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.
Chapter XI begins with Mary asking grandmother for a piece of white lawn cotton. “Why, certainly, dear," said Grandma. ''You are such a good child. I am sure I never saw a little girl who was so able to amuse herself." "My, I wish I could explain about my little friends," thought Mary Frances, but … Continue reading Mr. Silver Thimble is the worst.
I debated skipping this chapter. I didn't make Mary Frances's Laundry Bag because I am awash in handmade things to put things in. It's where I started my self-taught machine sewing journey while in Japan...even before I owned a machine! I used a high school's home economics machines in my down time between teaching. You … Continue reading Chapter IX: A Doll’s Laundry Bag
After instructing Mary on hand stitching techniques, the Sewing Bird starts her on a grand sampler on canvas. I don’t intend to make one. Cross stitch doesn’t interest me much. I have no need to depict a small house terrorized by a giant black rabbit. Then the Sewing Bird reveals more about herself. ''Dear little … Continue reading Chapter VIII & IX: Sewing Bird Fairy Lady & Magic and Mystery
Where did we last leave Mary and her Thimble people? Background: Mary’s mother has never been very strong so Father has taken her to California for the summer while he’s there on business. Mary’s brother Billy, who is a first-class scout, is at scout camp where he is presumably learning about scouting with his peers … Continue reading Sewing Basket
I brought Snow home and I set to making a dress to check to make sure the patterns worked for the doll I'd bought. Unfortunately this meant skipping ahead in the pattern order. The Mary Frances sewing book comes with a series of inserted patterns and mine magically had all...except the first insert for Night-Gown, … Continue reading Making the Morning Dress
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 … Continue reading Buying my first Disney Animators Doll.
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 … Continue reading The Sewing Bird
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 … Continue reading Baste it!
Let’s see where our characters are before the Thimble people. 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 … Continue reading Before Mother’s Grand Gift.