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Buying my first Disney Animators Doll.

Other than the Archie and Reggie dolls of doom, I didn’t own any dolls when I embarked on this project

Our Riverdale boys are not the right size and shape for Mary Frances patterns…but you know I’ll probably kit them out by the end of this.

I know NOTHING of doll people, although some of my friends are doll enthusiasts. I’ve been told that Ball-Joint-Doll forums can be a source of intense online drama. I know that by living in Japan I am in the heart of obsessive  doll collectors and modifiers who can be…intense. I’ve seen a grown man on a date with a small doll at a maid cafe.

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The Sewing Bird

The first Thimble Person Mary meets is the Sewing Bird. Frankly, the sewing bird is the only character I’d want to encounter and even then the stilted rhymes would grind me down. You can see the Sewing Bird on the table in this illustration…it’s the only thimble person on whom eyes make sense. The rest are pure abominations.

Dick, a real bird, is in the background. Sewing Bird sometimes taunts Dick but who doesn’t?

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Baste it!

Part of why I started making the projects in the Mary Frances sewing book was to up my hand sewing game.

I actually hand sew a whooooole lot of dance-related costumes, they’ll make some cameos here as will my homemade clothing because many of the leftover fabrics that are going into the projects are from much larger projects.

Like how the leftover satin I used to make a snake and armbands for this original costume is now the bias-tape for the Mary Frances Kimono Robe.

The first take-away from starting on these projects is: BASTE EVERYTHING.

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Before Mother’s Grand Gift.

Let’s see where our characters are before the Thimble people.

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Where we find Mary, in her own words:

“’Mother is never very strong, and Father had to go to California on business; and he thought wouldn’t it be nice to take Mother with him. So I’m here at my dear Grandma’s for the long summer vacation; and brother Billy is camping with the Boy Scouts; Billy is a first-class scout, you know.”

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Mary Frances; preface

Easy Steps In Sewing for Big and Little Girls or Mary Frances Among the Thimble People.

Jane Eayre Fryer wrote a series of Mary Frances books in the early 1900’s, seven to be exact, as a way to teach young girls a complete course in home economics. The Adventures Among the Thimble People is her second book, following the Mary Frances Cook Book or Adventures Among The Kitchen people.

It’s always an adventure with Mary, a strangely plotted adventure with a group of anthropomorphic characters or dolls…and probably some racist and problematic extras.

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Me and The Thimble People

I started this blog last year to have a place to work on my struggles to be a more intersectional feminist. Trump had just been elected.

I came to realize that I have no desire to write about that. Read, Google, do the work, shut up and listen, make mistakes…I am willing to do that. Write about it? no. My story of needing to be more intersectional is EVERY DAMNED WHERE.

So it’s time to be low stakes with my writing. Time to center something on myself that isn’t going to affect anyone…anyone except Those Damned Thimble People.

On October 3rd, 2017, my father sent me this cryptic message.

A package is coming to you….The thimble people CAN be your friends

I replied:

WHAT ARE THIMBLE PEOPLE?!

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