Ideas fro Modern Wear.
NY: Kodansha International, 1988.
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