Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Isabelle's Place

Today, I finished my second dollhouse and Dorchester Designs very first item sold.  I didn't think I would be able to finish it today, since we had training for Guinness.  Turns out, I had forgotten that we had to go to the seven o'clock class this week instead of the eight.  We were home by eight thirty, which these days is pretty early. 

This dollhouse is for a little girl named Isabelle.  I'm really proud of the way it turned out.  I spent a lot of time figuring out the seam allowances and measurements for each and every section of the design this time.  I think it paid off, cause everything lined up basically perfectly.  Actually, I'm really proud of the pictures this time too.  I used Guin's crate and covered it with a fitted sheet.  He was pissed I was moving his house, and the sheet was horribly wrinkly, but other than that everything worked out great.  After a few minutes playing around in Picnik those wrinkles on the sheet were gone, and Guin got over it.

Time for the pictures!!

The coloring is actually a little weird in this picture, but this is the front of the house.  I especially like the red roof.  I tried something a little different, and while it was super frustrating, it was definitely worth it.  I think it came out awesome.

On the left hand side of the house you can see a little blue tag.  That's my Dorchester Design tag.  I bought some fabric markers this weekend and finally made some tags.  I loved the idea of the embroidered tags, but they were taking a long time.   Here's a closeup of the tag:

The markers bled a little, but I like the end result. Of course I only have made one so far. 

The back of the house had a doggie and a blackberry bush.  I love the dog house appliqued  from the material I got.  I got a whole yard of fabric for this one dog house.  I think I am going to make a coat for Guinness with the leftover fabric.  He's one of those doggies that loves to wear clothes anyways.

Here's a closeup of the buttons that I added to attach the house.  I got these at Windsor Button in town when my  Mom and sister came to visit.  Isabelle, who this is being made for, loves soccer.  I thought these buttons were the perfect way to add in the soccer detail.  I saw them at the store and just had to have them.  They were a little on the more expensive side, I didn't care.  It's the small details that make something special sometimes.

My favorite part of the house this time is the handles.  I decided to make the handles instead of using ribbon.  I folded over some purple fabric, sewed it together and put an embroidery stitch in red as decoration.  I think they came out so cute, and much more than I had expected.

The inside and outside section of the house:
On the inside of the house I made a bureau this time.  I had stitched the drawers in white, but I didn't think it showed up well enough.  Yesterday, I went over it in red.  I'm much happier now.  Now I think it looks like an actual set of drawers.
That's Isabelle's house! What do you think?  I'm planning on sending it out this weekend.  Isabelle's mom had asked if I sold furniture or dolls to go in the house, and I want to try to see if I can come up with something before I send it out. 


Carol L. said...

This is adorable..my granddaughter Isabelle is going to love it..you are very talented and your work reflects all the thought you put into this!

Anne said...

this is so cute, margie! i wish i knew a little girl to buy one for.

Kate DalPra said...

This is so cute, Margie! I know two little girls who would love one (each)! What do you charge?

Margie said...

Thanks Kate! I've been charging $20 dollars for the houses. :)

jbr said...

This is a great idea. I'm thinking my little boy and girl need one too.

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