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Bella Has Been “Mushroom Hunting”

2022, as is autumn, seems to be fading fast. This morning it is snowing here in northern Illinois–and will continue on and off until tomorrow morning. *sigh* I never feel ready for the first snowfall. There are always a jumble of phrases going through my head. Mostly I hear “n-o-o-o-o not yet–too early”, or something silly like that. Last Thursday I was out for a walk in shorts and a tank top (and was still very warm), and the begonias were still blooming. *sighing again*

Anyway,… on to sweet Bella (a Ruby Red Fashion Friend) who has been pestering me to show you her brand new fall ensemble. She may have snuck out mushroom hunting, so I apologize if she has soiled her dress. ūüėČ

Bella’s knitwear is made with the softest silk yarn. It is a little hard to knit with, so I only purchased it in this one color–and also it was quite pricey. But, oh, the luxury! Bella loves it! It is a now discontinued yarn from Knit Picks, Diadem Fingering (50% Baby Alpaca, 50% Mulberry Silk) in the Pearl Solid color way. Maybe you have some in your stash?

I crocheted a gathering basket out of 10lb. hemp cord. It is rustic and gives the effect of an authentic basket. Bella has gathered a few interesting mushrooms. They have been knit with fingering weight wool in coordinating colors and embellished with various beads.

Bella’s dress fabric is one of my all time favorite prints. It’s so cozy, colorful, and mushroom-y. I find mushrooms very interesting… The fabric is from 2015–“Faraway Forest” by Lizzie Mackay by Blend. I previously used this fabric for a Little Darlings ensemble in 2016. You can see that post here.

Bella and I are wishing you a great day. We are making a conscious effort to enjoy the beautiful “white stuff” happening outside. What do you see outside your window? Please say hello. I’d love to hear from you‚̧ԳŹ‚̧ԳŹ‚̧ԳŹ!

“Woodland Whimsy”

Do you remember the mushroom motif craze in the 1970s? ¬†They’re¬†back! ¬†Actually mushroom motifs have been popping up in design¬†for a few+¬†years now, and in more modern colors, which I am happy about. ¬†Back in the ’70s they were mostly seen in those 1970s¬†colors‚ÄĒorange, avocado green, brown, and harvest gold. ¬†Even though I cannot get used to that color scheme again, when I saw these canisters at the Volo Antique Mall last year I thought they were cute. ¬†(My aunt had these in her kitchen.)

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I think the first year I started seeing mushrooms pop up again in design was 2012 when I  saw this fabric designed by Natalie Lymer.  I immediately fell in love with it.  To this day, this is one of my favorites for Bethany.

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I really need to make something for this girl again, she’s so cute! ¬†But, I digress, sorry about that.

I’ve been saving this new mushroom print by Lizzie Mackay for one of my first fall-ish ensembles. ¬†I know it’s not fall yet, but I couldn’t wait to use it!

Here is Lucy modeling “Woodland Whimsy”. ¬†Aren’t the colors in this print lovely? ¬†They’re modern, vintage, and cozy, all at the same time.

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Did your see Lucy’s little girl gnome charm? ¬†She told me it’s for¬†good luck.

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I’m not sure how I initially got the idea to knit mushrooms for this ensemble. ¬†I get side tracked a lot, especially in the mornings. ¬†I think I picked up a scrap ball of bare wool, and started knitting in the round on my double pointed needles. ¬†I most likely wanted to¬† practice starting with a few stitches¬†to make sure I remembered this technique. (It is almost Santa hat season, and I start from the top down.) ¬†I guess a mushroom cap started forming, and all of a sudden I have accessories for “Woodland Whimsy”! ¬†Magic!

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Lucy’s little capelet is knit with moair/silk lace weight yarn and her vintage styled headband hat is knit with a fingering weight Peruvian Highland wool in the same color. ¬†The colorful little mushrooms were fun to embroider in bullion and straight stitches.

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Lucy’s 3/4 length sleeve dress is finished beautifully inside. ¬†It is tedious as there is a lot of hand sewing to do, but I love to dress my dolls in dresses finished like this, it’s so luxurious. ¬†(lol) ¬†The dress is completely lined except for the sleeves so as to keep the bulk down. ¬†The sleeve seam allowances that show on the inside have been double turned and hand sewn in place. ¬†All the other seam allowances are hidden in the lining.

Since it took so long to finish the inside of this dress, I’d love to show you what it looks like. ¬†I think this bodice takes four times as long as a lined¬†sleeveless bodice. ¬†All that just for sleeves!

Here is a sleeve¬†turned inside out. ¬†You can see the tiny hand stitches holding the double turned underarm seam and hem in place. ¬†The bodice armhole lining is hand stitched to hide the top of sleeve’s seam allowance.

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And, with the sleeve back in place.

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Okay, I have to know . . .¬†Is anyone else as neurotic silly with the insides of their doll dresses? ¬†I’ve tried to change, but I can’t!!!

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Lucy’s “Woodland Whimsy” ensemble will be available tonight at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

I hope you all have a nice day!  Thank you so much for stopping by.