Our new little girl finally has a name: Gilly – short for Gillyflower, a pretty flower in the dianthus family. She was carved by me from a Judy Brown blank, and finished in January 2016.
While I was sewing earlier today Gilly ended up on the windowsill poking around in the plant pots. This resulted in a mucky little individual…
…and because Perdita has a particular loathing for “streaked gillyvors” she insisted on a bath before Gilly could put on her new dress.
Carrot Soup was happy to help to dry off her new little sister…
Help with the Buttons
…and helped with the fiddly buttons.
Gilly was very excited to see that her new dress was Pink and Lacy! We don’t generally run to pink in the Hitty cupboard, but then we haven’t had a small person in the dianthus family in the Quimper Hitty family before…
Gilly is clean and pretty…
…and ready to take another look at the Hyacinths on the windowsill.
The new porcelain sink was recently acquired at an antique shop…sadly there is no drain in it so the water has to be bailed, but Perdita doesn’t like streaked kitchen/bathroom fixtures either, so she is happy to wipe it down.
This is the basic pattern for Gilly’s dress, however I didn’t take photos during the process of sewing so there isn’t a tutorial this time. The pattern is based on the pink viyella dress worn by a bunny rabbit owned by my mother-in-law when she was a child in the 1930’s. She gave me the dress a few years ago, and I’ve always been fascinated by the pattern as it is so amazingly simple. The actual dress is currently being worn by a Bye-Lo baby who lives in another cupboard.