Tuesday, October 28, 2008


One of the delights of creating for a Sasha doll is discovering bits and pieces of things that are "in scale."
Since the Sashas are children it is often difficult to determine exactly what is actually "in scale" since we don't know how tall their parents are.
Clothing is the easiest because if it fits then it is OK. Backpacks, purses, duffle bags etc are simply a matter of "if it looks OK then it is OK."
Sewing for a Sasha is another challenge because it requires an "eye" for pattern scale and if it looks right or if it looks wrong. Of course many designers find interesting ways to play with print scale and go oversize, but "make it work" to quote Tim Gunn from PROJECT DOLLWAY.
The dress in the photo is made from a remnant of cotton sheet fabric. There used to be a great remnant store in Brooklyn that sold pieces by the pound. You would load up your shopping cart with brocades, velvets, laces, embroideries, or basic cottons, and they would just weigh it all and announce the price -- about a dollar a pound.
I found a small bolt of this designer print on sheeting material and bought three dollars worth. My Sasha was the first to have a dress made from it but over the years a few other dolls and teddybears have enjoyed this print as well.