handmade dolls deadline day

modflowers: handmade dolls finished!Making dolls is a pleasure.

Normally I meander through the process a bit. It’s just how I tend to work… I sort of multitask consecutively, if that makes any sense.

I sit down and do a bit of sewing, a bit of social media-ing, a spot of housework, have a cup of tea.

modflowers: handmade dolls in Liberty fabric - in progressThen I sort of start the process again, interrupting myself with lunch (maybe browsing a bit of Pinterest at the same time), sewing again, doing the washing, more tea, sewing, making dinner, another cup of tea, finishing off the sewing for the day, then tidying up the kitchen in time for the family to eat.

It’s not necessarily the most efficient way to work perhaps, but it does mean that I get done the things I need to do besides sewing.

modflowers: handmade doll in Liberty print fabricBut sometimes things have to be a bit more focused on the sewing front.

Like when you have a deadline moved forward inadvertently, by a thoughtful partner booking a holiday to coincide with your birthday.

So for the past few days I have been sewing like a demon to get the current batch of Liberty handmade dolls done and dusted before we head off to Cornwall.

modflowers: handmade dolls in progressAnd I’ve done it! Pat on the back from me, to me!

modflowers: handmade dolls - Liberty girls in a line I’m quite pleased with how they turned out. They all have their own personalities, which is just as it should be.

Just one thing that couldn’t be done on a Sunday…

We’ll have to stop and find a post office en route to Cornwall, to send the Liberty girls off on their merry way.

Because there’s no point meeting a deadline if you don’t manage to get the resulting creations off to where they are meant to go, by the time they are meant to be there. ♥



new girls

vintage Liberty fabric dolls by modflowersThe new girls, that is.

These four are the first of a new batch of vintage Liberty fabric dolls, made using some of the wonderful stash I was sent by Sarah Campbell the other day…

modflowers: vintage liberty fabric parcelMy vintage button and trim stashes have been out for perusal too, as you can probably see.

Sometimes a bit of trim makes all the difference, doesn’t it?

vintage Liberty fabric dolls by modflowersThis little lady is, I think, my favourite of the four. She is prepared for all eventualities, being supplied with a clean lace hankie in her pocket.

I have wardrobe envy. I have been searching for some form of pinafore dress (not too short, nor too flouncy or fancy) for myself for ages, without success.

And floral tights. Where are all the floral tights this year? Have they emigrated for the winter?

My friend thinks she should go into business making them to fit grown-ups, because you can’t buy nice winter tights for love nor money unless you’re under five years old – we’ve both tried.

Anyway, I might not be able to wear a pinafore dress and floral tights, but my doll can. (Lucky girl.)

My second favourite of the Liberty girls quartet is boho girl below…

vintage Liberty fabric dolls by modflowersSwathed in flowers, she may just be a little bit louche, I think, and given to reclining on a day bed displaying her tinkling laugh and sipping champagne.

Currently she is dressed for a luncheon engagement, but I have a feeling she may spend quite a bit of her time clad only in her peignoir.

Whereas this girl is clearly just a tomboy in a party frock…

vintage Liberty fabric dolls by modflowersTomorrow I’m going to make a start on dressing a couple of bunny boys.

I’m thinking breeches, waistcoats.

And just possibly, a cravat. ♥


P.S. You can now order custom dolls from my Etsy shop here.

gratitude & apologies

modflowers: gratitude & apologies - vintage liberty fabric parcelI realised yesterday that sometimes I am not very good at gratitude.

I think I take after my Dad, in that I can get just a bit too focused on one thing… which means that as a result, other things pass by unremarked upon, or get forgotten about.

And one of the things I sometimes forget, is to say thank you. I squirm at the thought. It is unforgivable, I know.

That is exactly what happened when this, my latest parcel from Sarah Campbell, arrived the other day.

I was expecting it.

But I wasn’t expecting to be quite so blown away by the contents…

modflowers: gratitude & apologies - vintage liberty fabric parcelmodflowers: gratitude & apologies - vintage liberty fabric parcelmodflowers: gratitude & apologies - vintage liberty fabric parcelmodflowers: gratitude & apologies - vintage liberty fabric parcelmodflowers: gratitude & apologies - vintage liberty fabric parcelTalk about inspiration overdrive…

I actually walked around the room sort of gasping and giggling maniacally, muttered “wow!” repeatedly, and then broke into more giggles.

And then I grabbed the dolls I was in the middle of making, and started putting fabrics against dolls, and dolls against fabrics, and giggling some more, and then, somehow, a couple of days had passed in a sort of happy, doll-making frenzy…

There is new batch of lovely Liberty dolls on their way. I’ll show you how far I’ve got with them tomorrow.

In the meantime, let me just say a belated but heartfelt THANK YOU to Sarah Campbell, for sharing her archive of beautiful fabrics with me. As you can see, her designs are just incredible.

And let me add an apology, belated but heartfelt, for not remembering to say thank you sooner. ♥