My continued adventures bloging through the 1915 children's sewing book "The Mary Frances sewing book; or, Adventures among the thimble people." The next pattern to tackle was the dressing sack (lounging jacket being a much nicerterm). This was the final, 4th, outfit to be made with this single pattern. Because all four of the garments … Continue reading Chapter XX: Part two
The Fairy Lady lives on. I knew she was reminding me of someone...and it's in the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 cinema version of Mantis. Marvel Cinema... when a character from Jane Eayre Freyer's 1915 book is LESS problematical than how you've written Mantis as an abused, naive, submissive Asian woman trope..you need to FIX … Continue reading Magic, Mystery and MANTIS.
This chapter begins with Presentation Party. As far as I can tell, a presentation party involves each Thimble Person we’ve met this far performing a formal self-introduction. It’s like your first day in a new language class.... but with forced rhymes. As.Fun.As.It.Sounds. “We're going to give a party; And we will evermore be true, And … Continue reading Chapter XX, Ma Chine (Part one: Kimono)
Mistakes were made…by me. Then I made some new ones. Any Sewist knows that sometimes you just have go deeper into some mistakes to salvage the whole. “IF only in her nightie clad, She took a cold, 'twould be too bad — And so the dear child may not freeze, And so the dear child … Continue reading Chapter XIX: Her Bath Robe
Sewing Bird, today we'll work on a variation of the Mary Frances nightgown. My issue with the nightgown is that I'd like to be able to make outfits for the dolls of friends' children. Ribbons seem hard to tie and easy to lose so I set forth to make an elastic-version of this nightgown. The … Continue reading Nightgown REMAKE
"A charming thing to make Marie, will be a dainty White nightie,"- sang Sewing Bird. "Oh, good!" exclaimed Mary Frances. ''That is just what she needs. I had to loan her Angle's best one; and Angle's terribly cross. You see, I fear she is a little jealous of my new dolly. I'll not neglect Angle, … Continue reading Chapter XVIII: A Nighty For Her Little Nap
Who Benefits from all of this doll clothing? Ralph Waldo does. Meet Ralph Waldo Le Mutt, I’ve known him since I was in elementary school. He’s not named after that Ralph Waldo. He’s named after a real-life dog named after that Ralph Waldo. Ralph, the real-life dog, was as dumb as the rocks he sometimes … Continue reading Ralph
The doorbell rings and Katie, Grandma’s servant girl, answers it and reports to the others… ''A telegram for Miss Mary Frances," said Katie coming into the dining-room. ''A telegram! And for you, Mary Frances. What can it be!" exclaimed Grandma. ‘'Shall I sign for it, ma'am?" asked Katie. ''No," said Grandma. ''Mary Frances better learn … Continue reading Chapter XVI: A Surprise from Mother
My friend, Realafterglow, is coming to Japan for a few weeks again! YAY! Like any of her trips here she'll be bringing goodies for those of us in Japan and returning with Japanese goods for friends in the state. For me she'll be bringing cornbread mix (cornbread isn't a thing here...at all...there's something sometimes called … Continue reading Stains? Oxy!
Chapter XIV & XV: A Loan From The Thimble King DEAR me," sighed Mary Frances. "How will I ever get so much done? I didn't want to interrupt you, dear Fairy Lady, but I've gotten, you see, no further than basting the hem of dolly's apron!" Big tears trembled in the little girl's eyes. I’m … Continue reading Chapter XIV & XV: A Loan From The Thimble King & Three Little Kittens.