Meet my latest handmade doll: Dahlia Pim, town Postmistress, church choral director and marmalade fanatic. Miss Pim is a well-known fixture in her community, dispensing motherly advice and naughty gossip in equal measure. Her green eyes don't miss a trick.
Her job as Postmistress means she knows just who's receiving love letters or past due bills. Her weakness for orange marmalade is well known in town. Several residents keep special jars of Seville marmalade on hand to buy her silence about their dress shop charges. She is great friends with Myrtle Peabody and loves nothing better than dropping by for tea and a chat in Myrtle's conservatory.
Dahlia's doll hair is made from the softest aqua blue yarn. Her cotton day dress and shoes are decorated with fancy gold trim. A peach bow adds a springtime touch. Color-coordinated knickers and tights keep her decorum intact.
Dahlia is 20" high, not counting her hat. She is made from muslin and a mix of vintage and new cottons with embroidered details. Her dress fabric is from a vintage pillowcase. The thick twisted yarn that forms her hair was a lucky $1 find at the thrift store. I think it is acrylic yarn - I'd love to know the brand as it makes wonderful doll hair. If you recognize it, please let me know in the comments!
My garden party girls are inspired by British TV series set in the 20's. This week's viewing pleasure was Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, set in 1920's Melbourne, Australia - get a taste of her here on YouTube. I borrowed the first season on DVD from our library (Boulder has a terrific library system). The Honorable Miss Fisher has gorgeous clothing and hats, and a surprising liberal attitude that is fun to see in action.
Serendipitously, I came across this amazing hat shop in downtown Boulder on Saturday when I visited the farmer's market and the tulip displays. While window shopping I noticed Goorin Bros. Hat Shop and had to stop in to see their charming wares. BTW, they are holding a Derby Party on Friday May 1st, from 4:00 to 9:00 for those who wish to don a hat, listen to live music and sip signature cocktails in style!
Goorin Bros. Hat Shop
943 Pearl Street